Redgrave at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
8 March 1943|
Marylebone, London, England
|Died||2 May 2010
Kent, Connecticut, U.S.
|Cause of death||Breast cancer|
|Resting place||Lithgow, New York, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||John Clark (m. 1967–2000, divorced)|
Lynn Redgrave, OBE (8 March 1943 – 2 May 2010) was an English actress.
A member of the Redgrave family, Lynn trained in London before making her theatrical debut in 1962. By the mid-1960s she had appeared in several films, including Tom Jones (1963), and Georgy Girl (1966) which won her a New York Film Critics Award and nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
In 1967, she made her Broadway debut, and performed in several stage productions in New York while making frequent returns to London's West End. She performed with her sister Vanessa in Three Sisters in London, and in the title role of Baby Jane Hudson in a television production of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? in 1991. She made a return to films in the late 1990s in films such as Shine (1996) and Gods and Monsters (1998), for which she received another Academy Award nomination. Redgrave is the only person to have been nominated for all of the 'Big Four' American entertainment awards (Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, and Tony) without winning any of them.
Early life and theatrical family
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Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, to actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Her sister is actress Vanessa Redgrave; her brother was actor and political activist Corin Redgrave. She was the aunt of writer/director Carlo Gabriel Nero and actresses Joely Richardson, Jemma Redgrave and Natasha Richardson and the sister in law of the director Tony Richardson, the Italian actor Franco Nero and the actress Kika Markham. Her grandfather was silent screen leading man Roy Redgrave.
After training in London's Central School of Speech and Drama, Redgrave made her professional debut in a 1962 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Court Theatre. Following a tour of Billy Liar and repertory work in Dundee, she made her West End debut at the Haymarket, in N. C. Hunter's The Tulip Tree with Celia Johnson and John Clements.
She was invited to join The National Theatre for its inaugural season at the Old Vic, working with such directors as Laurence Olivier, Franco Zeffirelli, and Noël Coward in roles such as Rose in The Recruiting Officer, Barblin in Andorra, Jackie in Hay Fever, Kattrin in Mother Courage, Miss Prue in Love for Love, and Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing which kept her busy for the next three years.
During that time she appeared in films such as Tom Jones (1963), Girl with Green Eyes (1964), The Deadly Affair (1966) and the title role in Georgy Girl (also 1966, and which featured her mother, Rachel Kempson). For the last of these roles she gained the New York Film Critics Award, the Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.
In 1967 she made her Broadway debut in Black Comedy with Michael Crawford and Geraldine Page. London appearances included Michael Frayn's The Two of Us with Richard Briers at the Garrick, David Hare's Slag at the Royal Court, and Born Yesterday, directed by Tom Stoppard at Greenwich in 1973.
In 1974, she returned to Broadway in My Fat Friend. There soon followed Knock Knock with Charles Durning, Mrs Warren's Profession (for a Tony nomination) with Ruth Gordon, and Saint Joan. In the 1985-86 season she appeared with Rex Harrison, Claudette Colbert and Jeremy Brett in Aren't We All? and with Mary Tyler Moore in A. R. Gurney's Sweet Sue.
In 1983, she played Cleopatra in an American television version of Antony and Cleopatra opposite Timothy Dalton. She was in Misalliance in Chicago with Irene Worth, (earning the Sarah Siddons and Joseph Jefferson awards), Twelfth Night at the American Shakespeare Festival, California Suite, The King and I, Hellzapoppin', Les Dames du Jeudi, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Cherry Orchard. In 1988 she narrated a dramatised television documentary, Silent Mouse, which told the story of the creation of the Christmas carol Silent Night. In the early winter of 1991 she starred with Stewart Granger and Ricardo Montalban in a Hollywood production of Don Juan in Hell.
With her sister Vanessa as Olga, she returned to the London stage playing Masha in Three Sisters in 1991 at the Queen's Theatre, London, and later played the title role in a television production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, again with her sister. Highlights of her early film career also include The National Health, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), The Happy Hooker and Getting It Right. In the United States she was seen on such television series as Teachers Only, House Calls, Centennial and Chicken Soup.
She also starred in BBC productions such as The Faint-Hearted Feminist, A Woman Alone, Death of a Son, Calling the Shots and Fighting Back. She played Broadway again in Moon Over Buffalo (1996) with co-star Robert Goulet, and starred in the world premier of Tennessee Williams' The Notebook of Trigorin, based on Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. She won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Talking Heads.
