Sagan Lewis, American actress, Died at 63

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Susan J. “Sagan” Lewis was born in 1953, in Omaha, Nebraska and died on August 7, 2016.

She was an American actress.

She best known for co-starring as Dr. Jacqueline Wade on the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere.

Among her television credits are a multi-episode recurring role as Judge Susan Aandahl on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street during the 1990s, as well as the television films Cocaine: One Man’s Seduction (1983) and Full Ride.

She started acting professionally during the late 1970s.

Lewis met her future husband, television producer and screenwriter Tom Fontana, in 1978 while auditioning at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.

However, Fontana was working as an assistant to the theatre festival’s artistic director at the time of their meeting.

In 1980, Lewis moved to Los Angeles when Fontana became a writer on the NBC drama, St. Elsewhere.

She was a co-starring on St. Elsewhere as well, when the showrunner, Bruce Paltrow, created the regular role of Dr. Jacqueline Wade specifically for her.

Lewis appeared in several television films throughout the 1980s, including Cocaine: One Man’s Seduction (1983), which starred Dennis Weaver, Dan Akroyd and Jeffrey Tambor.

She also appeared the final half hour of the series finale of M*A*S*H, Goodbye, Farewell and Amen, in 1983.

Lewis was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

Lewis was survived by her husband and son.

Sagan Lewis passed away at 63 years old.

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