Vanessa Redgrave

Actor, Director, Producer
From her start on the London stage in the 1960s, Vanessa Redgrave went on to become one of the most internationally respected actresses of stage and screen, with the Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony awards to prove ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1937 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (126)

Call the Midwife 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Noel 2015 (Movie)

(in talks) (Actor)

The Secret Scripture 2015 (Movie)

Roseanne McNulty (older) (Actor)

Crime and Punishment 2014 (Movie)

Mrs Raskolnikov (Actor)

Foxcatcher 2014 (Movie)

Jean Du Pont (Actor)

The Black Box 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

Annabeth Westfall (Actor)

The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh 2013 (Movie)

Rosalind Leigh (Actor)

The Wound and the Gift 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Unfinished Song 2013 (Movie)

Marion (Actor)

Political Animals 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robinson in Ruins 2012 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Anonymous 2011 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth I (Actor)

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

The Queen & Mama Topolino (Voice)

Coriolanus 2011 (Movie)

Volumnia (Actor)

Miral 2011 (Movie)

Bertha Spafford (Actor)

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Whistleblower 2011 (Movie)

Madeleine Rees (Actor)

Animals United 2010 (Movie)

(Voice)

Letters to Juliet 2010 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Day of the Triffids 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms 2009 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Eva 2009 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2004 - 2005, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

How About You 2008 (Movie)

Georgia Platts (Actor)

Short Order 2008 (Movie)

Marianne (Actor)

The Riddle 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Atonement 2007 (Movie)

Older Briony (Actor)

Evening 2007 (Movie)

Ann Grant Lord (Actor)

Byron 2003 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Restraint 2006 (Movie)

Sky News Reader #2 (Actor)

The Thief Lord 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Venus 2006 (Movie)

Valerie (Actor)

The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam 2005 (Movie)

Ms. Sangorski (Actor)

White Countess 2005 (Movie)

Princess Vera Belinskya (Actor)

Merci Docteur Rey 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Good Boy! 2003 (Movie)

Voice of The Greater Dane (Actor)

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

A Rumor of Angels 2002 (Movie)

Maddy Bennett (Actor)

Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story 2002 (Movie)

of Erika Mann (Voice)

Inside the Actors Studio 2002 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Lonely War 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pledge 2001 (Movie)

Annalise Hansen--Victim's Grandmother (Actor)

Mirka 2000 (Movie)

Kalsan (Actor)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

Countess La Grange (Actor)

Girl, Interrupted 1999 (Movie)

Doctor Wick (Actor)

Bella Mafia 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

Robin Lerner (Actor)

Deja Vu 1998 (Movie)

Skelly (Actor)

Lulu on the Bridge 1998 (Movie)

Catherine Moore (Actor)

Mrs. Dalloway 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Clarissa Dalloway (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Uninvited 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Ruttenburn (Actor)

Wilde 1998 (Movie)

Lady Speranza Wilde (Actor)

Smilla's Sense Of Snow 1997 (Movie)

Elsa Lubing (Actor)

The Wind in the Willows 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Looking for Richard 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

A Month By the Lake 1995 (Movie)

Miss Bentley (Actor)

Little Odessa 1995 (Movie)

Irina Shapira (Actor)

Mother's Boys 1994 (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

The House of the Spirits 1994 (Movie)

Nivea (Actor)

They 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Breath of Life 1993 (Movie)

Sister Crocifissa (Actor)

Shades of Fear 1993 (Movie)

Dr Angela Bead (Actor)

A Wall of Silence 1992 (Movie)

Kate Benson (Actor)

Howards End 1992 (Movie)

Ruth Wilcox (Actor)

Sparrow 1992 (Movie)

Sister Agata (Actor)

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe 1991 (Movie)

Miss Amelia (Actor)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Stalin's Funeral 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Man For All Seasons 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comrades 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Carlyle (Actor)

Romeo-Juliet 1989 (Movie)

of Mother Capulet (Voice)

Consuming Passions 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Garza (Actor)

Prick Up Your Ears 1987 (Movie)

Peggy Ramsay (Actor)

Steaming 1986 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Wetherby 1985 (Movie)

Jean Travers (Actor)

The Bostonians 1984 (Movie)

Olive Chancellor (Actor)

Wagner 1983 (Movie)

Cosima (Actor)

Agatha 1979 (Movie)

Agatha Christie (Actor)

