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Robert Redford and Lola Van Wagenen Marriage Profile

Previous Marriage of Robert Redford

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Robert Redford and Lola van Wagenen

Robert Redford and Lola van Wagenen with their children Shauna and James circa 1965. Mike Connors and his wife Mary Lou are also pictured.

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Robert had one previous marriage. Robert Redford and Lola Van Wagenen's marriage lasted nearly 30 years before it ended in 1985.

Born:

Robert Redford aka Charles Robert Redford Jr: August 18, 1937 in Santa Monica, California.

Lola Van Wagenen: Abt. 1940.

How Lola and Robert Met:

Robert and Lola met in 1957 when they lived in the same Los Angeles apartment building.

Wedding Date:

Lola and Robert married on September 12, 1958 in Los Angeles, California. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1985.

Children:

Robert and Lola had four children.
  • Scott Redford: Died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1959 at the age of 5 months.
  • Robert: "It was really hard. We were very young. I had my first theater job, which didn't pay much. We didn't know anything about SIDS, so the only thing you think is that you've done something wrong. As a parent, you tend to blame yourself. That creates a scar that probably never completely heals."
    Source: Meg Grant. "Robert Redford, Unedited." AARP The Magazine. March/April 2011.
    Larry Hackett: "That was a tough hit," says Redford. "It was our first child. We were in New York and we were broke. It was really tough." He won't say anymore about it, but he has quietly raised money to combat the mystery killer ... People think it's been easy for me. That's hard to live with. It's so untrue. The hardest thing in the world is when your children have problems. There have been so many hits on our family that no one knows about, and I don't want them to, for my family's sake. I've made some interesting movies, and I've been very satisfied with the work, but if someone wrapped it all up and said to me, 'What's your greatest achievement?' I'd say, 'The children. They're the best thing in my life.'"
    Source: Larry Hackett, Todd Gold, Ken Baker, Cathy Free, Danelle Morton. "The Eclectic Horseman in Life and The Horse Whisperer, Robert Redford Wears More Than One Cowboy Hat." People.6/08/1998. pgs. 86+.

  • Shauna Redford: Born in 1960. Shauna is a painter.
  • David James "Jamie" Redford: Born in 1962. Jamie is a screenwriter, producer, and founder of the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness.
  • Concerning Jamie's illness: "Though the Redfords had divorced two years earlier, in 1985, their son's illness overruled any tensions between the two. "You're always going to be parents to the same children," Lola has said. "Through all of this with Jamie, Bob and I really leaned on each other for a lot of emotional support."
    Source: Jamie Redford. "The Redford Family's Private Crisis." Good Housekeeping. 9/1999. pg. 21.

    Samantha Miller: "Says Robert Redford of that anguished time: 'You want to reach down and make it all right and pick him out of his crib as you could do when he was little.'"
    Source: Samantha Miller. Sundance Kid: Two liver transplants gave Robert Redford's son Jamie a new role in life." People Weekly. 9/27/1999. pgs. 187+.

  • Amy Hart Redford: Born in 1970. Amy is an actress.

Occupations:

Robert: Actor, producer, author, director, conservationist, environmentalist, founder of the Sundance Institute.

Lola: Consumer activist, historian, and director of Clio Films.

Quotes About the Marriage of Robert Redford and Lola Van Wagenen:

Larry Hackett: "He's [Redford] never, ever said a bad thing about her [Lola], nor she about him. He is not the kind of guy who there have been stories about when he was married, so it seems like a marriage that painfully had run its course and was ending."
Source: Paula Zahn, Kyra Phillips, Bill Hemmer. "CNN Special: Profile of Robert Redford." People in the News. 1/24/2004.

Larry Hackett: "Of his divorce from Lola, he says only, 'I got lost for a time.' Screenwriter Larner says Redford never expected to split. 'He told me he was totally faithful to his wife.... They were very tight; they went through a lot of stuff together.' Lola now lives in Vermont, and the two remain close."
Source: Larry Hackett, Todd Gold, Ken Baker, Cathy Free, Danelle Morton. "The Eclectic Horseman in Life and The Horse Whisperer, Robert Redford Wears More Than One Cowboy Hat." People.6/08/1998. pgs. 86+.

Robert: "I got married very young, at 21. Obviously I don't want to denigrate the person I married, there were a lot of good reasons ... But when you ask me a question, like why?, I have to say it was to save my life. That's what it felt like at the time."
Source: Suzie Mackenzie. "American Dreamer." Guardian.co.uk. 8/14/2004.

"Luckily, one of Redford's neighbors in his apartment building in Los Angeles was Lola Van Wagenen, a Mormon from Utah. After she helped him recover from his drinking problem and regain some focus in his life, the couple were married in 1958."
Source: "Robert Redford." Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vols. 7-26. Gale Research, 1992-99.
Source: Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009. TrLib.org

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