Take A Look At Who Robert Redford Is Married Today

Born on August 18th, 1936, in California, Robert Redford grew up as a scrappy kid and eventually lost his college baseball scholarship to the University of Colorado. However, that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. His all-American looks and his experience on stage led him to a successful career in television and the silver screen. But what else is there to know about him?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jemal Countess | Actor Robert Redford attends the "All Is Lost" premiere during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 8, 2013 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jemal Countess | Actor Robert Redford attends the "All Is Lost" premiere during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 8, 2013 in New York City.


REDFORD’S CHILDHOOD: NOT AN AMERICAN DREAM

Robert’s parents have English, Scottish, Cornish, and Irish heritage, and in the mid-30s welcomed to the family who would end up being one of Hollywood’s favorite men. His mother, Martha, was a stay-at-home mom and she had an incredible relationship with her son. Unfortunately the same can’t be said about Robert’s relationship with his father.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Archive Photos | Portrait of American actor Robert Redford, circa 1960s.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Archive Photos | Portrait of American actor Robert Redford, circa 1960s.

The father and son relationship was a troubled one, however, Robert had other male figures in his family to whom he could look up to. He had a very close relationship with his grandfather, as well as with his uncle from the father’s side, which offered him the opportunity to develop in different fields.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Herbert Dorfman / Corbis | Robert Redford Smiling.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Herbert Dorfman / Corbis | Robert Redford Smiling.


A MOMMA’S BOY

“She was full of life, full of laughter, full of love. She was out there. I mean, she would take chances, and she was very risky. And she taught me how to drive a car when I was 10, and nobody knew about it. I mean, that kind of stuff. So, we had a close relationship,” the actor admitted

Image Credits: Getty Images / Herbert Dorfman / Corbis | Robert Redford Leaning on a Brick Wall.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Herbert Dorfman / Corbis | Robert Redford Leaning on a Brick Wall.


TROUBLED HEALTH DURING CHILDHOOD

“It all started when I was about 11, growing up in Los Angeles… I had a mild case of polio — not enough to put me in an iron lung, but enough to keep me bedridden for weeks,” Redford confessed in an interview in 2016.

Image Credits: Getty Images / CBS Photo Archive | American actor Robert Redford on an episode of the television show 'The Twilight Zone' entitled 'Nothing in the Dark' (directed by Lamont Johnson), Culver City, California, April 17, 1961.

Image Credits: Getty Images / CBS Photo Archive | American actor Robert Redford on an episode of the television show 'The Twilight Zone' entitled 'Nothing in the Dark' (directed by Lamont Johnson), Culver City, California, April 17, 1961.

The actor managed to recover, but it is always difficult for someone’s parents to see their child in misery. Redford’s mother was ecstatic once he got better and wanted to do something for him, and so she did: “She realized that growing up in the city, I’d missed out on a lot of nature. So, she drove me to Yosemite”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Juergen Vollmer / Popperfoto | American actor Robert Redford stars as baseball player Roy Hobbs in the film 'The Natural', 1983.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Juergen Vollmer / Popperfoto | American actor Robert Redford stars as baseball player Roy Hobbs in the film 'The Natural', 1983.


NATURE LOVER SINCE HE WAS A CHILD

Growing up in the big city led Redford to have the feeling he was missing out on something else. In an interview with NPR he mentioned “I wanted out. So, I went into the mountains into the Sierras, and worked at Yosemite National Park and fell in love with nature that way.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Silver Screen Collection | American actor Robert Redford as David Chappellet in the film 'Downhill Racer', 1969.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Silver Screen Collection | American actor Robert Redford as David Chappellet in the film 'Downhill Racer', 1969.


CHILDREN’S FUN THAT WOULD END UP COMING BACK TO HAUNT HIM

“I grew up in kind of a rough neighborhood, and we’d go to matinees. Anytime there was a love scene on the screen, we’d go ‘Ah, boo! You tell ‘em lover!’ and make fun of the scene. Suddenly, the idea that I would be that guy, is just too much for me to take,” Redford shared in an interview.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kris Connor | Robert Redford speaks during the "All The Presidents Men Revisited" screening at The Newseum on April 18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kris Connor | Robert Redford speaks during the "All The Presidents Men Revisited" screening at The Newseum on April 18, 2013 in Washington, DC.


THE BEGINNING OF HIS CAREER: HOW DID IT ALL HAPPEN?

Redford had the looks, charisma, and talent to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, however, he actually made it into the scene just in 1969. Starring in two films that went on to mark his career, “Downhill Racer” and “Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here”, Redford had the doors open to be cast to “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Silver Screen Collection | Robert Redford, US actor, in a Western costume, with a black cowboy hat and tan leather waistcoat, in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', 1969. The Western, directed by George Roy Hill (1921-2002), starred Redford as 'The Sundance Kid'.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Silver Screen Collection | Robert Redford, US actor, in a Western costume, with a black cowboy hat and tan leather waistcoat, in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', 1969. The Western, directed by George Roy Hill (1921-2002), starred Redford as 'The Sundance Kid'.


