The Oscar-nominated Georgy Girl star’s death comes 14 months after her niece Natasha Richardson lost her life following a skiing accident and a month after brother Corin Redgrave passed away.
Redgrave died on Sunday night (02May10) at her home in New York.
Recent tabloid reports suggested the revered British thespian was losing her seven-year battle with breast cancer and shocked friends when she arrived at brother Corin’s funeral in London in a wheelchair.
One bystander said, “She looks like she only has weeks to live.”
Redgrave underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy treatments in her adopted New York in 2003.
Lynn Redgrave began her acting career in the early 1960s with theatre roles in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Billy Liar and The Tulip Tree and quickly became movie star too, appearing in Tom Jones and Georgy Girl, for which she earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.
She fell in love with New York when she made her Broadway debut in Black Comedy in 1967, and later moved there and became a U.S. citizen.
The actress joined sister Vanessa and brother Corin as part of Britain’s most beloved theatrical families, appearing in a number of Broadway and West End hits.
But she’ll also be remembered for movies like Shine and Gods & Monsters, for which she received another Academy Award nomination, in the late 1990s.
Redgrave was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) in the 2002 Queen’s New Years Honours List for her services to drama.
She was also a published author – her Journal: A Mother and Daughter’s Recovery from Breast Cancer, which was co-written by her daughter Annabel Clark, became a labour of love after Redgrave was diagnosed with cancer in 2003.
The actress wed actor and director John Clark in 1967. The couple had three children, Benjamin, Kelly and Annabel, before divorcing in December 2000.