This is some news we didn’t get a chance to report on last week but wanted to pay our respects,. British actress Susannah York has died, aged 72.

Though arguably best known to contemporary film viewers for her role as Lara, mother of Kal-El, in the Superman movies – starring opposite Marlon Brando – York’s screen presence was at its strongest in the 1960s.

She received her first major public attention after appearing in the 1963 adaptation of Tom Jones, a quadruple Academy Award winner.  Her keen eye for selection proved itself again when, just three years later, she appeared in A Man For All Seasons, with this project proving itself worthy of six of those same golden statuettes.

In 1968, York stretched herself further, taking on the role of Beryl Reid’s lover in The Killing of Sister George.  But it wasn’t until the next year that York’s talents received their highest acclaim as she gained her own Oscar nomination for her part in 1969’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Still working in the 2000s, York appeared several episodes of the British hospital dramas Holby City and Casualty before going on to concentrate on stage roles including Wuthering Heights and an acclaimed 2009 run of Tennessee Williams’ plays, opposite Jos Vantyler.

She died this passing weekend on Saturday (15th January), following a battle with bone marrow cancer.  It was six days after her 72nd birthday.