• Wed, Mar 18 2009

Natasha Richardson & Liam Neeson’s Wedding

It’s a sad, sad day for those who have heard about Natasha Richardson’s skiing accident yesterday and now, the life support has been switched off. Natasha is now in their family home, I suppose, expecting her to die quietly. I am still hoping for a miracle. Poor Liam! My heart goes out to you!

Image: Newscom

Image: Newscom

Let’s look back at Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson’s 1994 wedding. I’d rather remember Natasha on one of the most happiest days of her life rather than the sad, sad event of her death:

UNTIL THE VERY LAST, THEIR SPOKESPEOPLE swore it wasn’t happening. And for a few tense minutes on July 3, it seemed, at least, as if it might not happen as planned. The bride’s mother, Vanessa Redgrave, didn’t show up (filming in Italy, she sent a note instead). Two minibuses full of guests got lost and arrived late—as did several individual stragglers. Actor Aidan Quinn didn’t pull his gleaming black Toyota Camry up to the white clapboard farmhouse in rural Millbrook, N.Y., 90 miles north of New York City, until nearly 5:30 p.m.—half an hour after the black-tie event was to begin. But by 6 p.m., the remaining 70-plus guests—including Mia Farrow, Lauren Bacall and Schindler’s List Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes—were seated beneath the huge white tent not far from the 180-year-old barn. And a few moments later, in a 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, of Britain’s prolific Redgrave acting dynasty, and Liam Neeson, working-class Irish kid turned Hollywood hunk and Schindler’s star, exchanged wedding vows.

For Neeson, 42, and Richardson, 31, getting to the altar may have seemed as daunting as getting the guests to the $1.2 million home they just bought. The actors met in January 1993, when they costarred in the Broadway production of Anna Christie. By April, Richardson had ended her four-year marriage to British producer Richard Fox and become involved with Neeson. “He has a raw and open sexuality,” she said, declaring herself “madly, passionately” in love.

But Neeson had a prior attachment of his own to overcome: to bachelorhood. The actor lived with British actress Helen Mirren in the mid-’80s and later stepped out with Julia Roberts, Barbra Streisand and Brooke Shields—but resisted stepping down the aisle. “I’ve never had marriage and families and stuff,” Neeson said recently. “I operate better on my own.”

Until now. There, after all, was his bride, resplendent in a Donna Karan dress. And as the lilting sounds of flute and fiddle at their five-hour wedding reception suggested, Liam Neeson—at last—had changed his tune.

EDIT: News report says that Natasha Richardson has died…sad :( My sincerest condolences to Natasha Richardson’s family. :-(

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  • ginnie stehman

    I grieve with you. I am so sorry for all you in the family. My sincerest, heartfelt sympathy.

  • Marcus Mougeot

    Our deepest most heartfelt sympathies and condolences pour out to the Redgrave family and Neeson family members. Although we did not her or Liam personally we are still very saddened and shocked by her tragic and unforseen passing away. Natascha always seemed to have a sweet and kind nature about her, she was also a very beautiful woman. From what we’ve read in newspapers and seen on TV interviews she was always a gallant and very classy lady. Her marriage to Liam Neeson should serve as an example to other Hollywood cleberties who take those vows for granted, one the rare couples to actually make it – which makes all the more sad. Our hearts go out the boys too.
    I remember first seeing Natascha on the big screen when I went to see Ken Russell’s Gothic (being a big horror film buff) and was blown away and instantly enamoured by this fresh new talented young actress who gave a fabulous performance as Mary Sheeley almost eclipsing Gabriel Byrne’s, and Julian Sands’ performances. I also immensely enjoyed her in The Handsmaid’s Tale, The Comfort of Strangers, Patty Hearst, Past Midnight, Nell (the movie in which she met hubby Liam Neeson), and my girlfreind coerced me into watching The Parent Trap – which to my surprise featured Natascha – as that is relly not my cup of tea – and thanks to her wonderful performance I was actually able to sit through it all without wincing. Of course I know that her filmography is much more extensive than what I have seen, and I will be catching up on her other works. Again we are so terribly sorry for the loss of this wonderful soul who brought some sunshine into our lives when we’d see here in a movie. Also to Liam Neeson whose films I’ve watched a tad more than Natascha’s (ranging from Krull to Taken) and his lads, and of course all the rest of the families, relatives, freinds, and film fans such as ourselves. Her passing away is loss to so many people who liked and admired her as a true thespian of the arts, she will be sorely missed, and our hearts feel like needle has been pricked into it. Again our deepest sympathies and god bless her soul.

    From our little clan; Mark (the film geek) and his mum and dad.

  • Emily

    This is so sad. My heart goes out to her survivors.

    Nice to remember her at a happier time, though.

    Emily
    eeohlin@gmail.com

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    This whole incident is such a shock. What a classy lady and a great couple! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.