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Natasha Richardson Laid to Rest Near NYC Home

By Chloe Bunker on March 22, 2009

LITHGOW, N.Y. — Actress Natasha Richardson was laid to rest Sunday near her home in Millbrook, N.Y.

Friends and family gathered at St. Peter's Episcopal Church to pay their final respects to the Tony Award winner, who died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a skiing accident.

Richardson's husband, actor Liam Neeson, was among the pallbearers at the afternoon burial. He arrived with the couple's sons Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12, his mother-in-law Vanessa Redgrave, and his sister-in-law Joely Richardson.

Others attending the funeral service included Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman and Laura Linney, according to The Associated Press.

Richardson was buried at the same cemetary where her grandmother, Rachel Redgrave, was laid to rest.

On Friday, friends and family gathered for a private wake at the American Irish Historical Society in New York City. Among those who paid their respects were Diane Sawyer and Uma Thurman.

Natasha Richardson Laid to Rest Near NYC Home

By Chloe Bunker on March 22, 2009

LITHGOW, N.Y. — Actress Natasha Richardson was laid to rest Sunday near her home in Millbrook, N.Y.

Friends and family gathered at St. Peter's Episcopal Church to pay their final respects to the Tony Award winner, who died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a skiing accident.

Richardson's husband, actor Liam Neeson, was among the pallbearers at the afternoon burial. He arrived with the couple's sons Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12, his mother-in-law Vanessa Redgrave, and his sister-in-law Joely Richardson.

Others attending the funeral service included Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman and Laura Linney, according to The Associated Press.

Richardson was buried at the same cemetary where her grandmother, Rachel Redgrave, was laid to rest.

On Friday, friends and family gathered for a private wake at the American Irish Historical Society in New York City. Among those who paid their respects were Diane Sawyer and Uma Thurman.

Natasha Richardson Died from 'Blunt Impact' to Her Head

By Rich King on March 19, 2009

Natasha RichardsonNEW YORK — Actress Natasha Richardson died from a blunt impact to the head, according to the results of an autopsy announced Thursday.

Richardson died Wednesday at the age of 45 after suffering a traumatic brain injury earlier in the week at the Canadian ski resort of Mont Tremblant.

Stars Pay Tribute to Late Actress Natasha Richardson

By Rich King on March 19, 2009

Natasha RichardsonNEW YORK — Over the course of her distinguished career, Natasha Richardson won the hearts of many for her performances on stage, television and film.

Here are some of the tributes that have poured in for the Tony Award-winning actress, who died Wednesday from injuries suffered earlier in the week during a tragic skiiing accident in Canada.

Natasha Richardson Dies at Age 45

By Chloe Bunker on March 18, 2009

NEW YORK — Tony Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson was pronounced dead Wednesday at a New York hospital. She was 45.

Richardson, the wife of actor Liam Neeson and a member of the prominent Redgrave acting family, suffered a traumatic brain injury Monday while at the ski resort of Mont Tremblant, located about 75 miles from Montreal.

"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," a family spokesperson said in a statement.

Richardson was taking a private ski lesson when she fell on a beginners trail. She initally appeared fine after the accident, but began feeling ill about an hour after her fall and was transported to a local hospital.

Neeson, 56, was in Toronto filming the movie "Chloe" at the time. He immediately rushed to be by his wife's side.

Richardson was flown Tuesday afternoon from Montreal to Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital, where friends and family members gathered for a vigil. She was removed from life support and pronounced dead this afternoon.

Richardson and Neeson married in 1994 and have two sons, Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12. Their marriage was often referred to as magical and Richardson once told British newspaper The Independent that she and her husband were a perfect compliment to each other.

"We have a joke that I see the glass half full and he sees it half empty," she said. "He's more laid back, happy to see what happens, whereas I'm a doer and I plan ahead. The differences sometimes get in the way but they can be the very things that feed a marriage too."

Richardson is also survived by her mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave, as well as her sister, Joely Richardson, best known for her role on "Nip/Tuck."

Her father, director Tony Richardson, died in 1991.

Over the course of her distinguished 25-year career, Richardson drew praise for her performances on stage, in addition to her television and film work. She won a Tony Award in 1998 for her performance in the musical "Cabaret," and appeared in such films as "Patty Hearst," "The Parent Trap," "Maid in Manhattan" and "Asylum."

 

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Natasha Richardson Reportedly Brain Dead After Skiing Accident

By Chloe Bunker on March 18, 2009

NEW YORK — A family friend painted a grim picture when asked about Natasha Richardson recovering from a skiing accident Monday in Canada.

"There is no chance," the friend told People late Tuesday. "It is a fact that her heart is beating but she is brain dead."

The 45-year-old British actress suffered a traumatic brain injury while at the ski resort of Mont Tremblant, located about 75 miles from Montreal. Richardson was taking a private ski lesson when she fell on a beginners trail. At first, she appeared to be fine after the accident.

"She did not show any visible sign of injury but the ski patrol followed strict procedures and brought her back to the bottom of the slope and insisted she should see a doctor," the resort said in a statement to The Associated Press.

About an hour after her fall, Richardson began feeling ill and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Richardson's husband, actor Liam Neeson, 56, was in Toronto filming the movie "Chloe" when news of the accident reached him. A rep for the film told CTV that he immediately rushed to his wife's side.

Richardson was reportedly flown Tuesday afternoon from Montreal to a New York hospital, where friends and family members are said to have gathered for a vigil. A reporter from the Toronto Star witnessed the scene as Richardson was first transported into the ambulance, describing her husband as distraught as she was loaded inside wrapped in blankets and with tubes covering her face.

Richardson and Neeson married in 1994 and have two sons, Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12.

Richardson, who won a Tony award in 1998 for her performance in the musical "Cabaret," is the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and late producer Tony Richardson.

Details Emerge in Natasha Richardson Skiing Accident

By Chloe Bunker on March 17, 2009

Liam Neeson and Natasha RichardsonMONTREAL — Natasha Richardson was walking around fine for an hour after a skiing accident that eventually led to her being rushed to a hospital Monday with a head injury, a spokesperson for the ski resort has revealed.

Richardson was taking a private ski lesson at the Mont Tremblant resort when she fell on a beginners trail. At first, the 45-year-old British actress appeared to be fine after the fall.

Natasha Richardson Seriously Injured in Skiing Accident

By Chloe Bunker on March 17, 2009

MONTREAL — Actress Natasha Richardson was critically injured Monday in a skiing accident in Canada, her relatives confirmed to the media.

According to the Evening Standard, the 45-year-old star suffered a "traumatic brain injury" while at the ski resort of Mont Tremblant, located about 75 miles from Montreal.

"I have heard this morning from a family representative about Natasha's accident and am very saddened," Richardson's uncle, Corin Redgrave, told the newspaper.

People magazine reports that Richardson was initially taken to a hospital near the luxury Quebec resort and later transferred to a hospital in Montreal.

Richardson's husband, actor Liam Neeson, 56, was in Toronto filming the movie "Chloe" when news of the accident reached him. A rep for the film told CTV that he immediately rushed to his wife's side.

"Liam Neeson left the Toronto set immediately to fly to Montreal upon news of his wife's accident," said the rep in a statement. "We do not have any details at this time but we hope for the best and our thoughts and prayers are with Natasha and Liam and their family."

Richardson and Neeson married in 1994 and have two sons, Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12.

Richardson, who won a Tony award in 1998 for her performance in the musical "Cabaret," is the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and late producer Tony Richardson.