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Natasha Richardson Dies at 45

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Natasha Richardson

The actress Natasha Richardson, whose career highlights included the film 'Patty Hearst' and a Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of 'Cabaret,' has died.

A statement issued Wednesday evening by a publicist for Richardson's husband, the actor Liam Neeson, described Neeson and the family as 'shocked and devastated' and asked for privacy.

Richardson was a guest on WNYC's Leonard Lopate show in 1993, when she was appearing on Broadway in a production of Eugene O'Neill's 'Anna Christie.' She told Leonard that her upbringing helped prepare her for her career:

RICHARDSON: When my father was a director, I learned what a director expects from an actor and a level of professionalism that sort of put me ahead of the game, because most people have to learn that when they start working professionally and I had observed that for a long time.

Listen to the entire 1993 interview:

Richardson died at Lenox Hill hospital in Manhattan, where she was moved after initially being hospitalized in Montreal for a head injury sustained in a skiing accident.

Richardson came from stage and movie royalty -- her father was the late film director Tony Richardson, and her mother was the Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, who was seen arriving at Lenox Hill this afternoon.

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NANCY

MY THOUGHTS, PRAYERS AND HEART ARE WITH MEMBERS OF MRS. RICHARDSON'S FAMILY. WHAT AN EXTRAORDIANRY WOMAN AND FAMILY AND I AM CERTAIN THERE IS AN EXTRAORDINARY HIGHER PURPOSE WHICH SHE IS ENGAGED IN NOW WHEN THE ONES LEFT BEHIND HAVE THEIR HEARTS BROKEN WIDE OPEN. THIS LOVING SOUL, NATASHA, IS IN THESE HEARTS ETERNALLY AND IN THE PUBLIC AS WELL.

Mar. 21 2009 06:11 AM
VALERIE

MY HEART GOES OUT TO MRS. RICHARDSONS FAMILY, I HAVE HAD THE JOY TO SEE HER PLAY IN SEVERAL MOVIES AND SHE NEVER FAILED TO AMAZE ME.....
TO THE FAMILY: YOU NOW HAVE AN ANGLE THAT WILL FOREVER BE WITH YOU, THE LOVE WILL NEVER BE LOST...

Mar. 19 2009 03:56 PM

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