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Susannah York of ‘A Man For All Seasons’, Requiescat In Pace

Susannah York succumbed to cancer this past Friday at the age of 72.

She is best remembered for portraying Saint Thomas More‘s daughter, Margaret More, in what is arguably the greatest Catholic film of all time, A Man For All Seasons.

She was very beautiful and enchanting and her role as Margaret More captured the essences of an integrated Catholic life that is an excellent example for laypeople everywhere today.

The following clip is that of the King paying his Lord Chancellor, Saint Thomas More, a visit on his estate.  The King encounters More’s family and is introduced to More’s daughter, Margaret, at the :45 mark of the clip.  They engage in conversation at the 1:32 mark of the clip.  The entire 10 minutes should be viewed to really enjoy her performance and appreciate the film itself:

Here is the trailer to that magnificent Catholic film, A Man For All Seasons:

Post script:  I was unable to find out if Susannah York was a Catholic or not, but her portrayal of Margaret More is a fine example of living a Catholic life.

Cross-posted at Gulf Coast Catholic.

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Tito Edwards

Living a Catholic Life

8 Comments

  1. Shaun,

    Be that as it may, her acting (and her beauty) was very constructive in the great Catholic film “A Man For All Seasons”.

    The little I know of her liberalism is that she opposed nuclear weapons. Doesn’t bother me as much as it did during the Cold War.

    Don,

    She, very sad. Can’t think of anyone who could have played the role of Margaret More Roper (I believe the actual Meggen was a brunette and York was a blonde, but the acting made up for that).

  2. She played (so beautifully) St. Thomas More’s daughter, early in her career, and then, in 2000, St. Patrick’s mother in a tv movie, late in her career.

  3. Susannah York was a professional, and played the role of Margaret More with dignity and sympathy. This is in great contrast to the mockery of the Faith in the recent video version of BRIDESHEAD REVISITED.

  4. That’s where I remember her from. I knew I remembered her from one of my favorite ‘trio’ of “Catholic England” movies: Beckett, The Lion in Winter and A Man for All Seasons…

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