Natasha Jane Richardson (11 May 1963 18 March 2009) was an English stage and screen actress.
A member of the Redgrave family, she was the daughter of actor Vanessa Redgrave and director/producer Tony Richardson, the sister of actor Joely Richardson, the cousin of actress Jemma Redgrave, and the granddaughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Early in her career, she portrayed Mary Shelley in Ken Russell's Gothic, and Patty Hearst in the eponymous 1988 film directed by Paul Schrader, and later received critical acclaim and a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in the 1993 revival of Anna Christie.
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. Some of her notable films included Patty Hearst, The Handmaid's Tale, Nell, The Parent Trap, and Maid in Manhattan.
Her first marriage to filmmaker Robert Fox ended in divorce in 1992. In 1994, she married fellow actor Liam Neeson, 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.
She died on 18 March 2009 from an epidural hematoma after a skiing accident in Quebec, Canada.
She appeared in:
Tropes associated with her work:
- Creator Backlash: For The Handmaid's Tale; she wanted the film to have a voiceover to convey her character's inner feelings as they had been in the book - but the director didn't like voiceover and so it wasn't included.
- Fake American: The Handmaid's Tale, Patty Hearst
- I Am Not Spock: Despite her impressive resume across film, TV and stage - to a generation of 90s kids she is best known for The Parent Trap. 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.
- Leslie Nielsen Syndrome: Most of her initial film and TV roles were dramatic. In the 90s and 2000s she appeared in a lot more comedies like The Parent Trap, Blow Dry, Waking Up In Reno, Maid in Manhattan and Wild Child.
- Playing Against Type:
- Real-Life Relative:
- She starred with her mother and aunt in the film The White Countess. They play her character's mother and aunt, like real life.
- She also played the younger version of Vanessa Redgrave in Evening.
- Romance on the Set: She and Liam Neeson met while working on Nell together.
- What Could Have Been: