Oscar-nominated British actress Susannah York dies
Sunday, January 16, 2011
LONDON (AP) — British actress Susannah York, one of the leading stars of British and Hollywood films in the late 1960s and early 1970s, has died in London at the age of 72.
York died Saturday at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, where she was being treated for bone marrow cancer.
Her son, the actor Orlando Wells, said York was “an incredibly brave woman” who did not complain about her illness. He said she went into the hospital on Jan. 6 after experiencing shoulder pain. He called her a “truly wonderful mother.”
York was nominated for an Oscar for the 1969 hit “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and also starred in “Tom Jones”, “A Man for All Seasons” and other classics from that era.
With her beautiful blond hair and stunning blue eyes, York had a strong film presence that brought her a string of leading roles. Later she moved on to television and stage work, earning a number of accolades and awards throughout her long career.
She worked with many of Hollywood’s top directors, including John Huston and Sydney Pollack, and many top actors, earning praise for her professionalism and dedication.
In 1972 York won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.
She is survived by her son and daughter and several grandchildren.
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