British stage and screen actress, Susannah York, died on January 11th, 2011 at the age of 72 after succumbing to a long standing battle with bone marrow cancer.
She rocketed 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 obituary in The Telegraph, 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.
“In the end, her death was painless and quick.”
Susannah worked alongside some of the biggest names including Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Peter O’Toole and she also established a name for herself as a stage actress, with roles in critically-acclaimed plays such as The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs and Henry James play Appearances.
She was not only a fine actress but also a budding author and human rights activist, penning two children’s books and supporting 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.