The Life of Vanessa Redgrave

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In this first-ever biography of the woman many have called our greatest living actress, the formidable Vanessa Redgrave is at last revealed to us in all of her different personas.

Who isn't in awe of Vanessa Redgrave? Her career on stage and screen remains vital and her extreme-left political stands are still quite controversial. This is the moment, and this is the biography, to take stock of Vanessa Redgrave both as actress and as political activist with a critical, objective study of her life and career. it is also time to account for her unparalleled achievements as an empathetic actress of considerable genius. in his Biographical Dictionary of Film, David Thomson writes about Redgrave, "She has made mistakes, but there is a case for her as the best actress alive, ready for further challenge." Anyone who has seen Redgrave in her numerous stage and film roles will know why Thomson rates her as the very best we have. The radiant, fearless, daring, perverse and always unpredictable Redgrave is the brightest light in the forest of her famous family.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2014.
Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
ISBN: 9781605985572
Branch Call Number: 792.028092 R316C
Characteristics: 343 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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ChristchurchLib Aug 18, 2014

"Vanessa Redgrave, an award-winning actor from a prominent theatrical family, is known for both her stage and film successes and her political engagement. In Vanessa, author Dan Callahan provides a meticulous critical assessment of her career while rounding out her biography with details of her family, her marriages, and the controversies aroused by her activism. Callahan "refreshingly eschews gossipy tabloid fodder" (Booklist) while shining the spotlight on Redgrave's acting technique and achievements. This absorbing and informative portrait will please her admirers and general fans of film and theatre." Biography and Memoir August 2014 newsletter

LaughingOne Jul 29, 2014

This book was less about Vanessa herself and more about her acting family and about the parts/characters she played in theatre and movies. It wasn't what I was looking for.


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