Natasha Richardson dies at 45
Actress was married to actor Liam Neeson
"Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha," says the actress' rep Alan Nierob in a statement. "They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time."
Richardson was skiing at the Mont Tremblant resort in Quebec on Monday, March 16 when she suffered a head injury. Initially she seemed fine, able to walk, talk and joke, but later she was rushed to a hospital nearby. A day later she was flown by private jet to receive treatment at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital where family gathered, fearing the worst.
The British actress comes from a great acting family, including mother Vanessa Redgrave, aunt Lynn Redgrave and sister Joely Richardson who stars on FX's "Nip/Tuck."
Her maternal grandparents were the late actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, and her father, the late director and producer Tony Richardson gave his daughter Natasha her first film role at age four in "The Charge of the Light Brigade."
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Richardson was born on May 11, 1963 in London, England, where she later trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She built a career in theater, appearing in the London's West End and on Broadway. In 1998 she won a Tony for her performance as Sally Bowles in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of "Cabaret." In 2005, she starred as Blanche DuBois opposite John C. Reilly in Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Although she appeared on television, most recently as a guest judge on Bravo's "Top Chef: New York" reality series, she made more of an impact on the big screen.
Highlights of her film resume include an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"; 1994's "Nell," in which she co-starred with future husband Neeson; Disney's remake of "The Parent Trap"; the erotic thriller "Asylum," which she also executive produced; and both "The White Countess" and "Evening," both of which she co-starred with her mother Vanessa Redgrave. Her aunt Lynn Redgrave also appeared in "The White Countess."
Richardson was previously married to filmmaker and theater producer Robert Fox, whom she divorced in 1992. She married Neeson in late 1994. Together they had two sons: Micheal Richard Antonio, 13, and Daniel Jack, 12.