12:23 AM EDT 10/17/2013
Originally posted 03/31/2009 07:10PM
It was on the Toronto set of the movie Chloe that Liam Neeson first heard his wife Natasha Richardson had been in a skiing accident near Montreal. He rushed away to be by her side at the hospital, and was with her until the end, two days later.
Last week, Neeson, 56, quietly returned to Toronto to finish work on the Atom Egoyan-directed thriller costarring Julianne Moore. He shot his last scenes on Friday and the film wrapped on Saturday, Neeson's rep confirms to PEOPLE.
Richardson, who died at age 45 from a blunt impact to the head that caused internal bleeding, was laid to rest March 22 in upstate New York.
Originally posted 03/25/2009 01:00PM
As the loved ones of Natasha Richardson continue to mourn, a family decision made in the wake of the Tony-winning actress's sudden death March 18 has brought a measure of comfort: After Richardson was taken off life support at Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital, her family requested that her organs be donated to other patients whose lives they might save.
Organ donation "is very Natasha," a family friend says in the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. "She spent so much time fighting the stigma of AIDS; someone like that would naturally donate her organs. At least by donating her organs something good could come out of [the tragedy]."
Originally posted 03/24/2009 12:00PM
I met Natasha on a mild, foggy night in Shanghai in September 2004. She was there filming and had stopped by a popular restaurant for a late bite with cast and crew. I'd recently taken a year off from my job as a writer at PEOPLE in Los Angeles to accept a fellowship in China, and happened to be at the same restaurant. A mutual acquaintance introduced us.
Only in Shanghai – with its dizzying collision of international culture and commerce – could my day begin in a neighborhood where residents still use chamber pots and end sharing a meal with the dauntingly beautiful Natasha Richardson. Over the next three months, she became my friend.
Most days, Natasha worked on the set of her movie, The White Countess. But when she had free time, she was determined not to waste it. We went sightseeing, taking touristy pictures in the imperial Yu Gardens. We lingered over long lunches. We shopped.
Originally posted 03/22/2009 06:00PM
Family and friends of Natasha Richardson said their final goodbye to the star of stage and film during a funeral at St. Peter's Church in Millbrook, N.Y., on Sunday.
Under bright sun on a cold spring day, Richardson's husband Liam Neeson, their sons, Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12, her mother Vanessa Redgrave, her sister Joely Richardson and friends Uma Thurman, Ralph Fiennes and Mia Farrow arrived at St. Peter's Church at 2:30 p.m.
Neeson, looking somber in a dark suit and sunglasses, briefly posed for photographers with his family before walking to the hearse, where he was the first to put his hand on the mahogany casket, which he and six other pallbearers carried to the church.
Originally posted 03/21/2009 12:25PM
As Natasha Richardson's loved ones prepare to attend the funeral of the Tony Award-winning actress near her country home in upstate New York, PEOPLE has confirmed new details about the day of her ultimately-deadly fall at a Canadian ski resort – and critical lapses in her care that may have contributed to her death.
Richardson, 45, was on vacation with one of her young sons at Quebec's Mont Tremblant resort March 16 when she fell on a beginner's slope known as Nansen, a run popular for its gentle slopes and forgiving turns. Although her fall may have first appeared minor – she reportedly refused to be taken to hospital at least twice – the head injury she suffered is a type that, if tended to quickly at a qualified trauma center, can often treated successfully – and can just as easily turn fatal if not treated in time.
Originally posted 03/20/2009 04:40PM
Liam Neeson gathered with friends and loved ones at the American Irish Historical Society on Manhattan's Upper East Side Friday afternoon for a private viewing of his wife Natasha Richardson's body two days after her tragic death following a ski accident while on vacation in Canada.
Among those attending were Uma Thurman, Diane Sawyer and Richardson's mother, Vanessa Redgrave, and sister, Joely Richardson.
At 2:20 p.m., shortly after a silver hearse pulled away from Society headquarters on Fifth Avenue, across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neeson, in a black suit and dark sunglasses, arrived in a black Mercedes and walked quickly inside with one of his young sons, pausing only long enough to greet one mourner.
Originally posted 03/20/2009 02:00PM
As Broadway paid tribute to Natasha Richardson Thursday night with a symbolic one-minute dimming of its marquees, the late actress's husband, Liam Neeson, her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, and her sister, Joely Richardson, were comforted by Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick as well as fellow actor Ron Rifkin.
The Tony-winning Richardson, 45, died Wednesday from internal bleeding caused by the fall she took on a ski slope in Canada.
Richardson's family has requested that donations be made in her name to the amfAR foundation for AIDS research, according to family spokesman Alan Nierob, the Associated Press reports.
Natasha Richardson, whose father, Oscar-wining Tom Jones director Tony Richardson, died of complications from the disease in 1991, was a longtime supporter of the charity and had served on its board of trustees since 2006.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 03/20/2009 06:45AM
In the wake of the tragic death of Natasha Richardson, a neighborhood acquaintance tells PEOPLE that the actress was "one of the nicest and most down to earth people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. Everyone in the neighborhood is shocked."
Manhattan's Upper West Side was a neighborhood Richardson knew well – so much so that doormen at her building, having heard that her medical prognosis was hopeless, were observed crying on Tuesday.
Richardson and her husband, actor Liam Neeson, were regulars at several neighborhood establishments, including Café Luxembourg, where a source says the staff is "extremely devastated by this loss. There are so many beautiful memories this family had here, birthdays and celebrations, both for their kids and themselves. You knew Liam and Natasha lived for each other and their beautiful family."
Originally posted 03/18/2009 08:30PM
Born in the shadow of her Oscar-winning mother, Vanessa Redgrave, and married for 14 years to Oscar-nominated Irish actor Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson once joked to PEOPLE, "I've spent half my life trying to get away from being Vanessa Redgrave's daughter, and now I've got to get away from being Liam Neeson's wife."
But Richardson – whose family announced her death Wednesday after a ski accident that resulted in severe brain trauma – was far from an also-ran: the smoky-voiced actress carved an impressive niche on stage with her Tony-winning turn as the vampy Sally Bowles in Cabaret and in films as varied as Gothic and The Parent Trap. Off screen, Richardson, who was 45, relished her role as Manhattan hostess – and doting mother to her two sons.
Originally posted 11/10/2004 06:00AM
The L.A. premiere of biopic Kinsey (about controversial sex researcher Alfred Kinsey) on Monday night was certainly a sexy affair, if you'll pardon the expression. Stars Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton and John Lithgow turned out, along with director Bill Condon, for the lovefest (sorry). "I loved working with Bill," Neeson told us, though "it was a very hectic schedule. A limited budget and a short amount of time. I actually like working like that, though, because it's fast and furious and the pace was equal to what Kinsey's pace was like. He worked 18-hour days and some days we did as well." Even decades after Kinsey's death, he was still causing a stir: "We shot in this little town in New Jersey and we were told that it was possible that there might be some protestors, and when we got there maybe half a dozen (were there)," said O'Donnell. "It wasn't a big deal, but we were laughing because we're all walking out of our trailers to a three-story house to film these sex scenes. I was filming this scene with this woman, and she's very vocal, and all I could think of was the people in the street must be thinking, 'What the hell is going on up there?' " Kinsey opens Friday.
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