Redgrave became well known in the United States after appearing in the television series House Calls, for which she received an Emmy nomination. She was sacked from the show after she insisted on bringing her child to rehearsals so as to continue a breast-feeding schedule. A lawsuit ensued but was dismissed a few years after. Following that, she appeared in a long-running series of television commercials for H. J. Heinz Company, then the manufacturer of the weight loss foods for Weight Watchers, a Heinz subsidiary. Her signature line for the ads was "This Is Living". She wrote a book of her life experiences with the same title, which included a selection of Weight Watcher recipes. The autobiographical section later became the basis of her one-woman play Shakespeare for My Father.
In 1993 she was elected President of the Players' Club. In 1989 she appeared on Broadway in Love Letters with her husband John Clark, and thereafter they performed the play around the country, and on one occasion for the jury in the O. J. Simpson case. In 1993 she appeared on Broadway in the one-woman play Shakespeare for My Father, which Clark produced and directed. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. In 1993, she voiced The Narrator and one of the characters on the cartoon christmas movie Precious Moments Timmy's Special Delivery.
In 2005, Redgrave appeared at Quinnipiac University and Connecticut College in the play Sisters of the Garden, about the sisters Fanny and Rebekka Mendelssohn and Nadia and Lili Boulanger. She was also reported to be writing a one-woman play about her battle with breast cancer and her 2003 mastectomy, based on her book Journal: A Mother and Daughter's Recovery from Breast Cancer with photos by her daughter Annabel and text by Redgrave herself.
In September 2006, she appeared in Nightingale, the U.S. premiere of her new one-woman play based upon her maternal grandmother Beatrice, at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum. She also performed the play in May 2007 at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2007, she appeared in an episode of Desperate Housewives as Dahlia Hainsworth.
She also appeared on an episode of ABC's TV series Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives as Dahlia, the mother of Susan Delfino's boyfriend Ian Hainsworth, and an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
On 2 April 1967, Redgrave married English actor John Clark Together they had three children, airline pilot Benjamin Clark (born 1968), singer-songwriter Pema (originally Kelly) Clark (born 1970), and author and photographer Annabel Lucy Clark (born 1981). The marriage ended in 2000 after Clark revealed to Redgrave that he had fathered a child with her personal assistant, who later married (and subsequently divorced) their son Benjamin. The divorce proceedings were acrimonious and became front page news, with Clark alleging that Redgrave had also been unfaithful.
She discussed her health problems associated with bulimia and breast cancer. She was diagnosed with the latter in December 2002, had a mastectomy in January 2003, and chemotherapy. She died from breast cancer in her Kent, Connecticut, home on 2 May 2010, aged 67. Her brother, actor Corin Redgrave, who had also been a cancer patient in his last years, had died less than one month previously, on 6 April, aged 70. She is survived by her three children, her six grandchildren and her elder sister Vanessa.
Redgrave's funeral was held on 8 May at the First Congregational Church in Kent, Connecticut. She was interred in St. Peter's Episcopal Cemetery in the hamlet of Lithgow, New York, where her mother, Rachel Kempson, and her niece, Natasha Richardson, are also interred.
|1964||Girl with Green Eyes||Baba Brennan|
|1966||Deadly Affair, TheThe Deadly Affair||Virgin|
|1969||Virgin Soldiers, TheThe Virgin Soldiers||Phillipa Raskin|
|1970||Last of the Mobile Hot Shots||Myrtle Kane|
|1971||Long Live Your Death||Mary O'Donnell||AKA, Don't Turn the Other Cheek!|
|1972||Every Little Crook and Nanny||Miss Poole|
|1972||Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)||The Queen|
|1973||National Health, TheThe National Health||Nurse Betty Martin|
|1975||Happy Hooker, TheThe Happy Hooker||Xaviera Hollander|
|1976||Big Bus, TheThe Big Bus||Camille Levy|
|1980||Sunday Lovers||Lady Davina||Segment: "An Englishman's Home"|
|1987||Morgan Stewart's Coming Home||Nancy Stewart|
|1989||Getting It Right||Joan|
|1998||Gods and Monsters||Hanna|
|1998||Hairy Bird, TheThe Hairy Bird||Miss McVane||AKA, All I Wanna Do|
|1999||Annihilation of Fish, TheThe Annihilation of Fish||Poinsettia|
|2000||Simian Line, TheThe Simian Line||Katharine|
|2000||Next Best Thing, TheThe Next Best Thing||Helen Whittaker|
|2000||How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog||Edna|
|2000||Lion of Oz||Wicked Witch of the East (voice)|
|2001||Venus and Mars||Emily Vogel|
|2002||Unconditional Love||Nola Fox|
|2002||Wild Thornberrys Movie, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Movie||Cordelia Thornberry (voice)|
|2002||Hansel and Gretel||Woman / Witch|
|2002||Anita and Me||Mrs. Ormerod|
|2003||Charlie's War||Grandma Lewis|
|2003||Peter Pan||Aunt Millicent|
|2004||Kinsey||Final Interview Subject|
|2005||White Countess, TheThe White Countess||Olga Belinskya|
|2007||Jane Austen Book Club, TheThe Jane Austen Book Club||Mama Sky|
|2009||My Dog Tulip||Nancy / Greengrocer's Wife (voice)|
|1965||Sunday Out of Season||Elaine||TV film|
|1966||Comedy Playhouse||Sheila||Episode: "The End of the Tunnel"|
|1966||Love Story||Rosemarie||Episode: "Ain't Afraid to Dance"|
|1966||Armchair Theatre||Polly Barlow||Episode: "Pretty Polly"|
|1967||Armchair Theatre||Ivy Toft
|Episode: "I Am Osango"
Episode: "What's Wrong with Humpty Dumpty?"