THE MOVIES OF HIS CAREER

With one Oscar under his belt, 42 other wins, and 55 nominations, Redford conquered 84 credits as an actor, even though he also worked as a producer and director in certain movies. But, which are the movies that made him so well-known?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bettmann | Robert Redford admires his Oscar after he won it for Best Achievement for Directing in the movie, Ordinary People. The Oscar was one of the two top awards won by the film, the second being the Best Picture award.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bettmann | Robert Redford admires his Oscar after he won it for Best Achievement for Directing in the movie, Ordinary People. The Oscar was one of the two top awards won by the film, the second being the Best Picture award.


1960: THE MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

Making his debut on the screen in 1960, the actor was cast in twelve different films and television projects. Most notably, his role as Jason Robards in “The Iceman Cometh”, as well as his appearances in the TV shows “Maverick” and “Perry Mason”. Six years later, the actor took on a Golden Globe for his role in “Inside Daisy Clover”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hemdale | Robert Redford and Meryl Streep during production for the film 'Out Of Africa', 1985.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Hemdale | Robert Redford and Meryl Streep during production for the film 'Out Of Africa', 1985.


“ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”

This was perhaps one of the most iconic thrillers that Redford was ever part of, and he has himself to credit for it. The actor, who spent $450,000 to buy the rights of the book about the Watergate scandal, went on to produce the movie himself.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bettmann | Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal, in All the President's Men.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bettmann | Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal, in All the President's Men.

Playing a young Washington Post, Bob Woodward, and co-starring with Dustin Hoffman who plays Carl Bernstein, “All The President’s Men” was initially met with reticence by the studios, as the story was still so fresh on everyone’s minds. But Redford went forward with it, and it was an unprecedented success!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kristy Sparow | Robert Redford poses with the Honorary Cesar award for his career during at Salle Pleyel on February 22, 2019 in Paris, France.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kristy Sparow | Robert Redford poses with the Honorary Cesar award for his career during at Salle Pleyel on February 22, 2019 in Paris, France.


HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN BOY, AU NATUREL

The movie “The Natural”, which is based on Bernard Malamud’s novel, was one of the best ones from the actor, and also one where you can truly see his golden boy charisma. Mixing the Arthurian legends with baseball bats, the movie fitted to Redford like a glove.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Juergen Vollmer / Popperfoto | American actor Robert Redford stars in the film 'The Natural', 1983.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Juergen Vollmer / Popperfoto | American actor Robert Redford stars in the film 'The Natural', 1983.

Telling the story of Roy Hobbs, a baseball batter who is already too old to play, but has certain special powers and skills, “The Natural” showcases how someone who comes out of nowhere is able to help out a struggling baseball team. Still to this day, this film is of the most well-known Redford movies

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bertrand Rindoff Petroff | Actor Robert Redford gives a Master Class at Cinematheque Francaise on February 21, 2019 in Paris, France.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bertrand Rindoff Petroff | Actor Robert Redford gives a Master Class at Cinematheque Francaise on February 21, 2019 in Paris, France.


“ALL IS LOST”: AN ACTOR SUMMED UP

Redford, who is the only actor on-screen throughout the entire movie, and who barely has any scripted lines to say, has made an impact with his over-the-top and high-quality performance. Delivering an incredibly believable act as an old sailor trying to survive being lost at sea, it truly showcases Redford’s prime acting skills.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Art Zelin | Robert Redford filming Three Days of the Condor; circa 1970; New York.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Art Zelin | Robert Redford filming Three Days of the Condor; circa 1970; New York.


REDFORD ON RETIRING

“Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and (I’ll) move towards retirement after this ’cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21. I thought, 'Well, that’s enough.' And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?", the actor mentioned.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rich Polk | Robert Redford attends Sundance Institute's 'An Artist at the Table Presented by IMDbPro' at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2020 in Park City, Utah.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rich Polk | Robert Redford attends Sundance Institute's 'An Artist at the Table Presented by IMDbPro' at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2020 in Park City, Utah.

However, since then he has gotten back on his word, and confessed that “I think it was a mistake to say that I was retiring because you never know.” Even if Redford opts to retire, his legacy will forever be remembered, as well as his impeccable skills not only as an actor but also as a producer and director.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain | Robert Redford and wife Sibylle Szaggars attend Cesar Film Awards 2019 at Salle Pleyel on February 22, 2019 in Paris, France.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain | Robert Redford and wife Sibylle Szaggars attend Cesar Film Awards 2019 at Salle Pleyel on February 22, 2019 in Paris, France.


REDFORD’S PERSONAL LIFE: HIS LOVE LIFE

The Hollywood-star has been married twice, and the first time it was with a Mormon girl called Lola Van Wagenen when Redford was just 22-years-old. Even though the couple stayed together for almost three decades, they decided to divorce in 1985. Redford and Van Wagenen had three children together.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection | Lola Redford attends the premiere of "All The President's Men" on April 5, 1976 at Loew's Astor Plaza Theater in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection | Lola Redford attends the premiere of "All The President's Men" on April 5, 1976 at Loew's Astor Plaza Theater in New York City.

