Redgrave, Vanessa

Redgrave, Vanessa
born Jan. 30, 1937, London, Eng.

British actress.

The daughter of actor Michael Redgrave, she made her London stage debut in 1958 and won praise as Rosalind in As You Like It (1961). Her performances in such movies as Blow-Up (1966), Camelot (1967), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), and Julia (1977, Academy Award) won her critical adulation. Though criticized by some for her left-wing political activism, especially on behalf of Palestinians, she continued to win acclaim for her work on stage and screen. Her later films included The Bostonians (1984), Howards End (1992), and Mrs. Dalloway (1998).

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▪ British actress
born January 30, 1937, London, England

      British actress of stage and screen and longtime political activist.

      Called “the greatest actress of our time” by the playwright Tennessee Williams, Vanessa Redgrave came from a legendary theatrical family. Her father, Sir Michael Redgrave (Redgrave, Sir Michael), was one of Britain's most popular and respected actors, and her mother, Rachel Kempson, was a noted stage actress. Her sister, Lynn, did both stage and film work—most notably in Georgy Girl (1966) and Shine (1996)—and her brother, Corin, was a successful stage director and actor. Redgrave is also the mother of actresses Natasha and Joely Richardson from her marriage in the 1960s to director Tony Richardson (Richardson, Tony).

      Redgrave made her professional debut in the play A Touch of the Sun (1957), in which she costarred with her father. She appeared in her first film, Behind the Mask, in 1958 but concentrated mostly on stage work throughout the late '50s and early '60s and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon during the 1959–60 season. Her film career began in earnest in 1966; within the space of two years, she appeared in four films that established her reputation as an intelligent actress with a commanding presence. The first of her six Academy Award nominations was for Morgan! (1966), her first motion picture in eight years. She then had a role in Michelangelo Antonioni (Antonioni, Michelangelo)'s Blow-Up (1966), a psychological mystery that became a cult favourite. Redgrave's unbilled cameo as Anne Boleyn in A Man for All Seasons (1966) and her performance as Guinevere in Camelot (1967) further secured her status as one of the most popular and respected actresses of the era.

      In the late 1960s and early '70s Redgrave showed her mastery of both classical and commercial fare. She received an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of dancer Isadora Duncan in Isadora (1968), and she appeared as Nina in Sidney Lumet (Lumet, Sidney)'s adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Sea Gull (1968). In 1971 Redgrave took on the role of Andromache in The Trojan Women and received another Oscar nomination for her work as the title character in Mary, Queen of Scots, playing opposite Glenda Jackson (Jackson, Glenda)'s Queen Elizabeth I. Redgrave also appeared in such popular mainstream vehicles as Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), and she won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in Julia (1977).

      During the following two decades, Redgrave eschewed popular fare in favour of smaller films with well-written scripts or classical overtones. Her controversial performance as a Nazi concentration camp victim in the television adaptation of Arthur Miller (Miller, Arthur)'s Playing for Time (1980) won her an Emmy, though, as a longtime supporter of the Palestine Liberation Organization, she was widely criticized for accepting the role. She received her fifth Oscar nomination for her role in the film adaptation of Henry James's The Bostonians (1984). Other notable performances include a literary agent in the film Prick Up Your Ears (1987), and for television, Lady Alice More in the remake of A Man for All Seasons (1988), Lady Torrance in Tennessee Williams's Orpheus Descending (1990), and Blanche Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1991), a remake of the Bette Davis–Joan Crawford film, in which Redgrave costarred with her sister, Lynn. She received a sixth Oscar nomination for her work in Howards End (1992).

      Redgrave is nearly as well known for her outspoken and controversial political activism as she is for her acting. In addition to supporting the PLO and the Irish Republican Army, she ran unsuccessfully for the British Parliament as a candidate for the Workers' Revolutionary Party. She produced a number of documentaries that reflect her convictions, including The Fifth War (1978), Occupied Palestine (1980), Can't They Put Humans First (1991), which she also directed, and Wake Up, World (1993). Her political activities have not been without repercussions: she was loudly booed at the 1978 Academy Awards ceremony when she voiced her support of Palestinian causes during her acceptance speech, and Jewish organizations protested when she was cast as Holocaust survivor Fania Fenelon in Playing for Time. There is little doubt that Redgrave's political views have affected her career, although public resentment waned in the 1990s, when she played character roles in popular films such as Mission: Impossible (1996) and Deep Impact (1998). In 2003 Redgrave won a Tony Award (for best actress in a play) for her performance in Eugene O'Neill (O'Neill, Eugene)'s Long Day's Journey into Night. Her later films include Atonement (2007), an adaptation of the novel by Ian McEwan (McEwan, Ian), and Evening (2007), in which she starred as a woman who remembers a long-lost love as she lies on her deathbed.

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