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Image Credit: Cambridge Jones/Getty ImagesBritish actress Susannah York, who received an Academy Award nomination in 1970 for her role in the drama They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, died yesterday of cancer in London at the age of 72. Though her career spanned four decades, York’s fame peaked early with a string of roles in films such as 1963’s Tom Jones, 1966’s A Man For All Seasons, 1968’s The Killing of Sister George, and 1969’s Battle of Britain that made her one of the icons of London’s swinging ’60s. In 1972, York won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in director Robert Altman’s psychological thriller Images. To many younger moviegoers, York may be best known for playing Superman’s Kryptonian mother Lara in 1978’s Superman, a role she reprised in 1980’s Superman II.

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