Legendary actress Lynn Redgrave died in her Connecticut home Sunday night, May 2 at the age of 67, after battling breast cancer for seven years.
Lynn Redgrave, who was first treated for breast cancer in 2003, was a member of Britain’s Redgrave dynasty. Born in London to thespians Rachel Kemspon and Michael Redgrave, Lynn made her debut in 1962 at the Royal Court Theatre in London. In 1967 she earned her first Oscar nomination for her role in 1966′s Georgy Girl. She received another Oscar nomination for her supporting role as a housekeeper in 1998′s Gods and Monsters. She won Golden Globes for both films. She was also nominated for three Tony awards, two Emmys and a Grammy during her career.
Lynn Redgrave’s career continued with roles in “The Jane Austen Book Club” in 2007 and “The Constant Wife” and “The White Countess” in 2005. She also wrote four plays, including “Shakespeare For My Father,” which examined her relationship with Michael Redgrave.
Lynn Redgrave’s most recent work included television appearances on shows such as Desperate Housewives, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Ugly Betty. She also served as a spokesperson for the Weight Watchers program.
In 1967, Lynn Regrave married actor-director John Clark. They had three children, Ben, Pema and Annabel. The marriage ended in divorce in 2000.
Lynn Redgrave’s family made the following statement:
“Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven-year journey with breast cancer. 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.”
Lynn Redgrave’s children, son Ben and daughters Pema and Annabel, said in their statement that they were with Redgrave when she passed away.
Director Michael Winner, who cast Lynn Redgrave in one of her first movies, said she had been “a joy.”
“She was a phenomenal actress, she could do comedy, tragedy — anything really — with absolute ease.”
British television interviewer Michael Parkinson said, “She was maybe the jolliest and most likeable of all the family.
“She was a good actress, but being a Redgrave I suppose she couldn’t help it — it’s in their blood, in their marrow.”
Just last month, on April 6, Redgrave’s older brother, actor Corin Redgrave, died at age 70 at his home in London. Lynn Regrave’s neice Natasha Richardson died a little more than a year ago on March 18 from head injuries after a skiing accident. She was only 45.