POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Acclaimed actress Lynn Redgrave was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, and continued to act during her chemotherapy without missing a single performance. Thirty-seven intimate photos that daughter Annabel Clark took of her mother's battle with breast cancer – all originally published in the book Journal: A Mother and Daughter's Recovery from Breast Cancer (2004) – will be on view from June 27-July 31, in the lobby of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. Redgrave's text from the book will also be on display.
"These are not portraits. They are not glamorous. They are pictures of me going through [the illness]," Redgrave explained to the Daily News. In the foreword to the book she co-authored with her mother, Annabel Clark wrote, "My photographs and her journal entries tell a parallel story of an illness that I now look back on as something we were lucky to go through. While they highlight upsetting moments of vulnerability and hopelessness, they also show her incredible will to overcome this disease with both strength and grace."
The exhibition will be free and open to the public, and is presented by the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, in conjunction with Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater season. For specific viewing hours, call the Powerhouse Theater offices at (845) 437-5907.
On Thursday, June 26, from 5:30 to 7:30pm, as a benefit for Miles of Hope, an opening night reception with special guests Annabel Clark and Lynn Redgrave will be held at the Vassar campus's Frances Daly Fergusson Quadrangle. A donation of $75 per person is suggested for the benefit. For further information, e-mail email@example.com or call 845-264-2005. The event is sponsored by Fishkill OB/GYN and Gellert & Klein.
ABOUT MILES OF HOPE
The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501C-3 non-profit public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley, New York. The foundation was founded by community activists Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok, who saw a need to support increased services for people with breast cancer. Further information is available at www.milesofhopebcf.org.
ABOUT VASSAR'S ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS AND BREAST CANCER PROJECT
In addition to this exhibition, Vassar College offers free to the public the educational cd-rom Environmental Risks and Breast Cancer, a project led by professor Janet Gray, chair of the college's program in Science, Technology, and Society. For additional information, and to order the cd-rom, visit http://erbc.vassar.edu.