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Redgrave to Honor Wilde Mother

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

One lady is giving another lady her props.

Actress Vanessa Redgrave, who played Lady Wilde in the 1997 film "Wilde," is scheduled to unveil a plaque honoring the late Lady Jane Francesca Wilde, the Irish mother of playwright and poet Oscar Wilde. The ceremony will take place Friday outside Lady Wilde's former home in central London, Reuters reports.

Lady Wilde's son made a name for himself writing about his many sexual adventures. The writings shocked Victorian Britain, but get this. He devoted his writings to ... his mother! Her amorous son once wrote: "All poets love their mothers. I worship mine."

Lady Wilde was also a poet in her own right. She died a poor woman in 1896 while her son was in jail serving a sentence for being gay.

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