Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Natasha Richardson in critical condition after skiing accident

The actress NATASHA RICHARDSON has been transferred to a Montreal hospital with serious head injuries after a skiing accident on Monday, several news outlets reported.

CTV, a Canadian television network, said on Tuesday that Liam Neeson, NATASHA RICHARDSON’s husband, had left a film set in Toronto to be with his wife in Montreal on Monday.

According to IrishCentral.com, a Web site that first reported the accident on Monday, NATASHA RICHARDSON was injured while skiing in the Laurentian hills north of Montreal. NATASHA RICHARDSON was transferred from a hospital in that region to the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal late in the afternoon.

Several reports said she was in critical condition.

A spokeswoman for the Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police force, said that it had no information about NATASHA RICHARDSON's accident. The hospital did not immediately respond to requests for comment, although privacy laws limit the ability of hospitals in the province to comment on patients.

The Canadian Press reported that Kika Markham, the wife of NATASHA RICHARDSON's uncle, Corin Redgrave, had confirmed the skiing incident.

“We know that she has had an accident but we really do not know any more details,” she told the news agency. “We are very concerned.”

NATASHA RICHARDSON won a Tony in 1998 for her performance in “Cabaret.” Her film performances include role in “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Parent Trap.”

She is the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson, the film director and producer.

Mr. Neeson married NATASHA RICHARDSON in 1994 and the couple have two children.

Liam Neeson has rushed to his wife Natasha Richardson's side in Canada:

"Liam Neeson left the Toronto set immediately to fly to Montreal upon news of his wife's accident," a rep for his film Chloe said in a statement to Canadian TV. "We do not have any details at this time but we hope for the best and our thoughts and prayers are with Natasha and Liam and their family."

And from the AP:

A family member confirmed Richardson had had a skiing accident.

"We know that she has had an accident but we really do not know any more details," said Kika Markham, who is married to NATASHA RICHARDSON's uncle, Corin Redgrave. "We are very concerned."

Actress NATASHA RICHARDSON, daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and wife of actor Liam Neeson, has been injured in a tragic ski accident in Canada, according to several reports.

A source initially told IrishCentral.com that NATASHA RICHARDSON's injury is critical:

NATASHA RICHARDSON, who was set to co-star with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, in a Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," was apparently injured in a tragic ski accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury.It is not known whether Neeson is at his wife's side.
People magazine confirmed the unfortunate news:

Actress NATASHA RICHARDSON was hospitalized on Monday afternoon in Montréal after suffering a serious head injury, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The Tony-winning star, 45, was first brought to Centre Hospitalier Laurentien near Mont Tremblant, a famed ski area, following a skiing accident. At 5 p.m. she was transferred to Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal.