Actress. The child of a distinguished theatrical family, she had a long career on stage, television, and film. Raised within the show-business milieu , she studied at the London School of Speech and Drama before making her professional stage debut in a 1962 presentation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Lynn first appeared in the West End in N.C. Hunter's "The Tulip Tree", made her silver screen bow as Susan in the 1963 Oscar-winning "Tom Jones", and earned a New York Film Critics' Award and her initial Academy Award nomination for the title role of 1966's "Georgy Girl". First seen on Broadway in 1967's "Black Comedy, she appeared in numerous stage productions on both sides of The Pond, earned a 1976 Tony Award nomination for George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. Warren's Profession", and in 1991 partnered with her sister Vanessa for the West End presentation "Three Sisters". Lynn made small screen appearances in America and on the BBC, starring in the 1983 "Anthony and Cleopatra", having a regular role which garnered Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in "House Calls", and even making a series of commercials for Weight Watchers. The winner of a Drama Desk Award for the BBC's "Talking Heads", she was nominated for the Tony Award for her one-woman tribute to Sir Michael, "Shakespeare For My Father" (1993), and in 1998 received her second Oscar nomination for "Gods and Monsters". Ill with breast cancer since 2002, Lynn continued her work on such shows as "Desperate Housewives" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent", making her final appearance in a 2009 episode of "Ugly Betty". Though a naturalized American citizen, she was named Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2002 while in 2009 she was elected to the American Theatre Hall-of-Fame". Lynn died of breast cancer leaving a large legacy of DVDs documenting her art.
Bio by: Bob Hufford