Monday, March 23, 2009

Natasha Richardson

Natasha Jane Richardson was born on May 11, 1963. She died on March 18 from a head injury sustained in a skiing accident in Canada.

She was an English actress known for her performances on stage and screen and a member of the Redgrave family – the daughter of the actress Vanessa Redgrave and the director/producer Tony Richardson.

Her father died of AIDS-related causes in 1991. Richardson helped raise millions of dollars in the fight against AIDS through the charity amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.

Ms. Richardson rose to international stardom with her Tony award-winning performance as Sally Bowles in the musical play Cabaret in New York City on Broadway in 1998.

Though she was brought up in London, attending St. Paul’s Girls’ School before training at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, she became a New Yorker.

She was married to Irish actor Liam Neeson. They have two sons: Micheál and Daniel.

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