|1968||Love Story||Mary Downey||Episode: "The Egg on the Face of the Tiger"|
|1971||Play of the Month||Helena||Episode: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"|
|1973||Play of the Month||Eliza Doolittle||Episode: "Pygmalion"|
|1974||Vienna 1900||Berta Garlan||Episode: "The Spring Sonata"|
|1974||Turn of the Screw, TheThe Turn of the Screw||Miss Jane Cubberly||TV film|
|1976||Kojak||Claire||Episode: "A Hair-Trigger Away"|
|1978||Disco Beaver from Outer Space||Dr. Van Helsing||TV film|
|1978–1979||Centennial||Charlotte Buckland Seccombe||TV miniseries|
|1979||Sooner or Later||The teacher||TV film|
|1979||Beggarman, Thief||Kate Jordache||TV miniseries|
|1979–1981||House Calls||Ann Anderson||Main role (41 episodes)|
|1980||Gauguin the Savage||Mette Gad||TV film|
|1980||Seduction of Miss Leona, TheThe Seduction of Miss Leona||Miss Leona de Vose||TV film|
|1982||Rehearsal for Murder||Monica Welles||TV film|
|1982||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Sarah Cotter||Episode: "The Shooting"|
|1982||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Patti White||1 episode|
|1982–1983||Teachers Only||Diana Swanson||Main role (21 episodes)|
|1983||Hotel||Cathy Knight||Episode: "Relative Loss"|
|1983||Antony and Cleopatra||Cleopatra||TV film|
|1984||Fantasy Island||Kristen Robbins||1 episode|
|1984||Fainthearted Feminist, TheThe Fainthearted Feminist||Martha||TV series|
|1984||Murder, She Wrote||Abby Benton Freestone||Episode: "It's a Dog's Life"|
|1985||Bad Seed, TheThe Bad Seed||Monica Breedlove||TV film|
|1986||My Two Loves||Marjorie Lloyd||TV film|
|1986||Hotel||Audrey Beck||Episode: "Restless Nights"|
|1988||Woman Alone, AA Woman Alone||The Woman||TV film|
|1989||Screen Two||Pauline Williams||Episode: "Death of a Son"|
|1989||Chicken Soup||Maddie Peerce||Main role (12 episodes)|
|1990||Silent Mouse||Narrator||TV film|
|1990||Great American Sex Scandal, TheThe Great American Sex Scandal||Abby Greyhouwsky||TV film|
|1991||What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?||Jane Hudson||TV film|
|1993||Calling the Shots||Maggie Donnelly|
|1997||Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan||Monica Brannigan||TV film|
|1998||White Lies||Inga Kolneder||TV film|
|1998–2001||Rude Awakening||Trudy Frank||Main role (55 episodes)|
|1999||Different||Amanda Talmadge||TV film|
|1999||Season for Miracles, AA Season for Miracles||Hon. Judge Nancy Jakes||TV film|
|2001||Varian's War||Alma Werfel-Mahler||TV film|
|2002||My Sister's Keeper||Helen Margaret Chapman||TV film|
|2003||Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild Thornberrys||Cordelia (voice)||Episodes: "Sir Nigel: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2006–2007||Eloise: The Animated Series||Nanny (voice)||Regular role (6 episodes)|
|2007||Desperate Housewives||Dahlia Hainsworth||Episode: "Dress Big"|
|2007||Nurses||Peggy Rice||TV film|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Emily Huntford||Episode: "Folie a Deux"|
|2009||Ugly Betty||Olivia Guillemette||Episode: "The Butterfly Effect: Part 1"|
|1962||Midsummer Night's Dream, AA Midsummer Night's Dream||Helena||Royal Court|
|1962||Tulip Tree, TheThe Tulip Tree||Haymarket|
|1963||Recruiting Officer, TheThe Recruiting Officer||Rose||National|
|1965||Much Ado About Nothing||Margaret||National|
|1965–1966||Love for Love|
|1967||Black Comedy / The White Liars||Carol Melkett||National|
|1970||Two of Us, TheThe Two of Us|
|1974||My Fat Friend||Vicky|
|1976||Mrs. Warren's Profession||Vivie Warren|
|1985||Aren't We All?||Hon. Mrs. W. Tatham|
|1987||Sweet Sue||Susan Too|
|1989–1990||Love Letters||Melissa Gardner||Replacement|
|1992||Little Hotel on the Side, AA Little Hotel on the Side||Angelique Pinglet|
|1992||Master Builder, TheThe Master Builder||Mrs. Aline Solness|
|1993–1994||Shakespeare for My Father||Performer|
|1995–1996||Moon Over Buffalo||Charlotte Hay||Replacement|
|2005||The Constant Wife||Mrs. Culver|
|2009||Importance of Being Earnest, TheThe Importance of Being Earnest||Lady Bracknell||Touring|
Awards and nominations
|1965||BAFTA Film Award||Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles||Girl with Green Eyes||Nominated|
|1966||NYFCC Award||Best Actress||Georgy Girl||Won|
|1967||BAFTA Film Award||Best British Actress||Nominated|
|1967||Golden Globe Award||Most Promising Newcomer - Female||Nominated|
