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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Redgraves bid farewell to Corin

Stars turned out for the funeral of Corin Redgrave
Stars turned out for the funeral of Corin Redgrave

One final chorus of "bravo" rang out for for Corin Redgrave at the actor's funeral.

Mourners, including his sisters Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, gave the late actor, who died a week ago at the age of 70, a standing ovation as his hearse left the grounds of the church.

Fittingly, the star of the screen and stage had just given a final performance - with a recording of his rendition of Goodbye from the film Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) ending the service.

Theatrical dynasty the Redgraves, the actor's widow Kika Markham and his children led hundreds of mourners at a packed and emotional service at St Paul's Church, dubbed the actors' church, in Covent Garden, London.

Vanessa and Lynn, his niece Joely Richardson and Daisy, the daughter the Nip/Tuck star had with film producer Tim Bevan, were among them.

Schindler's List star Liam Neeson, whose wife Natasha Richardson - Redgrave's niece - died in a ski accident last year, was also present along with Lord Of The Rings star Sir Ian McKellen and actor Simon Callow.

Lynn, who is in remission from breast cancer, sparked laughter when she recounted her childhood with her brother.

He taught her to climb up trees but never told her how to come back down again, meaning she was always getting stuck, she said.

Vanessa read from Antony And Cleopatra - saying her brother had read the passages from the Shakespeare play to her a couple of years ago and she wanted to return the gesture.

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