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"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."

Natasha Jane Richardson (11 May 1963 – 18 March 2009) was an English stage and screen actress.

She was the daughter of actor Vanessa Redgrave and director-producer Tony Richardson, the sister of actor Joely Richardson, the cousin of actor Jemma Redgrave, and the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Early in her career, she played Mary Shelley in Ken Russell's Gothic and the title role in Paul Schrader's Patty Hearst, and received critical acclaim and a Theatre World Award for her debut on Broadway, playing the title role 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 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.

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