Lynn Redgrave dies at 67

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Oscar-nominated actress Lynn Redgrave has died after a long battle against breast cancer, her children said Monday, in a new blow to one of Britain's most famous acting dynasties.

Redgrave, 67, "passed away late last night at her home," her spokesman Rick Miramontez confirmed to AFP, just over three weeks after her brother, Corin, who was also a well-known actor, died from an illness at the age of 70.

"Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven-year journey with breast cancer," her family said in a statement Monday posted on her official website.

"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," they said.

The children, son Ben and daughters Pema and Annabel, said in their statement that they were with Redgrave when she passed away at her US home after a career spanning some 48 years.

"Our entire family asks for privacy through this difficult time," her children added in their statement.

Lynn and Corin are survived by their sister, Vanessa Redgrave, 73, and were the third generation of one of Britain's most famous acting dynasties which has starred in screen and in theaters for more than seven decades.

Lynn Redgrave, the daughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, was also the aunt of television and film stars Joely and Natasha Richardson.

Her niece Natasha Richardson, who was married to actor Liam Neeson, died after a skiing accident in Canada last year.

Lynn Redgrave received two Oscar nominations for her role in the 1966 film "Georgy Girl" and the 1998 "Gods and Monsters," for which she won a Golden Globe.

She made her professional debut in 1962 in a production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Royal Court Theatre, before joining some of Britain's most illustrous companies, including The National Theatre, of which she was a founding member.

In 1967, Redgrave made her first Broadway appearance with "Black Comedy." But she was never to achieve the same fame as her older sister Vanessa, who is also a leftwing political activist.

Redgrave's film career flourished in later years, though, with roles in "The Jane Austen Book Club" in 2007, "The Constant Wife" and "The White Countess" both in 2005.

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