In 1987 Harley received a Soap Opera Digest Award from her role as Mary.
Viewers were so angry over Mary's death that they started a letter-writing campaign demanding for her reappearance.
The show received such huge amounts of letters that eventually they admitted their mistake and asked Kozak to come back.
Kozak continued to act in film throughout the remainder of the 1990s and into the 2000s, but turned her focus to writing. Her debut novel, Dating Dead Men, earned her an Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award. Kozak starred in movies such as The House on Sorority Row (1983), Parenthood (1989), Side Out (1990), Arachnophobia (1990), The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991), Necessary Roughness (1991), All I Want for Christmas (1991), The Favor (1994), Magic in the Water (1995) and the soap operas Texas (from November 1981 to December 1982 as Brette Wheeler), Guiding Light (from 1983 to 1985 and a one-day voice-over in February 1990, as both Annabelle Sims Reardon and Annabelle's deceased mother, in 1983 flashbacks, Annie Sims) and Santa Barbara (from 1985 to 1986 and again in 1989, as former nun, Mary Duvall Mc Cormick).
Kozak was born Susan Jane Kozak in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Dorothy (née Taraldsen), a university music teacher, and Joseph Aloysius Kozak, an attorney. In Santa Barbara, her character died in an accident where a giant neon letter "C" toppled on top of her during an argument atop the Capwell hotel.
She played the role of Bess Allison, a mother who dies while searching her missing baby at the time when RMS Titanic sinks.
Kozak was originally chosen to play Karen Sammler in the TV show Once and Again.
(PW) Read an excerpt "Even Stephanie Plum's antics will seem sedate after readers make the acquaintance of Los Angeles's own Wollie Shelley, greeting card designer and small business owner. Her social life is dictated by a research project for a radio celebrity psychotherapist who's paying Wollie to date 40 men in 60 days.
Juggling dates, avoiding the bad guys on Doc's trail, trying to keep her store up to snuff and figuring out what to feed the ferret Doc left in her care have Wollie hopping at a pace reminiscent of the best 1930s screwball film comedies. And her brother has called to tell her that there's been a murder at his mental hospital.
Dating Dead Men introduces a writer who is bound to take her place alongside Janet Evanovich and Gillian Roberts—and a heroine as feisty, funny, and unforgettable as Bridget Jones.
Wollie is dating 40 men in 60 days as part of a research project for a bestselling radio personality; the ,000 fee could help her struggling store, "Wollie's Welcome!
Most of the Doubleday staff was dispersed, and my own editor ended up at Simon & Schuster.