Susan Cabot known for appearing in such films as The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1957), War of the Satellites (1958) and The Wasp Woman (1960) was born Harriet Shapiro on July 9, 1927 to a Russian Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts. Cabot’s life story is punctuated with turmoil and disappointment; as a child she was raised in eight different foster homes. She finally completed her education in New York City, and soon found employment as an illustrator of children’s books. She supplemented her income by working as a singer at Manhattan's Village Barn, and also worked in theater.
Cabot made her film debut in 1947, by chance when Kiss of Death (1947) was filmed in New York, and she played an uncredited part. She then worked briefly in television and was discovered by a talent scout who asked her come to Hollywood to work for Columbia Pictures. Her time with Columbia Pictures proved unsuccessful, and she later signed an exclusive contract with Universal Studios. While at Universal Cabot appeared in a series of "B" western films. She grew frustrated with the way her career was developing and asked to be released from her contract. She then moved back to New York, where she returned to the stage in A Stone for Danny Fisher.
In 1957 Cabot returned to Hollywood and appeared in a few more films, including four Roger Corman films, Carnival Rock (1957), Sorority Girl (1957), The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1957), War of the Satellites (1958) and The Wasp Woman (1960) which was her final film role.
Cabot was also romantically linked with King Hussein of Jordan for several years. According to a Los Angeles Times article dated April 9, 1959, Cabot met Hussein at a dinner party in the Beverly Hills home of oilman Edwin W. Pauley. Soon rumors began to surface she is having an affair with Hussein, an affair which he flatly denied. Allegedly the affair was broken off when Hussein discovered that Cabot was half Jewish.
On January 27, 1964, Cabot gave birth to her only child, a son whom she named Timothy Scott. The child was born premature and was afflicted with dwarfism. Cabot refused to identify the father, leading some to speculate that Timothy might be the illegitimate son of Hussein. Timothy was later prescribed growth hormones to help combat his condition. However for reasons unknown Cabot began taking the hormones that were prescribed for her son, which may have been a factor in her worsening her mental condition. Actor, Christopher Jones claimed paternity of her son but that claim remains unproven.
In 1968, Cabot married her second husband Michael Roman 10 days after they first met. He was 25 she was 40 at the time. Michael later adopted Timothy and his name was changed to Timothy Scott Roman. After their divorce in 1981, Roman stated "She was a good person, but she was crazy."
On December 10, 1986,Cabot, was bludgeoned to death in the bedroom of her Encino home. She was 59 at the time of her death. Her son Timothy was charged with first-degree murder and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He stated that he has suffered years of mental and physical abuse by her as his defense.
In an article published by the Los Angeles Times April 13, 1989, attorney Chester Leo Smith said in papers filed in Van Nuys Superior Court. "For as long as I can discover, Susan Roman (Cabot) received a regular sum of $1,500 a month from the Keeper of the King's Purse, Amman, Jordan. There is written indication in the handwriting of Susan Roman this money is from a trust. . . . For better or worse, it looks like child support."
Timothy Scott Roman was given a three-year suspended sentence and was placed on probation because he had already spent close to three years in custody since the December 1986 death of his mother.
In a 1998 interview for "E! Mysteries & Scandals," Timothy declared: "I never intended to hurt my mother." He died on January 22, 2003 at age 38.