Lynn Redgrave, an actress best known in the cinematic world for her defiant role in Georgy Girl (1966) and more recently in Bill Condon’s Gods and Monsters (1998), died yesterday at the age of 67. Redgrave died on Sunday night at her Manhattan apartment. Details on her death are not yet released, but she did suffer a fight with breast cancer in 2003, which she eventually won. Redgrave’s death comes one year after her niece Natasha Richardson died in a skiing accident and one month after the death of her older brother, Corin Redgrave.
Lynn Redgrave comes from the acting dynasty that includes her grandfather Roy Redgrave, her father Michael Redgrave, her sister Vanessa Redgrave, and her niece Natasha Richardson. She never quite achieved the popularity and acclaim of her older sister Vanessa Redgrave, but she did receive two Oscar nominations for Georgy Girl and Gods and Monsters and three Tony nominations for Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Shakespeare for My Father, and The Constant Wife. She also received much acclaim for Nightingale – her one-woman show that recounted her troubled past.
Lynn’s acting portfolio began thinning out over the last decade with only about a dozen film credits since the year 2000. Most notably as one of the interviewees in Kinsey (2004) and as Olga in The White Countess (2005). Her most recent film role is credited on IMDb as “Drunk Lady at Ball” in Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), a movie I did not see and I hope for Lynn’s sake that nobody else did either.
Whenever an actress like Lynn Redgrave passes away, I always get a sense of motivation. I have not seen many of her films and now more than ever I want to. Not only that, but I want to see the films of every aging actor and actress that I have been putting off in order to have something intelligent and reflective to say when they die. It’s more than just having something smart to say, though. It’s like when somebody passes away who is in your distant family, but you never really got to know them. It stirs up a sense of regret knowing that you will never have a chance. Thankfully, due to the timelessness of film, actresses like Lynn Redgrave will never be forgotten.
Excuse me, I’m going to go rent Georgy Girl.
[Source: The Independent]