|Lynn Redgrave, spring 2009|
As synchronicity would have it, Saturday night I watched The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, 1962, starring Sir Michael Redgrave; Sunday night I popped in Camelot, starring Vanessa Regrave; and today I sadly learned of the death of Lynn Redgrave, part of the Redgrave acting dynasty, daughter of Michael and sister of Vanessa.
I didn't realize she had been ill, but apparently she had been battling breast cancer for the past seven years. She was 67. Redgrave received two Oscar nominations during her decades-long acting career; one for her role in Georgy Girl ,1966 and another more than 30 years later for her supporting turn as the scraggly housekeeper in Gods and Monsters, 1999. She also earned four Tony Award nominations for her stage work.
The last movie I remember seeing her in, was Merchant Ivory's White Countess, 2005, starring with her late niece, Natasha Richardson and her sister Vanessa Redgrave. She was delightful in the role of a member of the Russian aristocracy exiled in 1936 Shanghai.
You know, I've had the lyrics to the Georgy Girl song in my head all afternoon.
Always window shopping, but never stopping to buy.
Her death reminds me how short life is. We certainly need to seize the day and stop to buy a big juicy chunk of life. Our beautiful and talented Georgy Girl left us all too soon, my friends. May she rest in peace.