British stage and screen actress Susannah York has died at the age of 72 after losing her battle with bone marrow cancer.
Susanna rose to fame in the 1960s with a number of hit films and her first decade of professional acting was crowned with her Oscar-nominated role alongside Jane Fonda in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?.
In an obiturary in The Telgraph, she was described as “the blue-eyed English rose with the china-white skin and cupid lips who epitomised the sensuality of the swinging Sixties.”
Her son, actor Orlando Wells, yesterday described her as “an absolutely fantastic mother, who was very down to earth.
“She loved nothing more than cooking a good Sunday roast and sitting around a fire of a winter’s evening. In some sense, she was quite a home girl. Both my sister Sasha and I feel incredibly lucky to have her as a mother.
“She was a woman with grace and stature. She had advanced bone marrow cancer which she had an operation for.
“But, last Thursday, she had a scan and then the descent was fast.
“In the end, her death was painless and quick.”
Susannah worked alongside big names like Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Peter O’Toole and she also established a anme for herself as a stage actress, with roles in critically-acclaimed plays including The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs and Henry James play Appearances.
She also penned two children’s books and was a supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and Mordechai Vanunu, a former Israeli nuclear technician, who was imprisoned for 18 years for revealing israel’s secret nuclear program.
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