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Vanessa Redgrave

Highest Rated:   100% Smashing Time (1967)
Lowest Rated:   0% Short Order (2008)
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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 wo

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
20% The Secret Scripture
  • Roseanne McNulty (older)
2016
88% Foxcatcher
  • Jean du Pont
2014
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Tale
  • Vida Winter
2014
No Score Yet The Wound And The Gift
  • Actor
2014
71% Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Annabeth Westfall
2013
65% Unfinished Song
  • Marion
2013
79% Robinson in Ruins
  • Narrator
2012
No Score Yet The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Churchill - The Gathering Storm
  • Actor
2012
46% Anonymous
  • Queen Elizabeth I
2011
74% The Whistleblower
  • Madeleine Rees
2011
39% Cars 2
  • The Queen/Mama Topolino
2011
17% Miral
  • Bertha Spafford
2011
93% Coriolanus
  • Volumnia
2011
43% Robin Hood
  • Actor
2010
40% Letters to Juliet
  • Claire
2010
25% Animals United (Konferenz der Tiere)
  • Winifred
2010
64% How About You
  • Georgia Platts
2008
0% Short Order
  • Marianne
2008
No Score Yet The Riddle
  • Actor
2007
83% Atonement
  • Older Briony
2007
27% Evening
  • Ann Grant Lord
2007
No Score Yet The Fever
  • Woman
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2007
No Score Yet The Shell Seekers
  • Penelope Keeling
2006
89% Venus
  • Valerie
2006
50% Dealing and Wheeling in Small Arms
  • Narrator
2006
40% The Thief Lord
  • Actor
2006
50% The White Countess
  • Aunt Sara
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
2003
No Score Yet Locket
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Crime and Punishment
  • Mrs. Raskolnikov
2002
29% Escape to Life: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story
  • Erika Mann
2002
No Score Yet The Locket
  • Esther Huish
2002
0% Merci Docteur Rey
  • Herself
2002
No Score Yet Searching for Debra Winger
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet 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
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
65% Cradle Will Rock
  • Countess LaGrange
1999
48% 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 Intimate Portrait - Vanessa Redgrave
  • Actor
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
93% 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
29% 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
92% Howards End
  • Ruth Wilcox
1992
67% 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
92% Prick Up Your Ears
  • Peggy Ramsay
1987
75% Julia
  • Julia
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
80% Wetherby
  • Jean Travers
1985
80% The Bostonians
  • Olive Chancellor
1984
No Score Yet Wagner
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Playing for Time
  • Fania Fenelon
1980
71% Yanks
  • Helen
1979
82% Agatha
  • Agatha Christie
1979
82% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
  • Lola Deveraux
1976
95% Murder on the Orient Express
  • Mary Debenham
1974
No Score Yet Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Mary Queen of Scots
1972
76% The Devils
  • Mother Joan of the Angels
1971
No Score Yet The Trojan Women
  • Andromache
1971
75% Oh! What A Lovely War
  • Sylvia Pankhurst
1969
71% Isadora (The Loves of Isadora)
  • Isadora Duncan
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
50% Camelot
  • Guenevere
1967
No Score Yet Tonight Let's All Make Love in London
  • Actor
1967
86% Blow-Up
  • Jane
1966
82% A Man for All Seasons
  • Anne Boleyn
1966
69% Morgan! (Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment)
  • Leonie Delt
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
25% Black Box
2014
  • Dr. Hartramph Dr. Helen Hartramph
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2015
  • Appearing
63% Political Animals
2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Call the Midwife
2012
  • Voice
  • Jenny (older)
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Erica Noughton Erica Naughton
  • Guest

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