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1[[quoteright:269:]] ²->''"What my father especially taught me was to not always take the safe road, the easy road. If you are going to do good work, you have to risk failing badly."''²²Natasha Jane Richardson (11 May 1963 – 18 March 2009) was an English stage and screen actress.²²A member of [[FamilyBusiness the Redgrave family]], she was the daughter of actress Creator/VanessaRedgrave and director/producer Tony Richardson, the sister of actress Joely Richardson and the granddaughter of Sir Creator/MichaelRedgrave and Rachel Kempson. Early in her career, she portrayed Mary Shelley in Creator/KenRussell's ''Gothic'', and [[ProtagonistTitle PattyHearst in the eponymous 1988 film]] directed by Creator/PaulSchrader, and later received critical acclaim and a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in the 1993 revival of ''Anna Christie''.²²She 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 ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}''. Some of her notable films included ''Film/PattyHearst'', ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'', ''Film/{{Nell}}'', ''Film/{{The Parent Trap|1998}}'', and ''Film/MaidInManhattan''.²²Her first marriage to filmmaker Robert Fox ended in divorce in 1992. In 1994, she married fellow actor Creator/LiamNeeson, whom she had met when the two appeared in ''Anna Christie''. The couple had two sons, Micheál and Daniel. Richardson's father died of AIDS-related causes in 1991. She helped raise millions of dollars in the fight against AIDS through the charity [=amfAR=], the American Foundation for AIDS Research. ²²She died on 18 March 2009 from an epidural hematoma after a skiing accident in Quebec, Canada.²----²[[foldercontrol]]²!She appeared in:²[[folder: TV]] ²* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSherlockHolmes''²* ''Theatre/{{Ghosts}}'' ²* ''Theatre/SuddenlyLastSummer'' ²* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' ²* ''Series/TopChef''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Film]]²* ''Film/TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade''²* ''Film/PattyHearst''²* ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' ²* ''Film/{{Nell}}'' ²* ''Film/{{The Parent Trap|1998}}''²* ''Film/BlowDry'' ²* ''Film/MaidInManhattan'' ²* ''Film/WildChild''²[[/folder]]²²[[folder: Theater]] ²* ''Theatre/TheSeagull'' ²* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' ²* ''Film/HighSociety'' ²* ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' ²* ''Theatre/TheLadyFromTheSea'' ²* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire''²[[/folder]]²----²!!Tropes associated with her work:²²* CreatorBacklash:[[invoked]] For ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' she wanted the film to have a voice over to convey her character's inner feelings as they had been in the book - but the director didn't like voice over and so it wasn't included. ²* FakeAmerican:[[invoked]] ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'', ''Film/PattyHearst''²* IAmNotSpock:[[invoked]] Despite her impressive resume across film, TV and stage - to a generation of 90s kids she is best known for ''Film/{{The Parent Trap|1998}}''. Indeed when she died, a good portion of media reported her as the mother from ''The Parent Trap''. It helps that it was probably her biggest hit and the only film she made for Disney.²* LeslieNielsenSyndrome:[[invoked]] Most of her initial film and TV roles were dramatic. In the 90s and 2000s she appeared in a lot more comedies like ''Film/{{The Parent Trap|1998}}'', ''Film/BlowDry'', ''Waking Up In Reno'', ''Film/MaidInManhattan'', ''Film/WildChild''.²* PlayingAgainstType:[[invoked]]²** ''Film/{{The Parent Trap|1998}}'' was noted to be quite different for her, as she had been playing lots of either IceQueen roles or dramatic heroines.²** ''Film/MaidInManhattan'' has her playing a ditzy socialite.²** ''Waking Up In Reno'' has her playing a white trash SouthernBelle.²* RealLifeRelative:[[invoked]] ²** Starred with her mother and aunt in the film ''The White Countess''.²** She also played [[TimeShiftedActor the younger version]] of Vanessa Redgrave in ''Evening''.²* RomanceOnTheSet: She and Liam Neeson met while working on ''{{Film/Nell}}'' together.²* WhatCouldHaveBeen:[[invoked]]²** Before she died, she was planning to star in a Broadway revival of ''A Little Night Music'' alongside her mother.²** Liam Neeson was going to star alongside her in ''Asylum'' but he was committed to ''{{Film/Kinsey}}''.²** She had replaced Creator/SigourneyWeaver in ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' after Sigourney became pregnant.


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