susannah york getty Susannah York, 'Superman's' mom, Oscar nominee for 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?', dies at 72British actress Susannah York passed away Saturday (Jan. 15) in England after a battle with cancer. She was 72. York is best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in the 1969 movie “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”, about a grueling dance marathon. She was joined in the movie by Jane Fonda and Bonnie Bedelia.

But we know her from a couple other projects. She played Lara, Kal-El’s mother on Krypton, in “Superman” and “Superman II,” with a voice credit for “Superman IV.” She also played Margaret, the daughter of Sir Thomas More in the 1966 movie “A Man for All Seasons” opposite Paul Scofield and Robert Shaw

Susannah was also in one of our favorite versions of “A Christmas Carol” — she was Mrs. Cratchit in the version starring George C. Scott as Ebeneezer Scrooge. In her later years, she acted mostly in England.

And for a bit of interesting trivia, “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” is the movie referenced in the wonderful dance marathon episode of “Gilmore Girls,” aptly titled “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?”

She is survived by an ex-husband Michael Wells, and two children, Orlando and Sasha, who played her children in “A Christmas Carol.” Orlando can also currently be seen playing the Duke of Kent in “The King’s Speech.” Our condolences to Ms. York’s family and friends.

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