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British actor, Superman's 'mother' Susannah York dies at 72

Susannah York, one of the leading stars of British and Hollywood films in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died Saturday. Ms. York, 72, received an Oscar nomination in 1970 for her role in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and also appeared in the classic A Man for All Seasons before going on to play Christopher Reeve's biological mother in the Superman series of movies. In 1972, she won best actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as a schizophrenic housewife in Robert Altman's Images. Ms. York had a long, distinguished career on film, television and the stage, but she is best remembered for her early roles. She acted with major stars such as Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and George C. Scott. Her film work tailed off as London's "Swinging Sixties" era faded into cultural history, but she returned to play Superman's mother. She died of cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Her son, actor Orlando Wells, said she was an incredibly brave woman who did not complain about her illness and was a "truly wonderful mother."

British actor, Superman's 'mother' Susannah York dies at 72 01/16/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:56pm]
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