TONY RICHARDSON Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Name: Tony Richardson                                                               
Birth name: Cecil Antonio Richardson                                               
Born: 5 June 1928 Shipley, Yorkshire, England                                       
Died: 14 November 1991 Los Angeles, California                                     
Tony Richardson (June 5, 1928 – November 14, 1991) was an English theatre and     
Academy Award-winning film director and producer.                                   
Richardson was born Cecil Antonio Richardson in Shipley, Yorkshire in 1928, the     
son of Elsie Evans (Campion) and Clarence Albert Richardson, a chemist. He         
attended Ashville College, Harrogate.                                               
Representative of the British "New Wave" of directors, he developed the ideas       
that led to the formation of the English Stage Company, along with his close       
friend George Goetschius and George Devine. As a young director, Richardson         
directed plays such as Pericles at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1958.       
Richardson later co-founded Woodfall Films with the dramatist John Osborne.         
Richardson and Osborne eventually fell out during production of the film           
Charge of the Light Brigade.                                                       
In 1964 Richardson received two Academy Awards (Best Director and Best Picture)     
for Tom Jones (1963). Richardson later began work on Mahogany (1975), starring     
Diana Ross, but was fired by Motown head Berry Gordy shortly after production       
began. Gordy took over direction himself.                                           
He was married to the actress Vanessa Redgrave between 1962 and 1967 (he left       
her for actress Jeanne Moreau), and had two daughters, Natasha Richardson (born     
1963) and Joely Richardson (born 1965), both of whom are actresses.                 
Richardson was bisexual (which he had carefully hidden for as long as possible),   
and died of complications from AIDS at 63 in 1991.