Oscar Actors: Redgrave, Lynn–Background, Career, Awards (Cum Advantage, Tony, Emmy)

Research in Progress (Jan 26, 2021)
Lynn Redgrave Career Summary:

Occupational Inheritance: Yes, both parents and siblings actors

Social Class: Middle





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Radio Debut:

TV Debut:

Stage Debut: 1962; age 19

Broadway Debut: 1967; aged 24

Film Debut:

Breakthrough Role: Georgy Girl, 1966; aged 23

Oscar Role:

Other Noms: 2

Other Awards:

Frequent Collaborator: John Clark, actor-director

Screen Image:

Last Film:

Career Output:

Film Career Span: 1963-



Death: age 67; breast cancer


Lynn Rachel Redgrave OBE (8 March 1943 – 2 May 2010), the British–American actress won two Golden Globe Awards, was a two-time Oscar nominee and received Emmy and Tony nominations.

A member of the Redgrave family of actors, Lynn trained in London before making her theatrical debut in 1962. By the mid-1960s she had appeared in several films, including Tom Jones (1963) and Georgy Girl (1966), which won her a New York Film Critics Award, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy as well as earning her a nomination for an Academy Award.

She made her Broadway debut in 1967, and performed in several stage productions in New York while making frequent returns to London’s West End. She performed with her sister Vanessa in Three Sisters in London, and in the title role of Baby Jane Hudson in a television production of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? in 1991.

She made a return to films in the late 1990s in films such as Shine (1996) and Gods and Monsters (1998) for which she received her second Oscar Award nomination and won a Golden Globe Award For Best Supporting Actress.

Lynn Redgrave is the only person to have been nominated for all of the ‘Big Four’ American entertainment awards (Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, and Tony) without winning any of them.

Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, to actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Her sister is actress Vanessa Redgrave; her brother was actor and political activist Corin Redgrave. She was the aunt of writer/director Carlo Gabriel Nero and of actresses Joely Richardson, Jemma Redgrave and Natasha Richardson, and the sister-in-law of director Tony Richardson, actress Kika Markham and Italian actor Franco Nero. Her grandfather was silent screen leading man Roy Redgrave.

After training at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, Redgrave made her professional debut in a 1962 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Court Theatre.

Following a tour of Billy Liar and repertory work in Dundee, she made her West End debut at the Haymarket, in N. C. Hunter’s The Tulip Tree with Celia Johnson and John Clements.

She was invited to join the National Theatre for its inaugural season at the Old Vic, working with such directors as Laurence Olivier, Franco Zeffirelli, and Noël Coward in roles such as Rose in The Recruiting Officer, Barblin in Andorra, Jackie in Hay Fever, Kattrin in Mother Courage, Miss Prue in Love for Love, and Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing which kept her busy for the next three years.

During that time she appeared in films such as Tom Jones (1963), Girl with Green Eyes (1964), The Deadly Affair (1966), and the title role in Georgy Girl (also 1966, and which featured her mother, Rachel Kempson). For the last of these roles, she gained the New York Film Critics Award, the Golden Globe, and an Oscar nomination.

In 1967 she made her Broadway debut in Black Comedy with Michael Crawford and Geraldine Page. London appearances included Michael Frayn’s The Two of Us with Richard Briers at the Garrick, David Hare’s Slag at the Royal Court, and Born Yesterday, directed by Tom Stoppard at Greenwich in 1973.

Redgrave returned to Broadway in 1974, in My Fat Friend. There soon followed Knock Knock with Charles Durning, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (for a Tony nomination) with Ruth Gordon, and Saint Joan.

In the 1985–1986 season she appeared with Rex Harrison, Claudette Colbert, and Jeremy Brett in Aren’t We All?, and with Mary Tyler Moore in A. R. Gurney’s Sweet Sue.

In 1983 she played Cleopatra in an American TV version of Antony and Cleopatra opposite Timothy Dalton. She was in Misalliance in Chicago with Irene Worth (earning the Sarah Siddons and Joseph Jefferson awards), Twelfth Night at the American Shakespeare Festival, California Suite, The King and I, Hellzapoppin’, Les Dames du Jeudi, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and The Cherry Orchard. In 1988, she narrated a dramatised television documentary, Silent Mouse, which told the story of the creation of the Christmas carol Silent Night. She starred with Stewart Granger and Ricardo Montalbán in a Hollywood production of Don Juan in Hell in the early winter of 1991.

With her sister Vanessa as Olga, she returned to the London stage playing Masha in Three Sisters in 1991 at the Queen’s Theatre, London, and later played the title role in a TV production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? again with her sister. Highlights of her early film career also include The National Health, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), The Happy Hooker and Getting It Right. In the United States she was seen in such television series as Teachers Only, House Calls, Centennial and Chicken Soup.

She also starred in BBC productions such as The Faint-Hearted Feminist, A Woman Alone, Death of a Son, Calling the Shots and Fighting Back. She played Broadway again in Moon Over Buffalo (1996) with co-star Robert Goulet, and starred in the world premier of Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin, based on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. She won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Talking Heads.

