Lynn Redgrave: 1943-2010

Georgy Girl: 1966Georgy Girl: 1966Before there was Bridget Jones, there was Georgy Girl.

Lynn Redgrave played the frumpy but spunky London girl in the 1966 film, which finds her unexpectedly wooed by her father's middle-aged boss. It won her an Academy Award nomination year, the same year her sister, Vanessa, was nominated. They both lost to Elizabeth Taylor for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Teresa Barbieri/Getty Entertainment: Lynn Redgrave in September 2009 at the Toronto International Film FestivalTeresa Barbieri/Getty Entertainment: Lynn Redgrave in September 2009 at the Toronto International …

Lynn Redgrave died yesterday after a 7-year battle with cancer. It has been a tough year for her revered theatrical Redgrave family, which has seen its share of tragedy and personal pain. Her brother, actor Corin, died last month at age 70, and a year ago, her niece, Vanessa's daughter, actress Natasha Richardson died following a head injury sustained during a skiing accident.

Redgrave received lots of praise for her housekeeper role in 1998's "Gods and Monsters." But it was her honest, gutsy stage performances, especially the one-woman shows in which she unflinchingly bared her dysfunctional family disappointments, that stand out.

You may or may not remember her as Weight Watchers' first celebrity spokeswoman, but she honestly talked about her struggle with Bulimia, and wrote a book with her daughter about her cancer battle, which began in 2003. One of the biggest hits she survived: Learning after 32 years of marriage that her husband had an affair with their daughter-in-law before she married her son, and that he (the dad) fathered the woman's son. Yuck. She battled through a lot of personal and physical pain, and died too young with her children at her side. "She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before," her family said of the past seven years in a statement. "The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives. Our entire family asks for privacy through this difficult time."