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Susan Biddle Ross
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Susan licking the toxic envelopes.
First appearance "The Pitch"
Last appearance "The Betrayal" (flashback)
Cause/reason Death by toxic envelope adhesive
Portrayed by Heidi Swedberg
Gender Female
Occupation Executive at NBC (Season 4)
Unknown high-paying job (Season 7)
Family Henry Ross (father)
Unnamed mother
Ricky (brother)
Significant other(s) Mona
George Costanza (fiancé)
Relatives Sara (paternal aunt)
Unnamed podiatrist cousin
Ned Ross (paternal uncle)
Carrie (cousin)
Ken (cousin-in-law)
Born June 9, 1964(1964-06-09)
Died May 16, 1996 (aged 31)

Susan Biddle Ross was a fictional character on the situation comedy Seinfeld and was played by actress Heidi Swedberg. Ross, who was engaged to character George Costanza, died after licking toxins while sealing cheap wedding invitation envelopes chosen by Costanza.



Season 4

Susan, an executive at NBC, first appeared in season 4 when Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza met with NBC Executives to discuss their ideas for a sitcom (in the episodes "The Pitch", "The Ticket", "The Wallet" and "The Watch"). Soon after, Susan began dating George, where she proved to be a more relaxed counterpart to his neurotic behaviour. During this time, she also developed an acrimonious relationship with Kramer, first when he vomited on her, and later when he burned down her father's cabin. Susan and George broke up after she was fired by NBC when George absent-mindedly kissed her during a meeting (in "The Virgin").

They briefly got back together in "The Pick", but George decided he did not want to be in a relationship with her after all, and deliberately picked his nose so she would dump him. The next time he saw her, she was in a lesbian relationship, and George presumed he had driven her to lesbianism. Susan's lover was then seduced by Kramer in "The Smelly Car". After the new executives at NBC responded negatively to George and Jerry's pilot, Susan was left out of work and she left George's life ("The Pilot").

Season 7

Susan and George met in the season 7 premiere, "The Engagement", and on a whim, George proposed to her (her lesbianism, as George put it, "didn't take"). George soon regretted the decision, and began to panic about the wedding, and convinces her to postpone the date by breaking into tears (in "The Postponement"). Susan's career is not mentioned during season 7, but when George asks Susan for a prenuptial agreement, she breaks into laughter, noting that she makes more money than he does.

Although George engaged in frequent attempts to escape his upcoming marriage, including taking up smoking, none of them foils Susan. In "The Cadillac", Susan remains with George even when she mistakenly believes he's having an affair with Elaine (he was actually covering up a date he had arranged with actress Marisa Tomei).

At one point, Susan tries to join George's circle of friends, which lead George to angrily believe that his "worlds are colliding" (in "The Pool Guy"). But her friendship with Jerry and Elaine is short-lived after she "shushes" them in a movie theater and complains about how much time they spend "chatting about nothing" in the coffee shop.

Ultimately, Susan dies in the seventh season finale ("The Invitations") from licking toxic glue on the cheap wedding invitations chosen by the cheapskate George. In the aftermath of her death, Susan's parents organize a foundation in her honor and appoint George to be on the board, much to his dismay. George's anguish is heightened when he realizes the extent of the Ross family's wealth and how much he would have inherited had he and Susan married. Susan's parents reappeared occasionally during the rest of the show's run, including in "The Finale" when they finally learn during the court case that George was the source of the toxic wedding envelopes.

Season 8 & 9

George appears at Susan's gravesite in the first episode of the eighth season, "The Foundation". Her tombstone says that she was born on June 9, 1964 and died on May 16, 1996, meaning she died a few weeks shy of her 32nd birthday. The latter is the date that the episode in which she died was originally aired.

Susan's final appearance is in a flashback sequence in the season nine episode "The Betrayal", when in a brief cameo at the end, she proves to be the source of George's favorite new saying, "You can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister". The phrase actually was heard two decades earlier on "The Odd Couple" ("Strike Up the Band or Else," original air date Oct. 17, 1974): Felix: "You're late again. What's your crazy story this time? Making a baby shower for Ma Gump?" Oscar: "I'm sorry." Felix: "You can stuff your sorries in a sack, Mister."


Susan's wealthy parents appeared in several episodes over three seasons, and were played by Warren Frost and Grace Zabriskie.

An appearance is made by Susan's brother Ricky (Timothy Omundson) and aunt Sara (Patricia Lee Wilson) in the episode "The Cheever Letters". Susan's uncle Ned (James Noah) makes a brief appearance in the episode "The Maestro", where he is revealed to be the owner of the Ross Department Store chain (a fact made up for the show). Susan's cousin Carrie (Shannon Holt) and her husband Ken (Ken Hudson Campbell) appear in the episode "The Seven", where they infuriate George by stealing his choice of unique baby name (Seven).

It was revealed in "The Cheever Letters" that Susan's recently revealed bisexual father had an ongoing affair with John Cheever.

Susan's middle name implies that she is related to America's distinguished Biddle family.


In both cameo and major parts, Susan appears in 29 episodes. This makes her tied for second most recurring character in the show. (Wayne Knight made more appearances as Newman, and Larry David appeared in more episodes, but not as the same character)

Season 4

Season 7

Season 9

See also

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