Tuesday Weld is a Golden Globe Award-winning retired American actress, who began her career as a child actress before she advanced to mature roles in the late ‘50s.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Born Susan Ker Weld under the Virgo zodiac sign on 27 August 1943, in Manhattan, New York City, she’s 79-years-old as of 2022. She was born to Lathrop Motley Weld and his fourth wife, Yosene Balfour Ker, who was the daughter of the Life Magazine illustrator and artist William Balfour Ker. Weld was raised together with her two elder siblings, David Balfour Weld born in 1937 and Sarah King Weld in 1935. Unfortunately, Tuesday lost her father when she was four years old, his death leaving the family with no money, and her mother left alone to provide for them without the help of Lathrop’s family. Tuesday revealed to Life Magazine that ‘they (her late father’s family) offered to take us kids and pay for our education, on the condition that Mama never sees us again …. I have to give Mama credit—she refused to give us up … So, I became the supporter of the family, and I had to take my father’s place in many, many ways.’
— Tuesday Weld (@MsTuesdayWeld) August 16, 2018
Weld’s desperate mother was forced to push her into modeling at a very young age, to support the family. Luckily, Weld was very attractive, which made it very possible for her to emerge successful in the field in a short span. She posed for mail-order catalogs and advertisements, but due to the burden of responsibility which had begun too early, and the overwhelming nature of her work, she became estranged from her siblings and mother. She was under a lot of stress, became addicted to alcohol and began dating older men – she experienced a nervous breakdown at the age of nine and even attempted to commit suicide when she was 12 years old.
Sarah changed her name to Tuesday, an extension of her previous nickname ‘Tu-Tu,’ after she turned 16-years-old. She hasn’t revealed any details regarding her primary education, but she graduated from Hollywood Professional School in the early ‘60s.
Tuesday’s mother helped her secure an agent at a very young age, and she subsequently made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s crime film “The Wrong Man” in 1956. In the same year, she played Dori in the musical drama movie “Rock Rock Rock!” sharing the screen with the singers Johnny Burnette, Frankie Lymon and Chuck Berry. She rose to prominence when she was cast to play the starring role in the comedy movie “Rally Round the Flags, Boys!” in 1958, was spotted by Twentieth Century Fox executives due to her praised performance, and was subsequently offered a long-term contract.
The Late ‘50s to Late ‘60s
Tuesday had become very famous by the late 1950s, and in 1959 she was cast as Thalia Menninger in the acclaimed CBS series “The Many Loves of Dobie Gills” through 1963, and her performance saw her winning a Golden Globe Award.
Concurrently, she was selected to play Dorothy in the film “The Five Pennies” before she portrayed Vangie in the comedy “The Private Lives of Adam and Eve” in 1960. She appeared in several other films, including “Because They’re Young” before she guest-starred in the series “Zane Grey Theater” and “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”
Tuesday had become a household name in the early ‘60s. and starred with Elvis Presley in the drama movie “Wild in the Country”, and also appeared in “Return to Peyton Place” in 1961. Tuesday’s portrayal of Jojo Holcomb in the 1965 comedy “I’ll Take Sweden” saw her gaining massive popularity and she went on to appear in other projects such as “Lord Love a Duck” in 1966, and “I Walk the Line” in 1970. She turned down various roles that could have made her more popular, including that of Bonnie in the movie “Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967.
The 1970s and 1980s
1n the 1970s, Tuesday appeared in various acclaimed films, such as “A Safe Place,” “Play It as It Lays” in 1972, and “Looking for Mr Goodbar,” which saw her nominated for an Academy Award in 1977. She also appeared in the comedy movie “Author! Author!” together with Dyan Cannon and Al Pacino, the film “The Rainmaker,” “Scorned and Swindled” and many more in the mid-’80s. She was nominated for several awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Margie in the drama “The Winter of Our Discontent”, and a BAFTA Award for her contribution to the drama movie “Once Upon a Time in America” in 1984. Before the end of the decade, she starred in the film “Circle of Violence: A Family Drama” in 1986, and in “Heartbreak Hotel” in 1988
Tuesday appeared in four projects after the 1980s, including the drama movie “Falling Down” together with Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall, “Feeling Minnesota” in 1996, and “Chelsea Walls” in 2001. She retired after she appeared in the film “Intimate Affairs” in the same year.
Tuesday has been married thrice; she exchanged vows with the American screenwriter Claude Harz in 1965, and they welcomed daughter Natasha a year later. However, the duo parted ways in 1971, Weld took custody of their daughter, and received child support payment of $100 per month as she revealed during an interview with New York Times. She later began dating the British actor and comedian Dudley Moore, and they walked the aisle in 1975. In 1976, they welcomed a son named Patrick, who is now an editor, actor and director, but they divorced in 1980, and she received a $200,000 settlement, monthly alimony of $3,000 for the next 48 months, and $2,000 per month for child support. Weld walked the aisle again in 1985, with the Israeli concert violinist and conductor named Pinchas Zukerman, who had two daughters, Natalia and Arianna from his previous affair. The couple divorced in 1998.
Tuesday is reported to have been romantically involved with several notable personalities; she dated the Canadian actor John Ireland, and Raymond Burr in early 1959. She also dated the American film actors Dennis Hopper and Tommy Sands later that year. In addition, she was in brief affairs with the American actor Al Pacino, the Egyptian actor Omar Shariff, Canadian actor David Steinberg, among others. She is also rumored to have been in a short-lived affair with the American singer and actor Elvis Presley.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Tuesday is of mixed English, Dutch and Scottish ethnicity; she has green eyes and long blonde hair. She stands 5ft 4ins (1.62m) tall, weighs around 140lbs (64kgs) and her vital statistics are 36-23-35.
Tuesday starred in over 60 TV and film titles when she was involved in acting from 1956 to 2001. She is worth approximately $5 million as of 2022, and some of her assets include a luxury home situated in Hollywood Hills which she bought it in 2018 at $1.8 million, and another high-end home located in Manhattan, New York City.