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17 Superb Facts You Did Not Know About Vanessa Redgrave

1. Vanessa Redgrave, CBE is an English actress of stage, screen and television, as well as a political activist.

2. She also received Tony nominations for The Year of Magical Thinking and Driving Miss Daisy.

3. On screen, she has starred in more than 80 films and is a six-time Oscar nominee, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the title role in the 1977 film Julia.

4. Redgrave was proclaimed by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as “the greatest living actress of our times”, and has won the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA, Olivier, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild awards.

5. A member of the Redgrave family of actors, she is the daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and Lady Redgrave , the sister of Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, the mother of actresses Joely Richardson and Natasha Richardson, the aunt of British actress Jemma Redgrave, and the mother-in-law of actor Liam Neeson.

6. Redgrave was born in Greenwich, London, the daughter of actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Laurence Olivier announced her birth to the audience at a performance of Hamlet at the Old Vic, when he said that Laertes had a daughter.

7. Her late siblings, Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, were also acclaimed actors.

8. Vanessa Redgrave entered the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1954.

9. She first appeared in the West End, playing opposite her brother, in 1958.

10. 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.

11. She won four Evening Standard Awards for Best Actress in four decades.

12. She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Actress of the Year in a Revival in 1984 for The Aspern Papers

13. In 2007, Redgrave played Joan Didion in her Broadway stage adaptation of her 2005 book, The Year of Magical Thinking, which played 144 regular performances in a 24-week limited engagement at the Booth Theatre.

14. For this, she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.

15. She reprised the role at the Lyttelton Theatre at the Royal National Theatre in London to mixed reviews.

16. She also spent a week performing the work at the Theatre Royal in Bath in September 2008.

17. Both charities work to provide help for the children of Gaza.

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