"It is impossible to acting, if you know nothing about human nature. You have to study them. You have to explore yourself. Finding out who you are. I study the people and myself " - Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave is taken from an acting dynasty that was established during the lifetime of her grandfather. Her parents Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, and her brothers and sisters Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave are or were active in the film industry.
After her ballet training, she attended the Central School of Speech and Drama and finished it in 1958. That same year she made her debut at both theaters and a film on the side of her father. Until 1966, she initially played only theater and was celebrated as a talented actress, both by audiences as well as by critics. In 1961 she joined the renowned theater companies, Royal Shakespeare Company. She has received numerous honors as a theater actress.
In her first starring role in Morgan. A Suitable Case For Treatment (dt protest), 1966, achieved the breakthrough in the film. In addition to an Oscar nomination, she won Best Actor Award at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. Even Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow Up was a success, she made known to a worldwide cinema audience again and brought her a prize at Cannes. Numerous films followed, for which she received several other nominations and honors, in 1978 the Oscar for best supporting actress for Julia by Fred Zinnemann and in 1980, the Emmy for the TV movie Playing for Time based on material by Arthur Miller.
Vanessa Redgrave was married from 1962 to 1967 with the director Tony Richardson. The couple have daughters Natasha Richardson (1963-2009) and Joely Richardson (* 1965), which were also actresses.
After the divorce from her husband, Redgrave had various relationships. Their third child, son Carlo Gabriel (b. 1969) comes from the combination with Franco Nero, whom she married 37 years after the birth of their child in December 2006.
Vanessa Redgrave is a politically committed Trotskyist. Thus, she demonstrated against nuclear weapons, against the Vietnam War, for the IRA, for Arafat and his PLO. Has always been her main concern was the struggle for human rights. The catalyst for its political engagement in 1948 was a famous radio broadcast of the BBC, which broadcast a radio play the game version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was one of the authors and Eleanor Roosevelt.
1978 Vanessa Redgrave was for her portrayal of a woman in the film Julia, who in the 2nd World War, was murdered because of their anti-fascist activities of the Nazi regime, won the Oscar. Before the ceremony members of the Jewish Defense League were demonstrating against Redgrave, their participation in the documentary The Palestinians of 1977 and its commitment to the Palestinians. The Academy had in advance of the ceremony are receiving death threats in the event that Redgrave was awarded the Oscar. In her acceptance speech at the ceremony, it condemned all forms of totalitarianism, noting that neither they nor the academy would be intimidated by a "small group of Zionist hoodlums, whose behavior as an attack on the size of the Jews in the present world and the great and heroic memories of their struggle against fascism and oppression "would.
Meanwhile, Redgrave is involved primarily as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and against the Iraq war.