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Natasha Richardson (1963 -- 2009)

Natasha Richardson's shocking death, aged 45, resulted from a blow to the head sustained during a skiing accident in Quebec. The next day she was flown to hospital in New York, where she lived, and died there the day after that (18 March), with family members at her bedside. Born in London, Natasha was the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and the late Tony Richardson.

Having trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama, she began her acting career at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, and developed a wide range of leading roles including her Tony Award winning performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret (1998). In 1993, Natasha was cast in a stage production of Anna Christie alongside Liam Neeson. The following year, they both appeared in Michael Apted's film, Nell, starring Jodie Foster. They married soon afterwards (her second marriage) and had two sons. Natasha's other films include Ken Russell's Gothic (1987), A Handmaid's Tale (1990), The Parent Trap (1998), Maid in Manhattan (2002), Asylum (2005), The White Countess (2005) and Wild Child (2008). Like her sister Joely, Natasha also played many roles on television, and campaigned to raise funds for Aids charities.