March 19th, 2009
10:39 AM ET

Natasha Richardson, 1963-2009

I’m struck by the tremendous outpouring of grief and affection for Natasha Richardson because, by today’s standards - even given her renowned family - she was not a household name.

She made only a handful of movies; though she was renowned for her stage work, she was never in a long-running show. Indeed, it’s possible that the majority of people learning of her death -– and pondering its tragedy -– have never seen a Natasha Richardson performance. (I’m no exception; I never saw her on stage, and I can count on one hand the number of her movies I saw. However, iReporter pammer12 has followed her career extensively, and if you have, please send us an iReport or comment below.)

Moreover, she didn’t try to be a big star. She didn’t participate in a reality show. (Addendum, 11:35 a.m.: As is noted in the comments, she did, popping up in "Top Chef" just last month. Duly noted - but I guess my point is, she didn't debase herself in a "Real Housewives"-style show. She liked to have "a laugh," as she said about doing "Maid in Manhattan.") She didn’t make huge blockbusters. She didn’t live her life in public, cause scenes in airports or wear crazy revealing clothes “forcing” her to shoo away paparazzi.

She was, simply, an incredibly talented actress, a woman of class, a mother, a wife.

It’s sad that only with her loss do many of us appreciate what this means. There are so many celebrities (or “celebrities”) nowadays we forget that some –- many -– are performers of real talent. Anyone who’s seen an electrifying stage performance, or been moved by a screen actor’s understated power, knows its value.

It would be nice if, in thinking about Natasha Richardson, people went out and rented one of her films - “Patty Hearst,” say, or “Evening.” Or gave a donation to their local theater company. Because it’s only when we reward such work will we get more Natasha Richardsons.

- Todd Leopold, Entertainment Producer

Filed under: Celebrities • movies

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  3. Sandy L

    I feel very sorry for Natasha's family. I hope that they can receive strength from one another. It helps so much when a family can pull together. My prayers are with them also. They lost a great lady, mother, daughter, sister, and wife.

    March 24, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alexander

    I thought that Natasha Richardson was masterful as Stella Raphael in the Patrick McGrath adapted "Asylum". I don't think that anyone else on the planet could have played Stella with such vulnerability and credibility as she did. "Asylum" is my favorite book of all time and I was profoundly impressed that she gave me a portrayal of the character that was even more vivid than my imagination had created.

    What a lovely, talented, and gentle soul. I pray for her family for their tremendous loss, but also selfishly weep because I will never see her on the big screen again.

    The truly talented are often not appreciated in life, and it is the fault of us all for not realizing that we should have shown are admiration when they were here to receive it.

    March 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karen Kelly

    Perhaps the outpouring, so much and so genuine, is because of what she really was – an everyday woman and a devoted wife and mother, who simply was a very talented actress. As a wife and mom myself, my heart goes out to her husband, her mother, and above, her two sons.

    March 24, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Leigh

    Please know many are praying for the family and friends of this lovely woman. May the peace of the Lord comfort you in this most difficult loss.

    March 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tena Burns

    I am profoundly sad for Natasha's family and friends and wish to offer my condolences. I wish them the best in the coming months. From what I have read, Natasha was a very down to earth person and a very loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. May she rest in peace.

    March 24, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dusica

    May God bless NATASHA .!! She was angel and she will alwaus be an angel!!!

    / i prayers and thoughts go out to her husband and two boys./

    March 24, 2009 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lily

    For Natasha,

    A shining light gone too soon. Thank you for the gift of your brilliance, your love of life and for being such a positive role model. I always said you looked like an angel. Now you are one. May our Lord keep you in His tender care and your legacy live on.

    You will be fondly remembered.

    For Natasha's family.

    The final curtain has fallen and the lights dimmed on beloved Natasha's life. But the legacy she has left will last forever. Remember the love and laughter and joy she brought each day. She will be watching you from Heaven and blowing kisses in the wind. The eyes of an angel mirror her soul. She is ever present in your hearts. True love never dies.

    March 24, 2009 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joan F. Cohen

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Richardson family. I know she is looking down on them and telling them that she had a wonderful, beautiful life and to go on and be happy. I know God is comforting them.

    March 24, 2009 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Glenda from California

    Natasha was a beautiful person. The only movie that i saw was Maid in Manhattan and also heard she comes from a truely royalty acting family. – The love she gave was so real in her work and personal life. Tears fell my my eyes to feel what maybe she may have endured at that time and that she never had a chance to say goodbye to her loved ones – but -she believed that if she went to her room the pain would lift and maybe she would be alright – I probably would have done the same thing. My heart is heavy for her & family and i give my deepest sympathies to the Neeson, Redgrave & Richardson's familes and friends.

    March 24, 2009 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Paula

    My prayers are with all of her family members who must be so distraught with this tragedy. In her films she always seemed to light up the room, and Anderson Cooper mentioned on 360 that she did it in real life, practically electrifying the room she entered. It will be so hard for her family to recover from this. I hope they will always feel her presence watching over them for a measure of peace.

    March 24, 2009 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Katie

    Wow, how great it must have been to know her. To be able to add so much to other people's lives, what an incredible gift.

    March 24, 2009 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joseph Lucas

    The family was so sweet to acknowledge the press at the funeral. I think that the public displayed their affection towards her in a respectable manner. She drew us to her through her great talent, smile and luminous aura. Her death is just so tragic, producing a melancholy feeling for us all. God bless the family. Remember she is watching over you with that incredible smile!

    March 23, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shannon

    I was shock to hear that she had passed away, I really enjoyed watching her film, The Parent trap. I my heart goes out to her family. it is just a shame.

    March 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. SHERRY


    March 23, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Binah

    I'm still in shock over what I consider to be a great loss. She was a very classy and simple woman and a wonderful actress. No matter the role she played on screen, she brought life and light to lives and made the project a success and as a human being she brought light to our lives with her role as a mother, wife and a truly classy woman. She will truly be missed. My orayers are with her soul and with her family.

    March 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Melissa

    I'm completely sorry for your loss and Natasha Richardson was an incredibly talented wonderful actress.
    i've only seen two of her movies which were "The parent trap" and Made in Mahatten"

    i prayers and thoughts go out to her husband and two boys.

    March 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Earl Friedman

    May her star always shine bright in the not to distant heavens.

    March 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Sarah

    I just feel a loneliness that is hard to explain. To lose all that joy and love of life which she brought to all.

    The ache and shock must be unbearable for her family.

    God bless them.

    March 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Victor

    I watched her on "The Parent Trap" (which happened to be the first time Lindsay Lohan was on film) and she was so natural and so beautiful in her role as a single mother. Sometimes, you just need to see a performer once, to realize that Natasha was a true and natural Star. My prayers are with her family. From Lima, Peru.

    March 23, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Kathy J

    I am deeply sadden by Natasha's death. I have cried for days. I know it is not a nice thing to say but I can think of at least 100 other "celebrities" I would rather have seen this happen to. So many trashy celebs out there that will do ANY thing for attention. Natasha had grace & class. She was a loving & devoted wife and mother and it was all just such a needless tragedy. My heart aches for her! I have prayed every day for her & her family and I will continue to do so.

    March 23, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  23. Andrea

    Take comfort in the fact that Natasha is waiting for her family peacefully and lovingly to only one day to be reunited for eternity. You all will be together again. Until then, she is safe with the angels, watching over you in peace. Feel love and happiness when you think of your beloved Natasha. It would make her sad to know you walk this earth with such heavy, heavy hearts.

    March 23, 2009 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  24. Rosemary

    I was shocked and saddened by Natasha's sudden death. I couldn't believe she died from a fall on the "bunny slope". I now realize I'm lucky to be live - at age 3 I had a head injury and was in a coma for 10 days,
    luckily for me and my anguished marents I came out of it.

    My deepest sympathy gos to her husband, children and family

    Helmets should be required in all sports

    March 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Donna

    My heart and prayer go out to Natasha's family during this heartbreaking time. May it give you some comfort knowing she is with the angels. as she was an angel herself. The world will miss her!

    March 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mary Callahan

    I have seen and admired both Natasha's and Liam's movies–and more so their love and devotion to each other and their two sons. I have 7 children–one is a professional photographer and she said they have always been so polite and pleasant and delightful at premiers or on the red carpet. My heart truly breaks for her family and this tragic loss–I will remember them in my prayers.

    March 22, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Marilyn Myers

    Natasha was one of those illuminating people who radiated a love of life and was a very gifted actress. I totally enjoyed seeing her in movies such as Parent Trap and Main in Manhattan and wished I had been able to see her on stage. I was so saddened by the loss of this beautiful and gifted person. To her immediate family, words can't say enough but do know that she is still with you and especially watching out for you (Mr. Neeson) and your two boys who she loves and so holds dearly in her heart.

    March 22, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Renay

    She was a household name to some and she really didn't have to be, because the way that she represented herself was ALWAYS in a dignified manner. Always classy, always beautiful, always being herself, LOVELY. Last weekend I watched "Evening." Was mighty upset when I read that "she is recovering" which lead me to believe she was doing better. She is missed, but her spirit lives. Prayers to her family.

    March 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  29. william & susan

    Liam and Family:
    We loved her to. Bless your family.


    March 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Ann

    My heart is broken for her family and the loss they must face. I don't think you have to be famous to have the public out poor at your tragic loss. She was a beautiful star who openly cared first and foremost about her her children and her husband. Her amazing talent was simply a job which seeming came second too her family because, as you put it, she "wasn't a house hold name".
    May her family find people and solice in her memory!

    March 22, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  31. vicky fuller

    I am saddend by Natasha's death and yes i have seen her movie parent trapp and have loved her family. She is a very graceful respectful and loving woman you can see this and feel it as she talks and looks at you dead on. I do that to people i am talking to because it shows you care about what ever it may be they are telling you and she like Lady Diana i am gonn a miss . Her family is royalty in the film and theatre world. I am haunted every day since i read it about the helicopter not being available, people do you understand this, remember celeberities have helicopter flights to go buy gowns why oh why was there not one for this dear woman who suported the arts and aids foundations and charities. Yes Broadway dim all the lights the world is a darker place.

    March 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Chathurika

    To be frank I have only watched only one movie of her which was "Maid in Manhattan".I am extreamly sad for what happened to her.She was a beautiful person.I just hope that she is a better place.It is a tragic way to die and it was such an untimely death.The sad reality of life is that bad things happen to good people.She was more of an ordinary person.I just can't believe that she is gone.Every time when I think about her my eyes fills with tears....This is such a great loss.I feel like some one who was so close to me had died.My heart goes to her family.

    March 22, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  33. Shane McGuire

    To Liam Neeson-

    From one of your biggest fans.

    I am very sorry for your loss, and please extend my condolences to your family and friends.


    Shane McGuire

    March 22, 2009 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  34. Elizabeth Harper

    If there are words, I don't know what they are...

    March 22, 2009 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  35. Fran

    May Natasha's family find comfort in the love that people all over the world had for her. It's a tragic loss and my heart and prayers go out to her family. God Bless them.

    March 21, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  36. TC

    My prayers to Mr. Neeson and family.
    Don't lose hope or faith Mr. Neeson, Natasha is smiling down from Heaven this moment saying to your "Im fine please don;t worry about me"
    Keep the faith Mr. Neeson, here is a verse that for me touches my heart everytime I read it.

    John 14:1-3
    Don't let your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I'll come again, and receive you unto myself, so that where I am, so shall you be."

    God Bless

    March 21, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Paula

    Natasha Richardson was a outstanding actress. The first time I ever saw Ms. Richardson perform was in an PBS episode of Sherlock Holmes in the early 1980's with Jeremy Brett. The episode was titled; "Mystery of the Copper Beeches" and she stole the show.

    March 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  38. deborah burge

    she will be missed highly she was so loved by many . my thoughts and prays are with the family . i would like to let the family above all know we will always consider her an angel and is seated with all angels and saints in heaven.

    March 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Lydia

    That was a beautiful tribute. I think it reflects how a lot of us feel. Thank you.

    March 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Rose

    Does anyone know if the family donated Ms. Richardson's organs? If she died of brain death, she could have been an organ donor. I am just wondering if the family agreed to this. It would be a great opportunity to broadcast the importance of donating organs if this was done in her case.

    March 21, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
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  42. Mike from Canmore

    A meaningless death. Vanity kept her from wearing a helmet, and stupidity kept her from going straight to the hospital. I ski and I wiped out while wearing a helmet. If I wasn't wearing one I'd be living on a ventilator. I don't care how goofy it looks, whether you're a cyclist or a rollerblader or a skier, wear one. It's like the guy that doesn't wear a lifejacket. I feel bad, but what a moron.
    I can't wait until the next celebrity ski event at Sunshine. i wonder how many stars will be too worried about their hair to put on a helmet.
    Sorry Liam.

    March 21, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  43. jennifer seppi

    my thoughts and prayers go out to her family &friends.

    March 21, 2009 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Will, Seattle

    With every little man sharing their sadness in Natasha's passing, it will be comforting now and in the future to her husband and sons of how much the world has come to honor her time on earth.

    It's very heart-warming that the world still recognizies the qualities in this woman that we have always aspired of ourselves and or children.

    She left a huge mark in this world in her passing and I am sure somewhere she is smiling and trying to bring peace to her family still with us.

    March 21, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Barbara

    Natasha's death just told us how quickly our lives can be taken away from us. Cherish every day and everyone in your life. My prayers are with her family and friends. Barbara Weaver

    March 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Betty

    My Heart crys for this family, any time there is a death it is so very sad, god bless this family and give them strenth, and know that she is there angel in heaven , and one of the brightest stars that shine from our prayers are with you...

    March 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Dorothy Samel

    We saw Ms. Richardson on stage three times, the first show being "Cabaret," the second "A Streetcar Named Desire," and the last (and most recent) one the Roundabout's concert performance of "A Little Night Music" two months ago. I remember thinking how awesome that was for her and her mother to be together doing such a wonderful show; I didn't know there were plans to bring an actual production of it to Broadway with both of them in it, and now that'll never happen.

    I didn't know her personally, of course, but somehow feel as devastated by this tragedy as if I did. My heart breaks for Liam Neeson and their sons, for Vanessa Redgrave (no mother should ever have to bury her child), and all the rest of her family and friends.

    Their heartbreaking loss is just too awful, and I send them all my love at this terrible time.

    March 21, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  48. Maria

    Such a terrible tragedy. When someone passes away from an illness, family & friends have time to say good bye and to make peace. But to lose someone this way is such a shock and it must be so hard to come to terms with it.

    My deepest sympathies to the Neeson, Redgrave & Richardson families and friends.

    March 21, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  49. Frank

    My condolences to the family...She was a real class act...

    March 21, 2009 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  50. kendall doden

    How very, very sad! My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. What a horrible loss!!

    March 21, 2009 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  51. Jolene

    She was royalty and a true lady. My heart is heavy for the family.

    March 21, 2009 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  52. sheila

    My heart filled prayers go out to Natasha Richardson's entire family, especially her Husband,her sons, Mom& Siblings!It's hard to loss a love one even when you've seen as I have Both My parents pass away at early ages to Cancer! But, to loss someone so fast & in such an absolute quick accident is Extra DEVESTATING!! I've BEEN through that too, unfortunately! It is VERY OBVIOUS AS YOu SAW her & Liam together how much THEY TRULY LOVED & RESPECTED one another, and as she spoke of her children her love for them naturally flowed from her! She was radiant, and clearly beautiful inside and out ! May God fill all her family with peace as they grieve the tragic loss of their beloved Wife, Mother,Daughter & Sister! May they come to terms at some point soon to rest in that peace KNOWING, she,s definitely in Heaven watching over them, and they will someday be with her again! [ May the very best of their MEMORIES of her & with her Help them to continue to keep going ] and may her sons honor her by following the love & values she instilled into them, and May her devoted husband cherish all the precious years and loving memories that the two them were blessed with!!Most Important may we ALL come to learn just how valuable and precious our time is with the people that we love! Life holds no guarentee for any of us for the remainder of any given day ! So Prayers to family & May we all tell the people we love that we love them, and if there's any unforgiveness, I'm sure as she's in heaven today she would say, don't delay make peace with all those we love today, for tommorrow may not come! Natasha Rest in Peace! Liam , sons & Family we want stop praying for you!!

    March 21, 2009 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  53. Alexandra

    Natasha Richardson's death is sad and unfortunate, as is anyone's. She was brain dead, but otherwise perfectly healthy. Did her family miss a chance to harvest and donate her many viable organs to others who are cliniging to life? Wouldn't giving her organs have been an incredible gift to so many who could have had a second chance, as her grieving family no doubt wishes she had? I can't imagine just unplugging a brain-dead person who is in perfect health...

    March 21, 2009 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  54. Jerome

    It is extraordinarily sad to read about Ms Richardson's untimely death. Few words can express the sorrows we all feel. Having lost my father from a similar injury while I was a teenager, makes it particularly touching for me, as I can deeply empathize with her family members. To have malpractice lawyers and physicians speculate about the competence of immediate caregivers at this stage is extraordinarily insensitive and potentially harmful to her children. It may literally add years to the grieving process. I implore you refrain from speculation and think of the real lives you are affecting. Our sympathies will go a lot further in comforting this lovely family.

    March 21, 2009 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  55. sf

    My heart goes out to her family and friends.
    I was widowed last year , suddenly as a result of a fall. My daughters were 15 and 12. As I read throughout the day before the news Natasha had passed my thoughts were with her husband and sons.
    There are no words , I just hope that this family stays close and leans on each other.

    March 20, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Lisa

    Find solace in the fact that she knew life was precious and she lived it accordingly. The good are always called away too soon.

    March 20, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Lizzie

    One of the Classest actresses of our time. I was always impressed on how she carried herself,with dignity and respect.No she was not a well known performer,all who knew of her was of class all the way.
    The young need to take lessons from her,she was the real deal.My heart goes to her family and friends.... may they find peace in her memory......She will be missed by all.

    March 20, 2009 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Mona

    Though from a theatrical dynasty family and married to a well known actor, at a time like this all that doesn't really matter. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, and mother, and a dedicated champion to an important cause such as AIDS. She was a human being in the truest sense of the word and her family, unfortunately, has to share this most profound loss with the world. They deserve privacy to process the enormity of their loss.

    My hope would be that Natasha's family would take this tragedy and rally behind a very important cause-- traumatic brain injury-raising awareness of prevention (helmets, seat belts, etc) and funds for research. This would be analagous to what Christopher and Dana Reeves accomplished with their Foundation, raising awareness of spinal cord injury.

    March 20, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jane

    I saw Hearst,The Handmaid's Tale, The Parent Trap and Nell. I thought then that she was a very good actress with the ability to play whatever she wanted. She was fortunate to be beautiful, healthy, and exuberant about life. What is important is that she loved life, loved her life, and made a home for herself in the world in the best ways possible. I wish it hadn't happened and if I could do anything to change it, I would. But since I can't, I just rejoice in the life she had and in what she accomplished. The way she lived is what we should remember her for in the long run. I'm so sorry her family has to be without her, but oh, what if she never been? And, having you made her life so wonderful for her. In that respect, there is so much to be glad for, or so it seems to me from my faraway vantage point. I wish all of you, her family and friends, healing, love, joy in spite of this pain, and years of happy accomplishment just as she had. My best to you all. Jane

    March 20, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Iona

    I am sorry for the family of Natasha Richardsons family. She was a great actress and i am sure that she was a terrific woman. I am sorry that Liams wishes have not been acknowleged by the popparazzi. I hope that the family knows that there are some of us people who care about them and there wishes. I and my family just want to wish them our thoughts and prayers in this their time of need and hope that others willl leave respect them and thier wishes.
    God Bless and Our prayers are with you

    March 20, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Susan

    My thoughts and prayers are with Natasha Richardson Neeson's family. I hope that her family and friends take some comfort in that she is now with our Lord and Savior. She is not gone forever; they will see her once again.

    God Bless

    March 20, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Blair from Ottawa

    Our family was vacationing/skiing at Mont Tremblant this past week so it's very surreal to have been only yards from where the mishap occured. Our thoughts go out to her husband, kids and family. Very sad indeed and we'll never forget this unfortunate situation. Ironically lessons will be learned from this and skiing policies changed for the better.

    March 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Lisa

    My sincerest condolences go out to Natasha's family. She was a bright star here on Earth and is now the brightest star in the heavens.

    March 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Paula

    I'm still in shock. It's like when Diana died. I grieve for the boys not having a mother. I'm so sorry for Liam & her mother. Heartbreaking, truly heartbreaking.

    To you, Natasha!

    March 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Liz Andre

    Natasha will be missed by the theatre/entertainment world; however, it is her family whom I hurt for most: losing a loving wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister. May the God of all Comfort be close to you during your time of grief. You are all in my prayers.

    March 20, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Ann Marie

    What a tremendous loss for all those who knew her. Especially, her
    dear husband and precious boys. I have seen most of her movies
    and stage plays. There are no words to describe her fantastic
    acting abilities. She was one of a kind.

    May God bless her soul and comfort her husband and sons in
    their difficult days ahead. I am heart broken over Natasha. The world
    will dearly miss her.

    March 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  67. dionna

    I adored Natasha for many years. What grace! The night she died
    "the Handmaiden's Tale" played on TV, so ironic. My prayers go out to her Mother, Liam and her most precious children.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  68. lee saldinger

    a beautiful lady we saw on the outside and i imagine she was just as beautiful on the inside.... my prayers go out to her family.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Flatlanders40

    Natasha Richardson was in my opinion a very classy actress, as you refered to in your article. My heart hurt for her family when I heard she had passed away. My prayers are with all of them.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Mary M

    As a mother and a grandmother I have followed Natasha's career, seen all of her movies but sadly not on Broadway. She was a very classy, young lady, so loved by her husband and family. This just should not have happened. As a Canadian I am sorry it was in my country that this beautiful person lost her life. This has hit many of us so very deeply. My most profound condolences to her family and much love from my family. She will never be forgotten.

    March 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Marina Flamenco

    Natasha was a remarkable actress, she had such charm and grace, I admired Liam an her both, my prayers are with her family, I always enjoyed watching her movies. She is now another angel in the ski. Natasha, you will be missed. God Bless.

    March 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  72. John

    I never knew or even met Natasha, but when you watched her, she had an undefinable, rare magnetism that only few actors have. I feel blessed to have seen her twice in Cabaret with Alan Cumming and I WILL NEVER FORGET those performances. Her work on film was superb, but if you never had a chance to see her on stage, YOU REALLY MISSED SOMETHING. SHE WAS SPECTACULAR.

    As for Liam and the boys, I wish them healing and peace. I know how private their lives were and I am sure it made them such a strong family. Hopefully the press will give what's remaining of this fragile family the time, reflection and healing that they need. Particularly, the boys.

    She was truly a gift to the stage, beautiful as all get-up and a class act.

    March 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Vivian Ca

    To the family of Natasha Richardson:

    And if I go while you're still here

    Know that I live on,
    vibrating to a different measure
    behind a thin veil you cannot see through.

    You will not see me,
    so you must have faith.

    I wait the time when we can soar together again,
    both aware of each other

    Until then,live your life to its fullest,
    and when you need me,
    Just whisper my name in your heart,
    and I will be there.

    May God be with you during these very difficult times.

    March 20, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  74. suzan

    I admired Natasha because she were never a media/papparazzi addict. She lived her own life and keeping her personal life personal. She had a lot of class, which is getting to be such a rare quality these days. May she rest in peace. I am sure that Liam will take wonderful care of their boys because he has a good heart also.....just like Natasha.

    March 20, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Suzie

    Liam, boys and family, Now is the hardest time to be strong in our faith. try to keep the wonderful memories alive and remember only blessings, never losses. you'll see her again

    March 20, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Jennifer

    Natasha was a natural talent; she could do humor with exquisite timing, or pour herself into a character like water filling a vessel. But she always had this indescribable glow from within, no matter what personality she portrayed. My favorite movie is Widow's Peak. Everyone should see that.

    My heart goes out to her family, her two beautiful boys and her darling husband.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Marrianne

    When I first heard about the accident, this family remained on my mind and in my prayers. As I was driving home from work I heard the devastating news of her passing. I literally hit the steering wheel and yelled, "DAMN!" Some people just affect us and this is all I can say to explain my utter saddness.
    My thoughts go to Natasha's family & friends as they move through this heartbreaking time. May peace and the memories surround you today and for all time.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Konstantina

    It is heartwrenching. I think most people in Greece did not know her by name. It is sad that she received so much attention only to this tragic event. I specifically liked the fact that she was low-key and a different-than-the-mass-celebrity person. Her death is not only unfortunate because of the circumstances. It is sad mostly because it seemed that what she shared with Neeson and her family was genuine love. A thing very rare both in holywood and ordinary life.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family...

    March 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Anna

    My heart goes out to the family. My prayers are with them.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Jai Marland

    Dear Liam & Sons – I am so sorry for your loss. An unexpected/accidental death in the prime of life is so hard to accept.
    All the emotions so raw & each new day filled with a renewed awakening of the empty space that day will hold for each of you.
    I'm glad for you that you appear a close knit family, but as guys don't get stuck in the 'expected strength' mode & bury your emotions from each other. Your ability to cope will be stronger if you share all your feelings with each other.
    Again, my deepest condolences.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Debbie

    I know that tragic things happen everyday to people. Most of the time we do not hear about it. We heard about the plane that crashed into one man's house in NY and wiped out his family. We heard about the deputy that went to the crime scene in Alabama and found that his own wife and daughter were among the deceased victims. These happenings are not common. They are not ordinary. But someone who falls while learning to ski is. It happens on ski slopes every day all over the world. And it can happen to anyone. Experienced or Not. That is why this story has become so personal. Life can be gone in a split second and all it takes is doing something very matter of fact like falling the wrong way or in the wrong place on a ski slope. Take a look at your family and friends and appreciate them and cherish them. Because tomorrow it might be you.

    March 20, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Cari

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Richardson family. Lately, the Parent Trap has been on TV, so I've been watching it. She was a lovely lady...RIP Natasha!!

    March 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  83. sandrea

    I PRAY for Her family . I now what their going through .I went thought the samething with my douther fother. Thay Love Her But (GOD)LOVE.S HER BEST). Keep GOD First ) He.ll bring you thrugh these hard times .A so Family stay togather. Their boys will need you all . (GOD BLESS YOU ALL )Sandrea Christiana T.N

    March 20, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Gail

    I would like to send my condolences to the family. Natasha was a beautiful woman in every way and a wonderful actress. She will be missed by many.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Sandra

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Natasha Richardson's family. 9 months ago I underwent brain surgery for a massive subdural hematoma that was of unknown orgin. When they found the blood clot, my brain had herniated and was pressing on my brain stem. I was told that less than 10% of people survive when it reaches this level. I have such intense feelings concerning this tradgedy. I sometimes wonder why I am stil here while others with basically the same condition are gone. I will continue to pray for the spouse, family, and especially the children of Ms. Richardson. She was a wonderful actresss. I pray that her death will not be in vain. Hopefully people will learn from this tragedy that life can be gone in an instant and that we should live a life that is a blessing to those around us as she did.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Deborah S. Ziskind

    Natasha Richardson was a true lady of grace and valor. She was an extraordinary individual whose inherent gifts as an actress, loving wife and mother, humanitarian, good friend and colleague sparkled like the rarest of gems. Natasha Richardson never craved attention .Her mere presence and inherent goodness always lit up a room. I had the honor to first meet her and her good husband Liam when she starred in Broadway’s revival of CABARET IN NYC in 1998

    She was gifted in many ways, but it was her genuine sincerity, her passion for life, and her compassion for humanity that distinguishes her life and her legacy. Natasha was and will always be a shining star, looking down upon her wonderful family and friends. My heart goes out to her good and devoted husband, Liam Neeson, her two young sons, her mother, sister and all those that she touched. I extend my heart felt sympathies to Liam Neeson on your dear Natasha and to the rest of your good family. I know in my heart that she will always be with you.
    With heartfelt sympathies,
    Deborah S. Ziskind
    Chicago, IL USA

    March 20, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Marilyn

    Bless the family and friends. I remember watching her in Parent Trap and saying how beautiful a person she was. God Bless You All

    March 20, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  88. J.D. Wofford

    I just wanted to express my sympathies to Natasha Richardson's family. I watched her in the "Parent Trap" remake and "Maid in Mahattan". She was a wonderful actress. She will be greatly missed by all that have watched her. To her family: I can't personally begin to know your pain, but just know that she has touched so many in her career and that we all pray for you. I know that she is in heaven watching over all that she held close to her heart. God Bless all of you.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Leslie

    There are never the words to tell you the heartbreak that so many of us feel for Liam, his children and your entire family. This tragic event has touched me to the core and I wish to send you my deepest sympathy. I think of a poem by Georgia O'Keefe that tells of the time it takes to really know someone, although the time was short, Natasha is one flower that will be remembered in all our hearts. The poem is as follows: "Nobody sees a flower, really – it is so small – we ahven't time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time." We will always remember Natasha the flower who will always bloom in our hearts.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Charlene

    I get the feeling from Natasha's movies that the roles she played were an extension of her personality. Her movie roles were good and honest characters that had life lessons to learn (just like we all do). The roles were good for her and good to her and she will be missed dearly by all. She's very accomplished for such a young age; we will never know what peaks she could have climbed had God not taken her so soon. Charlene

    March 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Kimberly

    Why, oh, why doesn't the owner of the ski enforce and insist on helmets to be worn by ALL ski beginners??? They knew that there have been a lot of head injuries and deaths and doesn't require or enforce helmets for safety's sakes.

    March 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Wendy

    This world lost a great soul who sparkled. What an amazing person! My heart goes out to Natasha's family in such a sad time.

    March 20, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  93. Pat

    When I heard she died I burst out crying. Such a class act.

    March 20, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  94. Lord Elond

    She was a very beautiful woman and a reasonably talented actress but I think that all this feels so sad because she was just such a nice human being at baseline.

    Still to have one of your final performances be a film like "Evening" and to remind the whole world that life is fragile, fast, and precious and that we can all go at any time (Even in our youth/prime!) is a great way to have your life even though I feel so badly for her family in all this. It's sort of like a non-sleazy version of Princess Diana's life and death.

    At least her life was a full one while it lasted.

    March 20, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  95. Theresa

    I think she was a superb, interesting, & talented actress as well as a respected and inspiring woman. God Bless.

    March 20, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  96. Beth

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Neeson and family. My daugher and I loved watching Natasha in Parent Trap and Maid in Manhattan. She was a wonderful actress and will be missed by everyone.

    March 20, 2009 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  97. SMW

    My heart especially goes out to Natasha Richardson's family. I cannot imagine what Liam Neeson and their two young sons must be going through, not to mention Vanessa Redgrave. I know that God will be there for them all in picking up the pieces and coping through this awful, tragic time.

    March 20, 2009 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  98. Debby, Hillsboro, Or

    Liam and family..
    I am so sorry for your loss. May Natasha rest in peace, Please know many people are with you and will help you through this horrible time.
    I lost my mom almost 3 years to the date and time will heal. It gets a little easier every day. Just know she is looking down from heaven and will help you all through this. My healing is talking to my mom everyday....and I know she is listening.

    March 20, 2009 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  99. Mia

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Richardson's family and friends. I have seen several of her movies including Maid in Manhattan. She is obviously well thought of and will truly be missed.

    March 20, 2009 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  100. Maria

    Being from Montreal this tragic accident has touched us dearly here and I pray for Mr. Neeson, his sons and all of Ms. Richardson's family and friends for this great loss of a beautiful woman, wife and mother as well as a huge loss for the acting community. I can tell you that this tragic accident has re-ignited an ongoing debate here on whether wearing helmets on Ski Hills should be mandatory in Quebec. It is unfortunate it takes an accident such as this to show how fragile life really is. My thoughts are with the whole family.

    March 20, 2009 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  101. Holly

    At times our own light goes out and it is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lite the flame with in us.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time.

    March 20, 2009 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  102. Becky

    I am very saddened by Natasha Richardson's sudden death and my heart goes out to her family. I regret that I never saw her on stage and I've actually only seen her in two movies, "Nell" and "The Parent Trap". I absolutely loved "Nell" and have seen it several times – the entire story and love story in this movie between she and Liam Neeson was so moving, not to mention the care of their characters for Jodie Foster's character, Nell. I'm also crazy about Liam Neeson both as an actor and truly gorgeous man – the love and chemistry between he and Natasha was so obvious and special. My thoughts and prayers go out to her husband, children, and entire family – what an unspeakable loss of an amazing talent and evidently a very special human being. May God Bless you all and help you through this difficult time.

    March 20, 2009 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  103. C. L. Zastrow

    Such a tragedy to lose this wonderful person! Through her performances on stage and screen, as well as her extensive charity work, she truly made a difference and will undoubtedly be remembered by all. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Neeson, Michael and Daniel, the Redgraves, the Richardsons, and all who mourn the loss of this amazing woman.

    March 20, 2009 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  104. Anne

    We to have seen 'the parent trap' with our kids. Love it. She was gracefull, those eyes full of joy, ... she was a great actress.
    Montreal, Quebec, snow... seem so armless. We know (I live around Montreal) how dangerous it is and we don't know why there is not a law to always have a casque when people practice alpine skiing (expert or not, fashion or not). We always do.
    Mr Neeson and your sons, we express our condolences.
    You'll be in our heart.
    Remember how she was shining, how she touched poeple's heart!!

    March 20, 2009 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  105. Susan

    I am deeply saddened by the death of Mrs. Richardson.
    I loved her in Parent Trap as well as Maid In Manhattan.
    She was a beautiful lady and will be missed, she had a smile that sparkled through her eyes.
    My heartfelt sympathy goes to Liam and her two children.
    Please know that she is in heaven watching over you now.
    May God continue to bless you.

    March 20, 2009 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  106. Karen Ann

    People have written that she should of been forced to go with the first ambulance. You can't force people to do that, but you can force them to wear a helmet. The resort should make it mandatory, especially if the beginner slopes are so dangerous that a person can sustain a life threatening injury.

    March 20, 2009 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  107. tamyra

    god be with them in this time of grief and loss, there is no greater pain to endure than losing a loved one. i pray god gives them some comfort and peace and knowledge that we will all be reunited with our loved ones one day.

    March 20, 2009 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  108. JH

    Waking Up in Reno was a nice and fun movie....hope people make the effort to see it and appreciate her role in it.

    March 20, 2009 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  109. Dawn

    I really did not know her by name but remembererd her face from parent trap. I started looking up info about her and her family to learn more after I heard about her accident. There is something that draws you to her, a kindness in her eyes and a love of her family and their obvious love for her. My heart and prayers go out the their family. My heart breaks for her children and her husband and those who knew her well. May the Lord comfort them and know that she is with him know. My thoughts and prayers are with you........

    March 20, 2009 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  110. Kelly Sullivan

    OH MY GOSH!!! I am just so sad about this.Natasha was so young and beautiful. she seemed to be so full of life. she seemed like a wonderful person all around, not just in the acting world and it just goes to remind us that we need to cherish our loved ones and not be afraid to show it because we could all lose someone in an instant. I'm sad for each and everyone in her family and everyone that loved her and I will and have prayed for them. I lost my wonderful sweet mother in a very tragic instant, me and my 7 brothers and sisters going on 2 yrs in april and our wonderful dad 4 months later in august so I can totally relate.May GOD BLESS YOU ALL NEESON and REDGRAVE FAMILY , I'M SOOO SORRY!

    March 20, 2009 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  111. shan

    ...the world lost a great electrifying spirit...and a big heart...

    ...the world lost someone who would've continued to do great things...

    March 20, 2009 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  112. Linda

    I am so truly saddened but the passing of Mrs. Liam Neeson..she was such an example of grace and beauty and dignity for all of us to try and follow. She was an exceptional actress, however, her most important role in this world as wife and mother has been snatched away so suddenly that is almost uncomprehendable..It is so hard to find the words to say to you Mr. Neeson and sons, but we are all better for having her with us for the short time she was here on earth. She will be the bright shining star looking down on all of you now, and will be in your hearts and memories forever. My deepest sympathy to all of you in your tragic loss and her untimely passing..Take care of each other and God Bless all of you in you time of sorrow and pain.

    March 20, 2009 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  113. shirley

    i just saw her recently on top chef was thrilled to see my favorite
    lady.. she was beautiful in her red dress .. i have been a fan of hers since parent trap and maid in manhattan she made a lasting impression my deepest sympathy to her husband and boys

    March 20, 2009 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  114. julie

    I was heartbroken when I heard that the beautiful,talented and classy Ms. Richardson had died so tragically. She was such a bright light and treasure. I first fell in love w/ her mother, when, as an adolescent girl, I saw her in Camelot. I didn't hear of Natasha until I watched her w/ my own daughter in "The Parent Trap." She was as enchanting and talented as her Mom and I have enjoyed following her career since then along w/ the rest of her brilliant family. My heart and prayers go out to her husband, mother,sons,aunt,uncle,sister,brother,cousins,nieces,nephews and beloved friends

    March 20, 2009 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  115. kathy

    I would like to give my condolances to Natasha Richardson's family for their loss. It is always a sad thing when the world loses a good person. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers for some comfort and peace in their time of loss.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  116. jimmyD

    The compassion is because she's the wife of Liam Neeson, a very good actor in many emotional roles. Sorry for Mr. Neeson.

