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Overview (5)

Born in Marylebone, London, England, UK
Died in Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (epidural hematoma)
Birth NameNatasha Jane Richardson
Nickname Tasha
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 (1986). Her performance caught the attention of director Paul Schrader, who cast her in the title role in Patty Hearst (1988). Natasha 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 early 2000s films include Blow Dry (2001) released in 2001, and Ethan Hawke's Chelsea Walls (2001).

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 (1992); the BBC film Great Performances: Suddenly, Last Summer (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), 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) 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: jack splat

Spouse (2)

Liam Neeson (3 July 1994 - 18 March 2009) (her death) (2 children)
Robert Fox (15 December 1990 - 30 June 1992) (divorced)

Trivia (32)

Won a libel case against newspapers who claimed that her marriage was in trouble in 1998.
Older sister of Joely Richardson.
Granddaughter of actor Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson
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 sister-in-law of actors James Fox and Edward Fox
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.
Older half-sister of Carlo Gabriel Nero and Katherine Grimond.
Franco Nero gave her away at her marriage to Liam Neeson.
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.
Interred at St. Peter's Cemetery in Lithgow, New York, USA.
Met her husband Liam Neeson when they both appeared in Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie" (1993) for which she was nominated for a Tony award.
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.
Aunt of Daisy Bevan (b. 1992), via her sister Joely Richardson.
Stepdaughter of Franco Nero.
Liam Neeson claimed that he and Richardson had a mutual agreement in their marriage that in the event one of them entered a vegetative state, they would not stay on life support. Richardson's liver, kidneys, and heart were all transplanted.
Both she and her sister, Joely Richardson, starred in remakes to classic Disney movies. Natasha starred in The Parent Trap (1998) and Joely starred in 101 Dalmatians (1996).
Not related to actress Miranda Richardson.
Was delivered via Caesarean section.
Has never appeared in a Best Picture Oscar nominated film.

Personal Quotes (6)

[in an interview with The Telegraph in February 2003] I used to be much more ambitious. I don't feel ambitious at all now in terms of using work as a stepping stone to somewhere else, but I do feel an enormous thirst to do work that I care about. I don't think I've ever played a part on film that has given me the opportunity to do what I've been able to do on stage.
[in an interview with The Telegraph in February 2003] I wake up every morning feeling lucky - which is driven by fear, no doubt, since I know it could all go away.
[on playing Patty Hearst] I gobbled up this part, but I had no idea of the difficulties inherent in playing a character who's not a heroine.
[on being part of an acting dynasty] It's a huge help to be the daughter of famous parents; the doors open just out of curiosity, and after you land a job, you have the inspiration of their help, and their own work.
[on her role in Asylum] "It's a very dark, very intense, very sexy story, full of pain and passion and all the stuff I love. I'm a hopeless romantic so I fall for that stuff hook, line and sinker."
I think there's nothing you won't do for someone you love. That's what I learned...when you realize it doesn't matter. When you love someone, you do all that for them.

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