Crystal Lee Sutton

 

Age: 68

 

Summary: former textile worker whose fight to unionize Southern textile plants with low pay and poor conditions was dramatized in the 1979 film Norma Rae, in which actress Sally Field portrayed a character based on Sutton in the movie and won a best-actress Oscar.

 

 

Cause of Death: Brain cancer

 

Born: December 31, 1940

 

Died: September 11, 2009

 

Location: Burlington, North Carolina