Magazine article Screen International

Meryl's Wardrobe Malfunction and More Fun in Honour of Vanessa Redgrave

Magazine article Screen International

Meryl's Wardrobe Malfunction and More Fun in Honour of Vanessa Redgrave

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Who would have thought the AMPAS tribute to Vanessa Redgrave in London last night would turn a little saucy?Vanessa Redgrave tribute

First it was the 74-year-old acting icon herself, talking about her research with transsexuals when she made the 1986 film Second Serve, about Renee Richards. "I was really ignorant, I've always thought maybe I'm bisexual and I've never tried it out." Meryl Streep, seated in the front row, could be seen raising her hand to volunteer.

And then Dame Eileen Atkins took the stage to talk about how she met Redgrave in the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the pair of them took a rather unexotic week-long holiday to a spare bedroom in someone's council house in Swansea, Wales. One highlight of the trip was Redgrave coming back to their room with a stack of movie magazines, and asking Atkins, "Why aren't we film stars?" Atkins responded: "Are you kidding? Look at us. We're serious actresses. And neither of us has tits." Years later when Atkins saw Redgrave in Blow-Up, she thought, "My God, she's done it. …

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