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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Susan Tyrrell

Susan Tyrrell, Cult-film star Susan Tyrrell dies at 67 Oscar-nominated actress Susan Tyrrell , the beloved cult-film starlet who lit up the screen in films like "Fat City" , "From a Whisper to a Scream" and "Cry-Baby" , died this past weekend at the age of 67. Tyrrell was diagnosed in 2000 with the rare disease essential thrombocytosis , which eventually led to her legs being amputated. Despite the disability Tyrrell continued to work on film projects like

"Masked and Anonymous" and "Kid Thing"Susan Tyrrell, a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee for the 1972 drama Fat City, died of complications of thrombocythemia, a bone marrow disease, on Sunday, June 17. Tyrrell was 67.
In John Huston’s unsparing Fat City, Susan Tyrrell delivers a harrowing portrayal of an alcoholic who has an affair with fading boxer Stacy Keach. As two boxers/brothers, Keach and Jeff Bridges were Tyrrell’s better-known co-stars, but Fat City belongs to her crass, spiteful, tragic Oma.

Curiously, Turner Classic Movies is showing Fat City this evening. The movie was one of "TCM guest programmer" Ellen Barkin’s choices. Barkin cited Huston’s drama as one of the films that most influenced her decision to become an actress.
The stage-trained Susan Tyrrell (born March 18, 1945, in San Francisco) never became a movie star or even a "movie personality," though she appeared in nearly 50 features in the last four decades. Besides Fat City, among Tyrrell’s best-remembered efforts are Burt Kennedy’s The Killer Inside Me (1976)*, once again playing opposite Stacy Keach, this time as a psychopathic small-town sheriff; Jed Johnson’s black comedy Bad (1977), with Carroll Baker; and John Waters’ Cry-Baby (1990), starring Johnny Depp.
In 2000, Tyrrell had both her legs amputated because of thrombocythemia. Following that, she would be featured in only three more films: Larry Charles’ star-studded Masked and Anonymous (2003), featuring Penélope Cruz, Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Bob Dylan, Bruce Dern, and others; Garth Twa’s mystery / comedy Pieces of Dolores (2007); and David Zellner’s Kid-Thing (2012), which will be screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival later this month.
In a 2000 interview for the LA Weekly‘s Paul Cullum, Susan Tyrrell recalled: “The last thing my mother said to me was, ‘SuSu, your life is a celebration of everything that is cheap and tawdry.’ I’ve always liked that, and I’ve always tried to live up to it.”
The only surviving 1972 Best Supporting Actress nominee is The Heartbreak Kid‘s Jeannie Berlin (63 next Nov. 1). The other nominees that year were Pete ‘n’ Tillie‘s Geraldine Page, The Poseidon Adventure‘s Shelley Winters, and the winner, Butterflies Are Free‘s Eileen Heckart.
* In Michael Winterbottom’s 2010 remake of The Killer Inside Me, Jessica Alba was cast in Susan Tyrrell’s original role. Casey Affleck starred as the psycho sheriff.

Susan Tyrrell Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Arm Aritn


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