Sue Carol was born Evelyn Jeannette Lederer on October 30, 1906 in Chicago, Illinois, to Caroline (Schmidt) and Samuel Lederer. Her parents were Jewish immigrants (from Bohemia and Germany). She was 20 years old when she entered film work. Her first role was a bit part in Soft Cushions (1927) in 1927. Directors liked the way she took instruction and gave her a more substantial part later that year in Slaves of Beauty (1927). While she didn't land the roles her contemporaries did, Sue was a very competent actress. She was married to actor Alan Ladd. Among her children is actor/producer David Ladd, and actress Jordan Ladd is one of her grandchildren. Sue died in Los Angeles, California on February 4, 1982.