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Redgrave at the Berlin Film Festival, 2011
30 January 1937|
Greenwich, London, England
(m. 1962–1967, divorced)
Franco Nero (m. 2006–present)
Natasha Richardson (deceased)|
Carlo Gabriel Nero
Michael Redgrave (deceased)|
Rachel Kempson (deceased)
Life and career
Born in a theatrical family, her father was actor Sir Michael Redgrave (1908-1985) and her mother was actress Rachel Kempson (1910-2003). Her brother Corin Redgrave (1939-2010) and sister Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010) were both actors. She began her career in theatre in 1958 with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
She made her movie debut in 1966 in Morgan, a Suitable Case for Treatment, followed by Blow Up.
In 1967, she appeared in the musical Camelot, opposite Richard Harris. Other notable movies have included; The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968), Isadora (1969), The Devils (1970), The Trojan Women (1971), Mary Queen of Scots (1972), Murder on the Orient-Express (1974), Julia (1977), for which she won an Academy Award for best supporting actress, Agatha (1979), The Bostonians (1984), Wetherby (1985), Howard Ends (1992), Mrs Dalloway (1997), etc.
On television, she appeared in Playing for Time in 1981, which won her an Emmy Award for best actress, as well as in the teleseries Peter The Great (1986) and Young Catherine (1991).
In 2010 she received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, a lifetime achievement award.
Redgrave was married to movie director Tony Richardson from 1962 until 1967, with whom she had two daughters: actresses Natasha Richardson (1963-2009) and Joely Richardson (b. 1965). She has a son, Carlo Gabriel Nero (b. 1969) with Italian actor Franco Nero, whom she married in 2006.
- Gemma Arterton, Vanessa Redgrave to star in Williams' Song For Marion Screen Daily. 8 July 2011
- The Illustrated Who's Who of the Cinema, Lloyd, Fuller & Desser, Portland House, New York, 1987.