They had a son named Charles, the first in line to have been given the name.
Redford's career, like that of almost all major stars who emerged in the 1950s, began in New York City, where an actor could find work both on stage and in television.
The first film that Redford directed, Ordinary People (1980), was one of the most critically and publicly acclaimed films of the decade, winning four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director for Redford. He starred in Out of Africa (1985), which was an enormous critical and box office success, and won seven Oscars including Best Picture.
But his overall career was flourishing with the critical and box office hit Jeremiah Johnson (1972); the political satire The Candidate (1972); the hugely popular period drama The Way We Were (1973); and the biggest hit of his career, the blockbuster crime caper The Sting (1973), which became one of the top 20 highest-grossing movies of all time when adjusted for inflation and for which he was also nominated for an Oscar.Pakula and scripted once again by Goldman, was a landmark film for Redford.Not only was he the executive producer and co-star, but the film's serious subject matter—the Watergate scandal—and its attempt to create a realistic portrayal of journalism, also reflected the actor's offscreen concerns for political causes.He also appeared in a segment of the war film A Bridge Too Far (1977) before starring in the prison drama Brubaker (1980), playing a prison warden attempting to reform the system, and the baseball drama The Natural (1984).Redford continued his involvement in mainstream Hollywood movies, though with a newfound focus on directing.