Above, the mature star.

Below, Vanessa Redgrave with her famous husband and with her famous father.

As mentioned yesterday, Redgrave comes from a distinguished British acting family, and has over her lengthy career garnered more than three score awards and film festival commendations.

And yet, despite this much honored output, she remains a reluctant movie star whose private life — and her very public politics — have often eclipsed her professional excellence. Although we touch on the personal in our Vanessa Redgrave Mini Quiz, we hope the emphasis falls on behalf of the professional.

Our Mini-Quiz answers will also reveal the identities of those guys above posing with Vanessa. As usual, to refresh yourselves on the questions, just scroll down to the blog below.  Here we go:

1) Answer:  Welcome to the core of the Redgrave clan:  a) Lynn is Vanessa’s younger sister, also an actress, who died in 2010 at age 67; b) Michael is her father, one of England’s most distinguished stage and screen actors (he is pictured with a young Vanessa in the bottom photo); c) Rachel is Redgrave’s mother, actress Rachel Kempson; and d) Corin is her actor brother, who also died in 2010 at age 70.

2) Answer:  Redgrave won her best supporting actress Oscar for 1977’s Julia. In her speech accepting the award, she became the center of a celebrated stink arising separately from her participation as producer/actress in a polemical tv documentary,  1977’s The Palestinian.

3) Answer:  b) Redgrave’s second husband is Italian actor, Franco Nero, who has starred in some of the best spaghetti westerns ever made. (There he is with his wife in the color photo above.) The two hooked up in 1967 during the filming of Camelot in which they costarred.  They had a son together but didn’t get around to marrying in a quiet private ceremony until 2006.

4) Answer:  d) Timothy Dalton and Redgrave were lovers over a long stretch, from the early Seventies until the mid-Eighties.

5) Answer:  b) The late David Hemmings is Redgrave’s costar in director Michelangelo Antonioni’s superb mystery-thriller Blow-Up. The film dates back to 1966, and in it Redgrave is both “alluring and gauche,” as per critic David Thomson.  It’s a wonderful picture.  See it.

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