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Natasha Richardson (May 11, 1963 – March 18, 2009)

Natasha Jane Richardson was the daughter of actress
Vanessa Redgrave and director/producer Tony Richardson. She was born and raised in London, England. Richardson made her film
debut at the age of four with an uncredited role in The Charge of the Light Brigade, a film directed by her father. She portrayed Mary Shelley in Gothic (1986) and Patty Hearst in the 1988 film Patty Hearst. In 1993, she won a Tony and a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in a revival of Anna Christie. It was at this juncture that she met her second husband, actor Liam Neeson. They married in 1994.

Other notable roles for Richardson were the films Nell (1994), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), Widow’s Peak (1994), The Parent Trap (1998), Chelsea Walls (2001), Waking Up in Reno, Maid in Manhattan (2002) and Asylum (2005).

On March 16, 2009, Neeson and Richardson were on a ski vacation just outside Montreal, Quebec. While taking a beginner ski lesson, Richardson fell. She seemed to be fine: talking and acting normally. Paramedics and an ambulance were called, but sent away as Richardson seemed fine and refused medical attention twice. Unfortunately three hours later, suffering from a headache, Richardson was admitted to a Montreal hospital in critical condition. On March 17, she was transferred to a New York City hospital where she died March 18, 2009. Her autopsy listed her death as a “epidural hematoma” due to blunt impact to the head. Richardson’s heart, kidneys and liver were donated. She was 45 years old and survived by her husband and two sons.