Yanks 1979 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Bear Island 1978 (Movie)

Hedi Lindquist (Actor)

Julia 1977 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Out of Season 1975 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

The Seven Per-Cent Solution 1975 (Movie)

Lola Deveraux (Actor)

Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (Movie)

Mary Debenham (Actor)

Mary, Queen of Scots 1971 (Movie)

Mary of Scotland (Actor)

A Quiet Place in the Country 1970 (Movie)

Flavia (Actor)

La Vacanza 1970 (Movie)

Immacolata (Actor)

The Devils 1970 (Movie)

Sister Jeanne (Actor)

The Trojan Women 1970 (Movie)

Andromacha (Actor)

Oh! What A Lovely War 1969 (Movie)

Sylvia Pankhurst (Actor)

The Body 1969 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Isadora 1968 (Movie)

Isadora Duncan (Actor)

The Charge of the Light Brigade 1968 (Movie)

Clarissa (Actor)

The Sea Gull 1968 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

The Sailor From Gibraltar 1967 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

A Man For All Seasons 1966 (Movie)

Anne Boleyn (Actor)

Blow-Up 1966 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

Guinevere (Actor)

Red and Blue 1966 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tonite Let's All Make Love in London 1966 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Morgan 1965 (Movie)

Leonie (Actor)

Behind the Mask 1958 (Movie)

Pamela Gray (Actor)

Down Came a Blackbird (TV Show)

Actor

If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Show)

Actor

My Body, My Child (TV Show)

Actor

Orpheus Descending (TV Show)

Actor

Peter the Great (TV Show)

Actor

Playing For Time (TV Show)

Actor

Second Serve (TV Show)

Actor

The Fever (TV Show)

Actor

The Gathering Storm (TV Show)

Actor

The Locket (TV Show)

Actor

The Shell Seekers (TV Show)

Actor

Three Sovereigns For Sarah (TV Show)

Actor

Two Mothers For Zachary (TV Show)

Actor

Young Catherine (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Agatha 1979 (Movie)

(Performer)

Biography

From her start on the London stage in the 1960s, Vanessa Redgrave went on to become one of the most internationally respected actresses of stage and screen, with the Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony awards to prove it. Redgrave was trained in the classical tradition but made her mark essaying non-conforming free-thinkers like modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan in "Isadora" (1968) and a 19th century American feminist in "The Bostonians" (1984), while earning her share of controversy for her outspoken activism through decades of international politics and human rights issues. Redgrave brought the same passion for her convictions to her acting work. Despite her ability to carry a film with a bold lead character, Redgrave spent a considerable amount of her screen career as a versatile supporting player in art house fare like the controversial "Julia" (1977); biopics like "Wilde" (1997) and "The Gathering Storm" (HBO, 2002); period dramas such as "Howard's End" (1992) and "Atonement" (2007); and American independent films like "Little Odessa" (1994) and "The Pledge" (2001). She also made a few successful forays into Hollywood blockbuster territory with supporting roles in "Mission: Impossible" (1996) and "Deep Impact" (1998) while her stage career continued unabated. As the center of a family acting dynasty that went back several generations and would produce further generations of performers, Redgrave held an esteemed position in entertainment history for her own high level of work and that which she generated in her collaborators.

Relationships

Kelly Clark Production

Niece
Born in 1970; daughter of Lynn Redgrave and John Clark

Timothy Dalton Actor

Companion
Worked together on "Mary, Queen of Scots" (1971) and "Agatha" (1979), in which Redgrave played novelist Agatha Christie and Dalton played her adulterous husband Together for 17 years until 1986

Rachel Kempson Actor

Mother
Born May 28, 1910 Acted together in "Deja Vu" (1998) Died on May 24, 2003

Kika Markham Actor

Sister-In-Law

Liam Neeson Actor

Son-In-Law

Franco Nero Actor

Husband
Met on the set of "Camelot" (1967); he played Lancelot to her Guenevere Separated for many years, during which they both had relationships with other people They later reunited and married on Dec. 31, 2006 after almost 40 years together

Jemma Redgrave Actor

Niece
Born in 1965; daughter of Corin Redgrave and Diedre Hamilton-Hill Daughter of Corin Redgrave and Diedre Hamilton-Hill Acted together in London stage production of "Three Sisters" (1990)

Roy Redgrave

Grandfather
Born in 1873 Had been previously married and sired four children before his wedding to Daisy Scudamore Died in Australia in 1922

