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Born: January 30, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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She was named after Vanessa Bell, the sister of author Virginia Woolf.

Named by Variety Club of Great Britain as Best Actress in 1961 and 1966.

She received the British Guild of TV Producers and Directors Award (1966)

Member of the Board of Governors for the Central School of Speech and Drama since 1963.

She was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967.

In 1999, as part of her work as the United Nations Children's Fund special representative for the arts, Redgrave organized a three-day festival of music and theater in war-torn Kosovo.

On the occasion of Vanessa Redgrave's birth, Laurence Olivier, who was playing Hamlet to Michael Redgrave's Laertes, announced in a curtain speech, "Ladies and gentlemen, tonight a great actress has been born; Laertes has a daughter."

"Vanessa is great on gravity." --Michael Redgrave

"I made a lot of mistakes with my children but I've learnt, finally, that spending time with one's own children is as important as spending time with children in refugee camps. The wonderful thing about life is that we can learn--and learn in a positive way." --Vanessa Redgrave quoted in the London Sunday Times, March 26, 2000.

"As an actress, you must be concerned with all the small details of a personal life. Otherwise, you wouldn't be able to act. At the same time, you would be more limited if you didn't have an understanding of larger issues." --Redgrave quoted in USA Today, March 5, 1998.

"I'm rather English; I don't like talking about my personal life. I don't like that." --Vanessa Redgrave quoted in USA Today, March 5, 1998.

When asked if she lives to work, Redgrave responded: "I HAVE to work. Like everybody else I work to live. But we all find our identity through our work. Without work you have no identity." --From BuzzWeekly, February 20-26, 1998.

"My father actually wanted me to become a musical-comedy actress, because I had got a very good singing voice, and I'd done a lot of dance training. But the thing that stopped me was that I wanted to play Shakespeare, and I thought, they'll never let me do it if I get going in musicals. No one will take me seriously." --Vanessa Redgrave quoted in Us, March 1998.

On her activism, Redgrave told Newsday (February 15, 1998): "When I was young and trying to help everybody, I became very exhausted, because there are limits to what you can do, eventually I couldn't see the wood for the trees. Over the years, and through my social and artistic and political experience, I came to be able to analyze what, to me, were the key issues and see that one issue does interconnect with all the others. And you come to see that you can throw a light on the connections and bring people together and give them a perspective. One that was there to begin with but just got lost."

In "Peter Hall's Diaires", the director wrote of Vanessa Redgrave's performance in "Lady From the Sea": "You could see right through the skin to the emotions, the thoughts, the hopesm the fears underneath. But here's the paradox. What Vanessa says politically is, to me, insane, and I believe that to her lies ARE truth if they support her ideology. So how can she express such truth, such sincerity, such lack of hypocracy in her art? In life, which is true, she is false. In art, which is false, she is true."

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