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PostSubject: Natasha Richardson dies after ski fall   Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:22 pm

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Natasha Richardson, a film star, Tony-winning stage actress and member of the famed Redgrave acting family, died Wednesday after suffering injuries in a ski accident, according to a family statement. She was 45.

Richardson, wife of actor Liam Neeson, was injured Monday in a fall on a ski slope at a Quebec resort about 80 miles northwest of Montreal.

Richardson's family released a statement saying, "Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time."

According to a statement from Mont Tremblant Ski Resort, Richardson fell during a lesson on a beginners' trail.

"She did not show any visible sign of injury, but the ski patrol followed strict procedures and brought her back to the bottom of the slope and insisted she should see a doctor," the statement said.

Richardson, accompanied by her instructor, returned to her hotel, but about an hour after the fall was "not feeling good," the statement said. An ambulance was called, and Richardson was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to Hopital du Sacre-Coeur in Montreal. From there she was transferred to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Richardson was practically born to perform. Her grandfather, Sir Michael Redgrave, was a famed British actor. Her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, is an Oscar-winning actress, and her father, the late director Tony Richardson, helmed such films as "Look Back in Anger," "The Entertainer" and the Oscar-winning "Tom Jones."

Natasha Richardson's uncle Corin Redgrave, aunt Lynn Redgrave, and sister Joely Richardson are also noted performers.

But being part of a family of actors wasn't always easy for Richardson. Her parents divorced when she was 4 and her mother, involved in controversial political causes, gave away a lot of money, putting the family in financial straits, according to the BBC.

Then there was the family heritage, of which Richardson once said, "Though my name opened doors it didn't get me work, and a lot of pressure comes from having a mother who is considered one of the greatest actresses of her generation," the BBC reported.

In 2007, Richardson worked with her mother in the film "Evening." Richardson said she made one point to director Lajos Koltai about the relatives working together. "This is a unique opportunity," she said she told him. "This is the one time my mother and I are going to play mother and daughter on screen, so you've got to take advantage of it."

Richardson's first film role was a bit part in her father's "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1968), made when she was 4. After a handful of roles through her teens and early 20s, she broke through as Mary Shelley in Ken Russell's film "Gothic," and followed that up as Patty Hearst in Paul Schrader's 1988 film of the same name.

Richardson's other notable films included "The Handmaid's Tale" (1990); the TV movie "Zelda" (1993); "Nell" (1994), alongside Neeson, whom she married in 1994; the 1998 remake of "The Parent Trap"; and "Wild Child" (2008).

But some of Richardson's greatest successes were on the stage. At 22, she played opposite her mother and Jonathan Pryce in a London production of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull"; the performance earned her the London Drama Critics' most promising newcomer award.

She won a Tony for her performance as Sally Bowles in the 1998 revival of "Cabaret" and earned raves for her Blanche DuBois in a 2005 production of "A Streetcar Named Desire." She was scheduled to perform in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" this year, following a January benefit performance of the show.

She and Neeson have two children, Michael and Daniel. Richardson was married to Robert Fox from 1990 to 1994.

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PostSubject: Re: Natasha Richardson dies after ski fall   Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:24 pm

I have been following this story since the news broke about the accident on the slopes. I was sad, early this morning, when I checked my tweeter account, and saw that they'd removed Natasha from life support. I knew that she'd pass some time today. Sad

I really enjoyed movies that she starred in, and I love her husband and her mother. I hope that they will be able to find comfort (the entire family) with each other through this tragedy.

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PostSubject: Re: Natasha Richardson dies after ski fall   Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:50 pm

What I don't understand is how you go from OK an hour after the fall, to being "not good", to being brain dead.
I thought becoming brain dead happens straight after the trauma, not a couple of hours afterwards.
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PostSubject: Re: Natasha Richardson dies after ski fall   Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:05 pm

From what I understand, she hit her head. The frontal lobes move around and that causes swelling. If they can not stop the swelling, it cuts off the oxygen and you die.

It's just so damn sad. I feel so sorry for her family.

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PostSubject: Re: Natasha Richardson dies after ski fall   Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:04 am

Sounds like some kind of swelling on the brain maybe bleeding in the brain I suppose the results of a post mortem will let us know.

Very sad for the family though I feel for them
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PostSubject: Re: Natasha Richardson dies after ski fall   Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:03 am

If you don't drill into the brain, and release that pressure, it builds, fast. That's how come she went from okay, to massive pain, to basically brain dead, so fast.

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