Robert Redford

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Robert Redford

"Born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, and Martha Hart. He studied acting in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

"Television and stage experience led to movies and television roles. His breakthrough role was the Sundance Kid in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), when the actor was 32. The Way We Were (1973) and The Sting (1973), both in 1973, made Redford the number one box office star for the next three years. Redford used his clout to advance environmental causes and his riches to acquire Utah property, which he transformed into a ranch and the Sundance ski resort. In 1980 he established the Sundance Institute for aspiring filmmakers.

"Redford's directorial debut, Ordinary People (1980), won him his Academy Award for Best Director in 1981.

"He married Lola Redford Van Wagenen on September 12, 1958. They divorced in 1985 after having four children." [1]

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  2. Edible Schoolyard Project Advisory Board, organizational web page, accessed May 28, 2013.