Susannah York

Film + Stage and Television Actress
Born Jan 9, 1939

Susannah York was an English film, stage and television actress. She was awarded a BAFTA as Best Supporting Actress for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) and was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for the same film. She won best actress for Images at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. In 1991 she was appointed an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.… Read More

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1939 Birth York was born in Chelsea, London, in 1939, the younger daughter of Simon William Peel Vickers Fletcher (1910–2002), a merchant banker and steel magnate, and his first wife, the former Joan Nita Mary Bowring – they married in 1935 and divorced prior to 1943. … Read More
1943 4 Years Old In early 1943, her mother married a Scottish businessman, Adam M. Hamilton, and moved, with her daughter, to Scotland. … Read More


1958 19 Years Old There she won the Ronson award for most promising student before graduating in 1958. … Read More


1959 20 Years Old In 1959, York married Michael Wells, with whom she had two children, daughter Sasha (born May 1972) and son Orlando (born June 1973). They divorced in 1976. … Read More
1961 22 Years Old In 1961, she played the leading role in The Greengage Summer, which co-starred Kenneth More and Danielle Darrieux.
1962 23 Years Old In 1962, she performed in Freud: The Secret Passion with Montgomery Clift in the title role. … Read More


1970 31 Years Old It was also in 1970 that Susannah York played opposite Peter O'Toole in Country Dance. … Read More
1972 33 Years Old In 1972, she won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Images. … Read More


1984 45 Years Old In 1984, York starred as Mrs. Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (1984), based on the novel by Charles Dickens. … Read More


1992 53 Years Old In 1992, she was a member of the jury at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.


2003 64 Years Old In 2003, York had a recurring role as hospital manager Helen Grant in the BBC1 television drama series Holby City.
2004 65 Years Old She reprised this role in two episodes of Holby Citys sister series Casualty in May 2004. … Read More
2007 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, she appeared in the UK tour of The Wings of the Dove, and continued performing her internationally well received solo show, The Loves of Shakespeare's Women.
2008 69 Years Old In 2008, she played the part of Nelly in an adaptation by April De Angelis of Wuthering Heights. … Read More
2009 70 Years Old In 2009, she starred alongside Jos Vantyler in the Tennessee Williams season at the New End Theatre, London for which she received critical acclaim.
2010 71 Years Old 1 More Event
York's last stage performance was as Jean in Ronald Harwood's Quartet, at the Oxford Playhouse in August 2010. … Read More
2011 72 Years Old She died at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London from multiple myeloma on 15 January 2011, six days after her 72nd birthday.
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