    March 20, 2009 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  117. christina hatfield

    my last post i need to correct the last line natasha would want her sons to be happy.and have a joyful life all my prayers where is the justice when so many people like madoff etc.are alive when we have to lose someone like her

    March 20, 2009 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  118. christina hatfield

    i don't know how this family will go on after losing natasha. i hope a
    star is shining over them to give them strength and to know how she loved them all. i have always admired her and liam has always been a favorite of mine as the rest of the family too. such a dynasty. will remember her voice it had a different quality to it me and my daughter always watched the parent trap when she was young special prayers to vanessa as a mother should not outlive a child it has happened many times in my family in recent years all the love for these wonderful people and the two sons remember how wonderful she was know she wants to be happy

    March 20, 2009 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  119. Mary

    Natasha Richardson was simply a class act. I highly recomment that everyone rent the movie "Evening" in which she and her mother (and Toni Collette) gave fantastic performances. I hope that her family is able to find some comfort in the knowledge that she was greatly admired by many.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Cheryl Stone

    My heart breaks over the loss of such a wonderful woman. God bless you Mr. Neeson and your sons. Also Ms. Redgrave. It is a rare person who can be loved by so many people. No one will forget Natasha.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Jane Elvendahl

    My heart goes out to Liam, Michael, Daniel, and the Redgrave family. You are all in my prayers.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  122. rica

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of Ms. Richardson's family during this difficult time. She was a terrific actress and from all accounts a warm, wonderful & loving daughter, partner, mother and friend. She will be missed.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Barbara Lynn

    Ms. Richardson was my favorite all time actress.I have tried so hard to see all of her movie's. She was gorgeous, poised, talented way beyond and I just loved her natural ability to entertain and captivate her audience. Such a talented, beautiful lady with grace like no other. Mr.Neeson is also in my heart at this sad, horrible time. I wish everyone who was touched by her, her husband, her mother, but so heart breakingly so, her children the best of my heart and my prayers will always be with her. I would love to know what we as her fans could do for her at this time or anyone her family should they need anything. I truly loved her and will miss her so and know that never again will we be blessed with her pressence. Barbara

    March 19, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Judy

    Such a loss for all. What a classy lady, wonderful mother and loving wife.

    My sympathy goes out to her family, what a tragic loss. She will never be forgotten by her family. A day will not go by without a tug on their hearts.

    God bless and keep you all safe. She has gone home to be with God. She will be watching over you always.

    Keep her in your hearts always and you shall never forget her.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Mary

    Natasha's passing has clearly touched many people in an unusually intimate way. I did not know much of her until these past few days, but I know that her presence in the films in which I've seen her has been remarkable – she conveyed an expression of Truth to which many actors aspire. In her sudden exit from us, she has left a great lesson in reminding us to appreciate our loved ones every moment of every day and to understand where their love for her lives in them – in the heart. May her memory live in the hearts of her loved ones forever, and may her spirit move in light and love.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Just Another Star Wars Fan

    Dear Mr. Neeson,
    I am so sorry to hear about your wife's accident and passing. This must be a very difficult time for you. My Grandmother has a poem that she says when she thinks about her late husband, and I hope that maybe you can find some solace in it too.

    The Weaver (author unknown)

    My life is but a weaving
    Between my Lord and me,
    I cannot choose the colors
    He worketh steadily.

    Oftimes He weaveth sorrow,
    And I in foolish pride
    Forget He sees the upper
    And I, the underside.

    Not till the loom in silent
    And the shuttles cease to fly
    Shall God unroll the canvas
    And explain the reason why.

    The dark threads are as needful
    In the Weaver's skillful hand
    As the threads of gold and silver
    In the pattern He has planned.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Elbera Velasquez

    I have a very small DVD collection that I hold close to my heart. "Evening" is one movie that I have and one that I have ALWAYS adored because of Natasha Richardson and her amazing ability to capture the complexities of being a daughter, of life, love, aging and death. I am saddened to hear about the circumstances involving her accident and I continue to think of her family during this difficult time.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Nan

    I want to bring up that it was, because of spring conditions, HARD PACKED SNOW. And, the ski instructor would have been aware of conditions.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Andrea

    Though I did not readily know who Natasha Richardson was, it did not matter one bit. When I realized she was married to Liam Neesom, I began to look further into her identity. The pain and grief I feel for her family is incredible. So young, and beautiful and to leave such a lovely family, her three men are going to miss her terribly.

    As for her mom, well no parent should bury their child, especially when the death was before her time. We all have our time to go, but it just seems so sad that such a pleasurable episode, could turn into such a horrifying accident.

    I know of people who ski and have seen more horrified accidents where people should never have survived. You can't help but wonder, religious or not whether there is a higher being needing her more then those around her.

    It's hard to let this go, but my heart goes out to her husband and her boys as well as any member of the family....we truly share your grief.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  130. S

    To the family of Natasha:
    'Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of the ones we have lost shines through to let us know they are still with us.'

    My prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May it give you peace to know that your loved one is wrapped in the arms of God.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Lisa Davis

    It strikes me reading all of the comments how wonderful an actress and how very well liked she was. She made many movies that I have seen, and she shown through them all. There are no words fitting for the loss and grief that the family is going through right now, but I pray God's greatest blessings on you, and know that time heals all wounds, and will leave all the memories all the brighter. In a world of throw away marriages, especially in Hollywood, it was nice to see how much Mr. Neeson and Ms. Richardson loved one another, it showed on their faces, and in every photo I have ever seen of the two of them. She was a fine actress. This is an accident that could have been prevented, but one in which all of us, could have and probably would have made the same decision. All of our days are numbered, we do not know when or how. Peace be with you all in the coming days.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Jenna

    First off, I would like to give my condolences to her family and friends. This is such a tragedy. She was such a beautiful person who had great talent but overall a great heart. I loved all of her movies but my favorite was The Parent Trap. My prayers are with her family and friends.
    Sorry for your loss.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  133. John Zulovitz

    I have long admired Ms. Richardson's talents; even more than that, however, I have admired her humanity. She was an actor who, whether on video or in print, was wonderfully devoid of artifice. There is a term - "blooming real" - which, I think, more than applies to Ms. Richardson as both an actor and as a person.

    My compassion and empathy to Ms. Richardson's husband, Mr. Neeson; their sons, Michael and Daniel; her mother, Vanessa Redgrave; her aunt, Lynn Redgrave; her uncle, Corin Redgrave; and her sister, Joely Richardson.

    The loss and grief one suffers upon losing a loved one is, in itself, like a kind of illness. It is time and the presence of memories that provide a soothing balm. My wish is to offer these to those members of her family and friends who are presently suffering.

    March 19, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Carol

    "When someone you love becomes a memory, Your memories become a treasure."
    How sad that such a wonderful person was taken too soon. My deepest sympathies to Natash's entire family. May your many wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. Many words could be said and many pages written. It has all been said.
    God Bless You All ...and " hold you in the palms of His Hands"

    March 19, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Lori

    My heart breaks for Liam Neeson and her sons, as well as the rest of her family and friends. I can only imagine their pain and the tremendous void that she leaves. I will be thinking of her three men often in the days and weeks to come. Bless you all.

    March 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Michael

    I think the reason that there has been so much outpouring of shock and sympathy is not only her talent, but the horrifying way in which she passed. To succumb to what was initially a seeming minor injury-on a beginner's slope- is just terrifying to anyone who really thinks about it.

    A certain class of commentator will try to focus on how she could've prevented the accident, or fault her for not having gone to a doctor. Any one of us could have made the same decision, given that it initially seemed like a minor injury. No one deserves to die for such a decision. That is what makes it so horrifying.

    March 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Eli

    Although she was an actress we only saw in movies, she truly touched our hearts! Today I grieve for the loss of a beautiful woman inside and out ~ this world has lost... Perhaps God needed a special angel by his side!

    March 19, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  138. AprilB

    I wish to express my condolences to Mr. Neeson, and the entire family as they have a huge upward climb right now. They will need faith and the strength to get through this horrible time. My father is suffering from Alzheimers and I know that someday in the near future, I will lose him. I know that they never had a real chance to say goodbye if she had this as this takes you down fast. I had a subdural hematoma two years ago, and I almost died from it. I went from lucid to horrific headache, making no sense, unable to write, no memory or anything.
    It is a scary, scary feeling. Keep the faith and God Bless.

    March 19, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Lauren

    I'm not sure why-perhaps it's because I am the same age and also have two children-but Natasha's sudden death has somehow rocked my world. It seems so senseless to lose such a vibrant and beautiful person. I loved her performance in "Widow's Peak" and my daughters and I have watched "The Parent Trap" a million times. Please, God, watch over her beloved husband, sons and family.

    March 19, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Robin28213

    I was fortunate enough to see many of Natasha's films, one of my favorites was Nell with the man who would become the love of her life and Jodie Foster. She never tried to be Hollywood, was never flashy. There was a lovely grace about her that I always admired and when I first heard of her accident on Monday I immediately hoped it was a simple mishap that might have her in the hospital for a couple of days under observation. It wasn't to be and I'm left with a true sense of a light lost. I broke down into real tears yesterday for someone who had touched me with her humanity, her talent and a beauty that went way beyond skin deep. All my thoughts are with Liam and her sons and family.

    March 19, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Kathy & Rachel

    To the family of Natasha Richardson;

    I am so sorry for your loss and may you feel the love and support from all of your fans in this time. I wish to just simply say that my daughter and I love to watch her in The Parent Trap she is 5 and always says how beautiful she is! She not only had extrodinary talent but beauty and grace.

    May you draw strength from your higher power at this time.

    March 19, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Paula

    My heart breaks for Natasha's family. I recall seeing her first in Nell and I've lost track of how many times my daughter and I watched The Parent Trap when it came out. My heart aches tonight. I hope as time goes by they family will be comforted somewhat with that knowledge that Natasha was loved so much, not just because of her craft, but because of the wonderful person she was.

    March 19, 2009 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  143. diana brest

    An angel was added to heaven along with all the other angels. She had
    poise and grace and a great personality. Her movies were great, and
    she always had a positive attitude. Her family will miss her immensly, especially her husband who was always by her side and her lovely
    kids. I will surely miss her face on the screen, I still cannot believe it.

    She was amazing and had the best trainers and a great theatre background. I will never forget her face and beauty.

    March 19, 2009 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Tracey

    I pray for Liam and Natasha's children that they find comfort in the healing grace of our Lord Savior Jesus Christ. When we loose someone we love so quickly and tragically, the question WHY? becomes a very bog one. No one knows when it is their time to go. But Natasha had the priviledge to live a wonderul life doing something that she loved and being a mom and wife. I will continue to pray that time will heal your pain. Stay strong Liam and kids, but grieve well.

    March 19, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Kristen Basil

    My heart goes out to the family of Natasha Richardson. Regardless of who she was or what famous family she belonged to, she was a wife and a mother and her life was cut short in a tragic way. Her death should not be in vain and we should all take precautions when doing any kind of sport or risky activity. No one is exempt from the dangers. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband and her children as they try to cope with their grief.

    March 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Rhonda Sekich

    Tears came my eyes when I heard that she had passed away yesterday. I actually compared it to the death of Princess Diane. I have seen her in only a couple movie's but loved her acting. She was so beautiful and talented, my prayers are with her family. There truly are angels in haven, and she is one of them.

    March 19, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Karen ,and daughter Taylor

    My teenage daughter and myself , were so devastated to hear of Natasha's passing. We both felt like we knew her on a personal level from the MANY hours of watching her Parent Trap remake together. (Many many times as a matter of fact-even to this very day!! ) As a mother, I have to say,...The Parent Trap allowed my daughter and I to enjoy the quality time of laughing together, bonding , and enjoying life-while also providing such wholesome entertainment , not usually seen in the entertainment world much anymore. We are forever indebted to Natasha and her family for sharing her GIFT to the world. To the family...please know Natasha has truly touched more lives than you may realize . What a legacy she has left for all of you. Our hearts are deeply saddened and our deepest sympathy to all of the family.....

    March 19, 2009 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Anne

    I'm surprised so few people mentioned "A Handmaid's Tale." I will never forget that thought-provoking movie. I was expecting to see Natasha Richardson in many more movies but I did not. I am glad to hear she had a great career on the stage.

    I am sorry for her husband and children. Someone I was close to also died of a brain injury.

