It was indeed a sad day for the world when we learned that talented actress, mom, wife,daughter and activist Natasha Richardson had passed away on Monday. March 18, 2009. It was shocking to many that such a vibrant, beautiful and extremely talented actress was no longer among us.
Richardson 45, died from injuries sustaining from an epidural hematoma caused by an skiing accident that occurred on March 16 in which the actress fell on a beginner’s slope in Quebec, Canada.
The talented daughter of Oscar winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and the late acclaimed theater director Tony Richardson was married to Hollywood star Liam Neeson and had two children Micheál 14 and Daniel 12.
Richardson had an incredible & enriching stage and film career. At 23, she had her first major film role in Ken Russell’s “Gothic” and numerous other films followed including “Patty Hearst” and most recently “The Parent Trap”in which she portrayed Lindsay Lohan’s mother.
“I can’t believe it. So young, so beautiful” commented one very pretty girl who was reading the devastating news at a cafe in Union Square.
I first met Richardson about two years ago on the red carpet of an event in NY. She was attending a fundraiser and she was so humble and gracious. I remember she was running late and was being rushed into the event but still made time to talk to reporters making sure that everyone was able to speak to her and get some questions answered and she often stayed until she was done. Now, that’s class.
When I interviewed the Tony award winning actress at The Foundation of AIDS Research (AmFar) event last year, she spoke to me about how her father, the late director Tony Richardson had died of AIDS related causes in 1991. She was so passionate about being involved in AmFar and said it meant more then just lending her name. She told me she had lost many friends to the disease and wanted to help out in any way she could. Richardson was actively involved in the organization for more than 15 years. That’s just the kind of person she was.
Always impeccably dressed, the actress had the most captivating smile and dazzling eyes I have ever seen. When she walked the red carpet, she would bring with her grace, charm, style and a whole lot of class that will be missed.
Richardson wasn’t a friend but there is still a sense of sadness that I am feeling as if I have lost a good friend. Many people that I have spoken to in the last 48 hours feel the same way.
I will light a candle for Natasha Richardson and pray for her family and hope they remain strong during this time of sadness.