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Academy Award-nominated British actress Susannah York has died of cancer, The Associated Press reports. She was 72.

York died Saturday at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Her son, Orlando Wells, told the news agency she had entered the hospital Jan. 6 after experiencing shoulder pain.

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York's first big break came playing Albert Finney's love interest in the 1963 period piece Tom Jones. She drew attention in 1968 for her portrayal of a lesbian in The Killing of Sister George.

In 1969, York was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for her performance in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. She famously told the Academy she was offended to receive the nomination without being asked.

Her career faded, but she returned to play Superman's biological mother in the feature films that starred Christopher Reeve.

York spent her later career on the London stage and appeared on British TV series such as Holby City as recently as 2004. Her last film  was The Calling, released last year in the United Kingdom.

She is survived by her children, Orlando and Sasha, and several grandchildren.