The London-based actress has passed away after losing a fight with cancer. She was 72. Susannah York had her Hollywood breakout with an Oscar-nominated performance in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and won a BAFTA for the same role. She first became popular with the public co-starring in the quadruple-Oscar-winning Tom Jones (1963) before appearing in A Man For All Seasons (1966) and playing Beryl Reid’s gay lover in The Killing of Sister George (1968). Her place in film history is assured through those groundbreaking films. The 70s weren’t so good for York – the highpoint of which was playing Superman’s mother Lara in Superman (1978). I only spoke to her last month when she told me how excited she was to be flying to Princeton University to be interviewed after a screening of John Huston’s Freud (1962) in which she starred opposite Montgomery Clift.
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