Luke Redgrave Actor

Nephew
Born in 1967; son of Corin Redgrave and Diedre Hamilton-Hill

Michael Redgrave Actor

Father
Born March 20, 1908 Died March 21, 1985 of complications from Parkinson's disease

Corin Redgrave Actor

Brother
Born July 16, 1939 Acted together in films including "A Man for All Seasons" (1966) and "The Vacation" (1971) Co-founded the Moving Theater in 1994 Died April 6, 2010

Lynn Redgrave Actor

Sister
Born March 8, 1943 Both nominated for the 1967 Best Actress Academy Award Acted with sister on the London stage in "Three Sisters" (1990) and in the TV movie remake of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" (ABC, 1991) Died May 2, 2010 from breast cancer

Tony Richardson Actor

Husband
Married April 29, 1962 Divorced in 1967 on grounds of adultery, Jeanne Moreau named as correspondent Died of complications from AIDS on Nov. 14, 1991

Joely Richardson Actor

Daughter
Born Jan. 9, 1965; father, Tony Richardson Joely played a young incarnation of Vanessa in "Wetherby" (1985) Played mother and daughter on the FX series "Nip/Tuck" in 2005

Natasha Richardson Actor

Daughter
Born May 11, 1963; father, Tony Richardson Died March 18, 2009 of a head injury resulting from a skiing accident at age 45

Daisy Scudamore

Grandmother

Carlo Gabriel Sparanero Actor

Son
Born Sept. 16, 1969; father, Franco Nero Graduated from NYU Film School; directed mother in "Uninvited" (1999) and "The Fever" (2004)

EDUCATION

Queensgate School

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England 1955 - 1957

Milestones

2012

Cast as Volumnia in the feature adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," directed by Ralph Fiennes

2011

Had a supporting role in the Bosnia-set political drama "The Whistleblower"

2011

Played Queen Elizabeth I opposite Rhys Ifans and David Thewlis in the drama "Anonymous"

2011

Voiced The Queen and Mama Topolino in the animated feature "Cars 2"

2010

Played the title role in the Broadway premiere of "Driving Miss Daisy" opposite James Earl Jones; earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

2010

Starred in "Letters to Juliet" opposite her husband Franco Nero

2009

Starred in the BBC remake of "The Day of the Triffids" with her daughter Joely

2007

Starred in a one-woman stage adaptation of Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

2007

Cast in the HBO Films adaptation of writer/actor Wallace Shawn's stage play "The Fever"; earned a SAG nomination for Outstanding Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

2007

Portrayed a dying woman reflecting on her youth in the ensemble film "Evening"

2006

Starred opposite Peter O'Toole in "Venus," a film directed by Roger Michell and written by Hanif Kureishi

2005

Appeared alongside her daughter Natasha Richardson and sister Lynn Redgrave in James Ivory's "White Countess"

2004

Guest starred opposite daughter Joely Richardson on several episodes of "Nip/Tuck" (FX); played the mother of Richardson's character

2003

Appeared on Broadway in her award winning performance in "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

2002

Co-starred with Albert Finney in the award winning BBC/HBO co-produced "The Gathering Storm"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress

2002

Made first stage appearance with daughter Joely Richardson in a British staging of "Lady Windermere's Fan"; portrayed mother and daughter

2001

Had featured role in Sean Penn's "The Pledge," co-starring Jack Nicholson and Robin Wright Penn

2001

Appeared with brother Corin in a London stage prodction of "The Cherry Orchard"

2000

Delivered a dignified, heartbreaking turn as an elderly lesbian coping with her deceased lover's clueless family in the moving "1961" segment of "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (HBO); received Emmy Award

2000

Portrayed Prospero in staging of "The Tempest" at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London

1999

Acted opposite her brother Corin and his wife Kika Markham in a London stage revival of Noel Coward's "Song at Twilight"

1999

Had pivotal role as a psychiatrist in "Girl, Interrupted"

1999

Starred in the Italian opera "Eleanora" as the heroine and martyr of a 1799 Neapolitan uprising

1999

Directed by son Carlo Nero in "Uninvited"

1998

Reteamed with Maximillian Schell as his wife in "Deep Impact"

1998

Adapted, designed, directed and co-starred with Rachel Kempson in "Sarah Bernhardt Comes to Town"

