When I got in today it looked like I’d be working on a couple of AIG segments. As I started making some calls and listening to the Liddy hearings I was told to switch tracks, my assignment was then to write the Natasha Richardson segment instead.
I'll be honest; when I first heard of her skiing accident I didn't know her work very well. But of course I was familiar with the legendary acting dynasty to which she belonged.
Her mother is the Oscar winning actress Vanessa Redgrave. Her father, the late director Tony Richardson, also received an Oscar. But Natasha Richardson’s work spoke for itself. In 1998 she won a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. And she appeared in films like "Maid in Manhattan" and the 1998 remake of "The Parent Trap". In 1994 she co-starred with actor Liam Neeson in the film "Nell". The couple married that same year and then had two sons, Michael, now 13, and Daniel, 12.
This family clan – so often brought together under the bright lights of a stage or the cameras – has come together this week in New York to face a tragic time.
The family released little information throughout this ordeal. The family spokesman’s last statement: “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.”
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