Susannah York, the British actress, has died at the age of 72 after losing her battle with bone marrow cancer.
York first rose to fame in the 1960s with a number of films and soon won herself an Oscar alongside Jane Fonda in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?.
The actress’s son, 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.”
Throughout her career Susannah worked alongside big names like Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Peter O’Toole and she established a name for herself as a stage actress, with roles in some critically-acclaimed plays and also wrote two children’s books.
She was also 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.