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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 03/28/2009 12:15PM
A few hours after her fateful fall on the ski slopes, Natasha Richardson appeared "disoriented … with signs of confusion, a concussion," according to a medic who radioed hospital staff from the ambulance.
In tapes of the 911 call obtained by Canada's Globe and Mail, the actress's condition initially appeared mild.
"10-17," the medic says at 1 p.m. on March 16, meaning he has arrived after a call to the 911 dispatch center near Mirabel, Quebec, in response to Richardson's fall at the Mont Tremblant ski resort. "Uhh, we're still waiting for the patient."
Richardson, who was then feeling lucid, had declined treatment.
Originally posted 03/27/2009 03:45PM
Natasha Richardson's tragic death after a skiing accident has spawned at least one happy ending: It inadvertently saved the life of a little girl.
After 7-year-old Morgan McCracken of Mentor, Ohio, had been accidentally hit in the head by a baseball last week, she seemed fine for the following two days. "She had no symptoms," her father Donald tells CNN. "She went to school both days and got an A on her spelling test as usual. There were no issues whatsoever."
Originally posted 03/27/2009 09:05AM
Joely Richardson is immersing herself in her craft after the sudden death of her older sister, Natasha.
The actress, 44, said her final goodbyes to her sister Sunday. On Thursday, she was back on the London set of her latest project, a remake of The Day of the Triffids, a rep for Richardson confirms to PEOPLE.
Filming is due to wrap up next month. Joely plays the lead female role of opposite Dougray Scott in the two-part sci-fi drama based on John Wyndham's novel.
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 03/23/2009 09:55PM
Patrick Swayze released a statement Monday paying tribute to his Waking Up in Reno costar Natasha Richardson, who was laid to rest over the weekend:
"It is such a great loss to this community to lose an actress and person such as Natasha. Gifts like her don't come along very often. It's a rare thing in this industry to have someone with so much talent, beauty, and dedication and yet is imbued with such humility. I know for me and many other people, the world will be a different place without her.
"My heart goes out to Liam [Neeson, her husband] and his two boys, but I'm sure that Natasha's light is shining down on them."
Originally posted 03/23/2009 12:40PM
Vanessa Redgrave's performance of The Year of
Magical Thinking has been postponed following the funeral of her daughter Natasha Richardson, EW.com reports.
The one-woman show, based on the experiences of writer Joan Didion after her husband dies suddenly of a heart attack, was set for April 27 in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, in New York City. A new date will likely be set by Friday, according to a cathedral representative. The church is working with the family to add a special memoriam for Richardson to the show.
– Michael Y. Park
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.
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