Kathleen Tynan

Kathleen Tynan, who gained widespread acclaim for a biography of her late husband, drama critic Kenneth Tynan, died Jan. 10 of cancer. She was 57.

Her husband, who died in 1980, was London’s most influential theater critic, playing a major role in shaping British drama. Her book, titled “The Life of Kenneth Tynan,” was published in 1987.

She also co-edited a selection of her husband’s writings in the 1990 book “Profiles” and edited a collection of his letters that is set to be published in the U.S. this spring.

Tynan’s magazine work – profiles and trend pieces – provided her with a distinct voice apart from her late husband.

Her other works include the 1975 novel “The Summer Aeroplane,” the screenplay for the 1978 movie “Agatha,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave, and an unfilmed script inspired by Louise Brooks’ “Lulu in Hollywood.”

She began her newspaper career as a researcher for Newsweek, and as a reporter for the London weekly the Observer and the Sunday Times.

She is survived by a daughter and a son.

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