Actress Lynn Redgrave dies in Connecticut at 67

Mon May 3, 2010 5:12pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lynn Redgrave, a leading member of a British acting dynasty who was nominated for Oscars in 1966 for "Georgy Girl" and in 1998 for "Gods and Monsters," has died of breast cancer, her family said on Monday.

Redgrave died at the age of 67 on Sunday night at her home in Connecticut, her publicist Rick Miramontez said.

"Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven-year journey with breast cancer," her three children Ben, Pema, and Annabel said in a statement.

"The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives."

Redgrave, the London-born youngest child of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, brought to the stage her reflections on one of Britain's most celebrated and complicated theatrical families.

Her elder brother Corin Redgrave, also an actor, passed away less than a month earlier and her niece, Natasha Richardson, died after a skiing accident in 2009. She is survived by her sister, the actress Vanessa Redgrave.

She made her professional debut in London's Royal Court Theatre's 1962 production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and her Broadway debut in 1967 in "Black Comedy" with Michael Crawford and John Clark, whom she married soon after.