Natasha Richardson

British actress (1963–2009)

Natasha Jane Richardson (11 May 1963 – 18 March 2009) was a Tony Award-winning English stage and movie actress.

Natasha Richardson
Richardson at the UK premiere of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian in June 2008
Natasha Jane Richardson

(1963-05-11)11 May 1963
Died18 March 2009(2009-03-18) (aged 45)
Cause of deathBrain damage from injuries in skiing accident
CitizenshipBritish and American
EducationSt Paul's Girls' School
Years active1968–2009
Spouse(s)Robert Fox
Liam Neeson
(1994–2009; her death)
Parent(s)Tony Richardson
Vanessa Redgrave
RelativesJoely Richardson (sister)
Carlo Gabriel Nero (half-brother)

Life and career


Richardson was the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and movie director and producer Tony Richardson. She was the granddaughter of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. In 1994, she married Liam Neeson. Together, they had two children, Micheal (born 1995) and Daniel (born 1996).

Early in her career she portrayed Mary Shelley and Patty Hearst in movies. She received critical acclaim and a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in the 1993 revival of Anna Christie. She won the Tony Award for "Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical", the Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Actress in a Musical", and the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance as Sally Bowles in the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret.

Some of her best known movies included Nell (1994), The Parent Trap (1998 remake) and Maid in Manhattan (2002).

Richardson died in a hospital in New York City on March 18, 2009. She did not recover from brain damage that happened in a skiing accident in Quebec, Canada.[1] She was on vacation with her two sons.


  1. "Quick treatment could have saved Richardson". 19 March 2009.