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Rachel Kempson

Rachel Kempson
Born (1910-05-28)28 May 1910
Dartmouth, Devon, England
Died 24 May 2003(2003-05-24) (aged 92)
Millbrook, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Stroke
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1938-1997
Spouse(s) Michael Redgrave (m. 1935-1985, his death)
Children Vanessa Redgrave
Corin Redgrave (deceased)
Lynn Redgrave (deceased)

Rachel, Lady Redgrave (28 May 1910 – 24 May 2003), known primarily by her birth name Rachel Kempson, was an English actress.[1] She married Sir Michael Redgrave, and was the matriarch of the famous acting dynasty.[2]

Contents

  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Selected filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Career

Kempson trained at The Virgin Soldiers), and two films with her other daughter Vanessa (The Charge of the Light Brigade - which also starred her son Corin - and Déjà Vu). Her 1986 autobiography, Life Among the Redgraves was published by Dutton. According to Publishers Weekly, "Lady Redgrave writes with candour, wit, restraint and some sadness about her background, beginnings in the theatre in 1932, marriage and motherhood, the trials of moving and the problems of being married to a handsome matinee idol."[3]

Personal life

Kempson was born in Dartmouth, Devon, the daughter of Beatrice Hamilton (née Ashwell) and Eric William Edward Kempson, a headmaster.[4]

Kempson married fellow actor Michael Redgrave in 1935, and became the daughter-in-law of Roy Redgrave and Margaret Scudamore. Kempson was the mother of Vanessa (born 1937), Corin (1939–2010) and Lynn Redgrave (1943–2010) and the grandmother of Joely and Natasha Richardson (1963–2009), Jemma Redgrave, Luke Redgrave, Arden Redgrave, Harvey Redgrave, Carlo Gabriel Nero, Benjamin B. Clark, Kelly B. Clark and Annabel Lucy Clark.

In 1959 her husband was knighted, and she became, formally, Lady Redgrave. She never used this title professionally. In 2003, four days before what would have been her 93rd birthday, she died of a stroke at the home of her granddaughter, Natasha Richardson, in Millbrook, New York. Richardson died on 18 March 2009 in a skiing accident and was buried near Kempson. Kempson's youngest daughter, Lynn Redgrave was also buried in the same cemetery on 8 May 2010, near Kempson and Richardson. When Rachel died she was survived by 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Selected filmography

References

  1. ^ "Rachel Kempson". BFI. 
  2. ^ Sandra Brennan. "Rachel Kempson - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  3. ^ Publishers Weekly
  4. ^ "Rachel Kempson Biography (1910-)". filmreference.com. 

External links

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