James Earl Jones to join British thesp at tribute
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor Vanessa Redgrave at its first European tribute to an actor on Sunday in London, where she is starring with James Earl Jones in the stage production of “Driving Miss Daisy.”The event, hosted by scribe David Hare, will include special guests Meryl Streep, Ralph Fiennes, Joely Richardson, James Earl Jones and Eileen Atkins. Past Academy president Sid Ganis will introduce the evening. The salute will explore Redgrave’s “dramatic range and exquisite skill,” the Academy said. Redgrave, 74, rose to prominence in 1961, playing Rosalind in “As You Like It” with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since then, she has appeared in dozens of theatrical productions and more than 70 films, for which she garnered six Academy Award nominations and a win for supporting actress in 1977’s “Julia.” She was nominated for performances in “Morgan!” (1966), “Isadora” (1968), “Mary, Queen of Scots” (1971), “The Bostonians” (1984) and “Howards End” (1992). She stars in “Anonymous,” now in release, and the upcoming “Coriolanus.”
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