    March 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  149. monique

    I was at that same ski resort on Monday, so when I learned of the injury, I followed the the story. I am shocked that this minor accident turned so tragic. I am so sorry for the family. So many fickle Hollywood couples out there and Liam and Nathasha seemed so solid. My deepest condolences go out to her family for this unbelievable loss. Natasha will be remembered as an incredible actress, wife and mother.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Monica

    My heart broke with the news of Natasha's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Liam and the boys. Natasha was an amazing, classy wonderful actress. She will be missed.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Betty

    My deepest sympathies to the Neeson and Richardson families. May you find strength in the love you shared with your beloved Natasha. She was a fantastic actress and came across as a superb human being. May God bless you.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Kelly

    My thoughts and prayers are with Natasha's family. May she rest in peace. She was a wonderful life extinguished much too soon. My hope is that her family will be able to grieve in peace. My heart goes out to them.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  153. susan leone

    not to many things do i let get inside to make me sad but this did just that it broke my heart to hear the news my lord why someone so beautiful and happy have to be taken away may the angels watch over you

    March 19, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Patricia

    I was deeply saddened by the sudden loss of a beautiful lady, My deepest sympathy to her family at this time.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  155. saddened admirer

    My deepest sympathies go to you in the untimely and tragic loss of your endearing wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece and friend. It is my hope that this poem and your sweet memory of your loved one brings you eventual peace and solace.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circling flight.
    I am the soft starlight at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    original poem written by Mary Frye, 1932

    March 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Susie

    My prayers are with the family, especially Natasha's sons. Due to a sudden illness, my family had to make a heartwrenching decision to remove life support from my 48 yr.old sister. It is devastating to see a loved one in such a state. It is a memory you never forget. May God Bless them all and allow the family the privacy to grieve.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  157. kristin

    ... an early and memorable performance I recall was "The Comfort of Strangers", a haunting film also starring Rupert Everett, Christopher Walken and Helen Mirren. A beauty, talent, and seemingly so down to earth. A great loss for us and moreso for her immediate family.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Lucille DeVezin

    I prayed so hard that Natasha Richardson would recover for her injuries and it hurts deeply that she is no longer with us. Todd Leopold's commentary perfectly fits her. She was beautiful, talented, and had tremendous love for her family. She was class and elegance in every sense of the words. To lose her so suddenly is devastating for all who loved her. My heartfelt prayers and love go out to her husband, children, family and friends. Natasha will always remain in my heart.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Glenn Lashley

    Sorry for your loss Liam, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and
    your family and may God bless you in this time of tragic loss.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Sharon Pittsburgh, PA

    I am so sorry for your loss. Natasha to me was a breath of fresh air. She was a lovely woman. May peace be with you and your family.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Pamela

    Even though my prayers are with Liam and the boys - I grieve more for Natasha's mother, Vanessa. It is unimaginable to lose a child - no matter what the age.

    May the sympathy from us who care make the sorrow of your heart less difficult to bear. I hope that your wonderful memories of Natasha keep her close to you always.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Columbia, MD

    While I feel terrible grief and empathy for the Richardson Family (Husband, sons and Mother ass well as a host of other relatives), Let's not forget that TBI takes people away everyday. Let's hope her celebrity bring TBI to the light.

    Also, she is not the first the first public figure to pass away suddenly and leave young children. There are countless others: Princess Diana, Jayne Mansfield (40 years ago+), Princess Grace. My own sister in law passed away unexpectedly last year on December 31 making my brother a widower and leaving 4 children ages 16, 10, 5 & 4.

    There is no way to prepare for something like this. It does take time to get over a death. You have to when you have children. You grieve for a while and it's possible to think that the sadness of grief lasts for years. But, eventually life goes on and you put one foot in front of the other and you keep living.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  163. ingrid pinheiro

    I commend the author for the wonderful comments. Too much time is spent looking at gossip columns who follow little or no talented actors. The masses have lost touch with what true talent is when it comes to theater, music, and other parts of the performing arts. Art is subjective but a line needs to be drawn between following the dramatic arts and following personalities. The reasons behind these are very different. Ms. Richardson was a talented actor who should be honored for the contribution she made to the arts and her charitable efforts. Her value is timeless. You will be missed....

    March 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  164. meg

    I loved her in the Parent Trap. Also in the Handmaid's Tale, a movie which should have been better and I wish there was a director's cut. Her contribution was amazing. I loved Nell and saw her in Cabaret in Studio 54.

    March 19, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  165. DeVon

    To all of her family and loved ones...
    May the sun rise to meet you and give you warmth and comfort in this very sad time.
    God bless you

    March 19, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Lynda. S.

    I first saw her performance in "A Handmaid's Tale". That was a long time ago and have followed her work since.

    My truest sympathy goes to her husband, children and immediate family.

    March 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  167. sally

    I am so deeply saddend and devastated that this beautiful, wonderful actor has passed. She was always one of my favorites that radiated with her performances in each part she played. Stunned is not the word!

    Her Mother must be devastated, losing this precious daughter,let alone her husband and sons. We must not forget her aunt as well who surely is missing this wonderful niece.

    My prayers and sympathy are of little comfort I am sure, but I am in hopes that in some way the messages every person has written are realesed in the oasis of this planet bringing comfort in some way, in some form of love for the family

    I always feel that they are not gone.. but just waiting.

    March 19, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Barbara

    Why is this story getting so much press? It's always tragic when anyone dies suddenly in an accident, but, come on.. Good grief, someone was one of the most "unlucky" people in the world because he didn't get to meet the deceased? She was an icon? The whole world is shocked? How strange it must be for someone, like a family member, to actually read this worshipful nonsense.

    March 19, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Tina

    My daughter and I enjoyed watching Natasha Richardson in "The Parent Trap." It is a nice movie which showcased Ms. Richardson's comedic talent and reminds us that, at one time, Lindsay Lohan was known for her acting. I also appreciated her performance in "Patty Hearst." Instead of trying to be a star, she was a true actress. Her tragic and untimely should remind all of us of the the importance of focusing what really matters in life. It is not fancy cars, big homes, or expensive jewelry. She was a loving wife and mother who leaves behind a husband and two children. Enjoy today – it is really all that we have.

    March 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  170. michele

    I am so very sorry for your loss.Mythoughts and prayers go out to her family.Truly an icon that has past.

    March 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Barbara Aker

    I am shocked as the world is and so truly sorry for this tragic loss of Natasha Richardson. I have followed her film career for a long time. Loved Natasha in a little film called Widow's Peak from a few years ago.
    The entire Redgrave/Richardson/ Neeson family are all brilliant actors and talented performers/directors who have given so much joy to so many people for many years.
    Again, I am so sorry for the loss of such a gifted and lovely young actress/mother/wife/sister/daughter/niece. Natasha will be missed tremendously but never forgotten.

    March 19, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Oona

    I am struck by the fragility of life by Ms. Richardsons' untimely death and our current family vigil for my husband' 101 year old grandmother who is not long for this world due to organ failure. Try as I might to remember that tomorrow is not promised, I generally take for granted that I and my loved ones will wake up every morning and go to sleep soundly each night. Death is for another day way off in the future. These two incidents juxtaposed together serve as an indelible alarm not to forget and to count each day as a gift!

    My prayers and thoughts are with Ms. Richardsons and my Moore Family today. Hold on. The pain won't go away completely. Our goal will be to try and learn how to carry it. Take Care All!

    March 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Diane

    I was one of the unlucky people in this world to never be able to say I met this incredible Lady. I'm usually a good judge of character by reading someone's eyes and Natasha Richardson had more love in her eyes than any I've ever seen. You could see the love she had for her husband, her children, her family and most importantly her life. My thoughts and prayers go out to her huband and children and to her family, especially her Mother. I come from a family where parents lost a child, my brother died at a young age and my prayers are with her Mother at this time. God blessed us for a short time with a wonderful Lady and I think him for that. When my brother died someone told me that God went to his rose garden in heaven and picked the prettiest rose he could find that day – it happened to be Natasha Richardson this time.

    March 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Gayle

    I loved Natasha in the little-known 2001 movie "Blow Dry" and became an immediate fan of her's. A wonderfully simple, entertaining movie where she plays a lovely English woman facing her own death and struggling with to renew her family ties...all in within the context of a British Hair Championships. Charming, sweet, lovely is how I will always remember her.

    March 19, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Elizabeth

    Knowing Ms. Richardson only through her films I am nonetheless stunned to learn of her untimely death. She starred in many of my favorite films ("Widow's Peak" being foremost among them) and I was always amazed that she had the remarkable ability to disappear into the character she was playing. An outstanding actor! My deepest sympathy to her immediate and extended families.

    March 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Benst

    Rest in peace, Ms. Natasha Richardson!
    My sympathys and condolences to her family, her fans, and those people who worked with her and knew her on a first name basis.

    I hope people will learn to take injuries to the head seriously so this type of tragedy is not repeated.

    We should have universal health care as well so poor people do not die because they could not afford to seek medical care when needed.

    March 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Sue

    Well said Mr. Leopold...well said! We will indeed miss her flawless beauty, talent and grace and we will always remember her this way. My prayers are with her loved ones for their terrible loss.

    March 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Toni

    My prayers are with the family of Natasha Richardson. Eternal rest granted unto her, oh Lord. And may perpetual light shine upon her. God like everyone else loves having only the best at His side.

    March 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Jan


    Beautiful star shinning bright,
    for all the world to see...
    You passed our way so you could be,
    A beautiful star, shining so free...

    Here, and now your gone,
    A diamond in the sky...
    Taken from this earhly world,
    Leaving tear drops in our eyes...

    Now you've flown from this place,
    Leafing here an empty space...
    A star has faded from our lives,
    Leaving our hearts heavy with sighs...

    Pearls of wisdom deep and true,
    This worldly life for me and you...
    Taken from us all too soon,
    God has shown us love in bloom...

    JBar ©

    March 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  180. JAN


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  181. Cheri

    Am I correct in recalling that Natasha's husband Liam played a recent widower with a pre-teen son in the movie Love Acutually? As he always does, I remember he played the part with quiet grace, just as I'm sure he will do in real life.

    March 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Paula Stewart

    I am so sorry for your loss. I loved her work.
    she will be missed

    March 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  183. John Elkass

    It was too early for such a wonderful woman to leave. Her loss will be felt throughout the years that will come. I have never seen movies of this actress, but throughout the last couple of days, I have been following her story with sadness. Her face is angelic and she has taken my heart through a traumatic journey. It was tragic to finally hear of her death this morning.

    We all will die one day no matter how young or old we are. But, dying while one's kids are still young is so tragic. Princess Diana died while her kids were as young as Richardson's kids and they are still reeling from this tragic incident to this date.

    My heart also goes to her husband and her mother. It must have been very hard for her. I pray to God to never let anyone of my kids die before me. I can't express in words how tragic this could be.

    Finally, I would like to add a verse from the bible that says "I am the resurrection and the life, he who believeth in me though is dead shall never die".

    May God Almighty in his highest take her in His glory to heaven!

    March 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Abby

    My prayers are with Natasha's family and friends.

    In the movie, "Love Actually," Liam Nesson's character plays a man who becomes a widower and single father. I never thought that his past role would become a reality for him. What a tragic loss for them.

    I got to know Natasha when she was in "The Parent Trap" remake and thought she was a gorgeous actress. She will be missed by all in the entertainment industry and the fans whom enjoyed her work.

    March 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Kath in Md.

    I loved Natasha in the remake of Parent Trap, it's one of my favorite movies. She was a wonderfully skilled actress and excelled in all the parts she portrayed during her lifetime.

    My heart and prayers go out to her family and friends, May they feel God's presence as they go through this sad time.

    She will be missed by many.

    March 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Cathy Holmes

    I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of Natasha Richardson. My condolences to her family and all those who knew and loved her. I watched her in the movie Nell and also enjoyed her performance in The Parent Trap. I only pray her strength and love she had for her husband and sons will give them the strength to go on and carry her in their hearts forever...
    May she rest in peace.

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    March 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Noel Ibittson

    Adieu..Natasha Richardson,you are indeed going to be miss by all.I pray that God will give your family the fortitude to bear the loss.RIP

    March 19, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Gerogie Simmons

    Rest in Peace Natasha. This is truly a tragic senseless death!!! The poor woman went to take a lesson, and had no idea that would be the end of her life. My heart goes out to her husband who clearly loved her so dearly, and her two young boys who are left without a mother at so tender of an age in adolescence.

    We can only hope that this awful tragedy will raise awareness amongst people who enjoy such acitivites and do not take the proper precautions against injuries and bodily harm. Anytime you bump or fall on your head, it should be examined immediately!!!! in this case, its really a matter of minutes before someones life such as this beautiful actress is lost forever......she did not die in vain, rather her death is going to prevent so many other people from dying the same way.

    March 19, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Teri Turner

    I was saddened to say the least to hear of the TRAGIC loss of Natasha Richardson.My thoughts have been completely overcome with emotion regarding her families loss.There are no words to take your pain away,only to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and sorrow.She was the epitimy of a lady, mother wife and friend, Im sure that is why God needed her in Heaven, he needed another Angel. Butt in heaven just as on earth, she will be with you,as your Angel. God Bless you Mr Liam Neeson, your children and family.
    Sincerely, Tere Turner

    March 19, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  190. boocat

    I had the pleasure of seeing Natasha Richardson in "Cabaret". She was just wonderful (as was the show). This is truly shocking and sad news.