Redgrave became well-known in the US after appearing in the television series House Calls, for which she received an Emmy nomination. She was sacked from the show after she insisted on bringing her child to rehearsals so as to continue a breastfeeding schedule. A lawsuit ensued, but was dismissed a few years later. Following that, she appeared in a long-running series of television commercials for H. J. Heinz Company, then the manufacturer of the weight loss foods for Weight Watchers, a Heinz subsidiary. Her signature line for the ads was “This Is Living, Not Dieting!”. She wrote a book of her life experiences with the same title,[3] which included a selection of Weight Watchers recipes. The autobiographical section later became the basis of her one-woman play Shakespeare for My Father.

In 1989 she appeared on Broadway in Love Letters with her husband John Clark, and thereafter they performed the play around the country, and on one occasion for the jury in the O. J. Simpson case.

In 1993, she appeared on Broadway in the one-woman play Shakespeare for My Father, which Clark produced and directed. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

In 1993, she voiced the narrator and one of the characters in the cartoon Christmas movie Precious Moments Timmy’s Special Delivery. Also that year, she was elected President of the Players’ Club.

In 2005 Redgrave appeared at Quinnipiac University and Connecticut College in the play Sisters of the Garden, about the sisters Fanny and Rebekka Mendelssohn and Nadia and Lili Boulanger.

She was also reported to be writing a one-woman play about her battle with breast cancer and her 2003 mastectomy, based on her book Journal: A Mother and Daughter’s Recovery from Breast Cancer with photos by her daughter Annabel and text by Redgrave herself.

In September 2006 she appeared in Nightingale, the U.S. premiere of her new one-woman play based upon her maternal grandmother Beatrice, at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum. She also performed the play in May 2007 at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2007, she appeared in an episode of Desperate Housewives as Dahlia Hainsworth, the mother of Susan Delfino’s boyfriend Ian Hainsworth.

She also appeared in an episode of ABC’s television series Ugly Betty and an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In 2009, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.[6]

Redgrave narrated approximately 20 audiobooks, including Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis for Harper Audio[7] and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke for Listening Library.

On 2 April 1967, Lynn Redgrave married English actor John Clark.[9][10] Together they had three children. Her marriage to Clark was dissolved in 2000, two years after he revealed that he had had affair with her personal assistant, Nicolette Hannah, and that Lynn’s supposed grandson Zachary was in fact Clark’s own son by Hannah, who had married (and subsequently divorced) their son Benjamin. The divorce proceedings were acrimonious and became front-page news, with Clark alleging that Redgrave had also been unfaithful.

Redgrave was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2002 New Year Honours for services to acting and the cinema and to the British community in Los Angeles.[14] She was a naturalised citizen of the United States.

She discussed her health problems associated with bulimia and breast cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2002, had a mastectomy in January 2003, and chemotherapy.

She died from breast cancer on May 2, 2010, aged 67.

Redgrave’s funeral was held on 8 May 2010 at the First Congregational Church in Kent, Connecticut. She was interred in St Peter’s Episcopal Cemetery in the hamlet of Lithgow, New York, where her mother Rachel Kempson and her niece Natasha Richardson are also interred.

In 2012, the Folger Shakespeare Library acquired Redgrave’s collection of personal papers and photographs.[20]

In 2013, the Lynn Redgrave Theater was opened Off-Broadway in New York City; it was previously known as the Bleecker Street Theater.[21][22]


1960 Shoot to Kill Minor Role Uncredited
1963 Tom Jones Susan
1964 Girl with Green Eyes Baba Brennan
1966 Georgy Girl Georgy
1966 The Family Way Uncredited
1967 The Deadly Affair Virgin
1967 Smashing Time Yvonne
1969 The Virgin Soldiers Phillipa Raskin
1970 Last of the Mobile Hot Shots Myrtle Kane
1971 Long Live Your Death Mary O’Donnell AKA, Don’t Turn the Other Cheek!
1972 Every Little Crook and Nanny Miss Poole
1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) The Queen
1973 The National Health Nurse Betty Martin
1975 The Happy Hooker Xaviera Hollander
1976 The Big Bus Camille Levy
1980 Sunday Lovers Lady Davina (segment “An Englishman’s Home”)
1987 Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home Nancy Stewart
1989 Getting It Right Joan
1989 Midnight Midnight
1996 Shine Gillian
1998 Gods and Monsters Hanna
1998 The Hairy Bird Miss McVane AKA, All I Wanna Do
1999 Touched Carrie
1999 The Annihilation of Fish Poinsettia
2000 The Simian Line Katharine
2000 The Next Best Thing Helen Whittaker
2000 Deeply Celia
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog Edna
2000 Lion of Oz Wicked Witch of the East Voice
2001 Venus and Mars Emily Vogel
2001 My Kingdom Mandy
2002 Spider Mrs. Wilkinson
2002 Unconditional Love Nola Fox
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Cordelia Thornberry Voice
2002 Hansel and Gretel Woman / Witch
2002 Anita and Me Mrs. Ormerod
2003 Charlie’s War Grandma Lewis
2003 Peter Pan Aunt Millicent
2004 Kinsey Final Interview Subject
2005 The White Countess Olga Belinskya
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Mama Sky
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Drunken Lady at Ball
2009 My Dog Tulip Nancy / Greengrocer’s Wife Voice