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Date Of BirthMay 11, 1963
DiedMarch 18, 2009, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseLiam Neeson (m. 1994–2009), Robert Fox (m. 1990–1992)
FactNatasha was godmother of two of Mia Farrow's adopted children.

Natasha Richardson was born on May 11, 1963 in London, England. Her parents are Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson. She has one sister, Joely Richardson, and two half-sisters, Jemma Redgrave and Kate Richardson-Walsh. She was educated at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Richardson began her career appearing in several British television films and series in the 1980s. She made her film debut in 1985’s Wetherby, for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress. She went on to star in such films as The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), Patty Hearst (1988), The Parent Trap (1998), Nell (1994), and The White Countess (2005).

Richardson won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Cabaret in 1998. She also received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her role in Nell.

Richardson was married to actor Liam Neeson from 1994 until her death in 2009. The couple had two sons together, Micheál and Daniel.

Richardson died on March 18, 2009, after suffering a head injury in a skiing accident.

General Info

Full NameNatasha Richardson
Date Of BirthMay 11, 1963
DiedMarch 18, 2009, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.75 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor
EducationSt Paul's Girls' School, Central School of Speech and Drama


SpouseLiam Neeson (m. 1994–2009), Robert Fox (m. 1990–1992)
ChildrenDaniel Neeson, Micheál Neeson
ParentsVanessa Redgrave, Tony Richardson, Lil Scrappy, Erica Dixon
SiblingsJoely Richardson, Carlo Gabriel Nero, Katherine Grimond


AwardsTony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Outer Critics Circle Special Award, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance
NominationsTony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, The British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding...
MoviesThe Parent Trap, Maid in Manhattan, Nell, Wild Child, The White Countess, The Comfort of Strangers, The Handmaid's Tale, Asylum, A Month in the Country, Chelsea Walls, Fat Man Little Boy, Widows' Peak, Waking Up in Reno, The Wildest Dream, Evening, Blow Dry, The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fi...
TV ShowsEllis Island, Theatre Night

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1I think there's nothing you won't do for someone you love. That's what I learned...when you realize it doesn't matter. When you love someone, you do all that for them.
2[on her role in Asylum] "It's a very dark, very intense, very sexy story, full of pain and passion and all the stuff I love. I'm a hopeless romantic so I fall for that stuff hook, line and sinker."
3[on being part of an acting dynasty] It's a huge help to be the daughter of famous parents; the doors open just out of curiosity, and after you land a job, you have the inspiration of their help, and their own work.
4[on playing Patty Hearst] I gobbled up this part, but I had no idea of the difficulties inherent in playing a character who's not a heroine.
5[in an interview with The Telegraph in February 2003] I wake up every morning feeling lucky - which is driven by fear, no doubt, since I know it could all go away.
6[in an interview with The Telegraph in February 2003] I used to be much more ambitious. I don't feel ambitious at all now in terms of using work as a stepping stone to somewhere else, but I do feel an enormous thirst to do work that I care about. I don't think I've ever played a part on film that has given me the opportunity to do what I've been able to do on stage.


1Not related to actress Miranda Richardson.
2Both she and her sister, Joely Richardson, starred in remakes to classic Disney movies. Natasha starred in The Parent Trap (1998) and Joely starred in 101 Dalmatians (1996).
3Liam Neeson claimed that he and Richardson had a mutual agreement in their marriage that in the event one of them entered a vegetative state, they would not stay on life support. Richardson's liver, kidneys, and heart were all transplanted.
4Stepdaughter of Franco Nero.
5Aunt of Daisy Bevan (b. 1992), via her sister Joely Richardson.
6At the time of her untimely death, Richardson lived with her family in Millbrook, New York.
7At the time of her death, she was preparing to star in a Broadway revival of 'A Little Night Music' with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave.
8She started her career on the stage in Leeds.
9Trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama.
10Met her husband Liam Neeson when they both appeared in Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie" (1993) for which she was nominated for a Tony award.
11Interred at St. Peter's Cemetery in Lithgow, New York, USA.
12Her private funeral service was held in New York on March 22, 2009. Among the people in attendance were her husband Liam Neeson, their two sons, her mother Vanessa Redgrave, her sister Joely Richardson, her aunt Lynn Redgrave, Laura Linney, Ralph Fiennes, Ciarán Hinds, Meryl Streep, Don Gummer, Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Rickman, Holly Hunter, Mia Farrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
13Natasha was godmother of two of Mia Farrow's adopted children.
14Meryl Streep was among her very closest friends.
15On March 16, 2009, she received a serious head injury during a private beginner's skiing lesson at Mont-Tremblant, 80 miles outside Montreal. She appeared to be fine, and initially refused treatment. That afternoon, she developed a headache and was taken to Centre Hospitalier Laurentien, in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec. That evening, she was transferred to the ICU at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montréal, where she was declared brain dead. The next day, at her family's request, she was transferred to Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, where she was removed from life support.
16Franco Nero gave her away at her marriage to Liam Neeson.
17Older half-sister of Carlo Gabriel Nero and Katherine Grimond.
18An accomplished cook, she was renowned for the lavish dinners she and husband Liam regularly threw at their upstate New York estate. Regular diners at the couple's table have included Ralph Fiennes, Griffin Dunne, Meryl Streep, and Laura Linney.
19Former daughter-in-law of Angela Fox
20Former sister-in-law of actors James Fox and Edward Fox
21Great-granddaughter of Roy Redgrave.
22Won Broadway's 1998 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for a revival of "Cabaret." She was also nominated as Best Actress (Play) in 1993 for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie."
23Was a naturalized United States citizen.
24Children, with Liam Neeson: Michael Richard Antonio Neeson (born on June 22, 1995) and Daniel Jack Neeson (born on August 27, 1996).
25Cousin of Jemma Redgrave
26Niece of Lynn Redgrave, Kika Markham and Corin Redgrave.
27Granddaughter of actor Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson
28Older sister of Joely Richardson.
29Daughter of Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave,
30Won a libel case against newspapers who claimed that her marriage was in trouble. [October 1998]




