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Susannah York

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Celebrated movie and stage actress Susannah York died at age 72 from cancer on Friday.

Best known for her role in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They, starring opposite of Jane Fonda, which earned her an Oscar nomination, York was greatly admired in show business.

But nothing compared to the admiration from her children. 

York's primary job was being a single mother of two, and her son, Orlando Wells, had nothing but kind words to say in regard to his lost mother.

"She was an absolutely fantastic mother, who was very down to earth," The Telegraph reported.

"She 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. Both Sasha [Orlando's sister] and I feel incredibly lucky to have her as a mother.''

Suffering from advanced bone marrow cancer, York got an operation, but it didn't seem to be enough.

"Last Thursday, she had a scan and then the descent was fast. In the end, her death was painless and quick,' Wells said.

Anthony Rudolf, a close friend and writer, said: "Everyone knows she was a great star, but it should not be forgotten that she made a great contribution to fringe drama."

She received international fame with classic movies such as A Man for All Seasons and Tom Jones and also worked with huge names like Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando

However, in a 2001 Reuters interview, the actress revealed that theater was her true love saying, "This is where I belong," Yahoo reports.

Aside from acting and motherhood, York wrote children's books and was an active anti-nuclear campaigner.