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Lynn Redgrave was robbed of the Oscar for 'Georgy Girl'

May 3, 2010 |  1:50 pm

Looking back over the distinguished work of Lynn Redgrave -- who died of breast cancer Sunday at age 67 -- there was one outrage in terms of showbiz awards. It's a pity she didn't win the Academy Award for her career-capping performance as a chunky British misfit in "Georgy Girl."

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The New York Times cheered her for being "funny as Judy Holliday in 'Born Yesterday,' touching as Julie Harris in 'Member of the Wedding.' " Of course, Holliday had won the Oscar for "Born Yesterday" and Harris had been nominated. Redgrave got nominated for "Georgy Girl" too, but she faced a bizarre contest for best actress at the 1966 Oscars. She was pitted against her sister Vanessa ("Morgan"). Both lost to a worthy foe: Elizabeth Taylor in the greatest performance of her career -- "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Voters at the New York Film Critics Circle came up with a much better solution than the Oscars. They declared the best-actress race a tie between Taylor and Lynn Redgrave, but only after six fierce ballots that flip-flopped back and forth between each actress taking the lead. On awards night, Redgrave showed up to accept her plaque; Taylor didn't.

For "Georgy Girl," Redgrave also won the Golden Globe as best musical-comedy actress. (Taylor competed in the separate race for drama actresses, losing to Anouk Aimée for "A Man and a Woman.")

Years later, Redgrave won an Indie Spirit award and Golden Globe in the supporting race as the dowdy housekeeper in Bill Condon's "Gods and Monsters," a role for which she also received an Oscar nomination. At the Academy Awards, she lost to Judi Dench ("Shakespeare in Love").

Three times she lost at the Tony Awards:

1976 -- "Mrs. Warren's Profession" (lost to Irene Worth, "Sweet Bird of Youth")
1993 -- "Shakespeare for My Father" (lost to Madeline Kahn, "The Sisters Rosensweig")
2006 -- "The Constant Wife" (lost to Cynthia Nixon, "Rabbit Hole")

In 1981, Redgrave lost the prime-time Emmy for best comedy actress for her role as a hospital administrator in "House Calls" to Isabel Sanford ("The Jeffersons").

Photo: Lynn Redgrave in "Georgy Girl" (Columbia Pictures)


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