Wild Child2008Mrs. Kingsley
The Mastersons of Manhattan2007TV MovieVictoria Masterson
Evening2007Constance Haverford
The White Countess2005Countess Sofia Belinskya
Asylum2005Stella Raphael
Maid in Manhattan2002Caroline Lane
Waking Up in Reno2002Darlene Dodd
Chelsea Walls2001Mary
Haven2001TV MovieRuth Gruber
Blow Dry2001Shelley Allen
The Parent Trap1998Elizabeth James
Tales from the Crypt1996TV SeriesFiona Havisham
The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century1996TV Mini-Series
Nell1994Paula Olsen
Widows' Peak1994Mrs. Edwina Broome
Zelda1993TV MovieZelda Fitzgerald
Great Performances1993TV SeriesCatharine Holly
Hostages1992TV MovieJill Morrell
Past Midnight1991Laura Mathews
The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish1991Sybil
The Comfort of Strangers1990Mary
The Handmaid's Tale1990Kate / Offred
Fat Man and Little Boy1989Jean Tatlock
Patty Hearst1988Patricia Hearst
A Month in the Country1987Alice Keach
Theatre Night1987TV SeriesRegina
Worlds Beyond1987TV SeriesSamantha Stanway
Gothic1986Mary Shelley
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes1985TV SeriesViolet Hunter
Screen Two1985TV SeriesJilly
Oxbridge Blues1984TV SeriesGabriella
Ellis Island1984TV Mini-SeriesYoung whore
Every Picture Tells a Story1983Miss Bridle
La polizia incrimina la legge assolve1973Girl playing hopscotch (uncredited)
The Charge of the Light Brigade1968Flower Girl at Wedding (uncredited)


Asylum2005executive producer


Loser2000performer: "Cabaret"


The Needs of Kim StanleyDocumentary post-productionHerself
The Wildest Dream2010DocumentaryRuth Mallory (voice)
Top Chef2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Helicopter Heroes2008TV Series documentaryHerself
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian T4 Movie Special2008TV MovieHerself
ITV Premiere Special: The Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian2008TV MovieHerself
Constantine's Sword2007DocumentaryEdith Stein (voice)
PIX 11 Morning News2007TV SeriesHerself
Martha2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
A Taste of My Life2006TV Series documentaryHerself
John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship2006VideoHerself
American Experience2006TV Series documentaryHerself
2006 Asian Excellence Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The View2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Charlie Rose1998-2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Film '722005TV SeriesHerself
3rd Irish Film and Television Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Britain's Finest2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Working in the Theatre1998-2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Caiga quien caiga2005TV SeriesHerself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHerself
Saturday Night Live2004TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Bravo Profiles2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Leading Actress in a Play
The Directors2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The 55th Annual Tony Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Play
The Man Who Came to Dinner2000TV MovieHerself - Host
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998-1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Good Morning America1993-1998TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Sean Connery Close Up1997Video documentaryNarrator
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHerself
The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful1996TV Special documentaryHerself
Lights, Camera, Action! A Century of the Cinema: A Star Is Born1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 47th Annual Tony Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
The Word1992TV SeriesHerself
Aspel & Company1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with David Letterman1990TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2010TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
Inside Edition2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHerself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Larry King Live2006-2009TV SeriesHerself
Cinema 32009TV SeriesCountess Sofia Belinskya
Días de cine2009TV SeriesHerself / Dr. Paula Olsen / Countess Sofia Belinskya / ...
ITV Lunchtime News2009TV SeriesHerself
BBC World News2009TV SeriesHerself
CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer2009TV SeriesHerself
Channel 4 News2009TV SeriesHerself
Charlie Rose2009TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2009TV SeriesHerself
ITV News2009TV SeriesHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Today2009TV SeriesHerself
Jornal da Noite2009TV SeriesHerself
The Early Show2009TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2006Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActressAsylum (2005)
1994Best ActressKarlovy Vary International Film FestivalWidows' Peak (1994)
1991Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActressThe Comfort of Strangers (1990)

Nominated Awards

2005British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActressAsylum (2005)
2001GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word Album
1995CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesZelda (1993)

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