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Actress Natasha Richardson dies at age 45

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Natasha Richardson 1963 – 2009    Los Angeles Times Photo


Actress Natasha Richardson died today after apparently suffering a serious head injury in a ski accident on Monday. Media reports say Richardson took a tumble on a beginners’ slope at a resort near Montreal. Her husband, actor Liam Neeson, was shooting a film in Toronto at the time. Neeson was with his wife when she was flown from a Canadian hospital to one in New York City, yesterday.

Richardson’s family released a statement: “Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.” Neeson and Richardson have two sons, Michael 13 and Daniel 12.

Richardson was born into an acting dynasty. Her mother is acclaimed actress, Vanessa Redgrave, her father the late award-winning director Tony Richardson. Her grandfather is the famed British thespian Sir Michael Redgrave. Also, her sister Joely Richardson, uncle Corin Redgrave, and aunt Lynn Redgrave are performers, too. 

Natasha Richardson acted in movies as well as on stage.  She won a Tony award for her performance as Sally Bowles in the 1998 revival of “Cabaret.”  Richardson’s films include, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (1990), “Nell” (1994), “The Parent Trap” remake in (1998), and “Wild Child” (2008).

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