Tuesday Weld, born as Susan Ker Weld, had one of the most difficult childhoods. Her story seems like a tragic one, despite not being recognized as so in Hollywood. In fact, it is not given much thought, such as stories of actresses like Judy Garland. Either way, the pressure that was put on her as a child affected her acting career since she turned down several movies that would have made her even more popular. Being an actress meant that she was exposed to a lot of pressure from the industry. However, the pressure seemed to double for her because her mother, Yosene Balfour Ker, pushed her to do so much than she should have. She had to start working very early in life, and it seemed as though she had no choice in the decisions.
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She began acting as a child and progressed to mature roles in the late s. Over the following decade, she established a career playing dramatic roles in films. Since the late s, her acting appearances have been infrequent. Her father, Lathrop Motley Weld, was a member of the Weld family of Massachusetts ; he died in at the age of 49, shortly before his daughter's fourth birthday. Left in financial difficulty by her husband's death, Weld's mother put Susan to work as a model to support the family. As the young actress told Life in My father's family came from Tuxedo Park , and they offered to take us kids and pay for our education, on the condition that Mama never see us again. Mama was an orphan who had come here from London but so far as my father's family was concerned, she was strictly from the gutter.
When her father, Lathrop Motley Weld, died three years later at the age of 49, the young girl, whose name by then had somehow been transmogrified into "Tuesday", took over the role of the family breadwinner, which included her mother Yosene Balfour Ker. She became a successful child model, posing for advertisements and mail-order catalogs. Her work and the burden of responsibility estranged her from her mother Yosene, her two elder siblings, and forced the preteen girl into adulthood. At nine years of age, she suffered a nervous breakdown; at ten, she started heavy drinking; one year later, older men started exploiting her, all of which led to a suicide attempt at age twelve.