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Full NameSusan Nussbaum
First NameSusan
Last NameNussbaum
ProfessionActress, playwright, disability rights activist
Birth CityChicago, Illinois
Birth CountryUnited States of America
Father NameMike Nussbaum
Father Professionactor
Mother NameAnnette Brenner Nussbaum
Mother Professionpublicist
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
No Of Children1
SibilingsJack Nussbaum, Karen Nussbaum
EducationRoosevelt University and Goodman School of Drama
Networth$5 M
Date of BirthDecember 12,1953
Age70 years

Susan Nussbaum was an actress, award-winning author, playwright, and disability rights activist. Nussbaum spent most of her life fighting for the disability rights.

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Early life 

Nussbaum was born in Chicago to her parents, Mike Nussbaum and Annette Brenner Nussbaum

She grew up alongside her two siblings, brother Jack and sister Karen who is a noted labor reader. 

Her parents were atheists but raised her and her siblings Jewish. Her father was an exterminator before he became an actor. 

Her mother was a publicist and dedicated her time to public relations activities for different places and also worked for the ACLU for a while. 

After she died in 2003, her father remarried Julie Brudlos in 2004. He passed away in 2023, six days shy of his 100th birthday.

Growing up, Nussbaum didn't like school at all. She graduated high school, and that was enough for her. 

She then studied acting at Roosevelt University and Goodman School of Drama.

Susan Nussbaum father Mike Nussbaum was a renowned actor
Susan Nussbaum father Mike Nussbaum was a renowned actor. Source: Instagram 

She had to rely on a wheelchair after she had an accident

Nussbaum was 24 years old and studying acting at the Art Institute. It was the month of February and the final year of her acting school. 

She was on her way to school on a cold winter morning with her head down against the wind when suddenly she looked up in time to see the car. 

She was hit by a car, and the only thing she could remember was waking up in the hospital bed. She was at the hospital for the next seven months. 

She spent all those seven months wondering what her life would be like as a handicapped or disabled person because she had no idea how to be a disabled person.

During One Book Villanova Lecture in 2014, Nussbaum said she had no vision for her future and didn't know what was going to happen in the future but had seen disabled characters in movies and books. 

She recalled the character Laura Wingfield in the movie "The Glass Menagerie," where Laura is presented as an extremely shy and sensible person. 

She is traumatized by the limp she had, and because of her sensitiveness and shyness, she thinks everyone notices her limp, which becomes a problem for her to get over it and into the real world. 

By watching that movie, she wished she had a limp. 

The imagery burned in her brain watching those movies was all that she had to move on with her life when thinking about what her world would be like, she added.

She became an activist for disability rights after her accident

Nussbaum became an activist for disability rights after her accident. 

At the time, there was no disability rights movement in Chicago, so as soon as the place for working on disabled rights was launched, she joined. 

She met other disabled persons who had experienced what she had experienced. 

There were no accessible bathrooms, no curb cuts on the sidewalk, and no accessible public transportation. 

They were the first disabled people to take the streets in 1979 and 1980.

Was she married?

It's not known if Nussbaum was married or not. But she did have a daughter named Taina Rodriguez, whom she adopted when she was a teenager. 

In an interview, she said her daughter, too, has a disability, and the reason she was so interested in maintaining a relationship with her forever was her funny, tough, and innate quality. 

The cause of her death

Nussbaum sadly passed away on the 28th of April, 2022, at the age of 68, at her home in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. 

The cause of her death was complications of pneumonia.

Net Worth 

According to the sources, her net worth at the time of her death was estimated to be around $5 million.


  1. She was born on the 12th of December, 1953. She passed away on the 28th of April, 2022, at the age of 68.
Updated On Thu Dec 28 2023 Published On Thu Dec 28 2023 By Sabina

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