Vanessa Redgrave

Movie Actress

Vanessa Redgrave was born in Blackheath, England, United Kingdom on January 30th, 1937 and is the Movie Actress. At the age of 87, Vanessa Redgrave biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, movies, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 30, 1937
United Kingdom
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Blackheath, England, United Kingdom
87 years old
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$20 Million
Film Actor, Screenwriter, Stage Actor
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Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
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Tony Richardson ​ ​(m. 1962; div. 1967)​, Franco Nero ​(m. 2006)​
Natasha Richardson, Joely Richardson, Carlo Gabriel Nero
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Michael Redgrave, Rachel Kempson
Vanessa Redgrave Life

Vanessa Redgrave (born 30 January 1937) is an English actor of stage, film, and television as well as a feminist activist.

Redgrave came to fame in 1961 as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in more than 35 productions in London's West End and Broadway, as well as the 2003 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Long Day's Journey into Night.

She has also been nominated for The Year of Magical Thinking and Driving Miss Daisy. Julia (1977), a film actress who has appeared in scores of films and is a six-time Oscar nominee, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the title role.

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Care (1966), Isadora (1968), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), and Howards End (1992).

A Man for All Seasons (1966), Blow Up (1967), Camelot (1971), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Mission: Impossible (1996), Coriolanus (2011), and The Butler (2013) are among her other films.

Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams named Redgrave "the best living actress of our time" and has received the Academy, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA, Olivier, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is the niece of actress Jemma Redgrave and Lady Redgrave, mother of British actress Jemma Redgrave, and the grandmother of Daisy Bevan, Micheál, and Daniel Neeson, and she is a member of the Redgrave family of actors.

Early life

Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson's daughter were born in Blackheath, London, on the 30th of January 1937. When Laurence Olivier said that Laertes (played by Sir Michael) had a daughter, she told the audience at a performance of Hamlet at the Old Vic. Olivier said, "A great actor has been born this night."

Redgrave's autobiography recalls the East End and Coventry Blitzes as one of her earliest memories. Following the East End Blitz, Redgrave and her family moved to Herefordshire before returning to London in 1943. She attended two independent schools for girls: the Alice Ottley School in Worcester and the Queen's Gate School in London, before "coming out" as a debutante. Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave were both actors.

Personal life

Redgrave married film and theatre director Tony Richardson from 1962 to 1967; the couple had two children: actresses Natasha Richardson (1963–2009) and Joely Richardson (b. (c) 1965; 1966. When Redgrave divorced Richardson, who left her for French actress Jeanne Moreau, she became romantically involved with Italian actor Franco Nero on the set of Camelot in 1967. Carlo Gabriel Redgrave Sparanero, a screenwriter and director, was a boy back in 1969. She had a long-term relationship with actor Timothy Dalton, with whom she appeared in the film Mary, Queen of Scots (1971). Franco Nero and Redgrave were reunited later in life, and they married on December 31, 2006. Redgrave's debut in The Fever (2004), a film version of Wallace Shawn's play, was directed by Carlo Nero. Redgrave has six grandchildren.

Redgrave lost both a daughter and her two younger siblings within 14 months between 2009 and 2010. Natasha Richardson's daughter died on March 18, 2009, after a catastrophic brain injury caused by a skiing crash. Corin Redgrave died on April 6, 2010, and Lynn Redgrave, her sister, died on May 2nd, 2010.

In April 2015, Redgrave suffered a near-fatal heart attack. She revealed in September 2015 that her lungs are only functioning at 30% capacity as a result of emphysema caused by years of smoking.

Redgrave has referred to herself as a person of faith and has said that she "occasionally" attends a Catholic church.


Vanessa Redgrave Career


In 1954, Vanessa Redgrave first attended the Central School of Speech and Drama. She appeared in the West End for the first time in 1958, playing opposite her brother.

Helena appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream opposite Charles Laughton as Bottom and Coriolanus opposite Laurence Olivier (in the title role), Albert Finney and Edith Evans in 1959.

Redgrave appeared in Robert Bolt's The Tiger and the Horse, a 1960 film in which she co-starred with her father. She appeared in As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1961. She appeared in William Gaskill's production of Cymbeline for the RSC in 1962. Redgrave created Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, a Donald Albery production based on Muriel Spark's book.

