She earned a place in our hearts as Kitty on the hit TV show The Sullivans. But when Susan Hannaford, 64, faced the cameras on Seven’s Sunday Night, she cut quite a different figure.
With platinum-blonde locks worn loose around her shoulders, replacing her customary brunette hair, Susan appeared to have transformed not only her appearance but also her life since she famously vanished from Australian soil in 2013 when her abandoned Sydney home was sold by the Commonwealth Bank.
The actress – who claims she arrived in America with nothing, before accumulating 22 properties worth a quarter of a billion dollars at their peak – faced tough questions during a TV showdown with interviewer Matt Doran over her complex financial affairs.
Do you have difficulty, Susan, with telling the truth?’ Matt asked during the program. "Do you have difficulty with your IQ? Because the questions you’re asking me are just insane," a visibly shocked Susan replied.
As well as being asked about her lifestyle, Susan – who is raising her grandchildren – was quizzed over the whereabouts of her mother Norma, who Susan described as supporting her in ‘everything I do’.
"I love my mum she’s absolutely amazing. She, in her own right, is very successful...and has always been my partner," Susan told the program.
Reports previously stated that Norma had allegedly passed away in 2009.
"Yes, she’s elderly, but she’s active and she’s intelligent and she’s just an amazing woman. I love her very much,’ Susan said, adding she was ‘very blessed’ to have a mother who ‘can pick up my tab when a recession hits."
Susan declined to introduce her mother to Sunday Night, after experiencing what she called a ‘highly hostile interview’.
"I would not give you the time of day after this interview, because you’ve been very rude," she said.
This article originally appeared on New Idea.