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'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' Actress Susannah York Dies

LONDON -- Actress Susannah York has died at the age of 72 after a struggle with bone cancer, her family said Sunday. The actress, who earned fame in a string of movies including They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, for which she was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar, historical drama A Man For All Seasons and wartime classic The Battle of Britain, was known for her luminous screen presence and classic English rose good looks.

As a single mother with two children, York's career sometimes took second place to her role as mother, and she was a much beloved parent, her actor son Orlando told the Sunday Telegraph.

"She was an absolutely fantastic mother, who was very down to earth and loved nothing more than cooking a good Sunday roast and sitting around a fire of a winter's evening. In some sense, she was quite a home girl," he said.

Screenwriter and playwright Tom Stoppard also paid tribute to the actress, who he had interviewed as a young journalist in 1961, saying: "I can still remember how completely charmed I was."