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Posted at 8:59 AM ET, 01/16/2011

British film star Susannah York dies at 72

By Emma Brown
Emma Brown

Susannah York, an English actress who emerged as one of the most luminous stars of the 1960s in films including "Tom Jones," "Tunes of Glory," "A Man for All Seasons," and "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" -- the last of which brought her an Oscar nomination -- died Jan.15 of cancer at a hospital in London. She was 72.

The Guardian newspaper of London has its obituary for Ms. York up online, and The Post's is on the way. Meantime, here is a bit from "Tom Jones," in which Ms. York's Sophie Western falls for the title character, a rascal played by Albert Finney.

By Emma Brown  | January 16, 2011; 8:59 AM ET
Categories:  Actors, actresses, Emma Brown  
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In 1958, Britains Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts designated Susannah York it's most skilled and promising graduate of that class.
York fulfilled that promise. She had a 50 year career, last movie wrapping in 2010. Along the way, memorable roles. A stunning beauty who was intelligent and a 1st-rate actor.
The comments in Britain remember her not just as a beauty and actor, but also as a creative person, political activist, and a classy quick-witted woman with an endearing manner with family and friends.
Britain regularly gifts the world with great actors and actresses, with people of remarkable looks. Susannah York joins the Pantheon of such departed legends.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | January 16, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

She was in Superman The Movie (1978).
The nice things about films like Superman or Star Wars is the way they can lead you to a greta body of work.
Through Star Wars, my mom and WETA, I discovered the wonderful movies of Alec Guiness.

Posted by: edlharris | January 16, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

A good actor who was in a lot of enjoyable films. She will be missed.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 16, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Post Mortem? Unless you're covering her autopsy, you should call it an obituary.

Posted by: Sturdi | January 16, 2011 11:19 PM | Report abuse

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