In another crushing blow to the Redgrave Acting Dynasty, actress and Tony-nominated playwright Lynn Redgrave passed away in her Manhattan apartment overnight, according to her publicist Rick Miramontez, speaking on behalf of her children. She was 67.
In 2003, Redgrave, sister of Vanessa Redgrave, was diagnosed with breast cancer, which battled on and off for seven years.. Her death comes a year after her niece Natasha Richardson died from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident and just a month after the death of her older brother, Corin Redgrave.
Lynn rose to fame in the ’60s as the freethinking title character of Georgy Girl and later dramatized her troubled past in one-woman stage performances like Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Constant Wife, and Shakespeare For My Father.
She is survived by her three children Ben, Pema, and Annabel in addition to her six grandchildren, her sister Vanessa, and four nieces and nephews. Her kids and close friends were at her side when she died and released this statement in tribute to her life and work: “Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven year journey with breast cancer. She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before. The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives. Our entire family asks for privacy through this difficult time.”
A private funeral is scheduled for later this week.