Actress Lynn Redgrave from the film poses for a portrait during the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images) .

Redgrave in September 2009. (Matt Carr/Getty Images)

By Mark Memmott

"Actress Lynn Redgrave has died," the Associated Press just reported, saying the announcement came from the actress' children. She was 67. The cause of death hasn't yet been reported.

The Redgrave family, one of acting's most notable, has been touched by death twice before in recent months. Actor Corin Redgrave, one of Lynn's brothers, died in early April at the age of 70.

Natasha Richardson, an actress and daughter of Lynn Redgrave's sister Vanessa, died in March 2009 after suffering a major brain injury in a ski accident. Richardson was 45.

As the AP notes, Lynn Redgrave was "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.

Lynn Redgrave's website links to material about her substantial family tree, which along with her siblings and niece includes her parents -- Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson -- who were stars as well.

Lynn Redgrave's page at IMDB.com is here.

In December 2005, Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave spoke with All Things Considered host Michele Norris about their relationship as sisters and their lives as actors. Lynn Redgrave said she hadn't always wanted to act:

"I was an equestrian. That was my absolute passion. But I actually had a job lined up for when I left school with--there was a great international show jumper called Pat Smythe. She had offered me a job to be really like an apprentice, but I would get to work with her horses and with her, and I then had great aspirations to become Pat Smythe. And then I saw (Shakespeare's) Twelfth Night and that all changed."

Here's the audio of that conversation:


categories: Culture, Foreign News, Obituaries

11:50 - May 3, 2010