Actress, Author. Sensual blonde star in films of the 1960s and 1970s. She received a BAFTA Award and Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her role in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969). Born Susannah Yolande Fletcher, her parents divorced when she was a child and she was raised in a remote Scottish village following her mother's remarriage. Prone to rebelliousness, she developed an interest in acting during her school years at Marr College and went on to train at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. York began her professional career as a performer on the provincial stage scene, followed by her debut on British TV and her motion picture introduction in "There Was a Crooked Man" (1960). Important roles followed in such films as John Huston's "Freud" (1962); "Tom Jones" (1963), which established her as an international sex symbol; "Kaleidoscope" (1966); "A Man for All Seasons" (1966); the controversial "The Killing of Sister George" (1968), in which she played a lesbian; and "Battle of Britain" (1969). She received an Emmy nomination for the 1972 TV adaptation of "Jane Eyre". Her other films include "Zee and Co" (1972), "The Great Gold Conspiracy" (1974),"The Maids" (1974), "Superman" (1978), and "Superman II"(1980). In addition York enjoyed a successful career as a writer with the children's fantasy books "In Search of Unicorns" (1973) and "Lark's Castle" (1976). She died from cancer.
Bio by: C.S.