Sunday 21 December 2014

Natasha Richardson: A life in pictures

Born in May 1963 to actress Vanessa Redgrave and her second husband, the director Tony Richardson, Natasha was part of an acting dynasty, which began with her grandfather, the late Sir Michael Redgrave. (Photo: Getty Images)
Natasha (right) was soon joined by sister Joely Richardson (left) and half brother Carlo Gabriel Nero. (Photo: Getty Images)
She began acting at a young age, appearing in 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' directed by her father and staring her mother in 1968. She later trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. She auditioned for the prestigious school without admitting she was a Redgrave. (Photo: Getty Images)
Richardson spent most of her career on the stage. In 1990 she met her first husband Robert Fox who was producing 'The Seagull'. Despite their 11-year age difference, the pair married in 1990. (Photo: Getty Images)
In 1992, daunted by constant comparisons to her mother, Richardson got a divorce from Fox and moved to New York. She later said that working in the Big Apple, gave her the creative freedom to be recognised for her own work. She was later joined stateside by sister Joely Richardson who has forged a career on the small screen. (Photo: Getty Images)
She met Liam Neeson in 1993 when the two of them starred in a Broadway production of 'Anna Christie'. She later followed him to Poland while he shot 'Schindler's List'. The pair, pictured here at the premier of the film 'Nell' in which they both starred, had one of Hollywood's stronger marriages. Richardson described Neeson as her soul mate and said she was lucky to have met him. (Photo: Getty Images)
Richardson married Liam Neeson in 1994 and the pair began a life and a family in New York, where she continued to work in the theatre. She won a Tony award in 1998 for her role in the 'Cabaret' and her performance in the 2005 stage revival of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' was applauded by the critics. (Photo: Getty Images)
After her late father died of an AIDS related illness in 1991, Richardson campaigned for various AIDS charities in the US. (Photo: Getty Images)
In 2005 she produced and stared in the film Asylum which was shot in Dublin. (Photo: Getty Images)
Richardson continued to take films roles staring alongside a young Lindsay Lohan in 'Parent Trap' in 1998. She also stared in the film 'The White Countess' in 2005 with both her mother and aunt, perhaps finally coming to terms with her acting pedigree. (Photo: Getty Images)
Richardson was hospitalised on Tuesday following what at first appeared to be a minor skiing accident in Canada. She was later flown to New York where she was believed to be suffering from a serious head injury. She died overnight at the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. She survived by her two teenage sons, Michael and Daniel. Her husband Liam is said to be devastated by his wife's tragic and sudden death. (Photo: Getty Images)