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Actress Lynn Redgrave Dies at 67 of Breast Cancer


Oscar and Tony nominee Lynn Redgrave has died at the age of 67 at her home in Kent, Connecticut with her three children, Ben, Pema and Annabel, by her side. In a statement released by the family, she “passed away peacefully after a seven year journey with breast cancer.”

Ms. Redgrave, sister to fellow actress Vanessa Redgrave, recently presented her autobiographical one-woman show “Nightingale” at the Manhattan Theater Club. She also chronicled her journey through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation in a photographic journal called “A Mother and Daughter’s Recovery from Breast Cancer”, co-authored by her daughter Annabel. The book was released in November 2004.

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Late in 2002, Redgrave was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 60. In an interview with CNN, she said that during Christmas that year, she had felt “funny feelings under my arm. I thought I pulled a muscle.” She felt a lump in her breast that was like “large corkscrew pasta”.

After her 2003 mastectomy and therapy treatments at the Sloan-Kettering cancer clinic, she issued a statement that she was cancer-free. However, recently, she told the New York Times that her cancer was Stage IV, meaning that it had metastasized to other organs.

Lynn Redgrave is also known as one of the first spokespeople for Weight Watchers after overcoming her own battle with the eating disorder bulimia.

Just last month, Lynn and Vanessa lost their brother Corin, also an actor, last month on April 6th at age 70. Corin had recovered from prostate cancer years earlier, but heart disease took his life. Vanessa’s daughter Natasha Richardson, Lynn’s niece, died last year in a skiing accident.

Of Ms. Redgrave, the family says “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.”