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Susan Tyrrell (1945–2012)


A bizarre, gloriously one-of-a-kind Hollywood gypsy and self-affirmed outcast, San Francisco-born actress Susan Tyrrell (born Susan Jillian Creamer) was a teenager when she made her stage debut in "Time Out for Ginger" in 1962. A product of the entertainment industry, her father was a top agent at one time with the William Morris firm. She built up... See full bio »

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(age 67) in Austin, Texas, USA

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Cry-Baby Ramona Rickettes
(1990)
Bad Mary Aiken
(1977)
Forbidden Zone Queen Doris of the Sixth Dimension / Ruth Henderson
(1980)
Fat City Oma
(1972)

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 2012 Kid-Thing
Esther
 2010 Flexing with Monty (Video)
Mrs. Nog (voice)
 2008 The Boneyard Collection
High Priestess
 2007 Pieces of Dolores (Short)
Lotus Parker
 2004 The Devil's Due at Midnight (Video short)
High Priestess
 2003 Masked and Anonymous
Ella the Fortune Teller
 1999 Swap Meet (as Susan Tyrell)
 1999 Buddy Boy
Sal
 1998 Relax... It's Just Sex
Alicia Pillsbury
 1997 Extreme Ghostbusters (TV Series)
Achira
- Darkness at Noon: Part 2 (1997) ... Achira (voice)
- Darkness at Noon: Part 1 (1997) ... Achira (voice)
 1997 I Am Weasel (TV Series)
Madame DeBarge
- Ping Pong at Sea (1997) ... Madame DeBarge (voice)
 1997 Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (Video)
Mrs. B
 1995 Powder
Maxine
 1995 Digital Man
Mildred Hodges
 1995 The Demolitionist
Mayor Eleanor Grimbaum
 1995 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Mona
- Comes the Dawn (1995) ... Mona
 1992 Wings (TV Series)
Sconset Sal
- Marriage, Italian Style (1992) ... Sconset Sal (as Susan Tyrell)
 1991 Motorama
Bartender
 1991 Shades of LA (TV Series)
Rita
- Send Up the Clowns (1991) ... Rita (as Susan Tyrell)
 1990 Cry-Baby
Ramona Rickettes
 1990 Rockula
Chuck the Bartender
 1989 Far from Home
Agnes Reed
 1988 Big Top Pee-wee
Midge Montana
 1988 Windmills of the Gods (TV Mini-Series)
Neusa
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Neusa
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Neusa
 1988 Tapeheads
Nikki Morton
 1987 The Under Achievers
Mrs. Grant
 1987 Poker Alice (TV Movie)
Mad Mary
 1987 From a Whisper to a Scream
Beth Chandler
 1987 The Chipmunk Adventure
Claudia Furschtien (voice)
 1987 The Hitchhiker (TV Series)
Doris
- In the Name of Love (1987) ... Doris
 1986 The Christmas Star
Sara
 1986 If Tomorrow Comes (TV Mini-Series)
Bertha
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Bertha
 1986 Thompson's Last Run (TV Movie)
Pookie
 1985 Flesh+Blood
Celine
 1985 MacGruder and Loud (TV Series)
Mrs. Skeat
- Pilot (1985) ... Mrs. Skeat
 1985 Avenging Angel
Solly Mosler
 1984 The Killers
Susu, Second Ragpicker
 1984 Jealousy (TV Movie)
Dixie
 1984 Angel
Solly Mosler
 1983 What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon
Bunny (voice)
 1983 Fire and Ice
Juliana (voice)
 1981-1982 Open All Night (TV Series)
Gretchen Feester
- Death of a Bag Lady (1982) ... Gretchen Feester
- Edie's Girl (1982) ... Gretchen Feester
- The Chicken Suit (1982) ... Gretchen Feester
- A Visit from the Folks (1982) ... Gretchen Feester
- Scam (1982) ... Gretchen Feester
 1982 Fast-Walking
Evie
 1982 Liar's Moon
Lora Mae Bouvier
 1981 Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker
Cheryl Roberts (Aunt Cheryl)
 1981 Midnight Lace (TV Movie)
Ann Galvin
 1981 Subway Riders
Eleanor Langley
 1980 Willow B: Women in Prison (TV Movie)
T. J.
 1980 Forbidden Zone
Queen Doris of the Sixth Dimension / Ruth Henderson
 1979 Flying High (TV Series)
Sam
- Ladies of the Night (1979) ... Sam
 1979 Racquet
Miss Baxter
 1979 Visions (TV Series)
Carrie
- Ladies in Waiting (1979) ... Carrie
 1978 Lady of the House (TV Movie)
Helen Proctor
 1978 Coming Attractions
Boobies (as Susan Tyrell)
 1978 Kojak (TV Series)
Mary Torino
- In Full Command (1978) ... Mary Torino
 1977 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Annie / Isabelle Oates
- The Collector (1977) ... Annie / Isabelle Oates
 1977 September 30, 1955
Melba Lou
 1977 Wizards
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1977 Bad
Mary Aiken
 1976 The Killer Inside Me
Joyce Lakeland (as Susan Tyrell)
 1975 Baretta (TV Series)
Pamela / Jenny
- Double Image (1975) ... Pamela / Jenny
 1974 To Kill the King
Maggie Van Birchard
 1974 Zandy's Bride
Maria Cordova
 1974 Catch My Soul
Emilia
 1972 Fat City
Oma
 1971 Nichols (TV Series)
Caralee
- The Marrying Fool (1971) ... Caralee
 1971 Shoot Out
Alma
 1971 Bonanza (TV Series)
Mrs. Jill Conway
- Fallen Woman (1971) ... Mrs. Jill Conway
 1971 The Steagle
Louise
 1964 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Phyllis Freuchen
- Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1964) ... Phyllis Freuchen
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Other Works:

Was a member of the Lincoln Center Repetory Theater during the late 1960s through early 1970s. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Susan Tyrell

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

[Her thoughts on show business] I'm gonna get my tubes tied to ensure that no actors come out of me! See more »

Trivia:

According to Tyrrell, Pauline Kael once referred to her as an entire school of acting (not intended as a compliment), and Rex Reed once wrote, "She has a body like an unmade bed." Supposedly, Tennessee Williams once confided to her, "My favorite actors are 50 percent male and 50 percent female. You, my dear, are neither.". See more »

Nickname:

SuSu

Star Sign:

Pisces

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