Redgrave appeared in Brian Desmond Hurst's Behind the Mask (1958), her first credited film role in which she co-starred with her father. Redgrave's first acting film role was in Morgan – A Perfect Case for Recovery (1966), co-starring David Warner and directed by Karel Reisz, for which she received an Academy Award, a Cannes nomination, and a BAFTA Film Award nomination. In Blowup (1966), she portrayed a mystery woman. It was co-starring David Hemmings and the first English-language film of Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni. Reunited with Karel Reisz for the biographical film of dancer Isadora Duncan in Isadora (1968), her portrayal of Duncan resulted in her receiving a National Society of Film Critics' Award for Best Female Performance at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Vanessa was produced by Italian filmmaker Tinto Brass in two films: Dropout and La vacanza in 1970 and 1971. Other representations of historical (or semi-mythical) figures appeared in the same period, ranging from Andromache in The Trojan Women (1971) to the lead in Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), the latter receiving her third Oscar nomination. She appeared in the film Camelot (1967) with Richard Harris and Franco Nero, as Guinevere, and briefly as Sylvia Pankhurst in Oh! (1969) What a Lovely War (1969). In The Devils (1971), Ken Russell's once controversial film directed by Mother Superior Jeanne des Anges (Joan of the Angels), she portrayed Mother Superior Jeanne des Anges (Joan of the Angels).

Julia (1977) appeared in the film Julia (1977) as a woman murdered by the Nazi German regime in the years leading up to World War II for her anti-Fascist activism. Jane Fonda (playing writer Lillian Hellman) was her co-star in the film. Fonda wrote that: Fonda wrote that "in her 2005 autobiography, she wrote that "they are all about women."

Members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), led by Rabbi Meir Kahane, burned effigies of Redgrave and protested what she perceived as her support for the Palestine Liberation Organisation when she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 for her role in Julia.

This film was released in 1977, the same year she produced and appeared in the film The Palestinian, which followed the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) in Lebanon's activities. Many Jewish organizations chastised the film's perceived anti-Israel slant, and Jewish Defense League (JDL) members nominated Redgrave for the Academy Awards ceremony, despite counter-protestors waving PLO flags. Redgrave received the award for her acting in her acceptance speech, thanking Hollywood for "refusing to be intimidated by the concerns of a select group of Zionist hoodlums – an insult to Jews all around the world and with their long and successful history of resistance against fascism and oppression." Paddy Chayefsky, the academy Award-winning screenwriter and award presenter at that year's dinner, gave a keynote response later. "The scandal surrounding her awards address and the negative press it prompted had a damaging effect on her acting opportunities that would continue for years to come," Dan Callahan wrote in his biography of Redgrave.

Agatha Christie in Agatha (1979), Helen in Yanks (1981), a Holocaust survivor in Playing for Time (1980), Irma Christie in Assassination of Babies (1982), Mother Teresa of Agatha (1989), The Queen in Sing, Sing (1986), Raymond Williams in My Body, My Child (1991), and Later in Life in Youth (1991), Oscar Wilde (1996), Stephen Cooper in My Body, My Child in Actor Many of these roles and some others received acclaim.

She received a Golden Globe for Best TV Series Supporting Actress in a TV Film or Miniseries, as well as an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a television series or Miniseries. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Disgustation (GLAAD) also won the Excellence in Media Award for the same campaign (GLAAD). Dr. Erica Noughton, the mother of Julia McNamara's mother, was played by her real-life daughter Joely Richardson in 2004. She appeared in the third and sixth seasons. Redgrave appeared in the film Venus in 2006 opposite Peter O'Toole. Redgrave appeared in Evening and Atonement, in which she was nominated for a role that took up only seven minutes of screen time.

Redgrave appeared as a narrator in an Arts Alliance production, id – Identity of the Soul, in 2008. Redgrave and her daughter Joely appeared in the BBC version of The Day of the Triffids in 2009. Natasha Richardson, a mother of three children, appeared in Ridley Scott's version of Robin Hood (2010), which started shooting shortly after Natasha's death. Redgrave later withdrew from the film for personal reasons. Eileen Atkins, a co-star on Evening, was given the part. Franco Nero, her husband, was next seen in Letters to Juliet opposite her husband Franco Nero.

She appeared in Eva (2009), a Romanian drama film that premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, as well as in Julian Schnabel's Palestinian film Miral (2010), which was screened at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. She portrayed Winnie the Giant Tortoise in the environmentally Animated Film Animals United (also 2010) and appeared in the Bosnia-set political drama The Whistleblower (2010), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In Ruins (2010), Redgrave narrated Patrick Keiller's semi-fictional film Robinson. Redgrave has been narrated by the BBC show Call the Midwife since 2012.

She appeared in two historical films: Shakespeare's Coriolanus (which marked actor Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut), and Roland Emmerich's Anonymous (both 2011).

