Monday, May 3, 2010

Lynn Redgrave - Royalty Of British Cinema

Thanks, Wikipedia.

Lynn Rachel Redgrave (March 8, 1943 – May 2, 2010) was an English actress.

A member of a well-known British family of actors, Redgrave made her theatrical debut in 1962.

In the mid-1960s she appeared in the films 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 also performed in the London West End.

She performed with her sister Vanessa in Three Sisters In London and in the title role in a television production of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?

Redgrave made a return to films in the late 1990s in Shine (1996) and Gods And Monsters (1998), for which she received another Academy Award nomination.

Redgrave was born in London, the daughter of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson.

Her brother was Corin Redgrave and her sister was Vanessa Redgrave.

She was the aunt of Joely Richardson, Gabriel Nero, Jemma Redgrave and Natasha Richardson.

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.

She was invited to join The National Theatre and worked with directors as Lord Laurence Olivier, Franco Zeffirelli and Noel Coward.

In the 1960s she appeared in films such as Tom Jones (1963), Girl With Green Eyes (1964), The Deadly Affair (1966) and Georgy Girl (also 1966).

In 1967 she made her Broadway debut in Black Comedy with Michael Crawford and Geraldine Page.

In 1983, she played Cleopatra in an American television version of Antony And Cleopatra opposite Timothy Dalton.

In 1988 she narrated a dramatised television documentary, Silent Mouse, which told the story of the creation of the Christmas carol Silent Night.

Highlights of her movie career also included The National Health, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex, The Happy Hooker and Getting It Right.

For American television she was seen in the series Teachers Only, House Calls, Centennial and Chicken Soup.

She also did Heinz television commercials.

She also starred in BBC productions such as The Faint-Hearted Feminist, A Woman Alone and Fighting Back.

In 1967, Redgrave married British actor and director John Clark. Together they had three children. They were divorced in 2000.

She died a year after her niece Natasha Richardson and a month after her brother Corin.