Vanessa Redgrave Fast Facts

Vanessa Redgrave attends the funeral services for actress Lynn Redgrave at St. Peter's Cemetery on May 8, 2010 in Lithgow, New York.

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave.


Birth date: January 30, 1937
    Birth place: London, England
    Birth name: Vanessa Redgrave
    Father: Sir Michael Redgrave, actor
    Mother: Rachel Kempson, actor
    Marriage: Tony Richardson (April 29, 1962-April 28, 1967, divorced)
    Children: with Franco Nero: Carlo Gabriel (September 16, 1969); with Tony Richardson: Joely (January 9, 1965), Natasha (May 11, 1963-March 18, 2009)
    Education: Attended Central School of Speech and Drama in London, 1955-1957

    Other Facts

    Many members of the Redgrave family are/were actors, including her grandparents, parents, brother Corin, niece Jemma, sister Lynn, and daughters Natasha and Joely.
    Her London stage debut and her first film role were both opposite her father, Sir Michael Redgrave.
    She has worked professionally with all three of her children, her parents, siblings and niece.
    Redgrave and her "Camelot" co-star Franco Nero had an affair and a son, in the late 1960s. They reunited in 2006 and held a private commitment ceremony with family and friends. The couple starred in "Letters to Juliet," which has a plot similar to their real-life story.
    Has been nominated for six Oscars and won once.
    Has been nominated for three Tony Awards and won once.
    Has been nominated for six Emmy Awards and won twice.


    1957 - Stage debut in "The Reluctant Debutante" at the Frinton Summer Theatre in Frinton-on-the-Sea.
    1958 - Her London stage debut is in "A Touch of the Sun" and her film debut is in "Behind the Mask."
    April 10, 1967 - Redgrave and her sister Lynn, lose the Best Actress Oscar to Elizabeth Taylor for "Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?" Vanessa's nomination is for "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment" and Lynn's is for "Georgy Girl."
    June 9, 1967 - Is made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
    1974 - Unsuccessfully runs for a seat in parliament on the Workers Revolutionary Party ticket.
    1977 - "The Palestinian," a television documentary on the Middle East conflict, produced and narrated by Redgrave is made. Its opening in Beverly Hills in early 1978 is marked with protests and the firebombing of one theater.
    1977 - Stars in the movie "Julia."
    April 3, 1978 - Wins Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for "Julia." Her acceptance speech is booed as she airs her political agenda and makes reference to "Zionist hoodlums" and her stance against anti-Semitism and fascism.
    1979 - Again