In Hollywood, the spouses of Hollywood personalities are a part of a cycle media attention that keeps the industry alive. The importance of publicity and constant media attention given to film and television stars is not only integral to their continued success as Hollywood personalities, but also the media who thrive on producing news content. This is something Sibylle Szaggars has experienced as the wife of one of Hollywood’s big wigs, Robert Redford.
Sibylle Szaggars has been married to Robert Redford for over 10 years, having dated him for 12 years prior to their wedding. Sibylle is a known painter and an environmentalist whose work has appeared in several galleries across the world from Monaco to Peru to Singapore and the United States.
Learn all about who she is and how she met the Hollywood icon below.
Sibylle Szaggars Biography
Sibylle Szaggars arrived in the world on 14th of April 1957 to parents whose identities are unknown in Hamburg, Germany. Not much is known about her background as a young woman growing up in Germany but it is believed that her fascination and passion for arts, particularly painting as always been a part of her. She grew up using rudimentary tools like watercolor as a means of expressing her creativity.
She began her career as a painter in the early 1980s when she moved from her home country, Germany to London. In London, Sibylle got herself a warehouse which she turned into a painting studio, one canvas at a time.
Having grown up keenly observing her environment, she came to a conclusion about the importance of improving how humanity relates with nature, and chose to incorporate the belief into her work as a painter, becoming an environmental artist. She had one of her earliest exhibitions in London and Germany, including a group exhibition at Gallerie im Theatre Operretenhaus, located in her hometown, Hamburg.
Towards the end of the 80s, Sibylle Szaggars relocated to the United States and began to familiarize herself with the culture, with a focus on Native American culture. This acquired knowledge became a part of a series of paintings by the German painter. As someone who is very much concerned with the environment and human culture as a whole, she took her exploration further across America to Utah sometime in the early 90s where she established a painting studio in the mountain village of Sundance.
Her continued exploration of cultures and the state of the environment took her down to Morocco where she experienced locations like the Draa Valley and other important cultural and national elements in the region. The painted works for her trip to the North African country went up for exhibition in San Francisco in the United States in 2011.
Sibylle Szaggars has also collaborated with other artists like Nina Kotova, a cellist. Together, they created large-scale paintings which were were titled Shape of Color. The paintings were opened to the general public for exhibition in 2008 at the International Classical Music Festival in Italy.
In 2010, Sibylle combined two different aspects of arts; having explored the creation of painted works with the use of rainwater in a series of paintings titled Rainfall, she showed her completed work via a crafted film which was supported by the work of David Thor Jonsson, an Icelandic musician. Through her fascination with combining her work and film, she has made two films, Rainfall and The Way of the Rain. The latter is a stage play that has debuted on two theater stages in New Mexico and in Miami.
Furthermore, the digital version of the story was submitted to the Sundance Film Festival where it was selected as part of the festival’s lineup. As part of her contribution to the development of art and the protection of the environment, Sibylle created a non-profit organization named The Way of the Rain Inc to achieve the goal.
There are those who have wondered and believed that Sibylle Szaggars was married to a woman, a belief that could not have been farther than the truth. She has been the wife of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid star, Robert Redford since 2009. The couple got married at the notable Louis C. Jacob Hotel. Although they haven’t got children of their own, Sibylle is a stepmother to all three of Robert Redford’s children from a previous relationship.
How Did She Meet Robert Redford?
It is fascinating to learn how two highly successful people in their respective careers met to start off such a long-lasting relationship. For Robert and Sibylle Szaggars, the ground zero of their relationship was the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. It was their first meeting and they took to each other afterward, going to date for twelve years before moving on to the altar.