In 2008, Vanessa was featured in a show by photographer Simon Annand. The pictures included in the exhibition are of the 30 minutes before an actor steps on the stage in theatres. Vanessa's picture is showing her drinking tea.
Despite already having a C.B.E., Vanessa turned down the offer to receive the title of Dame in 1999.
Vanessa had a child with the Italian actor Franco Nero, although they never married.
In 1971, Vanessa suffered a miscarriage. Had the child lived it would have been a boy.
In 1959, Vanessa became a member of the Stratford-Upon-Avon Theatre Company.
Vanessa was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 1967, for her "services to drama".
Vanessa was married to fellow actor Tony Richardson from 1962 to 1967 and together they had two children.
Vanessa has run for the U.K. Parliament twice, as a member of the Workers' Revolutionary Party.
In 2000, Vanessa was awarded the Excellence in Media Award by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Vanessa attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.
Vanessa: I don't consider myself beautiful at all, I'm usually running around like a scruff.
Vanessa: I've opened my mouth on a lot of subjects. And I thought the more prestige you get, I'd have the power to do what I like. It's not true.
Vanessa: I choose all my roles very carefully so that when my career is finished I will have covered all our recent history of oppression.
Vanessa: I've come to see through the course of my life that people understand what I've tried to do, however inadequately I do it. I've just found people have come to understand me and be glad that I tried to do what I tried to do. And I do feel very inadequate about it, but I feel I must try... I think that any citizen can understand that you must raise your voice and do the best you can to speak out.