Susanna Foster, who starred opposite Claude Rains in the 1943 version of Phantom of the Opera, died January 17th. She was 84.
English actress Kathleen Byron, 88, died on January 18. Her best-known performance was in Black Narcissus (1947). Her first role was in the fantasy romance A Matter of Life and Death (1946) as a humorless angel clad in military uniform, taking down information about the dead soldiers before sending them on to a Heavenly tribunal. She also appeared in the horror films Night of the Eagle (1962), Craze (1973), and as Mrs. Ryan in Saving Private Ryan (1998).
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the stories.]