NEW YORK (AP) - Lynn Redgrave, an introspective and independent
player in her family's acting dynasty who became a 1960s sensation
as the freethinking title character of "Georgy Girl" and later
dramatized her troubled past in such one-woman stage performances
"Shakespeare for My Father" and "Nightingale," has died. She
Her publicist Rick Miramontez, speaking on behalf of her
children, said Redgrave died peacefully Sunday night at her home in
Connecticut. Children Ben, Pema and Annabel were with her.
"Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a
seven year journey with breast cancer," they said in a statement
Monday. "She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before. The
endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer,
actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives. Our
entire family asks for privacy through this difficult time."
Her death comes a year after her niece Natasha Richardson died
from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident and just a month
after the death of her older brother, Corin Redgrave.
The youngest child of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lynn
Redgrave never quite managed the acclaim - or notoriety - of elder
sibling Vanessa Redgrave, but received Oscar nominations for
"Georgy Girl" and "Gods and Monsters," and Tony nominations for
"Mrs. Warren's Profession," "Shakespeare for My Father" and
"The Constant Wife." In recent years, she also made appearances
in the television shows "Ugly Betty," "Law & Order" and
"Vanessa was the one expected to be the great actress," Lynn
Redgrave told The Associated Press in 1999. "It was always,
'Corin's the brain, Vanessa the shining star, oh, and then there's
In the theater, Redgrave, with her striking dark red hair, often
displayed a sunny, sweet and open personality, much like her
ebullient offstage personality. It worked well in such shows as
"Black Comedy," her Broadway debut in 1972 and again two years
later in "My Fat Friend," a comedy about an overweight young
woman who sheds pounds to find romance.
Tall and blue-eyed like her sister, she was as open about her
personal life as Vanessa has been about politics. In plays and in
interviews, Lynn Redgrave confided about her family, her marriage
and her health. She acknowledged that she suffered from bulimia and
served as a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. With daughter Annabel
Clark, she released a 2004 book about her fight with cancer,
"Journal: A Mother and Daughter's Recovery From Breast Cancer."
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