Sue Vanner

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BornSusan Lynne Vanner
1951 (age 69–70)
Romford, London, England
NationalityBritish
OccupationActress, Singer, Model
Spouse(s)
Warren Todd
(m. 1987; separated 2019)
Children1

Sue Vanner, also known as Susie Vanner, is an English actress, singer and model. After becoming a singer and model in the 1960s, Vanner regularly appeared on film and television in the 1970s and 1980s, including her best known role as a Bond girl in The Spy Who Loved Me (film)|The Spy Who Loved Me. She then restarted her singing career in the late 2010s.

Career

After attending Romford Technological High School and then the Royal College of Art, Vanner began her career as a singer in the late 1960s. She released three singles under the name Sue Lynne in 1969, 'Don't Pity Me', 'Reach For The Moon' and 'Baby, Baby, Baby', to critical acclaim. These, particularly 'Don't Pity Me', have since become Northern Soul classics, and Vanner a Northern Soul icon. The trio of singles were written by Chris Andrews (singer)|Chris Andrews who also wrote singles for Sandie Shaw.

Vanner made her screen debut in the sex comedy film Adventures of a Taxi Driver and followed this with parts in Seven Faces of Woman and Curse of the Black Cat, the latter in a starring role. Vanner then appeared as a French KGB agent in the famous and iconic pre-titles sequence of Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (film)|The Spy Who Loved Me, sharing a scene with Roger Moore. Vanner's character was given a name, Martine Blanchaud, in the novelisation of the film. Despite only having a small role in the film, Vanner became known worldwide as a sex symbol after appearing naked under a fur rug.[1]

Drawing on from this success, Vanner went on to appear in the film Count Dracula (1977 film)|Count Dracula and popular television series including Minder (TV series)|Minder, Crown Court (TV series)|Crown Court, A Man Called Intrepid, Tales of the Unexpected and Girls on Top (British TV series)|Girls on Top. Vanner also had roles in the high profile movies Nighthawks (1981 film)|Nighthawks and Return to Waterloo (film)|Return to Waterloo.

Vanner left the profession to have a family in the late 1980s, but restarted her singing career in 2015 with a re-release of her 1969 hit single "Don't Pity Me" with Joanie Sommers. It was after this that Vanner was approached by Grammy award-winning music producer Kipper (musician)|Kipper Eldrige' to record her first album.[2] The first single from the album "Walk On the Wild Side" was released on 22 October 2019, and Vanner's first album, entitled "In These Shoes"[3][4] was released on 1 May 2020 under the name Susie Vanner, containing 15 songs, the last of which is a cover of the title song of The Spy Who Loved Me, "Nobody Does It Better". Prior to the release of her first album, Vanner released a special EP|Extended play of festive songs, entitled "Susie Vanner at Christmas", which was released in December 2019 as a pre-cursor to her album "In These Shoes". [5]

Personal life

Vanner married Warren Todd, the stepson of her friend Lisa Vanderpump, in 1987, and had a son, Ryan, to him. In 2019, it was revealed that Vanner and Todd had separated after he cheated on her.

Vanner splits her time between London and a villa in St. Tropez.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role
1976 Adventures of a Taxi Driver Hostage
1977 Curse of the Black Cat Ana
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me Log Cabin Girl
1981 Nighthawks Girl at Party
1984 Return to Waterloo Sexy Girl

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Seven Faces of Woman Dawn Episode: "She: Eye of the Beholder"
1977 The Sunday Drama Linda Episode: "The Cuckoo Calls"
1977 Count Dracula Dracula's Bride
1979 Crown Court Margaret Fisher 3 episodes
1979 Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry Wendy
1979 Minder Kim Episode: "The Smaller They Are..."
1979 A Man Called Intrepid Intrepid's Secretary 3 episodes
1981 Kelly Monteith Kelly's Girlfriend Episode: #3.2
1982 Play for Today Clare Episode: "Tishoo"
1983 Triangle Janie Jamfrey 2 episodes
1984 Tales of the Unexpected Zara Luke Episode: "Have a Nice Death"
1985 Girls on Top Girl in Nightclub Episode: "Staying Alive"

Discography

Song Performer Album(s) Year
Don't Pity Me Sue Vanner Single 1969
Reach For The Moon
Baby, Baby, Baby
Don't Pity Me Sue Vanner and Joanie Sommers 2015
In These Shoes Sue Vanner In These Shoes 2019
Santa Baby Susie Vanner at Christmas
Jingle Bells
Last Christmas
Walk On The Wild Side In These Shoes 2020
Cry Me a River
Tainted Love
Make You Feel My Love
Sway
Just Like a Star
Every Breath You Take
Nature Boy
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
Don't Know Why
Windmills of Your Mind
Summertime
Nobody Does It Better

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