1997

Offered a marvelous turn as the title character's mother in the biopic "Wilde"

1997

Offered a luminous turn as the title character in "Mrs. Dalloway," the screen adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel adapted by Eileen Atkins

1997

Teamed onscreen with her real-life mother Rachel Kempson in Henry Jaglom's "Deja Vu"

1996

Conceived the costume design, directed and starred in a staging of "Antony and Cleopatra"; first performed at the Alley Theater in Houston and in 1997 off-Broadway at the Public Theatre

1996

Delivered an astringent cameo in "Mission: Impossible"

1996

Starred alongside Paul Scofield and Eileen Atkins in a revival of Ibsen's "John Gabriel Borkman" in London

1994

Played Vita Sackville-West opposite Eileen Atkins' Virginia Woolf in the off-Broadway play "Vita and Virginia"

1994

Was moving as the dying mother of a hit man in "Little Odessa"; Schell was cast as her husband

1993

Co-founded Moving Theater with brother Corin

1993

Tracked down a previously unproduced play by Tennessee Williams, "Not About Nightingales"; presented by the Moving Theater Company starring Corin Redgrave in London and NYC in 1998 and 1999 respectively

1992

Had pivotal role as Ruth Wilcox in the Merchant Ivory version of E M Forster's "Howards End"; earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1991

Offered a fine performance as the mannish Amelia in "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe"

1991

Portrayed the Empress Elizabeth in the TNT biopic "Young Catherine," about the Russian ruler Catherine the Great; Maximillian Schell played Frederick the Great

1991

Again played Isadora Duncan in Martin Sherman's stage play "When She Danced"

1991

Co-starred as the victimized Blanche opposite sister Lynn Redgrave in the TV-movie remake of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" (ABC)

1990

With sister Lynn and niece Jemma, acted in London production of Chekhov's "Three Sisters"

1989

Starred in Martin Sherman's play "A Madhouse in Goa"

1988

Cast as Lady Torrance, the heroine of Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" in a London production helmed by Sir Peter Hall; recreated part on Broadway in 1989; filmed for TNT in 1990

1988

Acted opposite Charlton Heston in the TV remake of "A Man for All Seasons" (TNT)

1987

Offered a scene-stealing performance as literary agent Peggy Ramsay in the Joe Orton biopic "Prick Up Your Ears"

1986

Co-starred as the Czar's scheming half-sister Sophia in the NBC miniseries "Peter the Great"; acted opposite Maximillian Schell; received Emmy nomination in the supporting category

1986

Portrayed transsexual Renee Richards, a former U.S. Naval surgeon who competed as a woman in the U.S. Tennis Association in "Second Serve" (CBS); received Emmy nomination

1985

Cast as one of the women accused of witchcraft in the Salem trials in the three-part PBS miniseries "Three Sovereigns for Sarah"

1985

Starred with Jonathan Pryce in "The Seagull"; this time out played Arkadina

1985

Starred in David Hare's intriguing "Wetherby"; daughter Joely Richardson played her character in flashback sequences

1984

Appeared opposite Christopher Reeve in the London stage production of "The Aspern Papers," a play by Michael Redgrave

1984

Played Henry James' feminist heroine in the Merchant Ivory film version of "The Bostonians"; received fourth Best Actress Academy Award nomination

1983

First film after four year absence from the big screen, "Wagner"

1982

Engaged to narrate a performance of Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex" at the Boston Symphony Orchestra; performance canceled after BSO received bomb threats; Redgrave later sued

1982

Starred as a middle-aged woman who finds herself pregnant in "My Body, My Child" (ABC)

1980

American TV-movie debut, "Playing for Time" (CBS); portrayed concentration camp survivor Fania Fenelon who during her internment participated in an all-female orchestra; received Emmy Award

1979

Portrayed the mystery novelist Agatha Christie in "Agatha," which speculated about a period in the writer's life when she went missing

1977

Delivered luminous, richly detailed performance as "Julia" in the film based on Lillian Hellman's questionable memoir; received the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award; first film with Maximillian Schell

1977

Financed the documentary "The Palestinians"

1976

Made Broadway debut in Ibsen's "The Lady from the Sea"

1976

Offered a delightful turn as a cocaine addicted entertainer who meets Nicol Williamson's Sherlock Holmes in "The Seven Per-Cent Solution"

1974

Was among the all-star cast of "Murder on the Orient Express"

