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Natasha Richardson dies after skiing accident in Quebec

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Natasha Richardson dies after skiing accident in Quebec
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British stage and screen star Natasha Richardson has died in New York after suffering a head injury Monday while skiing at Quebec's Mont Tremblant resort.

A family spokesperson made the announcement Wednesday evening.

"Liam Neeson, his sons and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha," spokesman Alan Nierob said in a statement.

"They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time."

The statement did not give details about the cause of death.

Richardson, 45, was a celebrated film, TV and stage actress with prolific credits on both sides of the Atlantic. She came from an esteemed family of British actors.

Her maternal grandparents were Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, and her Oscar-winning parents were Vanessa Redgrave and the late Tony Richardson.

Her younger sister, Joely Richardson, is an actor, as are her aunt Lynn Redgrave, uncle Corin Redgrave and aunt Kika Markham.

Though Richardson and her husband, Irish actor Liam Neeson, were based in the United States, where their teenaged sons Michael and Daniel were born, she trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama.

A familiar face for movies such as The Handmaid's Tale, The Comfort of Strangers, Nell and The Parent Trap, Richardson is most noted for her extensive stage career.

Theatre accolades began flowing in 1986, when she was dubbed the most promising newcomer by the London Drama Critics Circle for a turn in The Seagull opposite her mother.

By 1998, when she starred as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes' revival of Cabaret, Richardson was awarded a raft of best actress trophies, including Tony, Outer Critics circle and Drama Desk Awards.

After starring in a one-night benefit concert performance of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music with her mother in January, Richardson had been slated to reprise the role in a planned upcoming production.

She had also been set to star on Broadway in a December revival of August Strindberg's Miss Julie, along with Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Actress 'seemed all right'

On Monday afternoon, the 45-year-old Richardson was taking a lesson on a beginner's slope at Quebec's Mont Tremblant ski resort, north of Montreal.

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