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Closing Credits: Lynn Redgrave

LynnRedgrave.jpgLynn Redgrave died on the 2nd of May 2010. She was part of the family of actors of both stage and screen which has seen a number of similar Closing Credits recently with Natasha Richardson and Corin Redgrave.

Lynn Redgrave was perhaps most noted for her appearances on stage than on the big screen, but she had her fair share of film and television appearances.

I didn't know this, but she was one of the original twelve contract artists in Laurence Olivier's National Theatre. The Guardian say that one role she played as as Jackie Cortyon in Noël Coward's 1964 revival of Hay Fever sparked Coward himself to say of the entire cast that they could play the Albania telephone directory, a huge compliment indeed. That cast consisted of Edith Evans, Robert Lang, Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens and Derek Jacobi.

Her first screen role was in Tom Jones in 1963 alongside Albert Finney, and was followed by Girl With Green Eyes in 1964, Georgy Girl in 1966 and The Deadly Affair in 1966. All were big films with big names both behind and in front of the camera, and the beginning of her film career was perhaps the richest of many actresses around.

There were many other big screen roles that you might recognise her from such as Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), The Happy Hooker, The Big Bus, Shine, Gods and Monsters, Spider, Peter Pan, Kinsey and so on, but she wasn't always in the fore.

She played the lead role in Getting It Right, a film adapted from her own novel in 1989 for which she received a lot of praise.

Her career is filled with more memorable television roles, many in early stage and novel adaptations, but the most accomplished part of her career was on stage where she received much of her strongest praise.

In 2005 she appeared on Broadway at the same time as Natasha Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, and she received the best reviews for her performance in The Constant Wife.

The Guardian carry the best quote for her from the time, and it's a fitting way to close the article:

"Every night, for a couple of hours I wasn't a person with cancer. You almost feel like yourself when there's so much evidence, mainly the mirror, to show you you aren't. It was true Doctor Theatre."

As always, our thoughts are with her friends and family.

Actress of stage and screen
Lynn Redgrave



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