WEIRDLAND: R.I.P. Nathasha Richardson

Thursday, March 19, 2009

R.I.P. Nathasha Richardson

"New York’s medical examiner's office is scheduled to conduct a post mortem on Natasha Richardson today, in a bid to solve the mystery surrounding her death.

The news came as it was revealed Broadway theatres will dim their lights in tribute to the British actress.

The 45-year-old suffered a head injury after a fall during a private lesson Monday at a ski resort in Quebec, Canada.

Ms Richardson was seemingly fine after she fell, but about an hour later, she complained that she didn't feel well. Three days later she was dead.
Her husband Liam Neeson and the couple's sons, Daniel, 13, and Micheál, 12, together with other members of the Redgrave theatrical dynasty, had been at Ms Richardson's hospital bedside in New York when the decision was taken to switch off her life support machine.

Broadway theaters will dim their lights this evening in honor of Richardson. Theatr emarquees will be dimmed for one minute at 8pm, the traditional starting time for evening performances of Broadway shows.

'The Broadway community is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our finest young actresses, Natasha Richardson. Her theatrical lineage is legendary, but her own singular talent shined memorably on any stage she appeared,' said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, the trade organisation for Broadway theaters and producers.
Sam Mendes, who directed the Broadway musical 'Cabaret' for which Richardson won a Tony, said, 'It defies belief that this gifted, brave, tenacious, wonderful woman is gone.'

Actress Judi Dench told the BBC that Richardson was 'a really great actress' who had 'an incredibly luminous quality, that you seldom see, and a great sense of humor.'

'It's just so shocking, really shocking, and I hope that everybody leaves the family quietly to somehow pick up the pieces,' Dench said.

'She was a wonderful woman and actress and treated me like I was her own', said". 

Natasha Richardson as Sally Bowles, performing Maybe This Time, during the 1998 Broadway Revival of Cabaret. Natasha, who had an extensive career in film as well as theater, won the Tony Award for her performance of Sally Bowles in the 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret.”

“It defies belief that this gifted, brave, tenacious, wonderful woman is gone”, said “Cabaret” director Sam Mendes.

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