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SUSANNAH YORK  BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Susannah York was born on January 9th, 1939 in Chelsea, London in the United Kingdom with the birth name Susannah Yolande Fletcher, born to Simon William Peel Vickers Fletcher and Joan Nita Mary Bowring.  Her parents divorced when she was six years old and she was raised in Scotland.  After high school she went on to study at Marr College and later received her acting training at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
 
Her career as an actress began as a stage actress appearing in classical repertory theater productions.  She relocated to Hollywood in the early 1960's and began appearing on the television movie, "The Richest Man in the World" (1960) with Grace Allardyce, Hermione Baddeley, David Cole and Eric Elliott, followed by small roles in the films, "There Was a Crooked Man" starring with Norman Wisdom, Alfred Marks, Andrew Cruickshank, Reginald Beckwith and "Tunes of Glory" (both 1960) starring alongside Alec Guinness, John Mills, Dennis Price, Kay Walsh, John Fraser, Duncan MacRae and Gordon Jackson.
 
Soon she was adding more substantial film roles to her resume with appearances in, "Loss of
Innocence" (1961) with Kenneth More and Danielle Darrieux, "Freud: The Secret Passion" (1962) co-starring Montgomery Clift, Larry Parks, Susan Kohner, David McCallum and Eileen Herlie, "Tom Jones" (1963) starring with Albert Finney, Hugh Griffith, Edith Evans, Diane Cilento, Jack MacGowran and Joyce Redman, "The Killing of Sister George" (1968) with Beryl Reid and Coral Browne, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969) starring Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Gig Young, Red Buttons, Bonnie Bedelia, Robert Fields and Bruce Dern, "Battle of Britain" (1969) co-starring Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Ralph Richardson and Robert Shaw and "X,Y and Zee" (1972) co-starring Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine.
 
She was honored with an Oscar as well as a Golden Globe nomination for her role in, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and followed with a Cannes Film Festival award for her role in the film, "Images" (1972) also starring Rene Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi and Cathryn Harrison.

As her acting career progressed, she continued to work as a film actress, although none of her roles reached the level of stardom she hoped for.  She added appearances in, "The Great Gold Conspiracy" (1974) starring Roger Moore, Ray Milland, Bradford Dillman and John Gielgud, "The Maids" (1975) starring Glenda Jackson, Vivien Merchant and Mark Burns, "Sky Riders" (1978) co-starring James Coburn and Robert Culp, "The Shout" (1978) with Alan Bates and John Hurt, "Superman" (1978) starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Valerie Perrine and Ned Beatty and "Superman II" (1980) starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty, Sarah Douglas, Margot Kidder and Jack O'Halloran. 

Not able to obtain star status as a film actress, she began appearing in a number of television series towards the later part of her career some of which included, "Second Chance", "The Love Boat", "The Ray Bradbury Theater", "Screen Two", "Boon", "Trainer", "Holby City", "Casualty", "Missing" and "Doctors".
 
Susannah York also added a number of stage credits to her resume such as, "The Loves of Shakespeare's Women", "Picasso's Women", "The Human Voice", "Peter Pan", "The Merry Wives of Windsor", "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Private Lives", "Amy's View" and her final stage performance was in, "Quartet" in 2010 at the Oxford Playhouse.

Along with working as an actress she decided to get into writing children's books with the titles, "In Search of Unicorns" and "Lark's Castle".  She also worked on the other side of the industry gaining experience as a director and screen writer for the play, "Falling in Love Again" (1980).

Most recently she worked on the films, "The Gigolos" (2006) starring Sacha Tarter, Trevor Sather and Ben Willbond, Anna Massey and Sian Phillips, "Franklyn" (2008) starring Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green and Sam Riley and "The Calling" (2009) with Brenda Blethyn and Emily Beecham.  She married only once to Michael Wells in 1960 and they had two children, Orlando and Sasha Wells, who both pursued careers in acting.  The couple remained together until 1980.  She was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer later in life and passed away from the disease on January 15th, 2011 in London, England at the age of seventy two.    


Filmography

2010         Doctors 
2010         Missing
2009         The Calling
2008         Franklyn
2007         Maude
2006         The Gigolos
2005         Prick 
2004         Casualty
2003         Holby City
2003         Visitors
2002         The Book of Eve
2000         St. Patrick: The Irish Legend 
2000         Jean
1997         Romance and Rejection
1997         Ruth Rendell Mysteries
1997         Loop
1993         The Higher Mortals
1993         Piccolo grande amore
1991-1992     Trainer 
1992         Illusions 
1991         Devices and Desires
1990         Boon 
1990         Screen Two
1990         Fate
1990         Barbabl├╣, Barbabl├╣
1989         A Handful of Time
1989         The Ray Bradbury Theater 
1989         After the War
1989         Melancholia
1989-1995     Timewatch 
1989         Quattro piccole donne
1988         Diamond's Edge
1988         A Summer Story
1987         Mio in the Land of Faraway
1987         Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
1987         Tomorrow's a Killer
1985         Star Quality 
1985         The Two Ronnies 
1985         The Love Boat 
1985         Daemon 
1984         A Christmas Carol 
1983         Yellowbeard
1983         Nelly's Version 
1982         We'll Meet Again
1982         Alicja
1981         Late Flowering Love 
1981         Loophole
1981         Second Chance 
1980         Superman II
1980         Falling in Love Again
1980         The Awakening
1979         Prince Regent
1979         The Golden Gate Murders 
1978         Superman
1978         Long Shot
1978         The Silent Partner
1978         A Month in the Country 
1978         The Shout
1976         Eliza Fraser
1976         Sky Riders
1975         Conduct Unbecoming
1975         That Lucky Touch
1975         The Maids
1974         The Great Gold Conspiracy
1974         Fallen Angels
1973         Great Mysteries 
1959-1972     Armchair Theatre 
1972         Images
1972         X, Y and Zee
1971         Happy Birthday, Wanda June
1970         Jane Eyre
1969         Brotherly Love
1969         They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
1969         Battle of Britain
1969         Lock Up Your Daughters!
1969         Oh! What a Lovely War
1968         The Killing of Sister George
1968         Duffy
1968         ITV Playhouse 
1968         Sebastian
1966-1967     Theatre 625
1966         Jackanory
1966         A Man for All Seasons
1966         Kaleidoscope
1966         Mystery and Imagination
1965         Sands of the Kalahari
1965         Thursday Theatre 
1965         Scruggs
1964         The 7th Dawn
1964         Scene Nun, Take One
1963         Tom Jones
1962         Freud
1962         The Slaughter of St. Teresa's Day
1961         The First Gentleman 
1959-1961      Play of the Week 
1961         Loss of Innocence
1959-1961      Television Playhouse
1960         Tunes of Glory
1960         There Was a Crooked Man 
1960         The Richest Man in the World





Matinee Classics - Battle of Britain starring Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Christopher Plummer, Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson, Robert Shaw, Susannah York, Ian McShane, Kenneth More, Edward Fox, Michael Redgrave, Curt Jurgens, Hein Riess, and Helmut Kircher


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