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West End's Lynn Redgrave Dies at the Age of 67

On May 2nd 2010, the Actress Lynn Redgrave died with her family around her at the age of 67. Her death was due to her having breast cancer, which she has been battling for several years.

Lynn Redgrave was the younger sister of Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, who recently died around a month ago. Lynn followed in the footsteps of her parents, Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, who were also in the acting profession.

Although Lynn may have been best known for her award winning roles in such films as Georgy Girl and Gods and Monsters, a lot of people forget that her acting career actually started on the London West End stage.

Lynn was a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama and she joined the Royal Court at the age of just 18. She then made her professional stage debut when she played Helena in the 1962 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Her career moved pretty fast and following her success in the West end play The Tulip Tree at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, she soon joined Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company at the Old Vic in 1963. It was here that she took on roles in plays such as The Recruiting Officer, Andorra, Hay Fever, Mother Courage, Love For Love and Much Ado About Nothing during her three year career at the National Theatre Company.

After this, she then had a Broadway debut in 1967 where she starred alongside Michael Crawford in Black Comedy. After which, she soon married John Clark. It was shortly after this that she went on to create a name for herself across the Atlantic where she appeared in both screen and stage productions.

Lynn Redgrave was in many London Theatre Productions and some of her best include The Two Of Us, Slag and Born Yesterday. In 1991, Lynn took to the West End stage once again as she starred opposite her sister Vanessa in Three Sisters at the Queen’s theatre. It was during this production that the two sisters ‘fell out’ over their views on America.

Some of Lynn’s most recent work includes guest appearances on many hit US TV shows including Ugly Betty, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Desperate Housewives. This success proves just how much a great actress can achieve from starting out at the West End nearly 50 years ago.

Lynn will certainly be missed by all of her fans and we will always remember the fantastic productions that she helped create all those years ago in the West End. Lynn’s family issued a statement soon after her death which reads “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.” Although Lynn’s death is a tragedy, we will always remember the great work that she was involved in, in both the West End stage productions and the Film roles.

Published: 04/05/2010 16:16:29