She appeared in Terence Stamp and Gemma Arterton's British comedy-drama Song for Marion (US: Unfinished Song, 2012) and With Forest Whitaker in The Butler (2013), directed by Lee Daniels. In the drama Foxcatcher (2014), she appeared alongside Steve Carell and Channing Tatum.

Redgrave's debut with the film Sea Sorrow, which discusses the plight of child migrants in the Calais refugee camps and the wider European migration crisis, which was around 80 years old. It premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Critics applauded the documentary's message but criticized the system for a "scattershot lack of attention" and the "ungainliness of its production values."

In four decades, Redgrave has received four Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress. In 1984 for The Aspern Papers, Laurence Olivier was named Actress of the Year.

Pro Prost in The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe in London in 2000 included Promo. She received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in 2003 for her role in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night's Broadway revival. Redgrave received the Ibsen Centennial Award in January 2006 for her "outstanding work in translating many of Henrik Ibsen's creations over the last decade." Liv Ullmann, Glenda Jackson, and Claire Bloom, among the award's previous recipients, are Liv Ullmann, Glenda Jackson, and Claire Bloom.

Joan Didion appeared in Joan Didion's Broadway stage version of her 2005 book The Year of Magical Thoughts, which saw 144 regular performances at the Booth Theatre in a 24-week limited engagement. She received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show, as well as the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. She gave mixed feedback about her appearance at the Royal National Theatre in London as Lyttelton. In September 2008, she spent a week at the Theatre Royal in Bath. Joan Didion was once more on display at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York on October 26, 2009. The performance had been supposed to debut on April 27th, but it was postponed due to the death of Natasha's daughter in Redgrave. The funds were donated to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Both organizations are attempting to help the children of Gaza.

She appeared in the Broadway premiere of Driving Miss Daisy opposite James Earl Jones in October 2010. The show premiered on October 25, 2010 at the John Golden Theatre in New York City, to rave reviews. The production had been intended to run until 29 January 2011, but due to a positive response and strong box office sales, it was postponed until September 2011. In May 2011, she was nominated for the Best Actress in a Play for the role of Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy. From 26 September to 17 December 2011, the play was performed at the Wyndham's Theatre in London.

In 2013, Redgrave appeared in Eisenberg's The Revisionist with Jesse Eisenberg. From 15 February to May 27, New York's production lasted from 15 February to July 27th. In the role, Redgrave was portrayed as a Polish holocaust survivor. Redgrave appeared in Much Ado About Nothing, a film directed by Mark Rylance, in September 2013.

At the Almeida Theatre, London, Redgrave performed Queen Margaret in Richard III, alongside Ralph Fiennes in the title role.

Mrs Higgins, a famous actress, had announced in February 2022 that she would be playing Mrs Higgins in My Fair Lady, which would run from May to August 2022.

In a survey of "industry experts" and readers conducted by The Stage in 2010, Redgrave was rated as the ninth best stage actor/actress of all time.


As she admits she's'very grateful' for their 'last journey together,' Joely Richardson recalls memories of her last holiday with sister Natasha before her tragic death, April 7, 2024
Joely Richardson has shared more about her sister Natasha's last holiday before her tragic death in March 2009. The actress, 59, took to Instagram to post a snapshot of her with Natasha and their mother, Vanessa Redgrave. Joely outlined the trio's last-minute getaway as a 'rare treat', and that ended up being their last getaway before Natasha's death.

Joely Richardson's (59) career: how the actress of Britain's 'violent grief' of losing her sister, fertility problems, and Hollywood ageism all contributed to a career revival, March 27, 2024
Joely Richardson, who was born in one of Britain's most popular acting dynasties, is no stranger to Hollywood (top right, with late sister Natasha left and mother Vanessa in 2000). In fact, she first acting role came at the age of three, in the 1968 film The Charge of the Light Brigade, directed by her father, with a large portion of her youth spent wandering around film sets and theatres. That's the kind of childhood you can imagine when your parents are legendary producer Tony Richardson and legendary actress Vanessa Redgrave. What followed in life was a string of career peaks and personal struggles, but also a steady determination to muddle through. Joely appears in three hit TV shows this year, including Netflix's One Day and The Gentlemen (bottom right), and Renegade Nell's upcoming Disney+ series.

Dame Joanna Lumley declares 'rude and horrible' sex scenes should be axed because they 'slow things down': 'I don't watch people on the lavatory!', February 27, 2024
Dame Joanna Lumley has called for complete sex scenes to be deleted entirely, calling them "rude and tragic." The Absolutely Fabulous actress, 77, said the intimate scenes "slow down" the story and encourage the viewer to concentrate on the actors' attributes over the characters. Joanna said that being nude on screen had a 'playground element', and that the private scenes were akin to meeting someone on the toilet.