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Relationship Information, Quotes, and Trivia
Where and/or how did Susan Oliver and Dirk Wayne Summers meet?
Susan was appearing in one of Alfred Hitchcock's shows at Universal, and Hitchcock introduced them in the commissary at lunch-time. They dated the next night.
Why did Susan Oliver and Dirk Wayne Summers break up?
They didn't really have a "breakup." Dirk & Susan had a long talk and decided that, while they cared for each other, what they loved most about each other was a mutual joy of flying. (They survived a crash in the California Desert.) They decided to remain good friends, and flew together on available weekends.
Other Relationship Information about Susan Oliver and Dirk Wayne Summers:
Susan Oliver was a noted pilot (Winner of the Powder Puff Derby) when Dirk was completing pilot training at Van Nuys airport. Oliver owned a Cessna 172 which she would fly to Catalina Island for lunch and sunsets. Although attracted to each other, they realized that the real attraction they shared was flying; so they agreed to be just 'good friends.' Both survived a crash-landing in the California Desert.
Classic Quotes by Susan Oliver and Dirk Wayne Summers about their relationship:
"Susan Oliver is one of the two best (female) directors in Hollywood- the other being the great Ida Lupino. But if I were Ida, I would be looking in the rearview mirror." Dirk Wayne Summers 1972