Vanessa Redgrave Celebrity

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Birth Name: Vanessa Redgrave

Birth Place: London, England

Birthday: January 30, 1937, Aquarius

Profession: Actor

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Fast Facts

  • On the night of her birth, Laurence Olivier, who was appearing with her father Michael in a production of Hamlet, announced from the Old Vic Theatre stage, "Tonight, a great actress has been born."
  • Made both her film debut (in the 1958 British medical drama Behind the Mask) and London stage debut (in A Touch of the Sun) playing the daughter of her father's character.
  • Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, acting alongside Diana Rigg and Judi Dench.
  • Earned the first of several Oscar nominations for the 1966 dramedy Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment; her competition included her sister, Lynn, who was nominated for Georgy Girl.
  • Appeared with her mother, Rachel Kempson, brother Corin and daughters Natasha and Joely in her ex-husband Tony Richardson's 1968 remake of The Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Ran for the British Parliament as a member of the Workers Revolutionary Party in 1974 and '79 and, with Corin, launched Britain's Peace and Progress party in 2004.
  • Won her first Emmy Award for her U.S. TV debut, the 1980 CBS Holocaust drama Playing for Time.
  • Released a career-spanning memoir, Vanessa Redgrave: An Autobiography, in 1994.

Awards

  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1966, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1971, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1968, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1984, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2003, Tony — Actress (Play): Winner
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: Winner
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1977, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1966, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actress: Nominee
  • 1987, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2011, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 1994, Venice Film Festival — Best Supporting Actress: Winner
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Roy Redgrave — Grandfather
  • Ben — Nephew
  • Michael Redgrave — Father
  • Tony Richardson — Ex-husband
  • Harvey Redgrave — Nephew
  • Arden Redgrave — Niece
  • Carlo Gabriel Sparanero — Son
  • Rachel Kempson — Mother
  • Timothy Dalton — Ex-significant Other
  • Margaret Scudamore — Grandmother
  • Kelly Clark — Niece
  • Corin Redgrave — Brother
  • Natasha Richardson — Daughter
  • Lynn Redgrave — Sister
  • Joely Richardson — Daughter
  • Franco Nero — Ex-significant Other
  • Jemma Redgrave — Niece
  • Annabel — Niece
  • Luke Redgrave — Nephew

College

  • Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England (1957)