Saturday, January 15, 2011

Susannah York, R.I.P.

From The Hollywood Reporter --

British actress Susannah York, who earned a best supporting actress for her role as a dance marathon contestant in the 1969 Sydney Pollack film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, passed away Friday from advanced bone marrow cancer. She was 72.

The stage, film and television actress was also a Cannes best actress winner for Images, as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee. Her best known film roles included A Man for All Seasons, The Maids, Tom Jones, and X, Y and Zee, opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine. She played Superman's mother Lara in 1978's Superman and Superman II as well.

York's son, Orlando Wells, told Britain's Daily Mail, "Last Thursday, she had a scan and then the descent was fast. In the end, her death was painless and quick."

He added, "She was a woman with grace and stature. Both my sister Sasha and I feel incredibly lucky to have her as a mother."

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