2019 Woman of Achievement: Susan Anton

2019 Nevada Woman of Achievement: Susan Anton


Morning Blend’s JJ Snyder will sit down with Susan for an intriguing conversation about her incredible career appearing in hundreds of film, television and stage productions. Reception immediately following the interview is sponsored by UNLV's Boyd School of Law. Please join us in congratulating Susan!



Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Eclipse Theaters

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Interview hosted by JJ Snyder
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Reception sponsored by UNLV’s Boyd School of Law



Nevada Women's Film Festival is proud to announce
our 2019 Nevada Woman of Achievement recipient
Susan Anton!


Susan Anton  

Susan Anton has been recognized as a multi talented international star for more than 35 years in television, film, theater, and concert venues. She was nominated for a Golden Globe in her first film outing, Golden Girl, and was soon thereafter signed by NBC to star in her own variety show, Presenting Susan Anton. ABC later signed her to a development deal where she starred in the hourly drama, Cliffhangers. She has appeared in hundreds of film and television projects over the years.

Her Broadway credits include co-starring with the original Broadway cast of Tommy Tune's Tony Award-winning musical The Will Rogers Follies; she also worked with director Mike Nichols in David Rabe's Pulitzer Prize winning play Hurlyburly. She co-starred as Velma Von Tussle in the Las Vegas production of the Broadway musical, Hairspray, opposite Harvey Fierstein, which was directed by Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. She reprised the role for three spectacular evenings at the Hollywood Bowl with an all-star cast, which was directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. She co-starred in the national tour of the Broadway musical All Shook Up, directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo.

Susan starred for seven years in the The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular with the legendary Rockettes, directed by the late Joe Layton. She also toured in the Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlish production of They’re Playing Our Song and then went on to co-star with Elizabeth Ashley in the national tour of A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. She has shared the stage with legendary entertainers Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davies Jr., Tom Jones, and many more. She toured with country super star Kenny Rogers and had a top 10 country hit with the song “Killing Time”. Internationally, she had recording success and received a Gold record for her hit, “Foxy”.

Susan and her husband, director, Jeff Lester have called Las Vegas home for more than 20 years. In 1997 they opened their production company, Big Picture Studios. Under their banner, Susan executive produced the award winning The Last Real Cowboys, starring Oscar winner, Billy Bob Thornton, and also executive produced the documentary Speed of Life with Amy Purdy, the inspirational Sochi bronze medalist who was also runner up in Dancing With The Stars. Susan is currently a minority partner and celebrity brand ambassador in a new California based beverage company, Spa Girl Cocktails.






JJ Snyder  

Hosted by JJ Snyder

With a background as a television host and actress, JJ Snyder has interviewed many of Hollywood's biggest stars including Tom Cruise, Cate Blanchett, and Morgan Freeman. Working as a correspondent for ABC’s On The Red Carpet, she covered major movie premieres, celebrity chefs, and award shows. In 2016, JJ was thrilled to join The Las Vegas Morning Blend on ABC Channel 13.

A live performer in her own right, JJ has gone from equity theatre to jumping out of boxes as a Magician’s Assistant.

After graduating from USC, JJ hustled to get in the actor’s union working as an extra, till she booked her first role in the film Coyote Ugly. She’s gone on to play many notable characters in films and on hit TV shows such as NCIS LA, Two Broke Girls, Family Guy, Castle, Grey's Anatomy, Glee and Two and Half Men.