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Redgrave, since her anti-Zionists campaign till grabbing Venice festival Golden Lion prize

Tehran, British actress Vanessa Redgrave will be honored by the Venice Film Festival with its Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

The decision was made by the festival's parent organization, the Venice Biennale, chaired by Paolo Baratta, and upon the recommendation of festival artistic director Alberto Barbera.

Redgrave thanked the festival and noted that she was in Venice last year filming the upcoming adaptation of Henry James' The Aspern Papers. She also recalled that many years ago she shot drama La Vacanza', directed by Tinto Brass, in the marshes of Veneto.

My character spoke every word in the Venetian dialect, Redgrave, 81, said in a statement. I bet I am the only non-Italian actress to act an entire role in Venetian dialect!

Barbera praised Redgrave for her sensitive, infinitely faceted performances, and noted that with her natural elegance, innate seductive power, and extraordinary talent, she can nonchalantly pass from European art-house cinema to lavish Hollywood productions, and from the stage to TV sets, each time offering top-quality results.


Born in London into a family of thespians, Redgrave made her silver-screen debut in 1958 in the comedy Behind the Mask', in which she appeared alongside her father, Michael Redgrave. She then dedicated herself to the theater and became a member of the Stratford-upon-Avon Theatre company, where she met director Tony Richardson, who became her husband and directed her in many Shakespeare plays, Variety wrote.

In 1966, Redgrave returned to cinema with Morgan � A Suitable Case for Treatment', directed by Karel Reisz, which won her the best actress award in Cannes. That same year, Redgrave performed in Michelangelo Antonioni's 'Blow Up', and began dividing her time between film and theater work.

She has been nominated for an Oscar six times, and won in 1977 for her performance in Fred Zinnemann's 'Julia'. She won Venice's Volpi Cup in 1994 for her role in James Gray's 'Little Odessa', and also won a Tony, an Olivier, an Emmy, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, among her many other prizes.

Redgrave was last on the Lido as a star of Joe Wright's 2007 'Atonement', which opened the festival that year.

Known for her political activism, she made her directorial debut last year with 'Sea Sorrow', a meditation on the current global refugee crisis, which premiered at Cannes.

Earlier this year, she appeared in the two-part play 'The Inheritance' at London's Young Vic theater.

**Redgrave Family:

The Redgrave family is an English acting dynasty, spanning five generations. Members of the family worked in theatre beginning in the nineteenth century, and later in film and television. Some family members have also written plays and books, Irancinenews wrote.

**Foe of 'Zionist Hoodlum':

In a meantime, even the mass media of Zionist regime of Israel in September 2012 quoted Oscar winner and longtime Zionists critic, Redgrave, as saying that she has lined up her next role-a Holocaust survivor-in a play that will run off-Broadway in New York.

The timesofisrael.com wrote that Redgrave who famously lambasted Zionist hoodlums during her 1978 Oscar acceptance speech, played a play the part in The Revisionist.

Penned by and co-starring Jesse Eisenberg, a 2011 Oscar nominee for The Social Network, the production follows a Jewish-American writer on a trip to Poland, where he hopes the change of scenery will help cure a case of writer's block. While there, he meets Maria, an elderly cousin to be portrayed by Redgrave. The play explores their relationship, the New York Times reports, which becomes complicated as Maria reveals the details of her post-war past.

Redgrave, who remains an outspoken advocate of Palestinian causes, also played a Jewish character in her most recent stage performance, as the title character in a 2010 Broadway revival of Driving Miss Daisy.

She won her Oscar for playing an anti-Nazi activist in Julia, a 1977 film released the same year as The Palestinian, a documentary about the PLO she financed and narrated.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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