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Called “the greatest actress of our time” by Tennessee Williams, Vanessa Redgrave is an acclaimed actress of stage and screen.
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In 1991, Redgrave had a chance to work with her real-life sister Lynn Redgrave in the television adaptation of the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
. She earned an Academy Award nomination the following year for her supporting role in James Ivory's Howards End starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. The film was based on the E.M. Forster novel. In 1997, Redgrave brought to life another literary character. She played the title character in Mrs. Dalloway, based on the Virginia Woolf work.
Redgrave added Tony Award winner to her long list of accolades in 2003. She won for her performance as the morphine-addicted matriarch in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey in Night. Around this time, Redgrave began her recurring role on the television drama Nip/Tuck. She played the mother of her real-life daughter Joely Richardson on the show.
In 2007, Redgrave gave an impressive performance in the one-woman show The Year of Magical Thinking. The play was based on the book by Joan Didion, which reflected on her grief in the wake of her husband, John Gregory Dunne. Redgrave had been Didion's first choice for the role. Didion praised the actress to Vogue magazine, saying "She brings such intensity and truthfulness to everything she does."
Now in her seventies, Redgrave continues to work steadily. She appeared in Coriolanus (2011) with Ralph Fiennes as his mother in this Shakespearean film adaptation. That same year, Redgrave lent her distinctively stately voice to the animated movie Cars 2.
Redgrave was married to director Tony Richardson from 1962 to 1967. They had two children together, daughters Natasha and Joely. Her daughter Natasha, who was married to actor Liam Neeson, died in 2009 after a skiing accident. Redgrave has also a son, Carlo Gabriel Nero, from her longtime relationship with actor Franco Nero. She and Nero met with making Camelot.
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