A famous Hollywood actress has passed away from coronary failure
This actress’ roles in 1970’s independent films all strong female characters, helped reshape the way women were portrayed in mainstream movies before.
Screen and stage Hollywood actress Susan Anspach sadly passed away on April 2. The actress was 75 years old at the moment of her death from a coronary failure, as Faith Family America reported.
Anspach died at her home in Los Angeles. She is best known for her roles in 1970, during what many connoisseurs consider a golden age of independent filmmaking in Hollywood, which helped Anspach take off as a character actress.
According to USA Today, Anspach was a kind of actress who specialized in playing strong women who didn’t submit to men, something that was very interesting for the filmmakers of the time, interested in a new kind of realism.
That is why directors such as Bob Rafaelson, Paul Mazursky, and Woody Allen were drawn to her talents and offered roles to Anspach in their movies. Anspach truly stood out when playing non-conformist characters.
“If a person has no love for himself, no respect for himself, no love of his friends, family, work, something...how can he ask for love in return? I mean, why should he ask for it?”— George David Allen (@GeorgeDAllen) April 6, 2018
FIVE EASY PIECES (1970)
RIP, Susan Anspach pic.twitter.com/53hEphhQnU
Five Easy Pieces, by Rafaelson, is still the role she is mostly known for. Blume in Love and Play It Again, Sam are two other movies from the 70’s where Anspach gave some of her best performances for the screen.
Originally from New York, the actress started her career on stage, soon being offered roles in Broadway, where she took the female lead in the successful musical Hair. In those early years in her profession, she shared the stage with Al Pacino.
Four 1970s movie scenes with the late, great Susan Anspach. pic.twitter.com/mWhbmfULF0— Channing Thomson (@CHANNINGPOSTERS) April 6, 2018
In her work on theater, Hollywood big names such as Robert Duvall, Dustin Hoffman, and Jon Voight played male counterparts to Anspach’s remarkably strong female characters.
Susan Anspach - key roles in many #70sFilm, incl The Landlord (Ashby), Play it Again Sam (Ross via Woody Allen script), + landmarks Blume in Love (Mazursky), Five Easy Pieces (Rafelson). Also seek out odd, obscure Montenegro (1981), via Dusan Makavejev. Below: w/Nicholson in 5EP pic.twitter.com/ig2Ut65qjY— MidCenturyCinema (@MidCenturyCinem) April 6, 2018
Anspach was married twice in her life. First, with fellow actor Mark Goddard, during most of the 70’s, and later with musician Sherwood Ball, whom she divorced in 1986. She was a mother of two. May she rest in peace.