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Susan Tyrrell, an Oscar nominee known for the 1972 movie 'Fat City' and the cult film 'Cry-Baby,' which starred Jonny Depp, died at age 67 on June 16, 2012.
The cause of her death was not revealed. Tyrrell was in 2000 diagnosed with a rare blood disease called essential thrombocytosis, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee as a result of her ailment.
Tyrrell was born Susan Cremer in San Francisco, California and grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut. Her mother was a member of a convent in her native Britain and spent time in the Diplomatic Corps in China and The Philippines during World War II. Tyrell's father was a Hollywood agent who later worked in advertising. Tyrell lived in Austin, Texas in her final years and went by the nickname 'SuSu.'
'I'm a loner,' Tyrrell told LA Weekly in 2000.'I don't like beautiful people, but I find beauty in the grotesque. And in the sweet soul inside someone who has been able to get through their life without being a rat's ass. Such people should be collected, should be swept up immediately and kept in a box of broken people. I've collected people my whole life. Sometimes it ends badly, but it's absolutely never on my part.'
'Because I know how fabulous I am,' she added. 'You're just going to have to take my word for it - I'm an incredible person. I do good deeds, and I love people, but the only way I can do these things is to stay apart. Because you can just stand so much. But the people who you meet in your life, who cross your path, the ones who are decent, should be collected.'
Tyrell began her acting career in the 1960s and made her Broadway debut in 1965 as a replacement performer in the comedy 'Cactus Flower.' She went on to star in the plays 'A Cry of Players,' 'The Time of Your Life' and 'Camino Real.'
She made her big screen debut in 1971 with the film 'Shoot Out' alongside Gregory Peck. Tyrell went on to star in the 1972 boxing drama 'Fat City' as Oma, a drunk, alongside main male leads Jeff Bridges and Stacy Keach. Tyrrell earned an Oscar nomination for her performance.
In 1977, she appeared in Andy Warhol film 'Bad.' She also starred in the 1982 fantasy comedy 'Forbidden Zone' and in the 1984 thriller 'Angel' and its 1985 sequel.
Younger viewers may remember her best from the 1990 musical film 'Cry-Baby,' which starred Depp as Cry-Baby, a 'bad boy' Elvis Presley-like rock n' roll singer who seeks to win the heart of 'good girl' Allison Vernon-Williams, played by Amy Locane. Tyrell played Cry-Baby's grandmother, Ramona Ricketts, while real-life rocker Iggy Pop portrayed his grandfather, Belvedere.
Tyrrell went on to star in the 1995 mystery drama film 'Powder' alongside Jeff Goldblum. She then reunited with Bridges for the 2003 Bob Dylan movie 'Masked and Anonymous,' playing Ella the Fortune Teller. Tyrrell's last on-screen role was in the 2012 independent film 'Kid-Thing.'
(Pictured: Right: Susan Tyrrell appears at a panel discussion of 'Forbidden Zone' at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles on July 30, 2008. / Left: Susan Tyrrell and Iggy Pop appear in a scene from the 1990 movie 'Cry-Baby.')
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