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Name: Lynn Redgrave                                                                         
Born: 8 March 1943 London, England                                                         
Lynn Rachel Redgrave (born 8 March 1943) is two-time Academy Award-nominated               
and Golden Globe-winning English/American actress born into the famous Redgrave             
acting family.                                                                             
Redgrave was born in London, England, the daughter of actors Sir Michael                   
Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, Lady Redgrave. Her brother is Corin Redgrave and               
her sister is Vanessa Redgrave. She is the aunt of Natasha Richardson, Joely               
Richardson and Jemma Redgrave.                                                             
After training in 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 Noel           
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, Girl With Green Eyes             
and The Deadly Affair.In 1966, she appeared in the title role in Georgy Girl,               
which earned her the New York Film Critics Award, the Golden Globe and an Oscar             
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 1974, she returned to Broadway 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 1985/86 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. Outside New York, 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 the early winter of 1991 she               
starred with Stewart Granger and Ricardo Montalban in a Hollywood production of             
Don Juan in Hell.                                                                           
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 television production of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, again             
with her sister. Highlights of her early movie career also include The National             
Health, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, The Happy Hooker and               
Getting It Right. For American television she was seen in the series 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 premiere of             
Tennessee Williams' The Notebook of Trigorin, based on Anton Chekhov's The                 
In 1993 she was elected President of The Players, the famous theatrical club and           
historic bastion of American theatre history. In 1989 she appeared on Broadway             
in Love Letters with her husband John Clark, and thereafter performed the play,             
only with her husband, around the country, and on one occasion for the jury in             
the OJ Simpson case. In 1993 she appeared on Broadway in the one-woman play                 
Shakespeare For My Father devised and co-written with her husband, who also                 
produced and directed. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in             
a Play.                                                                                     
On March 30, 2005, the website of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut             
stated that she appeared in the play Sisters of the Garden, about the                       
Mendelssohn and Boulanger sisters. As of early 2005, she is reported to be                 
writing a one-woman play about her battle with breast cancer, from which she is             
evidently in remission, and her 2002 mastectomy, based on her book Journal: A               
Mother and Daughter's Recovery from Breast Cancer with photos by Annabel Clark (Redgrave   
and Clark's youngest daughter) and text by Redgrave herself.                               
In September 2006, she appeared in Nightingale, the U.S. premier of her new one-woman       
play based upon her maternal grandmother Beatrice, at Los Angeles' Mark Taper               
Forum. This is her third play to concern itself with a family member. She also             
performed the play in May 2007 at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut. In               
2007, Redgrave appeared in an episode of Desperate Housewives as Dahlia