FACTBOX: Actress Natasha Richardson dies after ski fall

Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:49pm EDT

(Reuters) - Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson died in New York on Wednesday after suffering a severe injury in a skiing accident in Canada, according to a family spokesman.

Following are some facts about Richardson.

* She was born in London on May 11, 1963, into the Redgrave acting dynasty. She is the eldest daughter of renowned stage and film actress Vanessa Redgrave and her then-husband, the late director Tony Richardson.

* She is the granddaughter of the late British actor Sir Michael Redgrave and niece of actors Lynn and Corin Redgrave. Her sister, Joely Richardson, appears on the U.S. television show "Nip/Tuck."

* Richardson had been married to Irish actor Liam Neeson, 56, since 1994. They met on the set of the 1994 Jodie Foster film, "Nell." The couple have two sons Michael, 13, and Daniel Jack, 12. Prior to marrying Neeson, Richardson was married for two years to British producer-director Robert Fox.

* She trained at London's prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. Richardson has acted extensively in London's West End and on Broadway.

* She won a U.S. Tony Award in 1998 for her performance in the musical "Cabaret," and she was named most promising newcomer in 1986 for her London performance in "The Seagull."

* Her film credits include "Gothic" (1986), "A Month in the Country" (1987), "Nell" (1994), in which she appeared with Neeson, and "The Parent Trap" (1998).

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White in London; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Sandra Maler)

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