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Natasha Richardson

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Natasha Jane Richardson was born in Marylebone, London, England, to director and producer Tony Richardson and actress Vanessa Redgrave. She was the sister of actress Joely Richardson, the niece of actors Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson.Trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, Richardson performed extensively on stage in roles, including "Helena" in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Ophelia in "Hamlet" at the Young Vic. In 1986, she garnered the London Drama Critics' Most Promising Newcomer Award for her performance as "Nina" in "The Seagull", with Vanessa Redgrave and Jonathan Pryce. In 1987, she played "Tracey Lord" in Richard Eyre's musical, "High Society".Natasha made her feature film debut as Mary Shelley in Ken Russell's Gothic. Her performance caught the attention of director Paul Schrader, who cast her in the title role in Patty Hearst. Natasha achieved notable success in such films as Pat O'Connor's A Month in the Country, Roland Joffé's Fat Man and Little Boy and The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish, featuring Bob Hoskins and Jeff Goldblum. For her performance in Volker Schlöndorff's The Handmaid's Tale and Schrader's The Comfort of Strangers, Richardson earned The London Evening Standard Award for Best Actress of 1990; and for Widows' Peak, also starring Mia Farrow and Joan Plowright, she received the Best Actress Award at the 1994 Karlovy Vary Festival.In 1995 she co-starred with Jodie Foster and Liam Neeson in Nell and, in 1998, in The Parent Trap with Dennis Quaid. Her early 2000s films include Blow Dry released in 2001, and Ethan Hawke's Chelsea Walls.Natasha performed the title role of "Anna Christie", first in London, where she was voted London Drama Critics' Best Actress Award in 1992, then on Broadway at the Roundabout in 1993, where she was nominated for a Tony for Best Actress in a Play, a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Debut of an Actress, and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress. For her performance as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes' production of "Cabaret", she won the 1998 Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Drama Desk Awards for Best Actress in a Musical. She then appeared on Broadway in Patrick Marber's Tony-nominated play "Closer". In December 2009 she had been intended to play "Miss Julie" on Broadway with Philip Seymour Hoffman, directed by David Leveaux for Roundabout Theatre.Richardson's television credits included Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" for the BBC, also starring Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and Kenneth Branagh; the HBO cable feature Hostages; the BBC film Suddenly, Last Summer, based on the play by Tennessee Williams, and also starring Maggie Smith and Rob Lowe. In 1993 she starred as Zelda Fitzgerald in the TNT movie Zelda, co-starring Timothy Hutton and directed by Pat O'Connor (cable Ace nomination for Best Actress). She played Ruth Gruber in the 2001 CBS mini-series Haven based on Ms. Gruber's autobiography.In March 2009, Natasha died suddenly, after falling and receiving a head injury whilst skiing in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. Natasha was married to actor Liam Neeson from 1994 until her death, and the couple has two children.  See full bio on IMDb »

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First Ambulance Call to Richardson Aborted

First Ambulance Call to Richardson Aborted

The first paramedics who responded to Natasha Richardson were turned away, presumably because the actress felt fine at the time ... which raises the question -- was the fall more serious than… READ MORE >

Liam Neeson, Vanessa Redgrave Return Home

Liam Neeson, Vanessa Redgrave Return Home

Liam Neeson graciously waved to well-wishers as he went home Wednesday night, after the death of his wife Natasha Richardson.Natasha's mother, Vanessa Redgrave, also returned home after a very… READ MORE >

- 2820 days ago
Family: Natasha Richardson Is Dead

Family: Natasha Richardson Is Dead

Liam Neeson and his family have just released the following statement about the passing of Natasha Richardson: "Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the… READ MORE >

- 2820 days ago
Lauren Bacall Visits Richardson in Hospital

Lauren Bacall Visits Richardson in Hospital

Lauren Bacall was spotted going to the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York to visit Natasha Richardson about an hour ago. According to columnist Liz Smith, Richardson was taken off life support today… READ MORE >

- 2820 days ago
Natasha Richardson -- Life Support Plug Pulled

Natasha Richardson -- Life Support Plug Pulled

Natasha Richardson has been taken off life support, according to NYC legendary columnist, Liz Smith.Smith has extremely close ties to the whole Broadway scene and is certainly in a position to… READ MORE >

- 2820 days ago
Richardson's Ambulance Ride Confirms Condition

Richardson's Ambulance Ride Confirms Condition

TMZ has obtained information about Natasha Richardson's ambulance ride in New York to Lenox Hill Hospital -- she was "unconscious," her pupils "non-reactive," her skin was "pale" and she was… READ MORE >

- 2820 days ago
Natasha -- Only a Matter of Time?

Natasha -- Only a Matter of Time?

Natasha Richardson may be alive, but only in the most technical of medical terms, according to various reports.Family friends are telling a variety of news sources Richardson is in fact brain dead… READ MORE >

- 2820 days ago
Redgrave Visits Richardson in Hospital

Redgrave Visits Richardson in Hospital

Vanessa Redgrave went to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City on Tuesday night to visit her daughter, Natasha Richardson.Richardson was injured Monday while skiing in Canada and was flown to New… READ MORE >

- 2821 days ago
Natasha Richardson Flown to New Hospital

Natasha Richardson Flown to New Hospital

UPDATE 2:00 PM ET -- The hospital tells TMZ Richardson is sedated and suffering from brain swelling -- but, contrary to some reports, is not brain dead. We can't confirm the accuracy of the… READ MORE >

- 2821 days ago
Details of Natasha Richardson's Ski Accident

Details of Natasha Richardson's Ski Accident

We now know what happened to Natasha Richardson on the ski slope when she was critically hurt yesterday, suffering a brain injury.We're told she was having a private lesson on a green slope… READ MORE >

- 2821 days ago

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