R.I.P. Lynn Redgrave

Lynn Redgrave, two-time Oscar nominee and member of the Redgrave acting dynasty, has died at the age of 67. Her publicist revealed yesterday that Redgrave had passed away following a seven-year battle with breast cancer. She was at her home in Connecticut with her children Ben, Pema and Annabel by her side.

The sister of Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn had carved for herself a significant and impressive career across film, theatre and television.

Redgrave trained at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, eventually making her professional stage debut in 1962. Despite starring in productions of A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (among others), Redgrave also appeared in the films Tom Jones and Girl with Green Eyes.

In 1966, Lynn Redgrave received her first Oscar nomination for playing the title character in Georgy Girl.

She would continue to star in both film and theatre, appearing in motion pictures such as Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid To Ask) and The Happy Hooker, as well as several productions on Broadway.

Although she continued her work on the stage and appeared sporadically in film, Redgrave turned to television in the late 1970s, starring in the sitcom House Calls. She was controversially fired from the program by studio Universal after insisting on bringing her new-born daughter to work, as to keep up her breast-feeding schedule. Redgrave sued Universal for breaking her contract; the suit would be eventually dismissed several years later.

Towards the end of the 1990s, Redgrave enjoyed a late-career film revival, starring in the hit Australian movie Shine and scoring her second Oscar nomination for Bill Condon‘s Gods and Monsters. In the last few years of her life, she appeared in the films Peter Pan and Kinsey, whilst also making guest appearances on Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty.

One of Lynn Redgrave’s last public appearances was at the funeral of her older brother Corin last month. Her niece Natasha Richardson (daughter of Vanessa and wife of Liam Neeson) died March 2009 following a skiing accident.

Head on over to The Guardian for some quotes from Lynn’s friends and family.

Discuss: Another tragedy for the Redgrave family. Wishing them peace during this difficult time.

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