Film and stage star Lynn Redgrave
has died of breast cancer at the age of 67.
“Our beloved mother Lynn
Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven-year journey with breast
cancer,” her children said.
Her son Ben and daughters Pema and
Annabel were with her when she died in Connecticut on Sunday, Redgrave’s publicist
Rick Miramontez said.
A member of the Redgrave acting
dynasty, she is the third member of her family to die in the past year.
She was first treated for breast
cancer in 2003.
“She lived, loved and worked
harder than ever before. The endless memories she created as a mother,
grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our
lives,” her children’s statement read.
A private funeral is expected to be
held later this week.
Redgrave’s older brother Corin died
last month and her niece Natasha Richardson died from head injuries following a
skiing accident just over a year ago.
The actress was nominated for two
Oscars – once in 1967 for best actress in Georgy Girl and again in 1999 for
best supporting actress in Gods and Monsters.
She was the third child of actors
Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson – her sister is Vanessa Redgrave.
“Vanessa was the one expected
to be the great actress,” Lynn Redgrave said in a 1999 interview.
“It was always, ‘Corin’s the
brain, Vanessa the shining star, oh, and then there’s Lynn.”‘
Redgrave was awarded an OBE for her
services to drama in 2002.
Her stage credits include her
one-woman play Shakespeare For My Father, Mrs Warren’s Profession and The
Constant Wife, which all received Tony nominations.
She has recently appeared in TV
shows including Ugly Betty, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives.