Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave

Highest Rated: 100% Smashing Time (1967)

Lowest Rated: 0% Short Order (2008)

Birthday: Jan 30, 1937

Birthplace: London, England, UK

Dignified, passionate Vanessa Redgrave is widely regarded as one of Great Britain's finest modern dramatic actresses. She is perhaps the most internationally famous of the Redgrave dynasty of actors that includes her father Sir Michael Redgrave, mother Rachel Kempson and siblings Corin and Lynn Redgrave. Born January 30, 1937 in London, Redgrave studied drama at London's Central School of Music and Dance. She made her theatrical debut in 1957 and her film debut the following year in the dreadful Behind the Mask, which starred her father. Redgrave would not venture into films again for another eight years, and during the early '60s established herself as a key member of the distinguished Stratford-Upon-Avon Theater Company. During her time with the repertory, she gave life to Shakespeare's works with some of her country's finest performers and met her future husband, the director Tony Richardson.Redgrave returned to films in 1966, making an unbilled appearance as Anne Boleyn in Fred Zinneman's all-star adaptation of A Man for All Seasons, and co-starring in Karel Reisz's comedy Morgan. In the same year, she played a small but key role as the girl in the photograph in Michelangelo Antonioni's first English language film, Blow-Up. In 1967, Redgrave appeared in the first of several films directed by her husband, Red and Blue and The Sailor from Gibralter. Also in 1967, she made a radiant Guenevere opposite Richard Harris' King Arthur in Joshua Logan's adaptation of the stage musical Camelot. That same year, Redgrave divorced Richardson on grounds of adultery. She had two children, Joely and Natasha Richardson, by him, and in 1969 had a child by her Camelot co-star Franco Nero. During these early years of her career, Redgrave hovered on the brink of stardom, due in large part to the uneven quality of the films in which she appeared. In 1968, she played the title role in Isadora, the biography of avant garde dancer Isadora Duncan, earning her first Oscar nomination and her second best actress award at Cannes (her first was for Morgan). The film represented one of Redgrave's first attempts at creating an independent, strong-willed, feminist character with strong socialist leanings. Throughout the 1970s, Redgrave continued to appear in films of varying quality, although her characters were almost always complex and controversial; the highlights from this period include The Trojan Women (1971), her Oscar-nominated turn in Mary Queen of Scotts (1971) and most notably the tragic Julia (1977), which won Redgrave an Oscar for best supporting actress. At the Oscar ceremony, the actress generated considerable controversy during her acceptance speech by using the ceremony as a forum for her tireless campaign for Palestinian rights in Israel. That, coupled with her outspoken support for the communist-oriented Workers' Revolutionary Party, made life difficult for Redgrave, who at one time was considered the British equivalent to actress/social activist Jane Fonda. Though she continued appearing in mainstream as well as politically oriented films and documentaries such as Roy Battersby's The Palestinians (1977), her views cost Redgrave roles on stage and screen and damaged her popularity, particularly in the U.S. Redgrave's television debut in Playing for Time (1980) generated further controversy when Redgrave won an Emmy for her portrayal of a Jewish violinist interned in a Nazi death camp who is ordered to help serenade women on their way to the gas chambers. Due to her anti-Zionist stand, many, including Fana Fenelon, the real-life violinist whom Redgrave was portraying, objected to her playing a Jewish woman. During the '80s, Redgrave came into her own as a leading character actress. She has subsequently appeared in a number of distinguished television movies, including Second Serve (1986) and a remake of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1991), which co-starred her sister Lynn Redgrave. Her film work also remains distinguished and she has rec


Highest Rated Movies



60% Mrs. Lowry & Son Elizabeth Lowry 2019
19% The Aspern Papers Juliana Bordereau 2019
45% Georgetown Elsa Brecht 2019
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Jeanne McDougall 2017
36% The Secret Scripture Lady Rose 2017
89% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold Actor 2017
67% Sea Sorrow Director 2017
87% Foxcatcher Jean du Pont $9.8M 2014
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Tale Vida Winter 2014
No Score Yet The Wound And The Gift Actor 2014
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler Annabeth Westfall $116.7M 2013
65% Unfinished Song Marion $1.7M 2013
80% Robinson in Ruins Narrator 2012
No Score Yet The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh Actor 2012
45% Anonymous Queen Elizabeth I $4.5M 2011
75% The Whistleblower Madeleine Rees $1M 2011
39% Cars 2 The Queen/Mama Topolino $191.5M 2011
17% Miral Bertha Spafford $0.4M 2011
92% Coriolanus Volumnia $0.5M 2011
43% Robin Hood Actor $105.3M 2010
41% Letters to Juliet Claire $53.1M 2010
25% Animals United (Konferenz der Tiere) Winifred $0.6M 2010
64% How About You Georgia Platts 2008
0% Short Order Marianne 2008
No Score Yet The Riddle Actor 2007
83% Atonement Older Briony $50.9M 2007
27% Evening Ann Grant Lord $12.5M 2007
No Score Yet The Fever Producer Woman Executive Producer 2007
No Score Yet The Shell Seekers Penelope Keeling 2006
89% Venus Valerie $3.3M 2006
50% Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms Narrator 2006
40% The Thief Lord Actor 2006
49% The White Countess Aunt Sara $1.7M 2005
No Score Yet Byron Lady Melbourne 2005
41% The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam The Countess 2005
44% Good Boy! The Greater Dane $37.6M 2003
No Score Yet Locket Actor 2003
29% Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story Erika Mann 2002
No Score Yet Crime and Punishment Mrs. Raskolnikov 2002
No Score Yet The Locket Esther Huish 2002
0% Merci Docteur Rey Herself 2002
80% Searching for Debra Winger Actor 2002
83% The Gathering Storm Clementine Churchill 2002
No Score Yet Exile in Buyukada Narrator 2002
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Wilhelmina 2001
78% The Pledge Annalise Hansen $18.9M 2001
34% A Rumor of Angels Maddy Bennett 2000
No Score Yet Bear Island Heddi Lindquist 2000
No Score Yet If These Walls Could Talk 2 Edith 2000
No Score Yet Exile in Buyukada Actor 2000
54% Girl, Interrupted Dr. Wick 1999
64% Cradle Will Rock Countess LaGrange 1999
45% Deep Impact Robin Lerner 1998
71% Wilde Speranza 1998
65% Deja Vu Skelly 1998
71% Mrs. Dalloway Clarissa Dalloway 1998
0% Lulu on the Bridge Catherine Moore 1998
No Score Yet Bella Mafia Graziella Luciano 1997
No Score Yet Shades of Fear Dr. Angela Bead 1997
52% Smilla's Sense of Snow Elsa Lubing 1997
No Score Yet The Willows in Winter Actor 1996
81% Looking for Richard Herself 1996
No Score Yet Two Mothers for Zachary Nancy Shaffell 1996
63% Mission: Impossible Max 1996
91% James and the Giant Peach Actor 1996
No Score Yet The Wind in the Willows Narrator 1995
71% A Month by the Lake Miss Bentley 1995
61% Little Odessa Irina Shapira 1995
No Score Yet Down Came a Blackbird Anna Lenke 1995
30% The House of the Spirits Nivea 1994
No Score Yet Storia di una capinera (Sparrow) Sister Agata 1993
43% Mother's Boys Lydia 1993
No Score Yet They Florence Latimer 1993
94% Howards End Ruth Wilcox $0.2M 1992
71% The Ballad of the Sad Cafe Miss Amelia 1991
No Score Yet Whatever Happened To...? Blanche Hudson 1991
No Score Yet Young Catherine Empress Elizabeth 1991
No Score Yet Orpheus Descending Lady Torrance 1990
No Score Yet Comrades Mrs. Carlyle 1989
No Score Yet Consuming Passions Mrs. Garza 1988
94% Prick Up Your Ears Peggy Ramsay 1987
No Score Yet Steaming Nancy 1986
No Score Yet Peter the Great Sophia 1986
No Score Yet Second Serve Richard Radley 1986
No Score Yet Three Sovereigns for Sarah Sarah Cloyce 1985
67% Wetherby Jean Travers 1985
83% The Bostonians Olive Chancellor 1984
No Score Yet Wagner Actor 1983
No Score Yet Playing for Time Fania Fenelon 1980
78% Yanks Helen 1979
71% Agatha Agatha Christie 1979
74% Julia Julia 1977
85% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Lola Deveraux 1976
No Score Yet Out of Season Ann 1975
89% Murder on the Orient Express Mary Debenham 1974
No Score Yet Mary, Queen of Scots Mary, Queen of Scots 1972
73% The Devils Mother Joan of the Angels 1971
No Score Yet The Trojan Women Andromache 1971
79% Oh! What A Lovely War Sylvia Pankhurst 1969
75% Isadora (The Loves of Isadora) Isadora Duncan 1969
No Score Yet La Vacanza Immacolata 1969
No Score Yet Charge of the Light Brigade Mrs. Clarissa Morris 1968
No Score Yet A Quiet Place in the Country (Un tranquillo posto di campagna) Flavia 1968
No Score Yet The Sea Gull Nina 1968
100% Smashing Time Actor 1967
44% Camelot Guenevere 1967
No Score Yet Tonight Let's All Make Love in London Actor 1967
83% Tonite Let's All Make Love in London Actor 1967
87% Blow-Up Jane 1966
83% A Man for All Seasons Anne Boleyn 1966
67% Morgan! (Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment) Leonie Delt 1966


89% Call the Midwife
Jenny (older) Voice 2019
92% Man in an Orange Shirt
Flora Berryman 2017
24% Black Box
Dr. Hartramph Dr. Helen Hartramph 2014
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
Guest 2014
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
Appearing 2013
62% Political Animals
75% Nip/Tuck
Erica Noughton Erica Naughton Guest 2009
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
Appearing 2007
No Score Yet American Experience
Appearing 2006


Clarissa Dalloway says: You want to say to each moment, "Stay! Stay! Stay!"

Clarissa Dalloway says: Why do I do these things? Why seek pinnacles and stand drenched in fire? I feel burned to a cinder.

Claire says: Don't wait fifty years like I did. Go, go, go!

Claire says: I think you understand why I'm telling you you're a total idiot.

Charlie says: Okay, okay, then don't sugarcoat it gran.

Claire says: I won't. How many Sophie's do you think there are on this planet?

Claire says: How many Sophies do you think there are on this planet? Don't wait fifty years like I did to find out.

Valerie says: When you die everyone's your friend.

Valerie says: What were you playing?

Maurice says: A corpse, more or less.

Valerie says: Typecasting.

Narrator says: A dangerous trade, being kept from the public eye...

Tribune Brutus says: Anger's my meat; I sup upon myself, And so shall starve with feeding

Tribune Brutus says: Anger's my meat; I sup upon myself, and so shall starve with feeding.

Volumnia says: Anger's my meat; I sup upon myself, and so shall starve with feeding.

Susanna Kaysen says: I'm ambivalent. In fact, that's my new favorite word.

Dr. Wick says: Do you know what that means, ambivalence?

Susanna Kaysen says: I don't care.

Older Briony says: So, my sister and Robbie were never able to have the time together they both so longed for... and deserved. Which ever since I've... ever since I've always felt I prevented. But what sense of hope or satisfaction could a reader derive from an ending like that? So in the book, I wanted to give Robbie and Cecilia what they lost out on in life. I'd like to think this isn't weakness or... evasion... but a final act of kindness. I gave them their happiness.

The Greater Dane says: All of you, come with me.

Queen Elizabeth I says: Are you the gift, my gracious little man?

Kittridge says: Hello, Max.

Max says: My lawyers are going to have a field day with this. Entrapment, jurisdictional conflict...

Kittridge says: Well, maybe we'll just leave the courts out of this one.

Max says: I'm sure we can find something I have that you need.

Robin Lerner says: Daddy! (a primal scream)

Peggy Ramsay says: Ken was the first wife. He did all the work and the waiting and then...

John Lahr says: Well, first wives don't usually beat their husbands' heads in.

Peggy Ramsay says: No. Though why I can't think.

John Lahr says: So what does that make you? The second wife?

Peggy Ramsay says: Better than that, dear. The widow.