Susannah York diesBritish actress Susannah York has died at the age of 72.
Her death was confirmed late on Saturday (15th Jan 2011) evening by her son, Orlando Wells, after a battle against cancer.
She had a long career in film, tv and theatre spanning 5 decades. Her film career began with Tunes of Glory (1960), co-starring with Alec Guinness and John Mills. In 1961, she played the leading role in The Greengage Summer, which co-starred Kenneth More and Danielle Darrieux. She also appeared in the Oscar winning Best Film Tom Jones (1963), A Man for All Seasons (1966), The Killing of Sister George (1968) and Battle of Britain (1969).
In 1969 she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? but famously snubbed the Academy when, regarding her nomination, she declared it offended her to be nominated without being asked.
In 1972, she won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Images. She played Superman's mother Lara on the doomed planet Krypton in Superman (1978) and its sequels, Superman II (1980) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).