Monday, April 10, 2017

AccuRadio song Of The Day-Vanessa Redgrave

Artist:Vanessa Redgrave
Song:The Lusty Month Of May
Album:Camelot: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Of course Vanessa Redgrave is from a family of actors. She didn't really sing except for playing Guenevere in the 1967 film adaptation of the musical Camelot. The Lusty Month Of May was her big song. She was born Jan. 30, 1937 in Greenwich, London, England to British acting legend Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. The entire family are actors. By the late 50s she was appearing regularly on the London stage. Early starring roles included The Tiger and the Horse and As You Like It. Her breakthrough film was the 1966 film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment for which she got an Oscar nomination. And she starred in the popular 1966 film Blowup which is a must see. When Joshua Logan was looking to film Camelot, he hired Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave to star. Neither actor was known for singing. My guess is Vanessa looked at singing as a challenge. And she does well. Camelot was not critically acclaimed but Harris and Vanessa were both praised for their singing. It doesn't look like Vanessa ever sang on film again. She did appear in the 1969 musical Oh! What A Lovely War but she didn't sing. Maybe she sang on TV. Of course she has appeared in plenty of films. She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the 1977 film Julia. And she won an Emmy for the 1981 film Playing For Time. If you want to see one of her films, that's probably the one to see. Vanessa is still around. Her most recent significant film was Foxcatcher in 2014. She has had health problems recently caused by smoking. And of course she is known for her political activism. Well, she may be notorious for that stuff. Here's Vanessa Redgrave performing the Lusty Month Of May from the 1967 film Camelot.

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