STAGE TUBE: Lynn Redgrave Sings 'The Saga of Jenny'
The Broadway community mourns the loss of Lynn Redgrave, who died May 2nd at age 67.The late Lynn Redgrave has a ball singing Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill's "The Saga of Jenny" from Lady in the Dark. This video is taken from a PBS special called "Musical Comedy Tonight 2," the second of 3 specials put together by Sylvia Fine Kaye and featuring selections from classic musicals. Reprising the number with her are Danny Kaye and Richard Crenna. The special aired February 11, 1981.The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York were dimmed in her memory on Tuesday, May 4th, at exactly 7:00pm for one minute.
Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, commented, "In addition to Lynn Redgrave's genius as a multi-talented performer and writer, she was very generous with her time and influence. My memories of her brilliant performances on stage are matched with seeing her dedicated activities offstage. Whether participating in an Actors Fund meeting or a walkathon for charity, her warmth and selflessness always made the day brighter. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and audiences."
Ms. Redgrave was a 2006 Tony Award nominee for Best Actress in a Play (The Constant Wife), a 1993 Tony Award nominee for Best Actress in a Play (Shakespeare for My Father, which she wrote), and a 1976 Tony Award nominee for Best Actress in a Play (Mrs. Warren's Profession).
Her numerous Broadway credits included Black Comedy/White Lies, My Fat Friend, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Knock Knock, Saint Joan, Aren't We All?, Sweet Sue, Love Letters, A Little Hotel on the Side, The Master Builder, and Moon over Buffalo.
She has been nominated for 3 Tony Awards, 2 Oscars, 2 Emmys, a Grammy and most recently was the recipient of a 2008 New York Emmy. Film highlights include Georgy Girl, Gods and Monsters, Shine, Kinsey, The Jane Austen Book Club, and The White Countess. She was a founding member of The Royal National Theatre and is the author of four plays, Shakespeare For My Father (which examines her relationship with Sir Michael Redgrave), The Mandrake Root (loosely based on her mother, Rachel Kempson) Nightingale (a fictional meditation on the life of her maternal grandmother, Beatrice Kempson), and Rachel and Juliet. Ms. Redgrave was inducted into the 2009 Theater Hall of Fame this past January.
Born in London into a family of actors, she is the sister of Vanessa Redgrave and the late Corin Redgrave; daughter of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson; and aunt of Joely Richardson and the late Natasha Richardson. She is survived by three children and six grandchildren.