4 May 2010

Actress Lynn Redgrave loses battle with cancer

9:58 pm on 4 May 2010

Actress Lynn Redgrave has died of breast cancer at the age of 67, just a few weeks after the death of her actor brother Corin.

Lynn Redgrave's son Ben and daughters Pema and Annabel were with her when she died in Connecticut on Sunday, her publicist says.

A member of the Redgrave acting dynasty, she is the third member of her family to die in the past year, the BBC reports. She was first treated for breast cancer in 2003.

Redgrave's older brother Corin, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000, died in April, and her niece Natasha Richardson died from head injuries incurred in a skiing accident in Canada just over a year ago.

Redgrave spoke at the funeral of her brother, recalling that he had taught her how to climb trees without telling her how to get back down again.

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, 73.

A private funeral is expected to be held later this week.

Co-wrote book about cancer

Redgrave's stage credits include her one-woman play Shakespeare For My Father, Mrs Warren's Profession and The Constant Wife, which received Tony nominations.

She has recently appeared in television shows including Ugly Betty, Law & Order and Desperate Housewives.

In 2004, she released a book with her daughter Annabel Clark about her fight against cancer, titled A Mother and Daughter's Recovery from Breast Cancer.

She is survived by six grandchildren, her sister and four nieces and nephews.