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BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge- SAG Foundation Conversations Series with Stage and Screen Legend Vanessa Redgrave

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent conversation featured stage and screen legend Vanessa Redgrave, moderated by BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge. Check out the full interview below!

Called "the greatest actress of our time" by Tennessee Williams, Vanessa Redgrave comes from a legendary theatrical family. Her father, Sir Michael Redgrave, was one of Britain's most popular and respected actors. Her mother, Rachel Kempson, was a noted stage actress. Her sister, Lynn Redgrave, was also a film and stage actress and her brother, Corin Redgrave, was a successful stage director and actor. She made her professional debut in the play "A Touch of the Sun" (1957), in which she co-starred with her father. Although she appeared in her first film, BEHIND THE MASK, in 1958. she concentrated mostly on stage work throughout the 1950's and early 1960's. During the 1959-1960 season, she was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Her film career began in earnest in 1966 and within the space of two years she appeared in four films that established her reputation as an intelligent actress with a commanding presence: Karel Reisz's MORGAN! (1966, Academy Award® nomination); Fred Zinneman's A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, Michelangelo Antonioni's BLOW-UP (1966); and Joshua Logan's CAMELOT (1967). Her performance as Guinevere in CAMELOT further secured her status as one of the most popular and respected actresses of the era.

In the late 1960's and early 1970's Redgrave showed her mastery of both classical and commercial fare. In 1968 she appeared as Nina in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's THE SEA GULL and as dancer Isadora Duncan in ISADORA, for which she won a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, a second Prize for the Best Female Performance at the Cannes film festival, as well as a Golden Globe and Oscar® nomination. Her recent films include Ralph Fiennes' CORIOLANUS, Roland Emmerich's ANONYMOUS, UNFINISHED SONG, THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ROSALIND LEE (title role), and LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER.




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