A bizarre, one-of-a-kind Hollywood gypsy and self-affirmed outcast, actress Susan Tyrrell was a teenager when she made her stage debut in Time Out for Ginger. A product of the entertainment industry, her father was a top agent at one time with the William Morris firm. She built up her resumé in summer stock and regional plays usually cast in standard ingénue roles. Her nascent career took an abrupt shift in direction, however, when, as a member of New York’s Lincoln Repertory Company, she was cast in an array of seamy, salty-tongued, highly dysfunctional character parts. After striking performances on and off Broadway in such fare as The Rimers of Eldritch (1967), A Cry of Players (1968), The Time of Your Life (1969) and Camino Real (1970) Hollywood took keen notice of this special talent and, in the early 1970s, began to cast her in their more offbeat projects.
In only her fourth film, Susan earned an Academy Award nomination for… read more