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Susan Anspach Dies: ‘Five Easy Pieces’ & ‘Play It Again, Sam’ Actress Was 75

Susan Anspach Dies: ‘Five Easy Pieces’ & ‘Play It Again, Sam’ Actress Was 75

Actress Susan Anspach, whose style came to epitomize the counterculture of the 1960s and ’70s in such films as Five Easy Pieces, has died. She passed away Monday at her home in Los Angeles from coronary problems, according to her son, Caleb Goddard.

Anspach was on the cutting edge of acting in the 1960s. She appeared in the off-Broadway version of Hair early in her career, then moved on to such films as The Landlord, Blume in Love and opposite Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces.

Anspach (pronounced Ons-bok) began her film career in 1972 in Hal Ashby’s The Landlord (1970), following that same year with her definitive role, the classic Five Easy Pieces directed by Bob Rafelson. Anspach portrayed a New Age intellectual who sleeps with Nicholson even though she is engaged to his character’s brother.

She continued along with a busy schedule, appearing as writer-director-star Woody Allen

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