Remembering Lynn Redgrave

Georgy-Girl-RedgraveImage Credit: MPTVimages.netLike many people, when I first heard about Lynn Redgrave’s passing at age 67, I immediately thought about her older sister Vanessa, who has now lost her daughter (Natasha Richardson), brother (Corin Redgrave), and sister in the space of 14 months. I spoke to Vanessa, who appears in this month’s romantic comedy Letters to Juliet, just last Tuesday evening, and it was clear she was in a melancholy mood, telling me from London, “At the moment I’m sitting on the stoop outside my daughter-in-law’s home and looking at a very misty full moon.” I can only hope that her surviving family members will give her strength in such an unimaginably difficult time.

But we shouldn’t forget what a terrific performer Lynn was. In the 1960s she became an international sensation thanks to her titular role as a tart-tongued Londoner pursued by a wealthy older man (James Mason) in Georgy Girl, which was something of a precursor to Bridget Jones’s Diary. She earned a Best Actress nomination alongside Vanessa, who was recognized for Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment. (They both lost to Elizabeth Taylor for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) Her second Oscar nod came for her scene-stealing performance as Ian McKellen’s Hungarian housekeeper in 1998’s Gods and Monsters, where she provided comic relief in Bill Condon’s intense film. She was also a force on the stage, baring her soul in several autobiographical one-woman shows like Shakespeare for My Father and Nightingale. It’s no wonder that Broadway will dim its lights tomorrow night in her honor. Imposing, outspoken, and warm, Lynn Redgrave is gone far too soon. But, thankfully, we have so much of her wonderful work by which to remember her.

Also: Lynn Redgrave: Her Life in Pictures

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  • sam

    Her role in Georgy Girl has always stayed in my mind and she has never failed to give a fine performance. I feel very bad for the Redgrave family and the losses that they have suffered. RIP, Lynn. You will never be forgotten.

  • Nathan

    Hopefully this will be the last bad thing to happen to this family for a long time.

    Rest in Peace Lynn Redgrave

  • Caramia

    This may sound odd, but I first knew of Lynn Redgrave from her Weight Watcher’s commercials. She’d have a big dress on, tear it off, and have a tiny dress on underneath. I never got it until I saw Georgy Girl later on. And that had such an impact on me, I named my cat Georgy.

  • Lorraine Bossler

    Goodbye,Georgie Girl,I will miss you.

  • Laura

    Lynn was in one of my all-time favorite Muppet Show episodes where she played Maid Marian to Kermit’s Robin Hood. Her range of talent was special, even when playing opposite lively fabric and foam characters. My sympathy goes out to her children and sister especially – they have had a rough 14 months.

  • Andy

    I too heard “Vanessa” when the new broke, only to have it confirmed it was Lynn. With that, images of “Georgy Girl” ran through my head…so sad…

  • Terry C – NJ

    What a shame. So many losses in that fine family.

    My heart breaks for them.

  • Stella

    Very sad to hear of her passing. She was a tremendous actress.
    I have to feel for the family. It’s quite heartbreaking to lose family members in such short time.

  • Shannon

    I’m pretty young, so my first memory of Lynn is when she was in Toothless with Kirstie Alley.

  • stephanie t.

    She was one of the most talented and funniest actresses that was on this planet. my heart goes out to vanessa and her family.

  • Chriss

    My heart goes out to Vanessa, First a daughter, then Lil Brother and now Lil sister. Keep your head up…Lynn will be missed.

  • Jerry Engleman

    A very great talent gone before she should be; but, woefully she will be forgotten by our children, and our grandchildren, just like John Wayne, Bogey, Cybil Shepard, and many many more unless we do something about it. More “Classic Movie Channels” and some promotion by Hollywood. John Travolta, Kevin Coshner, and the list can go on and on, pay attention!

    • PNK

      Um, what?? Cybill Sheppard is not dead. durr

    • Tina

      I don’t think anyone, even the youngsters, have forgotten John Wayne and Bogart. Joseph Cotten, maybe. But I do agree that channels like TCM need more support, and more company.

      • Tina

        has forgotten, jeez

      • BlackIrish4094

        I think Bogart is forgotten, the Duke maybe not as much but I still think most of today’s short attention span youth don’t think anything cool was made before the internet.

  • Larry

    Terrible. 67 is too young.



    • Maureen

      WTF? You Lady Gaga stans are too much. This article is about the death of a well-respected actress and you really had to put this video on here? Give me a break! >_<

  • penelope

    Shine…Jane Austen Book Club…besides Georgy Girl and all the rest. My god, the woman had a huge wonderful body of work and deserves a retrospective.

  • James G

    Met her many years ago at a fund raiser for Shambala, she was warm,kind wonderful. Will miss her so much. Thank you Lynn

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