Actress, Lynn Redgrave, 67, has died of breast cancer almost exactly one year after the tragic death of her niece, Natasha Richardson.
Lynn’s death is the third in the family within a year. Natasha Richardson died of injuries sustained in a skiing accident at the in March 2009, aged just 45.
And one month ago Lynn’s elder brother, Corin Redgrave passed away.
On Monday, Lynn’s children, Ben, Pema and Annabel, released a statement which said “the endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives.”
Lynn Redgrave is survived by her three children, six grandchildren, her sister Vanessa, and four nieces and nephews.
This third and no less tragic death in the Redgrave family comes at the end of Lynn’s seven-year battle with breast cancer.
Though Lynn never received quite the same fame as her sister Vanessa, or even her niece Natasha, she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1960s hit “Gregory’s Girl” and “Gods and Monsters.”
She also received a Tony nomination for “Mrs. Warren's Profession," "Shakespeare for My Father" and "The Constant Wife."
Lynn received an OBE from the Queen in 2002 for her contribution to drama. In recent years the talented actress has appeared in shows such as “Ugly Betty," "Law & Order" and "Desperate Housewives".
Retired BBC legend, Michael Parkinson, said that Lynn was “the jolliest and most likeable of all the family.”
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