Vanessa Redgrave

The daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and the older sister of Lynn, Vanessa Redgrave was born Jan. 30, 1937, in London. Acting since childhood, she first appeared on screen with her father in Behind the Mask (1958) and excelled with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the early '60s.

Redgrave returned to the screen in 1966 with two "mod" classics, Blow-Up and Morgan (for which she earned her first Oscar nomination). More nominations soon followed for Isadora (as Isadora Duncan), Mary, Queen of Scots and Julia (which resulted in a Best Supporting Actress Oscar).

The politically outspoken Redgrave continued to make films in many countries, earning two more Oscar nods for The Bostonians (1984) and Howards End (1992). Mission Impossible, Mrs. Dalloway, Deep Impact and Girl, Interrupted are among her later movies.