Vanessa Redgrave

Born Jan 30, 1937

Vanessa Redgrave, CBE is an English actress of stage, screen and television, as well as a political activist. Redgrave rose to prominence in 1961 playing Rosalind in As You Like It with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has since made more than 35 appearances on London's West End and Broadway, winning both the Tony and Olivier Awards.… Read More

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1937 Birth Born in 1937.


1954 17 Years Old Vanessa Redgrave entered the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1954.


1958 - 1960 3 More Events
1961 24 Years Old In 1961, she played Rosalind in As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
1962 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1962, she played Imogen in William Gaskill's production of Cymbeline for the RSC.
1966 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, Redgrave created the role of Jean Brodie in the Donald Albery production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, adapted for the stage by Jay Presson Allen from the novel by Muriel Spark. … Read More


1967 30 Years Old In 1967, the year Redgrave divorced Richardson, who left her for the French actress Jeanne Moreau, she became romantically involved with Italian actor Franco Nero when they met on the set of Camelot.
1969 32 Years Old In 1969, they had a son, Carlo Gabriel Redgrave Sparanero (known professionally as Carlo Gabriel Nero), a screenwriter and director.
1971 34 Years Old From 1971 to 1986, she had a long-term relationship with actor Timothy Dalton, with whom she had appeared in the film Mary, Queen of Scots (1971).


1978 41 Years Old When Redgrave was nominated for an Oscar in 1978 for her role in Julia, members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), led by Rabbi Meir Kahane, burned effigies of Redgrave and picketed the Academy Awards ceremony to protest against her involvement in The Palestinian. … Read More
1980 43 Years Old In 1980, Redgrave made her American TV debut as concentration camp survivor Fania Fénelon in the Arthur Miller-scripted TV movie Playing for Time, a part for which she won an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in 1981. … Read More
1984 47 Years Old In 1984, Redgrave sued the Boston Symphony Orchestra, claiming that the orchestra had fired her from a performance because of her support of the PLO. … Read More


1995 58 Years Old In 1995, Redgrave was elected to serve as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.


2002 - 2005 4 More Events
In March 2006, Redgrave remarked in an interview with US broadcast journalist Amy Goodman: "I don't know of a single government that actually abides by international human rights law, not one, including my own. … Read More
2007 - 2008 4 More Events
She once again performed the role of Joan Didion for a special benefit at New York's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on 26 October 2009. … Read More
In a poll of "industry experts" and readers conducted by The Stage in 2010, Redgrave was ranked as the ninth greatest stage actor/actress of all time.
2011 74 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2011, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for the role of Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy. … Read More
2013 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2013, Redgrave starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg in Eisenberg's The Revisionist. … Read More
2015 78 Years Old 1 More Event
Redgrave had a near-fatal heart attack in April 2015.
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