London, Jan 16 (Agencies): Susannah York, the lead star of many a Holywood and British film in the yesteryears, has died aged 72 following a long battle with cancer.

York, the most recognisable actress of the 1960s, breathed her last at a London hospital on Saturday.

She was suffering from an advanced bone marrow cancer for which she had an operation, and after a scan on last Thursday her decent was fast, reported Daily Mail.

"She was an absolutely fantastic mother, who was very down to earth. She loved nothing more than cooking a good Sunday roast and sitting around a fire of a winter's evening.

"In some sense, she was quite a home girl. Both my sister Sasha and I feel incredibly lucky to have her as a mother. She was a woman with grace and stature," said the actress' son Orlando Wells.

York was best known for her role opposite Jane Fonda in the 1969 film 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?' for which she recieved Oscar nomination.

She achieved internationl fame for movies like 'Tom Jones' and 'A Man For All Seasons.' Her extensive stage career saw her acting in critically acclaimed plays like 'The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs' and 'Henry James: Appearances'.

York has also starred opposite the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Peter O'Toole.

"She was as happy in a pub theatre in Islington as she was in Hollywood," Wells added.

York also penned two children's fantasy novels entitled 'In Search of Unicorns' in 1973 and 'Lark's Castle' in 1976.