Susan Tyrrell, Actress Noted for Cult Films, Dies At 67

By Jeremy Kinser

Originally published on Advocate.com June 18 2012 9:00 PM ET

Oscar-nominated actress Susan Tyrrell, best known for her performances in cult films such as Andy Warhol's BadAngel, and Cry-Baby, died in Los Angeles as age 67, reports Variety.

Tyrrell's résumé of eccentric characters earned her a substantial cult following, including many LGBT fans, who responded to her often outrageous portrayals. Her films ranged from surreal comedies such as Big Top Pee-wee, in which she played a tiny circus performer, to the Bob Dylan vehicle Masked and Anonymous, in which she played a fortune teller. In 2000, Tyrrell was diagnosed with thrombocythemia, a disease of the bone marrow, which caused amputation of both her legs.

She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a barfly in John Huston's 1972 drama Fat City and played Solly, a tough-talking lesbian den mother to transvestite prostitutes, in the 1984 exploitation film Angel and its sequel, Avenging Angel.

Tyrrell died at the home of her niece in Austin on Saturday.