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Susan Tyrrell

( b. Mar 18, 1945 San Francisco, California, USA - d. Jun 16, 2012 Austin, Texas, USA ) Female

Susan Jillian Creamer was born into show business. He father was a top agent at the William Morris Agency. Loretta Young and Carole Lombard were among his clients. However, she later described her childhood in wealthy New Canaan, CT, as "miserable." Rebelling against her proper upbringing, and a prim, demanding, English mother, she got poor grades and was often kicked out of class. She cut off contact with her mother when she was a teenager.

Pulling some strings, her father got young Susan an ingenue part in a 1963 touring company of the gentle comedy Time Out For Ginger starring Art Carney. He then persuaded Look magazine to follow her as she traveled with the show. Her father died soon after from the effects of a bee sting.

Ms. Tyrrell made her Broadway debut in 1965 as a replacement performer in the hit comedy Cactus Flower. As a member of the Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center, she was in the ensemble of a 1968 production of King Lear starring Lee J. Cobb; the premiere of William Gibson's A Cry of Players; and revivals of The Time of Your Life and Camino Real. Even at that tender age, she had a lived-in face and a throaty, low voice, and was frequently cast as whores, lushes and sexpots.

Off-Broadway, she acted in the 1967 premiere of Lanford Wilson's The Rimers of Eldritch and a 1979 staging of Father's Day at American Place Theatre.

She made her film debut in 1971's "Shoot Out," a revenge drama starring Gregory Peck as a wronged bank robber. This was followed by "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me" and "The Steagle." She was only 26 when she auditioned for the part of Oma, the hard, boozing girlfriend of Tully (played by Stacy Keach), a boxer on his way down, in John Huston's "Fat City." She told Huston, "I know you think I'm too young for the part, but I don't think there's anything interesting about a 35-year-old barfly. What about a 25-year-old barfly? Why is she there?" Her performance was hailed as one of the great screen drunks of all time. (She admitted to already being well-acquainted with drugs and alcohol.) The film turned out to be a comeback movie for the then-flailing Huston, and Ms. Tyrrell received an Academy Award nomination for her work.

In the 1980s, she returned to the stage, appearing in small Los Angeles productions. She also performed her own one-woman show, entitled "My Rotten Life: A Bitter Operetta."


ProductionsDate of Productions
Camino Real
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Susan Tyrrell [Esmeralda]
Jan 08, 1970 - Feb 21, 1970
The Time of Your Life
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Susan Tyrrell [Kitty Duval]
Nov 06, 1969 - Dec 20, 1969
A Cry of Players
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Susan Tyrrell [Jenny]
Nov 14, 1968 - Feb 15, 1969
King Lear
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Susan Tyrrell [Ensemble]
Nov 07, 1968 - Feb 12, 1969
Cactus Flower
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Susan Tyrrell
      Botticelli's Springtime - Replacement
  • Understudy: Susan Tyrrell
      Toni - Replacement
Dec 08, 1965 - Nov 23, 1968
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