    March 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Meagan

    I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work on a film in Shanghai with Natasha, in 2005. The weather was freezing, the food was awful but as soon as she came on set everyone forgot about all the rest. She was a beautiful person both inside and out and I'm devistated for her family's loss. God Bless her family, and may she rest in peace.

    March 19, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Suzanne

    So sad for she & her family. Blessings to all of them.

    She was a fantastic actress, one of my favorites, particularly loved "Gothic".

    March 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Marilyn Hobbie

    My condloesant to the family I was so sorry to hear about Natashia my heart and prayers goes out to the family God Bless you all Love Marilyn Hobbie in florida

    March 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  194. brenda

    I can't believe it, I just can't believe it. It just doesn't seem real. I guess none of us know from day to day do we, so it is so important to say I Love You to loved ones. I absolutely adored Natasha in The Parent Trap, she was just plain awesome. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Rest in Peace Natasha, you will be truly missed.

    March 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Connie Stadler

    My heart is so very sad for this young performers death in an accident. One day she was preparing to go skiing and now she will not be returning to life as she knew it. We should always live each day as it was perhaps our last. We would perhaps choose different paths in life , and be kinder to others created by God . It is a blessing to have a wonderful husband left behind to care for her precious sons. May the Lord give them peace.....

    March 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Cathy

    In response to "mightyfudge" ~
    Why must there always be "one of you" in every bunch ~
    This was an article written in rememberance of Natasha and you only have to read it if you want to, no one forced you to read it. And how do you know Natasha didn't make a difference in the world? How do you know of the lives she may have touched in her brief life here on earth?

    To Liam ~
    My husband died when our sons were just 11 and 5 years old. That was 11 years ago. It was and still is at times a tough road to travel. But know that many people care about and love you and your sons and will be praying for you.

    To Liam, Michael, David, the Redgraves, and the Richardsons ~
    Your families are in my thoughts and prayers and I am sorry for your loss.
    Never got to see her on stage, but have enjoyed all of her movies!

    March 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  197. S. Wade

    My prayers were said for Natasha Richardson will I first heard of her injury and my prayers go out to her family members now. I've only seen one of her movies "Parent trap" with my young teenager daughter who loves it and watches it often. As an actress I thought Natasha was beautiful and graceful just perfect for that role. I am a big fan of her husband Liam Neeson and have watched her mom and aunt on the big screen many days while growing up as a teen myself.
    I have never heard anyone say any bad thing about her career. She just seemed to be a lovable person. We mourn the loss of a remarkable young lady and wish the best for her husband and sons.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Jenn

    I was fortunate enough to attend the 1998 Tony Award ceremony when Ms. Richardson won her Tony for "Cabaret"...she was a remarkable talent, and will be greatly missed by both the Broadway, and the film community.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Eileen Fraser

    Something I wrote from the heart for someone special that I would like for you to have today:
    A moment of life.
    In just a little moment you have made my whole world smile
    In just a little moment you have walked with me life's mile
    in just a little moment you have shared with me your love
    In just a little moment we made the stars shine up above
    Now I take these little moments and keep them treasured safe inside
    I will think of you forever... for in my soul you have not died.

    God Bless Natasha and her family, Eileen xx.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Karen

    I am so shocked and feel so sad, I am the same age as Natasha and my son is the same age as one of her sons.
    I feel so sorry for the whole family. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of them.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Teresa

    I am deeply shocked and saddened by her death. My heartfelt prayers go out to her husband and sons as this event will change their lives. You cannot replace the love of a mother no matter how old you are when you lose them.
    One of Natasha's little known films that I loved was Widow's Peak. She played that part opposite Mia Farrow wonderfully and the humor she had showed on the screen. If you haven't see it, you should.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Joe: Rhode Island

    Just recently i have learned Natasha is the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave, whom I watched in Camelot, I've enjoyed watching this family on screen, and the Class they have emitted is well beyond normal standards. Life is not fair all the time and this situation is proof. May the Lord Bless you Natasha and Your Family.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Angel

    She was angel her self I just watch the new parenttrap it was good movie she did. May God Bless that her family.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  204. CJ California

    My heart breaks for the family of Natasha Richardson. I loved watching her on the big screen her smile was priceless, she was such a beautiful person. She will forever live on in your hearts and through her two beautiful sons. May the Lord strengthen you in your time of need today and every day forward. God bless.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Phyllis

    Natasha Richardson was a class act. I watched 'The Parent Trap' countless times with my daughter when she was a 'tween...Any time Natasha was photographed she was dressed tastefully. Hollywood and New York City were better places because of her class and her grace. Many of today's young celebrities should look at the legacy she left and realize you can remain a lady and still have a great fan following. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family – she was definitely a very special person. Our loss is Heaven's gain. A gifted talent; a respected actress; a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, niece; our loss is Heaven's gain. May God bless Natasha's family as they grieve this profound loss.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Linda Evans

    RIP Natasha, you were a wonderful actress and from what I could see a wonderful human being. I wish your family and friends best wishes and hope that peace will come to them in time.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Diane

    As the lights of Broadway dim to acknowledge the loss of one its greatest actresses, the lights of heaven will light up to welcome this talented lady, loving mother and wife. May she rest in peace.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Sondra

    Such a tragic loss. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. It is just so sad for someone so loved with a beautiful family and life is taken so soon when all these good-for-nothing-sleep with everybody stars are still around to live totally self absorbed, material devil may care, immoral lives. That's a greater tragedy!!!!!

    March 19, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Gaëtane

    I cannot express this sad feelling that i hold inside my heart, but i know that, where my heart stands right now it's pooring rain and sadness has made its bed around my heart. I'm not related nor know her , i live in Montreal i'm just a human being that cannot understand why ? Just WHY ? on earth and Without even knowing her besides in the movies, that her life was taking away since she seem to have not a worry in the world and her smile god enough to envy her to have had the chance to be so BEAUTIFUL. I would like to send all of you to her husband Liam, her two sons, and let's not forget her Mother Mrs Redgrave and sisters my deepest SYMPATHY, and all of my PRAYERS......and more more more

    March 19, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Jose Rodriguez

    As Clark Gable himself would have quoted:

    'She was a grand lady... A Grand Lady...'

    Rest in peace....

    March 19, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Joan

    May God bless her and her entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with them

    March 19, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Mary A

    I am amazed when I hear people say that Natasha Richarson hasn't had a big career. I have watch her develop as an actress in numerous movies and on stage. I am deeply saddened by this horrible tragedy and I will miss her terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Phyllis Samsky

    What a senseless death.. She was a great actress.. and beautiful woman.. May she rest in peace, and prayers to her son's and husband. How sad to lose such a young person. I guess when it is your time no one can question.

    wow my heart goes out to her family..

    March 19, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Helen

    I want to sent my prayers to all of Natasha's family at this very sad time. It was shocking when I heard the news on Showbiz Tonight. In times like this we all stop and think about what is really important in this life. The most important thing is LOVE. May God help her family and friends at this time.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Jackie in Dallas

    I've followed Natasha's career for a number of years, initially because I have so enjoyed her mother's work, but eventually because of Natasha's own talent. I never had the opportunity to see her on the stage, but the delicately nuances roles she played in "BlowDry", "Evening", and "The Handmaiden's Tale" indicated a talent of rare ability. She will be missed as both an actress and a lovely person.

    She wasn't a fashion statement, a major public figure, or a prime candidate for the papparratzi - that is until she lay dying, and then her family and friends were hounded as they came to say goodbye. To truly honor her, can we please stop encouraging the exploitation by the press, and grant the family and her friends the privacy they have requested? Honor her memory by acknowledging her work, not by plastering pictures of her grieving children on the pages of tabloids.

    March 19, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  216. deb

    I have so enjoyed following her career...and watching her steady career and family grow. My heart and prayers go out to her family. Besides the aweful loss for a husband and children, to lose a child and a sister just breaks my heart.
    It is interesting to me how overwheming it is to lose someone like her and we did not even know her. She is just that type of person that touches your heart, and will do so forever.
    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    The Smiths

    March 19, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Alicia

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Natasha Richardson at this time. God Bless you all...

    March 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Missy

    My deepest condolences to Natasha Richardson's family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Its such a shame that a devastating tragedy reminds us all just how precious life really is.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Marjie

    Natasha Richardson was a classy and immensely talented woman who will be greatly missed by many. My heart goes out to her husband and especially her children who must now grow up without a mother.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Christina

    I am so shocked and disheartened by the death of Natasha Richardson. Although I have seen probably 4 or 5 of her films, she was a very good actress and in her personal life she seemed like a wonderful person, staying low-key and taking care of her family. My heart and prayers go out to the family–especially her husband and sons. Its amazing how it seems the people that don't deserve to die so young do–meanwhile the celebrities that are a waste of oxygen still walk this earth flashing everything they have and not caring about anyone else.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Angela

    A tragic loss.
    We can only offer words of comfort which we do so to ease your pain.
    Deepest sympathy

    March 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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  223. Ana C

    My deepest of condolences go out to her husband Liam, her beautiful son's, her Mother and family.

    May you find comfort knowing that your beloved Natasha in her art of acting has touched me and so many. My young daughters loved her in "Parent Trap" which we have watched over 100 times. We all lost her too soon. Just know that her fans just want comfort for your family.

    Your family is in my prayers for strength during this difficult time.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Steve Antonacci

    My wife and I encountered Liam Neeson and the stunning Natasha Richardson walking towards us arm in arm on a Paris sidewalk in l999. She was smiling and holding Liam close to her on a windy fall day, her long blonde locks blowing in the breeze. Both of them seemed so happy to be with one another. I nodded and said hello and Natasha smiled as they walked by. Then they went around a corner and were gone.
    Both of us have been very sad since yesterday, remembering that fall day when a beautiful, talented, young, energetic woman walked past us and lit up everything around her. May your grief be soothed by the memories of Natasha.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Kathy Dini

    My thoughts and prayers are with Natasha's family at this very sad time... God Bless all of you...

    March 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  226. stef

    It is very sad that this happened to such a lovely lady. I am deeply sorry for her family as well. It reminds us of our precious gift of life and how short our time is here. We must remember to enjoy every minute we have together and that no one is immune to the inevitable.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Susan in Wyoming

    I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful actress.
    Ski accidents are devastating. My prayers are with you.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Gladys Mulligan

    She strikes me as a woman that never put herself first even in the way she died so suddenly. She was I feel an inspiring nurturing mother. In spite of their great loss the boys have a shining radiant presence to protect them in their memories. Her husband has been such a fortunate man and is a gent. I am proud of this man because he came from Northern Ireland, my home. Her mother is an outstanding woman. As an actress this woman has left us with a beautiful legacy. Thank you for her life which radiated natural beauty from within.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Jayne

    I have seen many of Natasha Richardson's movies. She had such talent, she made acting look easy. I loved her in "The Handmaiden" and "Nell" she starred with her husband Liam Neeson and Jodie foster in that one. She had a glow about her and real beauty. The clean cut kind, not the garish hollywood kind. The same beauty that Audrey Hepburn had. Those eyes, she had incredible eyes. They were like windows to her soul. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Richardson family and especially to Liam Neeson and the two young boys who will forever miss her. She died too soon and that is always tragic.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Babs

    I have the same heart-breaking feeling I had when Princess Di passed away... hard to believe and tragic. When Natasha appeared in Cabaret, I had the pleasure of sitting next to the stage and remember feeling that I was in the presence of greatness...what an actress!!! Her life seemed perfect, husband, children, stardom, etc. It's a grim reminder that we must appreciate each day.
    Her family must have so many happy memories and I pray they will help them thru this very sad time.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Carmella Rodriguez

    My prayers go out to Natasha Richardson”s family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  232. maureen

    we in africa didnt really know her but for the fact that she was married to liam is a blow to all of us. it makes you wonder that all the riches ion the world cant stop death from rearing its ugly head.

    may she rest in perfect peace.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  233. pat

    too young to die – she was a beautiful person and a wonderful actress. I was shocked by the news too – I cannot believe these two children will not have a mother any more. My prayers go out to her family and her sister who I love on Nip Tuck.

    March 19, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Jim

    I used to be an avid skier, and took note on Tuesday that a great actress had had a "minor head injury", but would probably be ok. This morning I was stunned, shocked to learn of her death. I'm sorry I did not reconized the name, but I have seen Parent Trap and Maid in Manhattan, and will now have to see them again to fully appreciate who she was. Familiar to me or not, this is a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to Natasha's family.

    You may recall other celebrities who died from ski injuries, such as Sonny Bono, and one of the Kennedy's.

