And while her name may sound vaguely familiar to the mainstream public, her wonderfully strange work is rarely seen by the masses. This is a shame, for her performances in just about every role she played showed a courage and originality that is rarely seen in movies made today.
From Andy Warhol's Bad to Tales of Ordinary Madness and Fast-Walking to Cry Baby, and and so many others too numerous to mention, Susan Tyrrell not only added intensity to every scene she was in, but also gave the audience characters that stayed with them long after the movie was over.
Part performance artist and part great actor, Susan Tyrrell brought to the screen the best of both worlds in a manner that was never pretentious or showy. She had this ability to make strangeness seem natural, while somehow always managing to hang a shadow of sadness over all of her characters.
As an actor she was a daredevil and should be an inspiration to any artist stuck in their comfort zone. She will be missed and her work in film should serve as a teacher for those actors not afraid to perform without a net.