Susan Tyrrell, an Academy Award-nominated actress, but known more for her off-beat cult movies, has passed away at the age of 67. According to her official website, she died Sunday, June 16. A cause of death was not immediately available.
Tyrrell burst onto the national film scene in her fourth movie, John Huston’s 1972 cult hit “Fat City.” She was the low-down boozer girlfriend opposite Stacy Keach’s has-been boxer Billy Tully. The role earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
She went on to star in more cult classics like “Bad,” “Forbidden Zone,” “Angel” and “Avenging Angel,” but some know her best as Midge Montana from “Big Top Pee Wee,” Chuck the bartender from 1988 musical “Rockula” or Johnny Depp‘s on-screen Aunt Ramona Ricketts in the 1990 John Waters cult musical “Cry-Baby.” She also starred in Depp’s 1990 short film “Every Little Thing, Neil.”
In 2000, Tyrrell lost both her legs as a result of blood clots due to a rare blood disorder called essential thrombocythemia. Hollywood friends rallied around her for a benefit hosted by Johnny Depp at the Viper Room in Hollywood – stars there included Taylor Negron, Chloe Webb, Alexis Arquette, Nora Dunn and Megan Mullally.
Tyrrell’s last tweet (with the below picture accompanying it), was sent on May 25, 2011 and is indicative of her sense of humor and panache, “Will somebody do a re-make of f****** “Freaks” before I f****** croak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”