Tony Richardson

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  • Birth Name: Cecil Antonio Richardson
  • Birth Place: Shipley, Yorkshire, England
  • Died: November 14, 1991
  • Profession: Director
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Fast Facts

  • Was president of the Oxford Drama Society.
  • Joined the BBC as a director in 1953.
  • Co-directed the short documentary Momma Don't Allow in 1955; it was shown at the first Free Cinema program in 1956.
  • Co-founded the English Stage Company in 1955; first play he directed there was Look Back in Anger.
  • Formed Woodfall Film Productions with playwright John Osborne and 1959's Look Back in Anger was the first feature he directed.
  • Became a leader of the British New Wave movement with A Taste of Honey in 1961 and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner in 1962.
  • Mainstream success and an Oscar came with his adaptation of Tom Jones in 1963.
  • Turned to U.S. TV productions later in his career with A Death in Canaan in 1978 and The Phantom of the Opera in 1990.
  • Last film directed was Blue Sky, released posthumously in 1994, which won Jessica Lange an Oscar for Best Actress.

Awards

  • 1963, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1962, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1963, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 1963, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1960, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film and British Film: Nominee
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1962, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee

Relationships

  • Grizelda Grimond — Ex-significant Other
  • Joely Richardson — Daughter
  • Elsie Richardson — Mother
  • Natasha Richardson — Daughter
  • Vanessa Redgrave — Ex-wife
  • Clarence Albert Richardson — Father
  • Katharine Grimond — Daughter

College

  • University of Oxford, Wadham College, Oxford, England (1952)

Details

  • Birth Name: Cecil Antonio Richardson
  • Birth Place: Shipley, Yorkshire, England
  • Died: November 14, 1991
  • Profession: Director

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