    I too had a "minor" head injury from skiing, with several hours of amnesia resulting. I never really appreciated that I was extraordinarily lucky. I started wearing a helmet after that accident. Some years later I took another spill which resulted in cracked ribs, wrenched knee, cut face, but no head injury. That helmet may have saved my life.

    Any of you who ski, whether on the expert trails or just the beginner's slope, PLEASE WEAR A HELMET. Ski resort operators, please consider making helmets mandatory for skiers to use your facilities. Perhaps a law should be passed, the "Natasha Helmet Law"?

    March 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Alexandra, from Romania

    I watched her injury story from the beginning and I still can't belive it! She was among my favorite actresses. So down to Earth, so talented, beautiful, charismatic... I am so saddened! My prayers go to her wonderful family! God bless her!

    Romania, Europe

    March 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  236. annette

    what a loss. such a great actress. god bless her and her family.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Linda Steele, Arlington, MA

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Neeson and his boys, as well as with the entire Redgrave and Richardson families. My heart is breaking for you all.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Gracie

    Taken too soon she will be missed

    March 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  239. JwS

    I am really devastated at the loss of such a beautiful talented person. I am heartbroken for Liam Neeson and their boys. I lost someone I loved and it just makes you want to crawl in hole and never come out. It can really shut you down.

    At least she was having a good time with her children. She went out of this world having fun and being with her loved ones.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  240. James Cunningham

    Isn't it sad that we only truly realize and appreciate what a marvelous standard Ms. Richardson set in the field of entertainment and life itself when she is gone? She was not a wannabe, self-centered manipulative celebrity who felt the world revolved around her. She was an excellent and talented actress, but more importantly a loving wife, mother and concerned citizen who happened to be a performer. I am touched by her passing in the loss of a private person who achieved fame, but never let fame claim her. Her values were much larger yet more basic than that. Although I never had the privilege to know her personaly, I shall truly miss the lovely woman and human being that she was. We are all poorer for her loss, but richer for the standard of life she exemplified for us all.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Janice

    Such a tradgedy. A phenominal actress, graceful, talented, such beauty and very generous. My prayer's and thoughts are with Liam Lison and family. In time, may your memories of Natasha bring you comfort. Hoping the press will give the respect you so deserve, to have your privacy to mourn in peace. Natasha will live on through your children and in our hearts. I will light my candle for all of you.


    March 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Robin

    Like everybody else I am shocked and saddened. I have been praying for Natasha and her family since the news first broke. My heart is heavy today–what a loss to her family. I hope William and Harry reach out to the boys at this time.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  243. M

    Having skied at Tremblant on many occassion, and on that particular run numerous times, this immense tradgedy has really struck home. Life is indeed fragile.

    Greatest sympathies and prayers to her loved ones.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Bonnie

    Come on people, she was a good actress, wife and mother and it was a tragic loss. She is gone all too soon. The reality is people suffer tragic losses each and ever day. She is now in the protective hands of our maker, and He wanted her to come home. We cannot question not can we fathom what has happened. It is human nature to think it is unfair, but isn't it unfair for a child, a tiny bay to be diagnosed with cancer, and have to go through cemo and radiation with the hope of living to Natasha's age? She lived a good live, she was a role model and now we should celebrate her live and the goodness she left behind. Her husband, children and the rest of family can't be consoled by strangers in their time of grief. That will tkae time and prayers. I do extend to them my condolences and my prayers, but with life comes death. i loved her in Maid in Manhattan and i will watch my DVD of it tonight. Life is not always fair, there are no guarantees so we must live one day at a time and not leave God out of it. Liam and the boys i hope will find the peace and love only god can give.
    Bonnie – Dallas, Texas

    March 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  245. mightyfudge

    Like we need 24 hour news coverage on this story. What a tragedy for all of the other people who died this week (like doctors, teachers and social workers... you know, people who weren't born into celebrity yet actually made a difference in the world) and didn't get the front page of CNN.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Carmela

    It is a great sadness to hear of Natasha Richardson"s sudden demise. I, among so many of her admirers, will miss seeing her on the big screen. Although her appearances on the big screen are rare, she was worth watching as she was a brilliant actress. I believe we have lost one of the rare gems in cinema with her passing away. I pray for her family's peace and comfort at their time of grief.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Rio

    I was saddened to hear about the passing of Natasha Richardson. I really liked her, and it breaks my heart to see such a great person, die so young. Her family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I remember the day I sat in the kitchen, watching her on Entertainment Tonight, and she let slip that she was expecting her first child with Liam Neeson, and she was just glowing. If you watch the movie Nell, you can see the chemistry between her and Liam, and in her eyes you could see the love they had. My heart goes out to her family, in their time of need.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Wendy Northway

    It is so strange with this sudden passing. Why I thought of her on Tuesday I do not know but I downloaded and watched The Handmaid's Tale; starring Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall and Natasha. I had seen the movie several times before but wanted to see it again. Such great acting. The story was so moving. Thoughts are with the family at this devastating time.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Susan

    So sad to hear of this tragic prayers go out to Liam and family. May the Lord strengthen you in your time of need today and every day forward. God bless.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  250. KAM

    Maid in Manhattan and The Parent Trap are two of my family's favorite movies, and Natasha was wonderful in both. My daughter and I were deeply saddended to hear about the accident and then her death. We called her "our girl," even though we have only seen her work in those two movies, but she made an impact on us. May God bless her family.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  251. KB

    My heart goes out to her family and friends and fans. She was a wonderful actress and she will certainly be missed.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  252. nancy l. lawrence

    My prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Natasha will be missed. My God be with you all.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Beth

    I can't stop crying. I don't know if i am crying that we've lost an amazing woman in Natasha, for her mother to lose a child, for her children to lose their mother and for Liam to try and hold the family together – and for his loss, his best friend, wife and companion. I just hope and pray that you have time to grieve and reflect. May G-d bless all of you.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Paul

    I have been a fan of Natasha Richardson's since I saw "Nell". I've been in awe of her beauty and talent, and what she stood for as an artist, for a long time. People like Natasha are rare; she was poised, giving and above all, classy. It's becoming very rare to find this type of artist. God bless Natasha and her family.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Rose

    I am so very saddened by this tragedy. She seemed like such a down-to-earth person and I know she did a lot for AIDs research, as I believe that is what her father passed away of.

    My heart goes out to all of her family and friends; especially her mother, husband, sons and sister.

    It's very scary that life can be taken from you in an instant....

    March 19, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Lo

    With much sorrow and unbelief of this tragic accident occurring to such a wonderful woman, mother, wife and outstanding talented actress and to happen to such a family.
    I have seen her movies with others and when she performed with her mother. My mom recently passed away, but one of her favorite actresses was Vanessa Regrave – she always tell me talent runs in that families bloodline. Her daughter is beautiful and such rare exceptional talent on stage. Natashia will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. Please accept my sincere coldolsenses and prayers to the family, friends and many fans, just a small girl from Tampa, Fl. "Lo"

    March 19, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Fran

    I, too, was so sad to hear of Natasha's passing. She seemed like a lovely woman. I am heartbroken for her entire family. Having lost a sister to a brain injury three years ago – I so feel for her sister Joely. There is a different pain that goes with losing a treasured sibling. I pray that their memories of her will one day bring a smile to their hearts and faces.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Sharyn

    She was just so beautiful. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her children, her husband and to the many loved ones who are grieving at this time. May you all find peace in Natasha's memory and know that so many loved and admired her.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Paulette

    This tragedy is sad beyond words. Natasha appeared to be as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Her boys will miss her terribly and my heart aches for them, as well as for Liam and the immediate family.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  260. stacy

    I am so saddened by the loss of this talented beautiful person. She has such a smile about her and radiated love. My heart goes out to her family, especially her sons.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Judy Smalls

    In a day when bad behavior is rampant among Hollywood Stars, including doing drugs, alcoholism, and serial divorce, I have always admired Natasha Richardson for her life; she was a great example of getting priorities in order. It appeared to me that she put her family first and understood how to create a truly happy life. My heart goes out to her husband and sons for their loss.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Karen

    My deepest sympathies go out to all of Ms. Richardson's family. It is such a tragic loss. I never had the good fortune to see her on Broadway, but I have seen most of her movies and think she was a terrific actress. Even more, though, I believe she was a terrific person. She always came across as such a warm and generous individual – a true class act in a world where we so rarely see such things these days. She will be deeply missed.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Shari

    Natasha Richardson was one of the most beautiful, talented actresses of this day. My heart goes out to her family, it is tragic that she was lost so soon. I will always remember her smiling face and positive attitude.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  264. cathy

    What a beautiful, classy, warm woman. Her sudden death at 45 is an absolute tragedy for her family and loved ones. My heart goes out to them. What a beautiful angel Natasha will make. I'm sure she will be watching over ger beloved Liam and sons every day.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Chandra

    My prayer goes out to the family.

    I felt like I loss my own sister, my hearth is broken for her family, I loss my brother two yrs ago and I still cry every day for him. I pray that God will give all of you the strength to carry on.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Marc

    It is so sad to hear this tragic news. She was such a wonderful person who radiated warmth, grace and charm. My condolences to her family.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Kathie

    I am not very familiar with Natasha Richardson's work, but for some reason this tragedy has hit me very hard and I empathize with devastation that her family must feel. She was a classy woman and this was such a senseless tragedy. I am exactly the same age as Natasha was, born in 1963 and I have 4 children. To think of them not having me around is something that is very frightening and I pray for her boys and Liam that they pull through this with beautiful memories of their mother and wife. God Bless Them.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Tina Rhea

    I saw her in one of her first TV/movie roles, in 1985, in the Granada series of Sherlock Holmes stories starring Jeremy Brett. She played Violet Hunter in "The Copper Beeches", one of the most intelligent and resourceful women in the Holmes canon, and did it splendidly. She had a great deal of talent and class. My heart goes out to her family, especially to her husband and the two boys.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Mari Goicolea

    Eventhough I never had the opportunity of seeing Natasha on Broadway, my prayers and thoughts go out to her entire family and friends.

    I am very, very sorry for your loss. She was a very beautiful person with such grace, talent and will be missed terribly.

    Rest in peace Natasha......

    Liam and the boys, are very lucky because now they have their own special ANGEL, in heaven, who is looking after them!

    March 19, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Diane Candee

    I am so very saddened by the loss of Ms. Richardson. I fully understand what they are going through as I lost my Dad to the very same thing last July. He feel, hit his head, was fine for a couple of days and then went into a coma and died after 17 hours. Please take comfort in your memories and your family. They will help you through this. God Bless...

    March 19, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Janie

    What a beautiful woman Ms. Richardson was. She always struck me as a person that if one approached her on the street, she would give a kind minute to you.

    My sincere sympathy to her family for their greatest loss.

    I never met her in person but know that maybe one day I will in Heaven.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Thomas

    This is very sad. She was a picture of class in an industry that usually lacks it.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Elisa

    This is a sad loss, however hopefully it will shed light on head injuries and the seriousness of any head injury. The brain is precious and we always need to take precaution is any injury situation. Everyone, take care of yourself and those who you love.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Kimberly R

    She was such an amazing lady. I am shocked and saddened by her untimely death.

    I remember her wonderfully poised performance in the remake of "The Parent Trap". She was classy, beautiful and brilliant.

    My heart goes out to her family at this time of tragedy and overwhelming sorrow.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Lisa Leighton, Dublin, Ohio

    So gifted, so loved. Rest in peace, Natasha. To Mr. Neeson, your sons and all of Natasha's family: my heart goes out to you all. I am truly sorry for the unimagineable loss and suffering you are going through. My prayers go with you all.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  276. April

    May god bless her and her family. Such a tragic so soon. God works in such mysterisous ways. You have take pre-cautions for every little thing now-a-days. I pray that god gives her family the strength and the support to uphold her memories and for them to know that she is still with them in spirit always and forever. A very beautiful woman!

    March 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  277. marsha

    May the Good Lord wrap his arms around all of you, and give you peace......................

    March 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Patti

    My prayers and sympathy go out to her family. I saw her in Maid in Manhattan and Parent Trap and she was delightful in both.

    I am deeply saddened by this tragic loss.

    March 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  279. gaetano

    the acting community has lost a great actress. She was a lovely person with a great sense of grace. Its hard to think that she is gone at such a young age, as she belongs to a great film dynasty... the Richardsons. I give my sympaties to her family and hope they have the courage to get through this ....

