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Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson Marriage Profile

Successful Marriage Ended Tragically

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Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson in London, England on october 17, 2008.

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In 2000, Natasha stayed by Liam's side as he recovered from a motorcycle accident. In 2009, Liam rushed to be with Natasha after her ski accident. Here is more information about the close marriage of Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson.

Born:

Natasha Jane Richardson: May 11, 1963 in London, England.

Liam Neeson aka William John Neeson: June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

Died:

Natasha: March 18, 2009 in New York City. Natasha died at the age of 45 after being injured in a skiing accident at the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Canada. She died from an epidural hematoma.

After a funeral on March 22, 2009, in St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lithgow, New York, Natasha Richardson was buried in a cemetery near her home in New York state.

3/18/2009: "As the morning sun draped Lenox Hill Hospital [in New York] on Wednesday, the family of Natasha Richardson were huddled inside after the actress suffered a potentially fatal head injury from what seemed at first like a benign skiing accident on Monday. Ms Richardson, 45, was flown from Montreal Tuesday night to the Upper East Side hospital ..."
Source: Patrick Healy, Liz Robbins. "Family Gathers Around Natasha Richardson." NYTimes.com. 3/18/2009.

3/16/2009: Natasha Richardson was seriously injured in a ski accident at the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Canada. She was in a Montreal, Canada, hospital.
Natasha Richardson Skiing Accident: How a Brain Injury Shows Up Later

How Natasha and Liam Met:

They worked together on the TV mini-series "Ellis Island" in 1984 and later reconnected in the early 1990s while working together on Broadway in "Anna Christie."
Natasha: "It was not an easy time when I met Liam. Working with him, what happened between us, and that becoming public knowledge in conjunction with my marriage falling apart, was kind of bad timing. So what can I say? Obviously I fell very much in love with him."
Source: Patrick Huguenin. "Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson's magical marriage takes tragic turn." NYDailyNews.com. 3/18/2009.

Wedding Date:

Natasha and Liam were married in a private ceremony on July 3, 1994 at their country home in New York. Natasha wore a wedding dress designed by Donna Karan. Actor Franco Nero gave the bride away when Natasha's mother, Vanessa Redgrave was a "no-show" due to her work on a movie in Italy.

There were 70 guests including Aidan Quinn, Lauren Bacall, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, Mia Farrow, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ron Shelton.

Beneath a "huge white tent", the "40-minute ceremony during which a priest conducted mass, a choir sang "Morning Has Broken," and a herd of cows chewed their cud in the nearby pasture, Natasha Richardson [31], of Britain's prolific Redgrave acting dynasty, and Liam Neeson [42], working-class Irish kid turned Hollywood hunk and Schindler's star, exchanged wedding vows."
Source: "Acting on Love." People.com. 7/18/1994.

Children:

Liam and Natasha have two sons.
  • Micheal Richard Antonio Neeson: Born in 1995 in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Daniel Jack Neeson: Born in 1996.

Occupations:

Natasha: Actress.

Liam: Actor.

Residences:

Liam and Natasha have a five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot home in Millbrook, New York. The Colonial-style country home was built in 1810.

Previous Marriages:

Natasha was previous married to producer Robert Fox, from December 15, 1990 to June 30, 1993 when their marriage ended in divorce.

Quotes About the Marriage of Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson:

Liam: "I think I survived by running away some. Running away to work ... But that's the weird thing about grief. You can't prepare for it. You think you're gonna cry and get it over with. You make those plans, but they never work. It hits you in the middle of the night — well, it hits me in the middle of the night. I'm out walking. I'm feeling quite content. And it's like suddenly, boom. It's like you've just done that in your chest."
Source: Tom Chiarella. "The Hard Luck and Beautiful Life of Liam Neeson." Esquire.com. 2/15/2011.

Family spokesperson: “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.”
Source: "Actress Natasha Richardson has died." MSNBC.com. 3/18/2009.

Natasha: "We have a joke that I see the glass half full and he sees it half empty. He's more laid back, happy to see what happens, whereas I'm a doer and I plan ahead. The differences sometimes get in the way but they can be the very things that feed a marriage too."
Source: Anita Singh. "Natasha Richardson skiing accident in Canada: profile of actress." Telegraph.co.uk. 3/17/2009.

Liam on the secret to a happy marriage: "Never take it for granted. That’s what I constantly do. Work at it."
Source: "Liam Neeson: I Never Take It for Granted." OKMagazine.com. 1/30/2009.

Liam: "... sitting down to eat in our house, talking about the day, is very important."
Source: Allison Adato. "Sex Symbol:. Liam Neeson ..." People Weekly. 11/22/2004. pg. 85.

Liam about his motorcycle accident in 2000: "His wife Natasha was, he says, "an angel during my recovery. She was there every minute holding my hand, which was a wonderful inspiration. She's a good girl. Seeing her gave me a little extra strength each day."
Source: Cindy Pearlman. "I could have died -- but Natasha's love gave me the strength to pull through." The Evening Standard." 7/18/2002.

Natasha about his motorcyle crash in 2000: "It reinforced what I already knew. That you have to really appreciate life and what you have, because things can change."
Source: Nick Curtis. "Keeping it in the Family." The Evening Standard. 5/8/2003. pg. 20.

Liam: "She [Natasha] pushed all the right buttons. Certain people push one or tow. But she pushed buttons I didn't even know I had."
Source: "Liam Neeson recalls love at first push." Intelligencer. 5/05/1995. pg. 2.

Other Sources:
Natalie Clarke. "Why the Sun is Shining on Family Love, New Love and Forgiving Love." The Daily Mail. 6/23/1999.
"Neeson, Richardson tie knot." Winnipeg Free Press. 7/5/1994. pg. 25.
"Neeson, Richardson decide to get married." Alton Telegraph. 7/10/1994. pg. 44.
Ruth Ryon. "Guess Who's Moving." Chronicle Telegram. 7/10/1994. pg. 74.
Bill Zwecker. "Vanessa Sends Love, Lecture to Nuptials." Chicago sun - Times. 7/8/1994. pg. 18.
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