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Corin Redgrave Dies At 70

Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:49 pm

Corin Redgrave, actor and political activist, has died today in a South London hospital. He was 70.

Son of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, brother of Lynn and Vanessa, father of Jemma, and Uncle to Joely and the late Natasha Richardson, Redgrave was not as well known as his siblings, but still made a lasting impression, and made a resurgance in later life, winning a Laurence Olivier Award in 1998 for his portrayal of Boss Whalen in Tennessee Williams' play Not About Nightingales.

Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000, and suffering a heart attack in 2005, Redgrave did not slow down. On the contrary, he continued to act, and called for Tony Blair to be impeached over the invasion of Iraq.

Other recent performances on screen include Enigma (2001), Lord Curzon in the TV drama Shackleton (2002) and Old Jolyon Forsyte in the mini-series The Forsyte Saga (2002). He received mixed reviews for his portrayal of King Lear in a Royal Shakespeare Company production (2004-05).

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RE: Corin Redgrave Dies At 70

Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:42 pm

Another loss for the Redgrave acting dynasty, after his sister Vanessa, lost her daughter actress Natasha Richardson last year.

Corin was a very good actor, but like others in his family, a bit bonkers.

I mean, the Worker's Revolutionary Party!

Basically the fiefdom of some toad like old git, Gerry Healy, who when not flattering gullible actors, between his busy schedule of sexual assault of female staff members, funded his little Trot party, aside from the Redgrave largesse, by spying on exiled dissents in London for regimes like Libya and Iraq in the 70's and 80's.
The obit on the BBC site tells us that another former WRP member, was Matthew Kelly, gameshow host and first choice for playing sinister weirdoes on ITV3 dramas.
Won't look at him the same way again will you?
 
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RE: Corin Redgrave Dies At 70

Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:52 am

Quoting GDB (Reply 1):
Corin was a very good actor, but like others in his family, a bit bonkers.

I don't have a problem with bonkers. It beats dull grey boring any day of the week.

I do think it is a pity you chose to use the death of a fine actor as a springboard for your political views about the WRP.

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RE: Corin Redgrave Dies At 70

Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:04 am

Quoting mariner (Reply 2):
I do think it is a pity you chose to use the death of a fine actor as a springboard for your political views about the WRP.

My views don't come in to it, the WRP was a con operation run by one nasty little man, like it or not, the Redgrave's association with it was a major talking point at the time and since.
It allowed this sect way more coverage than it ever would have got otherwise.
Not that the Redgrave's were aware of the real nature of Healy's operation at the time, they were, they thought, finding an outlet for their (eccentric) beliefs, were mortified when after his death, the true nature of Healy was revealed.

Back in the 70's and 80's mention of the Redgrave's always was linked to the WRP.
All the obituaries mention it.

The irony is that Corin Redgrave, was on TV and film at least, known for playing top British establishment figures, in which he excelled.
 
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RE: Corin Redgrave Dies At 70

Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:32 am

Quoting GDB (Reply 3):
My views don't come in to it, the WRP was a con operation run by one nasty little man, like it or not, the Redgrave's association with it was a major talking point at the time and since.
It allowed this sect way more coverage than it ever would have got otherwise.
Not that the Redgrave's were aware of the real nature of Healy's operation at the time, they were, they thought, finding an outlet for their (eccentric) beliefs, were mortified when after his death, the true nature of Healy was revealed.

They didn't think their views were eccentric.

Some of their views eventually were adopted by many other people. They were among the first to stand up for the Palestinian people, which, for Vanessa Redgrave, caused some harm to her career in Hollywood.

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RE: Corin Redgrave Dies At 70

Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:55 am

Quoting mariner (Reply 4):
Some of their views eventually were adopted by many other people. They were among the first to stand up for the Palestinian people, which, for Vanessa Redgrave, caused some harm to her career in Hollywood.

Certainly they moved to campaigning for more, 'down to Earth' issues, Corin in particular in his later years.
After the implosion of the USSR that is.
 
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RE: Corin Redgrave Dies At 70

Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:21 am

Quoting GDB (Reply 5):
Certainly they moved to campaigning for more, 'down to Earth' issues, Corin in particular in his later years.
After the implosion of the USSR that is.

I've no idea what that has to do with it. Their involvement in the "down to earth" Palestinian affairs began long before the Soviet Union imploded, he was involved with CND decades before that.

Mr. Redgrave was a fine actor, a kind and funny man and a committed Marxist all his adult life. He also did one remarkable thing, recording his father's bisexuality and his own reaction to it.

Anyone can disagree with the political convictions or the company he kept, but he strived to improve the human condition.

A good life.

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