Cult film actress Susan Tyrrell died over the weekend, her family announced this week. Tyrrell, who had both legs amputated in 2000 due to a rare blood disease, passed away in her sleep Saturday at her Austin, Texas home. The cause of death has not been disclosed. Tyrrell was 67.
Tyrrell’s acting career began in theater. She made her silver screen debut alongside Gregory Peck in the 1971 western “Shoot Out.” Tyrrell was nominated for an Oscar award for her supporting role as Oma in John Huston’s “Fat City” the following year. Her other film credits include “Bad,” “The Killer Inside Me,” “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden,” “Angel” and “Cry-Baby.” She most recently starred in “Kid-Thing.”
“Kid-Thing” director David Zellner paid tribute to Tyrrell in a Facebook post this week. "It was such a joy to have been pals with the one and only Susan Tyrrell. Her lust for life, her fixation with provocation and the subversive was so refreshing and fun. And her absolute candor. Nothing was off limits with her- she didn't mince words, she loved what she loved and she hated what she hated. Whether you wanted to hear it or not, and oftentimes you didn't. Soon after meeting she sent an email gushing about how much she loved "Fiddlestixx" of all things, and that meant the world to me. She wasn't interested in anything else we did but geez louise she loved a monkey freaking out in front of a green screen. I'm so grateful that we got to work together on KID-THING. Until we screened the finished product for her we had no idea which way it would go, and were humbled by how proud of it she was. She will be sorely missed,” he wrote.
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