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Also Known As: Cecil Antonio Richardson Died: November 14, 1991
Born: June 5, 1928 Cause of Death: neurological infection resulting from AIDS
Birth Place: Yorkshire, England, GB Profession: director, producer, film journalist

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British theater and film director primarily associated with the "Angry Young Man" movement of the late 1950s and early 60s. Richardson worked as a producer with the BBC from 1952 to 1955 and co-directed a short documentary about working-class youths, "Momma Don't Allow" (1955), with Karel Reisz. The film was well received when shown at the first "Free Cinema" program in 1956--the same year that "Look Back in Anger," a play written by John Osborne and directed by Richardson, shook up the English theatrical establishment with its bitter indictment of postwar culture.

British theater and film director primarily associated with the "Angry Young Man" movement of the late 1950s and early 60s. Richardson worked as a producer with the BBC from 1952 to 1955 and co-directed a short documentary about working-class youths, "Momma Don't Allow" (1955), with Karel Reisz. The film was well received when shown at the first "Free Cinema" program in 1956--the same year that "Look Back in Anger," a play written by John Osborne and directed by Richardson, shook up the English theatrical establishment with its bitter indictment of postwar culture.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Blue Sky (1994) Director
2.
  Women & Men: Stories of Seduction (1990) Director ("Hills Like White Elephants")
3.
  Penalty Phase (1986) Director
4.
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  Border, The (1981) Director
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  Death In Canaan (1978) Director
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  Joseph Andrews (1977) Director
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  Dead Cert (1974) Director
9.
  A Delicate Balance (1973) Director
10.
  Ned Kelly (1970) Director

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1978:
Directed first US TV-movie, "A Death in Canaan"
1968:
Directed then wife, Vanessa Redgrave in "The Charge of the Light Brigade"
1952:
Joined the BBC TV directors' training program
1957:
Made Broadway directing debut when "Look Back in Anger" moved to New York
1960:
Produced first feature, "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning"; directed by Karel Reisz
1984:
Wrote and directed the film adaptation of "The Hotel New Hampshire," starring Jodie Foster, Rob Lowe and Beau Bridges
1954:
Wrote articles on film for <i>Sight and Sound</i>
1953:
Began directing for the BBC with such productions as "Othello" and Dostoyevsky's "Gambler"
1975:
Fired by Motown head Berry Gordy shortly after production began on "Mahogany," starring Diana Ross; Gordy took over directing
1963:
Helmed first color film, "Tom Jones"
1955:
Co-directed first short film, "Mama Don't Allow" with Karel Reisz
1959:
Directed first feature, the film adaptation of Osborne's "Look Back in Anger"; produced through Woodfall Film
1961:
Directed first Hollywood film, "Sanctuary"
1956:
Directed groundbreaking production of John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" at London's Royal Court Theatre
1973:
Directed the film adaptation of Edward Albee's play, "A Delicate Balance"
1958:
Formed own film company, Woodfall Film Productions with John Osborne
1967:
Helmed the British drama, "The Sailor from Gibraltar," starring Jeanne Moreau and then wife Vanessa Redgrave
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Helped form the English Stage Company with George Goetschius and George Devine
1955:
Stage directing debut, "The Country Wife" at the Royal Theatre in England
1990:
Directed one of three short stories for HBO's anthology special, "Women and Men: Stories of Seduction"
1994:
Last feature film, "Blue Skies," starring Jessica Lange in her Oscar winning performance (completed in 1991 and released posthumously)
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Education

Ashville College: -
University of Oxford: - 1952

Notes

Richardson directed for the London stage from 1956-72 and the productions he staged include: "The Entertainer", "A Taste of Honey", "Requiem for a Nun", "Cards of Identity", "The Chairs", "The Making of Moo", "Flesh to a Tiger", "Orpheus Descending", "Look After Lulu", "The Changeling" and "Luther". He directed Nicol Williamson in "Hamlet" on Broadway in 1968.

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wife:
Vanessa Redgrave. Actor. Married on April 29, 1962; divorced in 1967.
companion:
Jeanne Moreau. Actor. Involved in the mid-1960s.

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father:
Clarence Albert Richardson. Pharmacist.
mother:
Elsie Richardson.
daughter:
Natasha Richardson. Actor. Born on May 11, 1963; mother, Vanessa Redgrave.
daughter:
Joely Richardson. Actor. Born on January 9, 1965; mother, Vanessa Redgrave.
daughter:
Katherine Grimond.
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"The Cinema of Tony Richardson" State University of New York Press

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