Tony-winning stage actress Natasha Richardson died yesterday in an ‘odd’ ski accident.
According to a family statement, Natasha Richardson fell on a beginners’ slope in Canada.
Natasha Richardson died after suffering a head injury on a ski slope.
“She was a wonderful woman and actress and treated me like I was her own,” said Lindsay Lohan, who as a preteen starred with Richardson in a remake of “The Parent Trap” in 1998. “My heart goes out to her family. This is a tragic loss.”
Richardson, who fell during a private ski lesson Monday at a ski resort in Quebec, was seemingly fine afterward. But about an hour later she complained that she didn’t feel well.
On Broadway, Richardson won a Tony for her performance as Sally Bowles in a 1998 revival of “Cabaret.” She also appeared in New York in a production of Patrick Marber’s “Closer” (1999) as well as 2005 revival of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” in which she played Blanche opposite John C. Reilly’s Stanley Kowalski.
Richardson was first married to theater and producer Robert Fox.
She met Neeson when they made their Broadway debuts in 1993, co-starring in “Anna Christie.” She later co-starred with Neeson in “Nell” and with Mia Farrow in “Widow’s Peak.” More recent movies, none of them widely seen, included “Wild Child,” “Evening” and “Asylum.”
“Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”
According to a statement from Mont Tremblant Ski Resort, Richardson fell during a lesson on a beginners’ trail.
“She did not show any visible sign of injury, but the ski patrol followed strict procedures and brought her back to the bottom of the slope and insisted she should see a doctor,” the statement said.
Richardson, accompanied by her instructor, returned to her hotel, but about an hour after the fall was “not feeling good,” the statement said. An ambulance was called, and Richardson was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to Hopital du Sacre-Coeur in Montreal. From there she was transferred to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Richardson was born in London in 1963. She also is survived by two sons, Micheal, 13, and 12-year-old Daniel.
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