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Vanessa Redgrave (1937- )
Part of an Acting Dynasty
Born in London, on January 30th, 1937, and into a famous acting family, Vanessa's Father was Michael Redgrave, and her Mother was Rachel Kempson. Vanessa's sister Lynn Redgrave, and brother Corin, also went on to become celebrated actors in their own right.
After studying drama in London, Vanessa Redgrave made her film debut alongside her Father in the 1958 film, 'Behind the Mask'. The movie was not well received by critics, and Vanessa spent the next few years furthering her stage career. She met and fell in love with director Tony Richardson while Vanessa was performing at Stratford-on-Avon, and they married in 1962.
1966 saw Vanessa Redgrave's film career take off. She appeared in the cult, but controversial, Michelangelo Antonioni film 'Blow-Up', appearing alongside another rising star in David Hemmings. In the same year, Vanessa Redgrave played Anne Boleyn, doomed wife of the infamous English king, Henry VIII, in 'A Man for All Seasons'. But it was for the role of Leonie Delt, in 'Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment', that Vanessa won her first major award in her movie career. She was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her part in the 1966 film.
Strong roles came Vanessa's way thick and fast for the rest of the decade. She played legendary dancer Isadora Duncan, and also played Guinevere in the film musical, 'Camelot'. She had divorced Tony Richardson in 1967, and it was during the making of 'Camelot' that she met and fell in love with Italian actor Franco Nero. They had a child, Carlo, in 1969, before drifting apart, and rekindling their relationship in 2006. Also in 1969, Vanessa appeared in the anti-war satirical musical,'Oh! What a Lovely War'.
The early 1970s saw Vanessa play the tragic Mary, Queen of Scots, and it was to prove to be a decade that Vanessa put her own career in jeopardy for voicing her strong views on certain issues. Portraying the role of Julia in the 1977 film of the same name, Vanessa Redgrave's performance earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. But, she made a pro-Palestine speech at the awards ceremony. This probably led to her days of leading roles diminishing, though she did play British writer Agatha Christie in the 1979 film, 'Agatha'. Ironically, after upsetting many Jews with her Palestine comments, Vanessa Redgrave won an Emmy, when playing a concentration camp victim. She won the award for her portrayal of Fania Fenelon, in the 1980 TV drama, 'Playing for Time'.
Vanessa Redgrave has become one of film's most respected character actresses. She appeared in the acclaimed movie, 'Atonement (2007)', and, rarely for her, she also appeared in the openly commercial 'Mission Impossible (1996)' and 'Deep Impact (1998)'.
2009 to the middle of 2010 was a desperate time for Vanessa. Firstly, her actress daughter Natasha Richardson was killed in a freak skiing accident in March 2009. In 2010, Vanessa lost both her brother Corin and sister Lynn. Vanessa has two surviving children, actress Joely Richardson, and her screenwriter and director son, Carlo Gabriel Nero. Actress Jemma Redgrave is Vanessa's niece.
Never afraid of speaking up for causes she believes in, Vanessa Redgrave was one of the speakers at the famous anti-Vietnam War rally in London in 1968, and is still involved with humanitarian issues. She has spoken out about the War on Terror in recent times. In November 2011, Vanessa Redgrave was given a special Oscar award for her five decades in film.
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Vanessa Redgrave Filmography
(most recent films listed first)
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)
Unfinished Song (2012)
Cars 2 (voice) (2011)
Animals United (voice) (2010)
The Whistleblower (2010)
Letters to Juliet (2010)
Identity of the Soul (narrator) (2009)
The Gud, lukt och henne (2008)
How About You (2007)
The Riddle (2007)
The Thief Lord (2006)
The White Countess (2005)
Short Order (2005)
The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (2005)
The Fever (2004)
Good Boy! (voice) (2003)
Crime And Punishment (2002/I)
The Pledge (2001)
Erika und Klaus Mann Story, Die (narrator) (2000)
A Rumor Of Angels (2000)
Children's Story, Chechnia (voice) (2000)
The 3 Kings (2000)
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Cradle Will Rock (1999)
Lulu On The Bridge (1998)
Deep Impact (1998)
Déjà Vu (1997)
Mrs. Dalloway (1997)
Smilla's Sense Of Snow (1997)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
A Month By The Lake (1995)
Little Odessa (1994)
Mother's Boys (1994)
Storia di una capinera (1993)
The House Of The Spirits (1993)
Muro de silencio, Un (1993)
Howards End (1992)
The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (1991)
Diceria dell'untore (1990)
Pokhorony Stalina (1990)
Romeo-Juliet (voice) (1990)
Consuming Passions (1988)
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
The Bostonians (1984)
Sing Sing (1983)
Bear Island (1979)
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
Out Of Season (1975)
Murder On The Orient Express (1974)
The Trojan Women (1971)
Vacanza, La (1971)
The Devils (1971)
Mary, Queen Of Scots (1971)
Mor med två barn väntandes sitt tredje, En (1970)
Tranquillo posto di campagna, Un (1969)
Oh! What A Lovely War (1969)
The Sea Gull (1968)
The Charge Of The Light Brigade (1968)
The Sailor From Gibraltar (1967)
Red And Blue (1967)
A Man For All Seasons (1966)
Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment (1966)
Behind The Mask (1958)
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