Legends of the Silver Screen

Episode 7

Robert Redford: Hollywood Outlaw

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Robert Redford: Hollywood Outlaw
Award-winning actor, director and producer Robert Redford is an international movie icon, who continues to juggle his high-profile celebrity with a carefully guarded private life. Spectacular film clips, trailers, behind the scenes footage and interviews with friends and colleagues illuminate the illustrious career and life of Robert Redford. Robert Redford was born in Santa Monica, California on August 18, 1937. A rebellious teen, Redford struggled to find his place in the world: disenchanted with college, he hitchhiked across Europe, and began to drink heavily. In 1957, his life turned around when he met his future wife, Lola Van Wagenen. Hoping to become a professional artist, he moved to New York City to study at the prestigious Pratt Institute. He became interested in set design, and was persuaded to study performing to learn more about theater. To his surprise, Redford passionately connected with acting. Redford's big break came in 1963 when the 26-year-old was cast in Neil Simon's Broadway comedy "Barefoot in the Park." Redford won raves for his performance and in 1967 made the leap to movie star in the hit film version. Two years later, he set his superstar status in stone when he co-starred with Paul Newman in the Oscar-winning smash "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Throughout the 1970s, Redford starred in a string of critical and box office hits, including "The Candidate," "The Way We Were," "The Sting," for which he received his first Best Actor Oscar nomination, "Three Days of the Condor," and "All The President's Men." In 1980, Redford made a long-desired move behind the camera, to direct his first motion picture. His sensitive adaptation of Judith Guest's novel "Ordinary People" resulted in box office gold, as well as four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. While continuing to star in films like "Out of Africa" and "Sneakers," Redford went on to direct "The Milagro Bean Field War," "A River Runs Through It," "Quiz Show,"moreless

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