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Published: 5/2/2014
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Lynn Redgrave, 1980. (CBS via Getty Images)

Lynn Redgrave, part of the Redgrave/Richardson acting dynasty, spent nearly 50 years onstage and in front of the camera. She appeared in 40 feature films, including classics like Shine and Gods and Monsters, as well as dozens of television movies and TV series throughout her storied career. She starred in Broadway productions in four different decades, as well as many productions in London's West End. In addition, she narrated dozens of acclaimed audio books, including The Witches, for which she was nominated for a Grammy. In fact, Redgrave was nominated for all of the major entertainment awards, Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony, but never took home any of the statues. Despite those losses, her career remains an impressive addition to her already extraordinary family name. We remember Lynn Redgrave's life today as well as other notable people who died this day in history.


2013: Jeff Hanneman, U.S. musician who was a guitarist in the metal band Slayer, dies at 49.

Jeff Hanneman (Associated Press/Courtesy of Slayer - Mark Seliger)The guitarist had recently begun writing songs with the band in anticipation of recording a new album later in the year. He had been slowly recovering from what was believed to be a spider bite that nearly cost him his arm after he failed to seek immediate treatment. Read more




2012: Junior Seau, U.S. NFL linebacker who was a 12-time All-Pro, commits suicide, which may have been related to chronic brain damage from his football career, at 43.

Content ImageHe spent nearly 20 years in the NFL, earning dozens of honors before retiring after the 2009 season. Sadly, Seau took his own life in 2012, and an examination of his body revealed chronic brain damage that some doctors believe drove the former linebacker to suicide. Read more



2010: Lynn Redgrave, U.S. actress who appeared in many movies including Tom Jones and Georgy Girl, dies at 67.

Actress Lynn Redgrave (AP Photo / Peter Kramer)

Redgrave was a beloved member of one of our favorite acting families. The sister of actors Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, sister-in-law of director Tony Richardson, and aunt of actors Natasha Richardson and Joely Richardson, Lynn Redgrave had a powerful talent herself. She was a star both on Broadway and on the big and small screens. Read more



2009: Jack Kemp, U.S. NFL quarterback and politician who was a seven-time All-Star and led the Buffalo Bills to two AFL championships, and then was a congressman for New York from 1971 until 1989, dies at 73.

Kemp, a former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, represented western New York for nine terms in Congress, leaving the House for an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988. Eight years later, after serving a term as President George H.W. Bush's housing secretary, he made it onto the national ticket as Bob Dole's running mate. Read more




2008: Beverlee McKinsey, U.S. actress who had a long career on the daytime soap operas Another World and Guiding Light, dies at 72.

2006: Louis Rukeyser, U.S. financial journalist who was the host of the popular TV series Wall Street Week, dies at 73.

As host of Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser on public TV from 1970 until 2002, Rukeyser took a wry approach to the ups and downs in the marketplace and urged guests to avoid jargon. He brought finance and economics to ordinary viewers and investors, and was rewarded with the largest audience in the history of financial journalism. Read more



2001: Gina Mastrogiacomo, U.S. actress who had a role in the movie Goodfellas, dies at 39.

1999: Oliver Reed, English actor who had roles in The Three Musketeers and Tommy, dies at 61.

1998: Gene Raymond, U.S. actor who appeared in the movies Zoo in Budapest with Loretta Young and Flying Down to Rio with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, dies at 89.

1993: Julio Gallo, U.S. businessman who co-founded the E. & J. Gallo Winery, dies at 83.

1990: David Rappaport, English actor who was one of the best-known dwarf actors and who appeared in Time Bandits and The Bride, commits suicide at 38.

1984: Jack Barry, U.S. game show host who hosted the popular shows Twenty-One and The Joker's Wild, dies at 66.

1984: Bob Clampett, U.S. animator and director known best for his work with the Looney Tunes animated series from Warner Brothers, dies at 70.

1983: Norm Van Brocklin, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and head coach who was a nine-time All-Pro and won two NFL championships, dies at 57.

1982: Hugh Marlowe, U.S. actor who appeared in many movies and TV shows, including Elmer Gantry and Perry Mason, dies at 71.

1973: Alan Carney, U.S. comic actor who appeared in The Absent-Minded Professor and Herbie Rides Again, dies at 63.

1972: J. Edgar Hoover, U.S. director of the FBI, dies at 77.

1957: Joseph McCarthy, U.S. politician who was the senator from Wisconsin from 1947 until 1957 and whose McCarthyism led an anti-communist crusade, dies of hepatitis at 48.

1880: Eberhard Anheuser, German businessman who started the brewery in St. Louis that eventually became Anheuser-Busch, dies at 75.

1519: Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer, dies at 67.

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