Vanessa Redgrave is "grieving" and "glorying" after a string of family tragedies.
In an exclusive interview airing on ABC's "The View" Friday, the veteran actress opened up about the death of her sister, Lynn Redgrave, and the memorial she recently held for her late daughter, Natasha Richardson.
"When you lost people you absolutely love and adore, you're both glorying and you' re grieving," Redgrave said. She visited "The View" to promote her new film, "Letters to Juilet."
"You're grieving because you haven't got them anymore and you're glorying because you're taking in what a gift each of them was."
She added that Liam Neeson, the husband of Natasha Richardson, is handling the loss of the actress "like me, I guess. Grieving and glorying."
Watch Vanessa Redgrave's full interview on "The View," Friday, May 14 at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.
Vanessa Redgrave might be accustomed to coping with loss by now. The family was considered acting royalty, but the tragedies that have befallen the Redgrave/Richardson dynasty, capped most recently with Lynn's death, all seemed to play into the tale of the Redgrave family curse.
Lynn Redgrave died earlier this month after a seven-year battle with breast cancer. Only a year ago, Natasha Richardson, died at age 45 from injuries sustained in a skiing accident. Last month, Corin Richardson, also an actor, died at age 70 after a short illness. He too had battled cancer.
As celebrated as they were for their acting talent, the Redgrave siblings suffered through divorces, scandals and addiction. And the supposed curse, coined by the British media, seemed to carry over to the next generation, including Natasha.
Lynn Redgrave often spoke candidly about her troubled family and personal struggles in interviews and her one-woman stage performances.
She used her icy relationship with her father, Sir Michael Redgrave, a celebrated stage actor who later came out as bisexual, as fodder for her successful one-woman show "Shakespeare for My Father."
But her crumbling marriage to theatrical director John Clark drew more headlines. After 32 years of marriage and three children, Clark confessed to Redgrave that years earlier he had an affair with his daughter-in-law, Nicolette Hannah, before Hannah married their son Benjamin.
Clark was also the father of Hannah's son Zachary. The child Lynn Redgrave always believed was her "surrogate grandson" was instead her husband's illegitimate son.
Redgrave quickly filed for divorce, but not before Clark gave a tell-all interview to a tabloid. Redgrave countered with her own interview in the Times of London. "I've discovered a lifetime of betrayal from my husband," she tearfully told the paper. "It was right beneath my nose for eight years."
In 1983, Lynn Redgrave, who became a film sensation in the 1960s with "Georgy Girl," began starring in U.S. commercials for Weight Watchers. Before that she battled bulimia, telling People Magazine in 1992 that bingeing and purging "felt like a great discovery, as I suppose it is to most people. People complimented me on my weight, but inside I felt like s***."
In 2003, Redgrave learned she had breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy and treatment at New York's Sloan Kettering Hospital. She wrote about her battle in a 2004 book written with her daughter Annabel Clark, "Journal: A Mother and Daughter's Recovery From Breast Cancer." Redgrave ultimately died of the disease.