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Vanessa Redgrave Fast Facts


Here’s a look at the life of award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave.


Birth date: January 30, 1937

Birth place: London, England

Birth name: Vanessa Redgrave

Father: Sir Michael Redgrave, actor

Mother: Rachel Kempson, actor

Marriage: Tony Richardson (April 29, 1962-April 28, 1967, divorced)

Children: with Franco Nero: Carlo Gabriel (September 16, 1969); with Tony Richardson: Joely (January 9, 1965), Natasha (May 11, 1963-March 18, 2009)

Education: Attended Central School of Speech and Drama in London, 1955-1957

Other Facts

Many members of the Redgrave family are/were actors, including her grandparents, parents, brother Corin, niece Jemma, sister Lynn, and daughters Natasha and Joely.

Her London stage debut and her first film role were both opposite her father, Sir Michael Redgrave.

She has worked professionally with all three of her children, her parents, siblings and niece.

Redgrave and her “Camelot” co-star Franco Nero had an affair and a son, in the late 1960s. They reunited in 2006 and held a private commitment ceremony with family and friends. The couple starred in “Letters to Juliet,” which has a plot similar to their real-life story.

Has been nominated for six Oscars and won once.

Has been nominated for three Tony Awards and won once.

Has been nominated for six Emmy Awards and won twice.


1957 – Stage debut in “The Reluctant Debutante” at the Frinton Summer Theatre in Frinton-on-the-Sea.

1958 – Her London stage debut is in “A Touch of the Sun” and her film debut is in “Behind the Mask.”

April 10, 1967 – Redgrave and her sister Lynn, lose the Best Actress Oscar to Elizabeth Taylor for “Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?” Vanessa’s nomination is for “Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment” and Lynn’s is for “Georgy Girl.”

June 9, 1967 – Is made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.

1974 – Unsuccessfully runs for a seat in parliament on the Workers Revolutionary Party ticket.

1977 – “The Palestinian,” a television documentary on the Middle East conflict, produced and narrated by Redgrave is made. Its opening in Beverly Hills in early 1978 is marked with protests and the firebombing of one theater.

1977 – Stars in the movie “Julia.”

April 3, 1978 – Wins Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for “Julia.” Her acceptance speech is booed as she airs her political agenda and makes reference to “Zionist hoodlums” and her stance against anti-Semitism and fascism.

1979 – Again runs for a seat in parliament on the Workers Revolutionary Party ticket and loses.

September 13, 1981 – Wins Emmy for Best Actress Limited Series or a Special for “Playing for Time.”

1995 – Becomes a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

September 10, 2000 – Wins Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

June 8, 2003 – Wins the Tony for Best Actress Award for “Long Day’s Journey into Night.”

June 22, 2004 – The first 10 episodes of the television program “Nip/Tuck” airs with Vanessa and her daughter Joely Richardson playing mother and daughter.

November 2004 – Redgrave and her brother, Corin, launch a new political group, the Peace and Progress Party, to protest the war in Iraq.

March 18, 2009 – Redgrave’s daughter, actress Natasha Richardson, dies from injuries in a skiing accident.

February 21, 2010 – Is presented with the Academy Fellowship at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards by Prince William.

Spring 2010 – Both of her siblings die, brother, Corin, after a short illness and sister, Lynn, of breast cancer.

November 2012 – Directs the play “A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman.”

May 2, 2013 – Appears on British television in “The Call Out,” an episode of “Playhouse Presents” written and directed by son Carlo Nero.

April 2015 – Suffers a severe heart attack and undergoes surgery.

May 18, 2017 – “Sea Sorrow,” a documentary about the refugee crisis that marks Redgrave’s directorial debut, premieres in a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

August 30, 2018 – “The Aspern Papers” debuts at the Venice Film Festival starring Redgrave and her daughter, Joely Richardson.

February 7-9, 2019 – The play,”Vienna 1934-Munich 1938,” opens as a work in progress at London’s Rose Theatre Kingston, starring Redgrave and her granddaughter, Daisy Bevan.

June 30, 2019 – Stars in the movie “Mrs. Lowry & Son.”

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