Vanessa Redgrave Overview:

Legendary actress, Vanessa Redgrave, was born on Jan 30, 1937 in Greenwich, London. As of December 2022, Vanessa Redgrave was 85 years old.


Fair-haired British actress, daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and sister of Lynn Redgrave. Generally well-liked by the critics, she has never become a box-office force, despite her liberated lifestyle and well-publicized espousal of left-wing causes. After unsuccessful Oscar nominations for Morgan - a Suitable Case for Treatment, Isadora and Mary, Queen of Scots, she won a best supporting actress Academy Award (and deservedly so) for Julia. Married/divorced director Tony Richardson. A long association with actor Franco Nero also came to an end. Additional Oscar nominations for The Bostonians and Howards End.

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Vanessa Redgrave was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two for Best Supporting Actress for Julia (as Julia) and Julia (as Julia) in 1977 and 1977 respectively.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1966Best ActressMorgan! (1966)Leonie DeltNominated
1968Best ActressIsadora (1968)Isadora DuncanNominated
1971Best ActressMary, Queen of Scots (1971)N/ANominated
1977Best Supporting ActressJulia (1977)JuliaWon
1984Best ActressThe Bostonians (1984)Olive ChancellorNominated
1992Best Supporting ActressHowards End (1992)Ruth WilcoxNominated

Redgrave was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame .

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Vanessa Redgrave Quotes:

Isadora Duncan: I'm not after my fortune. I'm after my destiny.

Isadora Duncan: [about America] You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you.

Isadora Duncan: A man's looks have nothing to do with his success as a lover.

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She was the first of the only four actresses to win the Best Actress award twice at Cannes Film Festival. She won for Morgan! (1966) in 1966 and Isadora (1968) in 1968. The others are: Isabelle Huppert for Violette (1978) in 1978 and The Piano Teacher (2001) in 2001; Helen Mirren for Cal (1984) in 1984 and The Madness of King George (1994) in 1995; Barbara Hershey for Shy People (1987) in 1987 and A World Apart (1988) in 1988.

Didn't attend the Academy Awards ceremony, the year her performance in The Bostonians (1984) was nominated because her father had died a few days prior. She was in Los Angeles at the time of his death attending Academy functions and conferences and flew back to the UK.

Plays mother to real-lifer daughter Joely Richardson in a few episodes of "Nip/Tuck" (2003).

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