Redgrave book recounts battle with cancer

Published July 11, 2006

TAMPA - In December 2002, actor Lynn Redgrave was diagnosed with breast cancer.

At first, Redgrave's diagnosis was a secret that she shared only with her family and closest friends.

Redgrave had no idea how grueling it would be. Or that her journey, chronicled in powerful photos by her daughter Annabel Clark, would be featured in the New York Times Magazine. Or that the journal entries she scribbled would become a book read by thousands of cancer survivors. She was just concerned with survival.

But 3½ years later in Tampa, in the David Gavin Salon owned by her close friends David Ramon and Jeff Gavin Lyle, Redgrave autographed copies of Journal: A Mother and Daughter's Recovery from Breast Cancer.

Clark tells Redgrave's story - spanning a year from diagnosis to treatment - with intimate images from her mother bare chested in a doctor's office to kneeling in prayer to needles and tears.

Mother and daughter originally began compiling the photos as a keepsake. But after news broke that Redgrave had cancer, and she addressed the rumors on a Larry King interview, women with cancer e-mailed her telling they admired her bravery in speaking about the disease, and her determination to continue working throughout her recovery.

Clark's photos first ran in the New York Times Magazine, and then Umbrage publishers suggested a book. It was published in 2004.

Alexandra Zayas can be reached at 226-3354 or azayas@sptimes.com.