    March 19, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  280. Kristin

    Natasha Richardson's sudden accident and death is such a tragedy. She and her husband Liam Neeson are among my favorite actors. Although I never had the opportunity to see her on stage, I admire so much what she brought to each and every one of her characters on the big screen. My heart goes out to her family.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  281. khalil

    Its sad to hear that one of Hollywood and Broadway's stars has faded, may her family find comfort through all this and love harder everyday. God bless their family and may Natasha's soul find peace.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  282. Tamara

    To the Family:

    My sincerest sympathy on the tragic loss of a truly wonderful woman – mother, wife, daughter, sister, actress. I first saw her in the Handmaid's Tale many years ago and was moved enough by her performance to follow her career as an actress. I never saw her on stage – but if she was in a movie, I would watch it – for her alone. I was very, very sorry when I heard the news that she had been hurt, and hoped that the various media outlets were giving false information. I find myself mourning a woman I never knew – except through her wonderful performances on screen. My thoughts are with the family – Liam and their two sons, especially. May you all find comfort and healing with loved ones in this dark hour.

    Natasha – you will be missed.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  283. Gwen Simmons

    I did not recognize Natasha by name. It was only when I saw the photo of her did I khow her, and I said to myself, "oh yea." The first work of her that I thought of was her performance in "Evening" and "Nell. I did not realize that she was the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave. I was truly struck and saddened by her sudden death, probably more-so because she was not an "out-there star", but a woman who you could tell had class and style. My condolences to her entire family.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  284. May

    Prayers and sympathies to her love ones.
    A tragic loss that is heart felt how precious life is

    March 19, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  285. NLM

    My heart breaks for her boys. I lost my mother to cancer at age 14, and my husband lost his father to a sudden heart attack at age 14 as well.
    Nothing anyone can say or do will make a difference to her children. I am 41 now and still bear the scars of having my mother miss my sports achievements, my prom, graduation, college graduation, wedding and her grandchildren. My heart is with her husband and children. after 18 years, my father still talks of the love of his life, my mother. God bless her family.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  286. Debbie

    I watched Maid and Parent Trap with my daughter who is in her late teens now. I am right around Natasha's age and can only wish that as she left this world she was not cognizant of anything. As a mother the last thing I would want to see is the sorrow in my childrens eyes or the pain in their voices. May she rest in peace knowing she was truly loved.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  287. Glenny/TX

    What a beautiful spirit Natasha was. I just loved her performance in Maid in Manhattan. My deepest condolences to Liam, her sons, and the Redgraves! A new star will shine above in Heaven . God Bless you , and Peace and Strength be with you in this trying time !

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  289. Doreen


    Those we love don't go away,
    They walk beside us every day,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  290. Saddened

    I was so saddened and shocked to hear of the death of Natasha Richardson. My condolences to the family - especially her two sons who I am sure adored their mother in every possible way. Her husband and her seemed so truly devoted to each other - a rarity in Hollywood. Rest in peace Natasha.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  291. callyri

    What a beautiful, stunning, talented woman. I know the world will miss her. I'm grateful for her contributions. Peace be with her family.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  292. Chris

    Given the perverse American obsession with demi-talents whose publicists choke us with their every move, and the brain dead people who cling to celeberties and their pathetic, boring lives as giving meaning to their own tired lives, it is truly a shame that a person of actual talent is overlooked. But have no fear, Brittany or Riannah or some other idiot will see one fan missing and do something else stupid to attact attention, and we as a nation will flock to this latest bit of TMZ crap.

    No wonder America is losing the culture wars.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  293. Susan2

    An immeasurable loss... to the theatre, the movie industry, however most incredibly to her family.

    Watching her films, she could evoke such a range of emotions, however each time, at the end of the film, she left those she entertained with her beauty, laughter, and graceful charm, thankful for her work.

    Deepest respect and sympathy to her family.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  294. kim

    I had been a fan of Neeson for years when I first really became aware of her in the movie "Nell." I was captivated by her beauty and warmth, and impressed, as a southerner, with the authenticity of her accent. I began to follow her career and was thrilled that the obvious connection between her and Neeson was, indeed, real. I enjoyed every moment that I ever saw her on the sreen, and I envied the lovely life that they apparently shared. I am heartbroken that she is gone, and as the mother of two sons, I ache for those boys. It is ironic that he played a widower with a stepson in "Love, actually," and that er sister Joely played the wife who is taken tragically in "Return to Me," and a woman who marries her dead sister's widow in "The Patriot."I have no idea how the family will deal with such a loss and my heart goes out to all who loved her.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  295. Bob in Gorham Maine

    My deepest condolences to an actress who's whole family was "just ordinary people", that flew beneath the "hype" radar and enjoyed life as a loving family.
    I'll miss her voice, her performances as in Nell and Parent Trap..Such a loss.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  296. Shelly

    This brings me back to the loss of Princess Diana. Natasha Richardson was an elegant, kind, and loving woman. Her life is a testament to the person that she was and will always be. My heart goes out to her beautiful boys, her loving husband, her amazing mum, and all the wonderful family and friends that have prematurely lost this beautiful example of what all women should aspire to be. There is good and bad in everything, but right now I can't imagine the good that will come of this loss.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  297. Jason

    To the author of the article: Actually, Natasha Richardson did participate in a reality show. She was the celebrity guest on an episode of Top Chef's most recent season. Just trying to keep you honest.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  298. Sandra

    I have not had an opportunity to see Natasha on stage, but I have seen most of her movies. She was a very talented, lovely and classy person and actress who will be greatly missed. I am profoundly shocked and grieved and my heart goes out to her family in this terrible time.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  299. Sandy Palmieri

    To Natasha's family, I am so very sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful woman, with such grace. Please know I am grieving with you.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  300. Lynette

    My prayers go out to the family of Natasha Richardson. May the love and support of family and friends keep them strong during this most difficult time. I do remember watching her in Parent Trap. She was a "Classy Lady," which you do not find too much now in hollywood.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  301. Donna

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this very sad time,
    the lights in heaven will be much brighter with her beautiful smile.
    I recently lossed my mother and my heart is broke for her two young sons, I know how they feel. She will be looking down on them
    from heaven God has wrapped her in his arms.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  302. Ancientone51

    Such a sad loss. I saw her in the movie "Gothic" late one night...strange film, but she was so very good, and so young.

    All I have seen her in, sadly only film, were varied and wonderful performances.

    To her whole family, my thoughts and prayers and heartfelt sorrow to you. Find strength where you may and know you do not grieve alone.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  303. Deborah

    I think my daughter and I have watched The Parent Trap (remake) at least 100 times. Its my 7 yr olds favorite movie. When we saw on the news that Natasha had passed away, she cried as if it were a dear friend.

    Rest in peace Natasha. The world may have dimmed a bit but heaven surely is glowing brighter today.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  304. Diane, NYC

    This is such a loss. I feel very fortunate that I saw Natasha Richardson on stage three times – in Anna Christie w/ Liam Neeson, in Cabaret and in A Streetcar Named Desire. She had a fabulous stage presence – she was luminous and filled with energy that I think inspired her co-stars as well.

    And if you want to rent a great film of hers, get Widow's Peak. Dry, very funny comedy w/Natasha, Mia Farrow, and Joan Plowright. Wonderful plot twist at the end and Natasha is wonderful in it.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  305. Eileen

    Natasha was excellent in "Blow Dry" (British, 2001, co-starring Alan Rickman and Rachel Griffiths), a comedy/drama about a woman dying of cancer who tries to heal her fractured family by entering a hair competition.

    What a tragic loss for her family and friends. For those of us who didn't know her personally, we can still have her the same way we always knew her — on film.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  306. Carrie

    God bless her husband and sons and her family.

    They're all in my prayers.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  307. DamMorSox

    I loved Natasha as an actress and a mom. The fact that she comes from a very talented family & was married to a very talented actor only makes her loss all the more devastating. My heart goes out to the Neeson, Richardson & Redgrave family's!

    March 19, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  308. Emily Caporale

    What a terrible tragedy. I lost my mother suddenly to a cerebral aneursym and my family had to remove her from life support. I know too well the devastation they are experiencing. I also lost a sister to AIDS at 46. My heart aches for her husband, children, mother, sister and her entire family. The feeling of helplessness when someone suffers a traumatic and fatal brain injury is overwhelming. I am thinking of you and sending out love and compassion at this terrible time.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  309. Marilyn

    Natasha Richardson was an amazing woman. I saw all of movies throughout the years. She was great actress, the type of woman that was true to the core. I want to send my deepest symathy out to her family and her sons. I'm so sorry. We will keep you all in our prayers. Remember shes an Angel now in heaven, like she was on earth.
    God bless you all through this difficult time. Thank you all for sharing her with us.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  310. Kaylon

    I am so saddened by the loss of Ms. Richardson. She was a beautiful lady and was a tremendous actress. To her family: you can rest assured she is watching over you. Trust in God and he will see you thru this time of trial.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  311. Aliki

    I was extremely saddended to hear that Ms. Richardson passed away so suddenly, what a meaningless death from someone who had so very much to live for. Mr. Leopold is struck by the outpouring of sympath – I think it is so great because in addition to Natasha being an accomplished actress, loving mother and wife who had everything to live for, it reminds us all of how fleeting life can be. It saddens us to see a bright light extinguised before its time, and reminds us once again of our own immortality. My thoughts and prayers go out to Liam Neeson and his sons, to Natasha's mother (it goes against all of natures laws for a child to predecease a parent), may God give them the strength and comfort they will surely needs in the days ahead. Let us be comforted in knowing that Ms. Richardson's memory lives on in her sons and all of those that she knew, and in the knowledge that heaven's stage premieres a bright and shining angel in Ms. Richardson.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
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  314. Christy

    My prayers are with the family. My heart aches for the two young sons left without their beloved mother. You will be will be remembered....and you were loved by your family and by your fans. My thoughts and prayers with Mr. Neeson as he struggles to cope with his loss and continue rasing those boys.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  315. julie

    She was breathtaking, and her stage presence was ethereal. She outshone so many of today's so-called "stars" with her pure talent. It is tragic that her career, and beautiful life, were cut off so soon.
    I hope her family finds comfort in knowing that the world mourns with them–I am especially sad for Liam and their children.
    May she rest in peace.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  316. Todd Leopold, Entertainment Producer

    @Susan – The Broadway theaters have announced they will dim their lights for one minute tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  317. oldstyleindy

    May your faith, family and friends get you through this sad time. Know above all else she will remain with you always through memories, for memories can never be taken from you.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  318. Marsha

    What a tragedy! To think that her sons, husband, family and the world will miss the talent and goodness of this beautiful young woman. One of the few talents who did not make the scandel sheets and led a good family life. Her talent was wonderful and will not be forgotten. My condolences go out to her family and friends.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  319. Debbie Katz

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I always admired Natasha's work, and the world has dimmed with her passing. In a world of crazed celebrity, your family seemed able to rise above it, raising two beautiful boys out of the spotlight. You and your family are in our thoughts.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  320. LIz Neeley

    I remember Natasha through film (i.e. The Parent Trap and Evening). However, I remember her mostly becuase her mother was Vanessa Redgrave who I love. But I will miss her because she is such a fine actress and I will go out and rent Evening again and enjoy her and her mother together in film and share a tear. She will be missed and I am sorry for her family especially Vanessa.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  321. Dee

    I will admit, being in my mid 20s, I didn't really know of any of Natasha's work. But I know what it's like to lose someone you're close to in a tragic way. My heart goes out to her husband, sons, mother, father, and all of her friends. I know she will be greatly missed.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  322. Sandy Sullivan

    To the family of Natasha:

    I am so deeply devastated by the loss of this beatiful wife and mother. May God bless and comfort you, Liam, and the darling boys during this most difficult and anguishing time.

    March 19, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  323. Barbara Cuervo

    My heart goes out to ..Liam, sons and Redgrave family. To think of the movie..Love, Accually..and the character.. Liam played ( a grieving husband, who had just lost his wife, and raising a son). Now a sad reality. May they find comfort and peace, during this time.. and know that they are in their fans thoughts.


    March 19, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  324. Susan

    Broadway should dim its lights tonight in memorium. I only saw her on film, but she was a luminous actress.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  325. Michelle

    I saw Richardson in "The Parent Trap" remake, and I think she was in "Maid in Manhatten" too. Anyway, it is just such a tragedy for the family. Such a tragic loss and without warning. My heart goes out to her family...especially her husband and children. RIP Natasha.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  326. Laurie Mann

    I saw many of her movies over the years, but never had the opportunity to see her on the stage. Based on the roles she played, she was an actress of enormous range.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  327. Elizabeth

    My prayers are with Natasha's family. I always admired her as an actress and a mother. I remember watching her give an interview several years ago, her children were very little and she was talking about how Liam would put on the Santa Claus suit and romp outside in the snow to give the impression Santa was coming. It was so funny to think of him doing that. She truely enjoyed her family and you could tell Liam was her light.

    When she was telling the story she made you feel they were just an average family enjoying simple things and having fun.

    I am so sorry for your loss and pray time will help heal you heal and you will be able to continue on as she will be watching from heaven.

    March 19, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |

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