Susan Tyrrell: celebrating the cheap and tawdry

Susan Tyrrell in FAT CITY

I am fond of the under appreciated Fat City (1972), which is often broadcast by Turner Classic Movies. It’s the story of boxer on the slide who inspires a kid to become a boxer on the rise.  Stacy Keach and Susan Tyrrell give dead-on performances as pathetic sad sack barflies. Tyrrell was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.  Sadly, Susan Tyrell died in June 2012.

In this wonderful 2000 profile in LA Weekly, Tyrell said, “The last thing my mother said to me was, ‘SuSu, your life is a celebration of everything that is cheap and tawdry.’ I’ve always liked that, and I’ve always tried to live up to it.”


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