Sunday, January 16, 2011

Susannah York

By Olga Craig, Ben Leach and Roya Nikkhah, London Telegraph

She was the blue-eyed English rose with the china-white skin and cupid lips who epitomised the sensuality of the swinging Sixties. Sexy and demure by turn, Susannah York, who died yesterday from cancer at 72, held a generation of male admirers in her thrall.

Her wide-ranging career, which won her both a Bafta and an Oscar nomination, oscillated between powerful portrayals of either the dutiful woman or the wanton wife. The zenith of her career was surely her roles as Thomas More's daughter in A Man For All Seasons, in 1966, and her passionate performance as the feisty section officer who took on Kenneth More in the acclaimed film Battle of Britain in 1966.

Ms York's film Killing of Sister George is on site and was one of the films shot at the over-used site in Hammersmith which is featured in the Cinema of Darkness.