Natasha Jane Richardson, born May 11, 1963, and died on March 18, 2009, was an English movie and television actress. Richardson was a member of the Redgrave family, being the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director-producer Tony Richardson, and the granddaughter of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Take a look below for 27 more interesting and fun facts about Natasha Richardson.
1. Early in her career, she portrayed Mary Shelley in Ken Russell’s Gothic and Patty Hearst in the eponymous 1988 movie directed by Paul Schrader.
2. She received critical acclaim and a Theater World Award for her Broadway debut in the 1993 revival of Anna Christie.
3. She won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance as Sally Bowles in the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret.
4. Richardson died on March 18, 2009, from an epidural hematoma after hitting her head in a skiing accident in Quebec.
5. She was born and raised in Marylebone, London, a member of the Redgrave family, known as a theatrical and film acting dynasty.
6. Richardson’s parents divorced in 1967.
7. A year after her parents divorced, she made her film debut at the age of four in an uncredited role in The Charge of the Light Brigade, which was directed by her father.
8. Richardson was educated in London at two independent schools, the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle in South Kensington, London, and St. Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith, London, before training at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
9. She won a libel case against newspapers who claimed that her marriage was in trouble in 1998.
10. She won Broadway’s 1998 Tony Award as Best Actress for a revival of Cabaret. She was also nominated as Best Actress in 1993 for a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie.
11. Richardson is the former sister-in-law of actors James Fox and Edward Fox.
12. An accomplished cook, she was renowned for the lavish dinners she and husband Liam Neeson regularly threw at their upstate New York estate. Regular diners at the couple’s table have included Ralph Fiennes, Griffin Dunne, Meryl Streep and Luara Linney.
13. Franco Nero gave her away at her marriage to Liam Neeson.
14. Richardson was godmother of two of Mia Farrow’s adopted children.
15. She met her husband, Liam Neeson, when they both appeared in Eugene O’Neil’s Anna Christie.
16. She started her career on the stage in Leeds.
17. At the time of her death, she was preparing to star in a Broadway revival of A Little Night Music with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave.
18. At the time of her untimely death, Richardson lived with her family in Millbrook, New York.
19. Liam 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.
20. Both she and her sister, Joely Richardson, starred in remakes to classic Disney movies. Natasha starred in The Parent Trap and Joely starred in 101 Dalmatians.
21. She has never appeared in a Best Picture Oscar nominated movie.
22. Richardson’s first marriage was to filmmaker Robert Fox, whom she had met in 1985, during the making of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull; they were married from 1990 to 1992.
23. Richardson had two sons with Liam Neeson, Micheal, who was born in 1995, and Daniel, who was born in 1996.
24. She helped raise millions of dollars in the fight against AIDS; her father, Tony Richardson, had died of AIDS-related causes in 1991.
25. Richardson was actively involved in AmfAR; she became a board member in 2006, and participated in many other AIDS charities, including Bailey House, God’s Love We Deliver, Mother’s Voices, AIDS Crisis Trust, and National AIDS Trust, for which she was an ambassador.
26. A long time smoker, although she had reportedly quit smoking, Richardson was an opponent of the ban on smoking in New York City restaurants.
27. Richardson made her American television debut in a small role in the 1984 miniseries Ellis Island.