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The Redgraves: A Family Epic Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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I have to agree with the other reviewer who praised Spoto for his restraint here. Yes, Rachel Kempson married Michael Redgrave even after he told her upfront he would always be gay and would always be looking for outside affairs with men. And yes, Vanessa went and did the same thing with her first husband Tony Richardson, who wound up tragically dying of AIDS long after Vanessa had gone off him. Previous reviewer praised Spoto's refusal to speculate on the connection between these two marriages but of course it is exactly the heart of the family narrative that we are given, like a hinge. It all seems to be about, well, did Vanessa know about her dad, or know about Tony? Spoto can't say. That's all right. It is a puzzling coincidence perhaps, and makes me look closer into the private lives of Liam Neeson and whoever it is that Joely married because three times is the charm. Be that as it may, one wishes that Rachel and Michael, who are so big in this story, were better represented in the movies than they appear to be.Read more ›
I enjoyed this book for many reasons -- first, I knew little about the senior Redgraves other than that they were the famous parents of three famous children. This book fills in their story by focusing on Michael Redgrave's life and career and as his life progresses and he marries Rachel Kempson, her career is brought into the story and the portrait of their unusual marriage emerges. Michael Redgrave ultimately told his adult son Corin that he was bisexual and before he married Rachel Kempson, he told her that he had sexual relationships with men. Yet -- she loved him and went into the marriage with eyes open and with the thought she could change him. She readily admits that this was due to her own naivete. Nonetheless she stayed in the marriage and Spoto is honest enough to state some reasons why she would have done so beyond the fact of loving Redgrave and having borne his children. Spoto certainly does not shy away from making it quite clear that Redgrave all his life had long- and short-term lovers and many times those lovers lived with the family as Michael's assistant or lived nearby with all expenses paid by Michael. He also details the fact that the Redgraves were often in dire financial straits due to an extravagant lifestyle plus the expenses Michael incurred supporting his lovers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm very much enjoying this book about the Redgraves! So much I didn't know!
This book came second hand but was perfect in every way.
This was an interesting book because I always thought the Redgraves to be a "golden" family. Read morePublished on August 25, 2014 by Mystic by the Lake
Average at best. But an average subject matter in this insufferable cliche' ultra liberal anti Israel Hollywood family. (Think Fonda family on steroids. Read morePublished on August 19, 2014 by PondFrog
I saw Michael Redgrave on the stage. One of my most favorite films was Thunder Rock.
The lives of various family members is fascinating. Spoto is right on target. Read more
Spoto is barely equal to his grand subject. Michael Redgrave was never less than compelling, and Vanessa and Lynn glorious.Published on December 15, 2013 by M. Riley
As an older person, and a film buff, I truly enjoyed this biographical study, and learned a lot from it. I have a long list of pictures to see, either again or for the first time. Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by Judith
this is not a family story. it is primarily the story of michael redgrave, the pater familias. i have only seen him in one film and no plays so had very little interest in him or... Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by carol irvin
The life of immensely talented, semi-closeted actor Michael Redgrave has enough raw material for several gossipy biographies and at least one serious assessment of his work. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by MJS
A Family Epic is certainly the right choice of words for Donald Stoto's book. He takes us back several generations to tell us the source of the theater "gene" in this family. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Barb