Susan Tyrell was a phenomenon. I adored her. I first became acquainted
with her when she was doing Rachel Owen’s Futz, off-broadway in the late sixties.
We did two films together, Fat City, where we played lovers, and a few
years later, The Killer Inside Me, where she portrayed a hooker who
became the victim of a psychopathic sheriff, which I played.
I loved her whiskey voice, always reeking of soul and sweetness. She
was like the Billie Holliday of the dispossessed. She sang the blues
with every word she spoke, and the unique colors she brought to the
behavior of the characters she played always embraced a vivid portrait
of a highly sensual woman. Sexy and vulnerable, not unlike the
qualities of a battered Marilyn Monroe. Susu also had a wonderful
sense of humor and an infectious laugh.
She was irresistible.
Her bravery and positivity in the face of the disease that took her
legs was monumental. She was such an inspiration to me.
Also, unbeknownst to many, she was a great artist. Her drawings and
paintings are brilliant and unique.
I miss her terribly. She died too young. My thoughts and prayers
are with her and her family on this sad occasion.
Stacy is performing in Romeo and Juliet in the one-night-only gala staged reading of the Shakespeare classic June 18 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park!
Classic Conversations with Michael Kahn continues with star of stage, Stacy Keach, Monday, July 23, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Sidney Harman Hall Tickets starting at $25. Buy Tickets or call our helpful Box Office staff at 202.547.1122, option 1. In a career spanning five decades, STC Affiliated Artist Stacy Keach has been versatile enough to tackle the most challenging Shakespearean roles. Keach was recently seen on the STC stageas the title role in the Company’s hit 2009 production of King Lear and also appeared in STC’s Macbeth and Richard III. Most recently Keach was on Broadway in Other Desert Cities with Stockard Channing and Judith Light, for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. He has received a Best Actor Golden Globe, been nominated for Emmy and Tony awards, and won three Obie Awards, three Vernon Rice awards, two Helen Hayes Awards and the prestigious Millennium Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to the classical theatre.
About Classic Conversations with Michael Kahn: This season marks the 25th anniversary of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Michael Kahn’s 25 years as Artistic Director. As part of our anniversary celebration, we’re inviting some of the world’s most renowned classical actors to talk about their craft and how the art of classical theatre has contributed to their career. Think “Inside the Actor’s Studio” at our very own Sidney Harman Hall. Hurry, tickets to Classic Conversations sell out quickly, get yours today!
Check out this interview with Other Desert Cities playwright, Jon Robin Baitz, and hear what he has to say about Stacy! Click here.