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Originally posted 04/26/2009 01:15PM
It's been just over a month since Natasha Richardson's shocking death, but her husband Liam Neeson and their two sons are coping remarkably well, says close family friend Aidan Quinn.
"They're doing fantastic – as well as can be expected under the circumstances," Quinn told PEOPLE at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his film Handsome Harry on Saturday.
The night before, Neeson attended the debut of Quinn's other Tribeca Film Festival movie, The Eclipse. Quinn, godfather to Richardson and Neeson's younger son Daniel, also recently was photographed with the family at a New York Knicks game.
Originally posted 04/23/2009 04:40PM
Liam Neeson's return to the Canadian set of Chloe just days after saying his final goodbye to wife Natasha Richardson was a "harrowing experience" for all involved, says the movie's director.
"He called me and said, 'You know let's do it right away.' It was really emotional," Atom Egoyan tells ET Canada. "I think the only way he could have come back was right after because his family was all there to support his boys."
"Liam is heroic," adds Egoyan. "He came back and finished."
Originally posted 04/16/2009 04:30PM
Nearly a month after Natasha Richardson's shocking death from a ski accident in Canada, her husband Liam Neeson and their two sons have been seen in public, trying to live a normal life in the wake of devastating loss.
Liam and sons Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12, took in a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden with pal Aidan Quinn on Wednesday. The four sat courtside, where Neeson smiled and applauded as the Knicks beat the New Jersey Nets 102-73.
Originally posted 04/09/2009 02:45PM
Liam Neeson has signed for his first new movie role since the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, in a tragic ski accident.
The actor, 56, will play Zeus, the king of the gods, in Clash of the Titans, a reimagining of the Greek myth of Perseus, Variety reports. Ralph Fiennes is set to play Hades, the god of the underworld. (Laurence Olivier played Zeus in the 1981 movie Clash of the Titans, a cult hit.)
Neeson, who plans to start shooting Titans this summer, recently completed his final scenes on Chloe, the movie he was making at the time of Richardson's March 18 death, and has been spending time with his sons Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12. The family took in a soccer game in London on April 4. "Liam is taking care of his kids and making sure they're okay," a family friend tells PEOPLE.
For more on how Neeson and his family are coping, pick up the April 20 issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.
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.
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