The mark of a great actor is that he or she can so disappear into a part that you don’t recognize her. When I first saw Gods and Monsters on the big screen, I had forgotten than Lynn Redgrave was in the move until the closing credits. And every time I watch the movie again on DVD, I am blown away by her performance.
That great lady died last night “at her Manhattan apartment“. She was 67. It has been a particularly sad year for her family, one of the great British acting dynasties: “Her death comes a year after her niece Natasha Richardson died from head injuries sustained in a skiing accident and just a month after the death of her older brother, Corin Redgrave.”
And yet she clearly ranked among the greatest in a very talented family. In addition to her nomination for Gods and Monsters, she was also nominated Georgy Girl in 1966, facing off against her sister Vanessa, nominated that year for Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment. She distinguished herself in numerous other films and TV shoes, including Shine and most recently Kinsey where she played a lesbian.
Never a leading lady, she soared in the smaller roles she played. The world is diminished by her loss.
Let me leave you with a happy image of this woman’s talent:
FROM THE COMMENTS: My friend Tracy writes:
I saw her on stage in a one woman show she did years ago. I was in the first row and believe me she acted her heart out. She was wonderful!! RIP Lynn. Thanks for shining your light while you were here with us.