Natasha Richardson made her feature film debut as Mary Shelley in Ken Russell's Gothic (1986). Her performance caught the attention of director Paul Schrader, who cast her in the title role in Patty Hearst (1988). Since then, Ms. Richardson achieved notable success in such films as Pat O'Connor's A Month in the Country (1987), Roland Joffé's Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) and The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish (1991), featuring Bob Hoskins and Jeff Goldblum. For her performance in Volker Schlöndorff's The Handmaid's Tale (1990) and Schrader's The Comfort of Strangers (1990), Richardson earned The London Evening Standard Award for Best Actress of 1990; and for Widows' Peak (1994), 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 (1994) and, in 1998, in The Parent Trap (1998) with Dennis Quaid. Her recent films include Blow Dry (2001) released in 2001, and Ethan Hawke's Chelsea Walls (2001).
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". She 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 (1992) (TV); the BBC film "Great Performances: Suddenly, Last Summer (#21.10)" (1993), 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 (1993) (TV), 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 (2001) (TV) based on Ms. Gruber's autobiography.
In March 2009, she died suddenly, after falling and receiving a head injury whilst skiing in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.
|Liam Neeson||(3 July 1994 - 18 March 2009) (her death) 2 children|
|Robert Fox||(15 December 1990 - 30 June 1992) (divorced)|
Won a libel case against newspapers who claimed that her marriage was in trouble. [October 1998]
Older sister of Joely Richardson.
Cousin of Jemma Redgrave
Children, with Liam Neeson: Michael Richard Antonio Neeson (born on June 22, 1995) and Daniel Jack Neeson (born on August 27, 1996).
Was a naturalized United States citizen.
Won Broadway's 1998 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for a revival of "Cabaret." She was also nominated as Best Actress (Play) in 1993 for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie."
Great-granddaughter of Roy Redgrave.
Former daughter-in-law of Angela Fox
An accomplished cook, she was renowned for the lavish dinners she and husband Liam regularly threw at their upstate New York estate. Regular diners at the couple's table have included Ralph Fiennes, Griffin Dunne, Meryl Streep, and Laura Linney.
On March 16, 2009, she received a serious head injury during a private beginner's skiing lesson at Mont-Tremblant, 80 miles outside Montreal. She appeared to be fine, and initially refused treatment. That afternoon, she developed a headache and was taken to Centre Hospitalier Laurentien, in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec. That evening, she was transferred to the ICU at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montréal, where she was declared brain dead. The next day, at her family's request, she was transferred to Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, where she was removed from life support.
Meryl Streep was among her very closest friends.
Natasha was godmother of two of Mia Farrow's adopted children.
Her private funeral service was held in New York on March 22, 2009. Among the people in attendance were her husband Liam Neeson, their two sons, her mother Vanessa Redgrave, her sister Joely Richardson, her aunt Lynn Redgrave, Laura Linney, Ralph Fiennes, Ciarán Hinds, Meryl Streep, Don Gummer, Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Rickman, Holly Hunter, Mia Farrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
Her body is buried at St. Peter's Cemetery in Lithgow, N.Y., USA.
Trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama.
She started her career on the stage in Leeds.
At the time of her death, she was preparing to star in a Broadway revival of 'A Little Night Music' with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave.
At the time of her untimely death, Richardson lived with her family in Millbrook, New York.
Stepdaughter of Franco Nero.
I wake up every morning feeling lucky - which is driven by fear, no doubt, since I know it could all go away.
[speaking in 2003 about her marriage to Liam Neeson] I was told our marriage would be cursed. I thought, 'Don't let this be true'. I've thought about it since, too. I try to put it out of my mind. It was an opinion given straight to my face by someone I trusted. 'You will never be happy', he said. 'Your marriage will end in disaster'.
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