|1967||Golden Globe Award||Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy||Won|
|1967||Academy Award||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|1967||Laurel Awards||Female New Face||Nominated|
|1968||KCFCC Award||Best Actress||Georgy Girl||Won|
|1976||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||Mrs. Warren's Profession||Nominated|
|1981||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Musical/Comedy||House Calls||Nominated|
|1981||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|1983||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming||CBS Afternoon Playhouse||Nominated|
|1993||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||Shakespeare for My Father||Nominated|
|1997||BAFTA Film Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Shine||Nominated|
|1997||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast||Nominated|
|1998||Gemini Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Miniseries||White Lies||Nominated|
|1999||Satellite Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Drama||Gods and Monsters||Nominated|
|1999||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|1999||BAFTA Film Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|1999||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Supporting Female||Won|
|1999||Academy Award||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|1999||Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture||Won|
|2000||ALFS Award||British Supporting Actress of the Year||Won|
|2003||Palm Springs International Film Festival||Career Achievement Award||Won|
|2006||Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award||Best Solo Performance||Nightingale||Won|
|2006||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Play||The Constant Wife||Nominated|
|2007||Grammy Award||Best Spoken Word Album for Children||The Witches||Nominated|
In 2001, Lynn Redgrave received a LIVING LEGEND honor at The WINFemme Film Festival and The Women's Network Image Awards but had to tape her acceptance speech because she won a film role and missed attending her ceremony.
- The production was not well reviewed in general, but Bernard Levin, writing in the London Daily Express under the headline Are there any more at home like Lynn Redgrave?, wrote that her performance was "an outrageous and unforgivable atrocity on the poor Bard, and it is utterly delightful and almost wholly successful. And this astonishing infant is only 18 vears old!" (25 January 1962). The fact that the critic Levin was actively courting Lynn Redgrave's older sister Vanessa may have been significant.
- Redgrave, Lynn. This Is Living, Dutton, May 1991. ISBN 978-0-87923-333-4.
- Eleanor Charles (27 Mar 2005). "A Redgrave in Four Roles". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 Apr 2008.
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke at Audible.com
- "Lynn Redgrave Wed to John Clark". The New York Times. 3 April 1967. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- "Newsfronts: New actor in the cast of Redgraves". Life. 7 April 1967. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- Daily Mail obituary: "Actress Lynn Redgrave dies at 67 after losing battle with breast cancer"
- Boshoff, Alison (8 May 2010). "The love child who broke Lynn Redgrave's heart: In the week the actress died, her ex-husband tells of his shame and regret". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- Coveney, Michael (3 May 2010). "Lynn Redgrave obituary". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- "Lynn Redgrave obituary". The Daily Telegraph. London. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- "Lynn Redgrave obituary". The Times. London. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- Lynn Redgrave profile at FilmReference.com
- MSN.com notice of Redgrave's death at age 67
- "Actress Lynn Redgrave dies at 67"
- Vanessa Redgrave says final goodbye to sister Lynn as family gathers for Connecticut funeral
- AP report on Notice of Lynn Redgrave's death
- "Vanessa Redgrave says final goodbye to sister Lynn as family gathers for Connecticut funeral". Daily Mail. London.
- "Family, friends say goodbye to Redgrave", CBC News, 8 May 2010
- Washington Post
- The New York Times
- "Elizabeth Taylor, Selena Gomez Honored at WIN Awards". Look to the Stars. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
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