“Obviously, I don’t want to denigrate the person I married, there were a lot of good reasons [why we married young], but I have to say it was to save my life. That’s what it felt like at the time. It was mutual and it was right to move on, we still have great love, great affection, great friendship,” he said.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection | Actor Robert Redford and Lola Redford attend the premiere party for "Great Waldo Pepper" on March 12, 1975 at Rivoli Restaurant in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection | Actor Robert Redford and Lola Redford attend the premiere party for "Great Waldo Pepper" on March 12, 1975 at Rivoli Restaurant in New York City.


THE GERMAN PAINTER: REDFORD’S SECOND WIFE

The actor married once again, this time in 2009, with a German artist called Sibylle Szaggars. They had been together since the mid-1990s, but only officialized their relationship years later in a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany. However, when asked if he regrets marrying young, his answer is no.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gareth Cattermole | Actor/Director Robert Redford and his wife Sibylle Szaggars attend "The Company You Keep" Premiere at the 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on September 6, 2012 in Venice, Italy.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gareth Cattermole | Actor/Director Robert Redford and his wife Sibylle Szaggars attend "The Company You Keep" Premiere at the 69th Venice Film Festival at the Palazzo del Cinema on September 6, 2012 in Venice, Italy.

“[My family] feared that I was going to go off the deep end, or that I would never amount to anything, or die at an early age, I wanted to prove them wrong.”, Redford mentioned in an interview, explaining why he opted to marry Lola at such a young age.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection | Shauna Redford, Amy Redford, Lola Redford and Robert Redford.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection | Shauna Redford, Amy Redford, Lola Redford and Robert Redford.


SIBYLLE SZAGGARS: THE ENVIRONMENTAL ARTIST

Sibylle Szaggars Redford has been working as a multimedia environmental artist for over 40 years. She has taken over different mediums of showcasing her art, from painted oil sketches and photographs, which have been exhibited all over the world. She founded “The Way of the Rain”, a non-profit organization, to promote public awareness to the protection of the Earth.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dominique Charriau / WireImage | Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars walk the red carpet ahead of the 'Our Souls At Night' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2017 in Venice, Italy.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dominique Charriau / WireImage | Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars walk the red carpet ahead of the 'Our Souls At Night' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2017 in Venice, Italy.


SHAUNA REDFORD: THE PAINTER

Redford’s oldest daughter, born on November 1st, 1960, has been working as a painter for several years. Unfortunately, there isn’t much information available about her artwork, which has been highly valued by experts. Shauna is married to Eric Schlosser, with whom she tied the knot in 1985.

Image Credits: Getty Images / The LIFE Picture Collection | Robert Redford, Shauna Redford.

Image Credits: Getty Images / The LIFE Picture Collection | Robert Redford, Shauna Redford.


JAMES REDFORD: THE PRODUCER

Born in 1962, James’ is Redford’s middle son. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Literature but shortly decided to focus his career in movie production. Having suffered from an auto-immune disease, he founded the “James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness”, where he produced "The Kindness Of Strangers", a documentary film about the matter.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lee Celano / WireImage | Robert Redford and son James Redford during AFI Film Festival Screening of James Redford's Directorial Debut "SPIN" - Arrivals at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, California, United States.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lee Celano / WireImage | Robert Redford and son James Redford during AFI Film Festival Screening of James Redford's Directorial Debut "SPIN" - Arrivals at Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, California, United States.


AMY REDFORD: THE ACTRESS

Amy is Redford’s youngest daughter, born on October 22nd, 1970, and she opted to follow her father’s footsteps into the cinematographic industry. She is known for “The Guitar”, “Law & Order: S.V.U”, and “Craig Wedren & Pink Ape: I Am a Wolf, You Are the Moon”. Amy has been married to Mathew August since 2008.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | Robert Redford and daughter Amy Redford at the premiere of Cry Funny Happy at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2003 in Park City, Utah.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | Robert Redford and daughter Amy Redford at the premiere of Cry Funny Happy at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2003 in Park City, Utah.


THE SUNDANCE INSTITUTE & FILM FESTIVAL

Redford, who is known for his activism and belief in public causes, established the Sundance Institute in 1980, which assists young filmmakers with workshops during summer, as well as sponsoring the annual Sundance Film Festival. Just ten years later, the Festival has become one of the leading international film festivals.

Image Credits: Getty Images / George Pimentel | Sundance Institute President and Founder Robert Redford speaks at the "Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You" Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 21, 2016 in Park City, Utah.

Image Credits: Getty Images / George Pimentel | Sundance Institute President and Founder Robert Redford speaks at the "Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You" Premiere during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 21, 2016 in Park City, Utah.

With a six-decades long career, Redford has become a Hollywood classic and a name that will forever be remembered in the industry. Being an Oscar-winning director, an avid and strong supporter of independent films, as well as an environmental conservationist, Redford is what many today consider a living legend. Let’s keep an eye out to see what he will bring us next! 

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