Natasha Richardson flown home ‘to die with family’ after skiing accident…
Nastasha Richardson is said to be close to death after a seemingly innocuous fall on a beginners’ ski slope.
The 45-year-old actress developed life-threatening injuries after apparently hitting her head during a ski lesson on holiday in Canada.
Tonight, Miss Richardson, the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson, was flown home to ‘spend one last day with her family’.
And it seemed as if she had become the latest victim of the ‘curse’ said to beset the theatrical dynasty to which she belongs.
Miss Richardson, who is married to actor Liam Neeson, had been taking a private ski lesson at the resort of Mont Tremblant, when she fell on a green slope, suitable for beginners.
She was at the bottom of the run in an area known as The Flats during the afternoon lesson, when she tumbled down the hill.
Initially, the mother of two, who was not wearing a helmet, appeared unhurt.
She got up laughing and refused to see a doctor, witnesses said, even signing a medical form saying she did not need help.
But an hour after returning to her hotel room, the Tony award-winning actress began to experience severe headaches and was taken to hospital.
She received emergency treatment at the Centre Hospitalier Laurentien, nearby, and was then transferred to Montreal’s Sacre Coeur Hospital.
Neeson immediately flew from the set of his latest film, Chloe, in Toronto, to be near her, when he heard about the accident on Monday afternoon.
The Hollywood actor intended to have his wife flown from Montreal to the family home in New York, close friends said.
‘He’s bringing her to New York to die – to spend one last day with her family’, one said.
Neeson, 56, was seen escorting his wife as she was taken by ambulance from hospital in Montreal to the airport.
Miss Richardson, who was not conscious, was in an intensive-care bed, with tubes covering her face. Neeson is expected to release a statement tonight about his wife’s condition.
Miss Richardson’s mother, the 72-year-old Oscar-winning actress, was already in Manhattan, comforting the couple’s sons, Michael, 13, and Daniel Jack, 12, who had been in Canada on the holiday, but were then flown home.
Natasha with her sons Michael, 13, and Daniel Jack, 12, at the Broadway opening of Billy Elliot in November last year.
A friend said: ‘Vanessa’s distraught as you would imagine but she’s being strong for the boys.’
And yesterday, other members of the Redgrave family prepared to travel to New York to wait for Miss Richardson’s return.
Her uncle, Corin Redgrave, 69, said: ‘I have heard this morning from a family representative about Natasha’s accident and am very saddened.
‘We are very much thinking of Natasha, Vanessa and Joely, and are sending them our love.’
His wife, Kika Markham, said: ‘We know that she has had an accident but we really do not know any more details. We are very concerned.’
A spokesman for the ski resort gave details of her accident. ‘Miss Richardson was taking a skiing lesson in a small group with a private instructor when she fell over. She immediately got up and laughed about it.
The British actress was injured while skiing on this slope at Mont Tremblant in Quebec, which attracts wealthy families and the famous.
The Mont Tremblant resort is 90 miles north of Montreal in French-speaking Canada.
‘A ski patrol, with individuals trained in first aid, came over and asked if she needed treatment or wanted a doctor. She refused.
‘The instructor then escorted her back her room and remained with her for over an hour.
‘Miss Richardson then said she was suffering from headaches and decided to go to hospital.’
The actress’s first husband, the film and stage producer Robert Fox, heard of her accident as he was about to board a plane to New York for the opening of a new play.
The pair had remained friends and Fox has often worked with his former wife and her mother.
Miss Richardson had been due to appear with her mother in a Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
Natasha received treatment at Quebec’s Centre Hospitalier Laurentien (pictured) before being transfered to a Montreal hospital.
Sister to Nip/Tuck actress Joely Richardson, 44, and granddaughter of Sir Michael Redgrave, Miss Richardson is a product of one of Britain’s great theatrical dynasties.
But the many divorces and scandals through the generations have led some to suggest that the line is ‘cursed’.
Born in May 1963, Miss Richardson was educated at St Paul’s Girls School, in London, and trained at the city’s Central School of Speech and Drama.
She met Neeson met in 1984 on the set of TV series Ellis Island. A decade later she left Fox for the Irish actor.
The couple live in a ranch near Millbrook, New York, with their sons.
Miss Richardson has appeared in more than 30 Hollywood films, but she is best known for her work on the stage.
She has performed a number of Shakespearean roles, among them Ophelia in Hamlet and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The actress had been staying at the Quintessence Hotel.
In 1986, she won the London Drama Critics‘ most promising newcomer award for her performance as Nina in The Seagull, by Chekhov, alongside her mother.
She also won a Tony award, for best actress in a musical, for her performance as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes’s production of Cabaret on Broadway, in 1998.
Miss Richardson also featured in the 1998 film The Parent Trap, the 2002 film Maid In Manhattan, with Jennifer Lopez, and the 2008 teen hit Wild Child.
Like her mother, Miss Richardson is a staunch supporter of the Aids charity amfAR. Her father, the late director, died of an Aids-related illness.
Recently she had talked about wanting to move back to England, and expressed feelings of homesickness for the culture which she understood.
But she knew her boys were American and although she would have liked them to appreciate their English and Irish roots, the upheaval would have been too great.
Source: Daily Mail
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