1974

Acted opposite Charlton Heston in "Macbeth" in Los Angeles

1973

First played the Egyptian queen in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" in London

1970

Earned third Best Actress Oscar nomination in the title role of "Mary, Queen of Scots"; starred opposite Glenda Jackson who was cast as Elizabeth I

1970

Cast as a hunchback nun in Ken Russell's outlandish "The Devils"

1970

Co-starred in Michael Cacoyannis' "The Trojan Women"; played Andromacha

1968

Acted in "The Charge of the Light Brigade," directed by Tony Richardson

1968

Garnered second Best Actress Academy Award nomination for playing famed free-spirited dancer Isadora Duncan in "Isadora"

1967

Initial film with husband Tony Richardson, "The Sailor from Gibraltar"

1967

Made American film debut in "Camelot," an adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical

1966

Cast as Anne Boleyn in the award-winning film "A Man for All Seasons"

1966

First film lead, "Morgan!/Morgan - A Suitable Case for Treatment"; earned first Best Actress Oscar nomination; sister Lynn was among her competitors for the prize for her work in "Georgy Girl"

1966

Had title role in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" in London

1964

Won plaudits for her stage role of Nina in "The Seagull"; recreated on film in 1968

1961

Delivered an acclaimed performance as Rosalind in "As You Like It" at the RSC; recreated for British television in 1962

1958

London stage debut in "A Touch of the Sun" opposite her father Michael Redgrave

1958

Film acting debut in "Behind the Mask" (played onscreen daughter of Michael Redgrave)

1957

Stage debut in "The Reluctant Debutante" at the Frinton Summer Theatre, Essex

Was a member of Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) during early 1960s

Bonus Trivia

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"As an actress, you must be concerned with all the small details of a personal life. Otherwise, you wouldn't be able to act. At the same time, you would be more limited if you didn't have an understanding of larger issues." – Redgrave quoted in USA Today, March 5, 1998

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"I'm rather English; I don't like talking about my personal life. I don't like that." – Redgrave quoted in USA Today, March 5, 1998

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In 1999, as part of her work as the United Nations Children's Fund special representative for the arts, Redgrave organized a three-day festival of music and theater in war-torn Kosovo.

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"I made a lot of mistakes with my children but I've learnt, finally, that spending time with one's own children is as important as spending time with children in refugee camps. The wonderful thing about life is that we can learn, and learn in a positive way." – Redgrave quoted in London's Sunday Times, March 26, 2000

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In "Peter Hall's Diaires", the director wrote of Vanessa Redgrave's performance in "Lady From the Sea": "You could see right through the skin to the emotions, the thoughts, the hopes, the fears underneath. But here's the paradox. What Vanessa says politically is, to me, insane, and I believe that to her lies ARE truth if they support her ideology. So how can she express such truth, such sincerity, such lack of hypocrisy in her art? In life, which is true, she is false. In art, which is false, she is true."

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On the occasion of Redgrave's birth, Laurence Olivier, who was playing Hamlet to Michael Redgrave's Laertes, announced in a curtain speech, "Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a great actress has been born; Laertes has a daughter."

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She was named after Vanessa Bell, the sister of author Virginia Woolf.

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Named by Variety Club of Great Britain as Best Actress in 1961 and 1966.

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Redgrave was a member of the Board of Governors for the Central School of Speech and Drama since 1963.

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She received the British Guild of TV Producers and Directors Award in 1966.

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She was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967.

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On her activism, Redgrave told Newsday (Feb. 15, 1998): "When I was young and trying to help everybody, I became very exhausted, because there are limits to what you can do, eventually I couldn't see the wood for the trees. Over the years, and through my social and artistic and political experience, I came to be able to analyze what, to me, were the key issues and see that one issue does interconnect with all the others. And you come to see that you can throw a light on the connections and bring people together and give them a perspective. One that was there to begin with but just got lost."

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When asked if she lives to work, Redgrave responded: "I HAVE to work. Like everybody else I work to live. But we all find our identity through our work. Without work you have no identity." – from BuzzWeekly, Feb. 20-26, 1998

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"My father actually wanted me to become a musical-comedy actress, because I had got a very good singing voice, and I'd done a lot of dance training. But the thing that stopped me was that I wanted to play Shakespeare, and I thought, they'll never let me do it if I get going in musicals. No one will take me seriously." – Redgrave quoted in Us, March 1998

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