Susan Anton Then And Now: From Goldengirl To Cannonball Run II To Baywatch
By | March 11, 2020
Actress Susan Anton was a poster girl in the poster-happy 1970s, and was as famous for being Susan Anton as she was for any role in her hit-and-miss film and TV work. Anton was a spokesmodel; she appeared on talk shows; she hosted specials; she recorded a hit country single -- it turns out the fame machine will find things for you to do if you are, as Derek Zoolander says, really, really, really ridiculously good-looking.
Her blonde hair and curvaceous figure made her one of the most recognizable models of her generation. She got her start as the spokeswoman for a cigar brand and turned that into a multi-decade career where she did everything from present with Merv Griffin to do one of those classic slow motion runs across the beach on Baywatch. Anton is still as beautiful as she was in the 1970s, and while she’s been offscreen for a while she’s still out and about in Las Vegas where she performs on stage.
A trip to Las Vegas changed this young pageant queen’s life
Growing up in Yucaipa, California, Anton always had her sights set on performing but things really came into focus when she visited Las Vegas in high school. In 2016 she explained:
My very first visit to Vegas, I was 15 years old and I was on a Greyhound bus with a bunch of other teenagers, and we were on a big summer discovery thing that my godmother sent me on. It was called Touring Teens, and it was just kind of like summer camp on a bus where you traveled around the United States, and saw all these great landmarks. I’ll never forget driving through Las Vegas. This goes way back, but going down the Strip and seeing all those lights for the first time was the most incredible thing I had ever seen. I’m from this little town in Southern California, raised on an apple ranch, you know? I never saw anything neon in my life.
After graduating high school in 1968 she one the Miss Redlands and Miss California beauty contests in 1969, in the same year she was the runner up in the 1969 Miss America Scholarship Pageant.