'Georgy Girl' Lynn Redgrave dies after bout with breast cancer

Sisters and actors Lynn Redgrave, left, and Vanessa Redgrave arrive at the premiere of Evening in New York. Lynn Redgrave died Sunday.

Associated Press (2007)

Sisters and actors Lynn Redgrave, left, and Vanessa Redgrave arrive at the premiere of Evening in New York. Lynn Redgrave died Sunday.

Lynn Redgrave, an introspective and independent player in her family's acting dynasty who became a 1960s sensation as the unconventional title character of Georgy Girl and later dramatized her troubled past in one-woman stage performances, has died. She was 67.

Her publicist said Redgrave died peacefully Sunday night at her home in Kent, Conn., after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. Children Ben, Pema and Annabel were with her, as were close friends.

"The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives," Redgrave's children said in a statement Monday.

Redgrave was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2002, had a mastectomy in January 2003 and underwent chemotherapy.

Her death comes a year after her niece Natasha Richardson died from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident and a month after the death of her older brother, Corin Redgrave.

The youngest child of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lynn Redgrave never quite managed the acclaim — or notoriety — of elder sibling Vanessa Redgrave, but received Oscar nominations for Georgy Girl and Gods and Monsters, and Tony nominations for Mrs. Warren's Profession, Shakespeare for My Father and The Constant Wife. In recent years, she also made appearances on TV in Ugly Betty, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives.

In plays and in interviews, Lynn Redgrave confided about her family, her marriage and her health. She acknowledged that she suffered from bulimia and served as a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. With daughter Annabel Clark, she released a 2004 book about her fight with cancer.

Redgrave is survived by six grandchildren, her sister Vanessa, and four nieces and nephews. A private funeral with be held this week.

'Georgy Girl' Lynn Redgrave dies after bout with breast cancer 05/04/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 8:44am]

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