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Vanessa Redgrave Quotes:

Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.

Vanessa Redgrave

A theater is being given over to market forces, which means that a whole generation that should be able to do theater as well as see it is being completely deprived.

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Ask the right questions if you’re to find the right answers.

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Shakespeare lets us see real people undergoing real processes, with real feelings.

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The society Shakespeare knew was heading for tremendous change, and he seems to have recognized that and written about it in a coded way. I understand those codes, I think.

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Theater and poetry were what helped people stay alive and want to go on living.

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We are child-bearers primarily, and we are the weaker sex, and once we’ve given birth to our children, our life is by necessity bound to them. I wouldn’t advocate it any other way.

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Politics is about divisions. Wherever you come in on the subject, there are divisions.

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I’ve still got to do something to help, however tiny it is. I always think of the old Hebrew saying, which is translated roughly into, ‘He who saves one life saves the world,’ because it’s pretty ghastly to think of all the people we’re not saving.

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I’ve identified all my life with refugees.

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I think everybody, including myself, are in danger of losing our humanity.

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Just being alive, staying human, I think that’s infinitely precious.

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I don’t think my life has been badly lived – but I don’t think of it that way. And nor should I.

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My uncles and my father were all in the Royal Navy. One of my uncles, as a matter of fact, was drowned in the Sea of Singapore, having been fighting for the Royal Navy behind enemy lines, Japanese lines, in the hinterland of Singapore.

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The stories of the first refugees that I ever came across in literature – that lots of people ever came across – were in ‘The Iliad’: the escape of Aeneas with his father on his back, the Trojans, from their burning city, and the defeat of their kingdom and what they had to do to try and find safety.

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A film can open hearts and minds that have been closed, for whatever reasons.

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People talk about preaching to the converted, which is total codswallop rubbish. There is no such thing as being converted forever – absolutely no such thing.

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You can get numbed. People can get hardened. It’s not their fault; they just get hardened. News media get hardened. Proprietors get even harder.

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I didn’t plan that there’d be this awful situation in which our European governments, just to start the story off, breaking the Geneva conventions on the protection on the human rights of refugees.

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I’ve been working for refugees for years and years and years.

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I thought my story, my experiences as a 2-year-old ‘evacuee’ from London at the outset of the war, could be important. What happened to me as a child was very light compared to what happened to many children, but… in Britain, there are so many people who just don’t know our history.

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Principles aren’t something you hear much from politicians these days. Have you noticed? Right across the board, leaders, whatever the political coloring, avoid talking about laws; they avoid talking about principles. They talk about ‘our values.’ But values can change, and all our packets of ‘values’ seem to be getting smaller.

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I don’t want to spend my last few whatever it is, months or years on this earth, giving speeches.

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I acted with Albie at Stratford-on-Avon in the 1959 season. We in the acting company tended to hang out at the pub known as the Dirty Duck.

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The notion of ‘building a career’ had never been heard or dreamed of when I was young.

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In my early days, I auditioned a lot. Mostly, I didn’t get anywhere.

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Who is Vanessa Redgrave?

The British actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave CBE was born on 30 January 1937.

Tennessee Williams proclaimed the “Greatest Actress of our Time,” Redgrave was the winner of the Triple Crown of the Acting, inaugurated to the Hall of Fame of the American Theater, and won the BAFTA Fellowship.

Redgrave became a major actor in 1961 in Shakespeare comedy As You Like It with Royal Shakespeare Company, having performed in more than 35 productions in London and on Broadway since then, winning the 1984 Olivier Award for Best Actress in the Revival of The Aspern Papers, the 2003 Tony Award for Best Actress in Long Day’s Night Journey Revival.

She was also nominated for Miss Daisy’s Year of Creative Thought and Cycling. On screen she appeared in several films and is six-times nominated for the Oscar, winning the Julia (1977) title role in the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Many cases included: Morgan: an Approachable Recovery Case (1966), Isadora (1968), Mary, King of Scots (1971), The Bostonians (1984) and Howards End (1992). Among her other movies are A Man for All Seasons (1966), Blowup (1966) and Camelot (1967), The Devils (1971), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Prick Up Your Ears (1987) and Mission: Impossible (1996), Atonement (2007).

She is a member of the Redgrave family of actors: Sir Michael Redgrave’s daughter and the actress Rachel Kempson, Corin Redgrave’s sister, Joely Richardson’s and Natasha Richardson’s actress’s mother, Jemma Redgrave’s aunt, Liam Neeson’s mother in law, and the actors’ movie producer Tim Bevan, Daisy Bevan’s grandmother.