Vale: Lynn Redgrave

Actress Lynn Redgrave, sister of Vanessa Redgrave, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer, aged 67.

The actress, best known for film and theatre roles, died just one month after the death of her brother Corin.

She is the third member of the Redgrave acting dynasty to die in just over a year, following the death of Natasha Richardson in a skiing accident in March 2009.

Redgrave shot to fame with the lead role in 1960s film Georgy Girl, for which she received an Oscar nomination and another for 1998’s Gods and Monsters. She won a Golden Globe Award for the latter. Redgrave also co-starred alongside Geoffrey Rush in Shine. Three times she lost at the Tony Awards. She was awarded an OBE for services to drama in 2002.

Her TV roles included House Calls, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Hotel, Me Eloise, and Law and Order: CI.

Sir Michael Parkinson said: “She was maybe the jolliest and most likable of all the family. She was a lovely, funny, open character, she was very easy to get on with. She was a good actress, but being a Redgrave I suppose she couldn’t help it – it’s in their blood, in their marrow. She had a great comedic talent.”

In a statement, her children said: “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.”

Source: LA Times, Guardian

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