March 18, 2009

Farewell Sally Bowles

as Sally Bowles in Cabaret

According to MSNBC, Alan Nierob of Rogers & Cowan, a spokesman for Natasha Richardson's family released this statement:

“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.”

I'm still in shock as I write up this post. Natasha Richardson was one of my favorite actress. She comes from an acting dynasty, the Redgrave clan with Vanessa Redgrave (her mom), Oscar winning director Tony Richardson, sister Joely Richardson, aunt Lynn Redgrave, uncle Corin Redgrave. Her grandparents also theatre actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Acting, you can say, was in her blood. To many, she is best known for her role as the mom in the remake of The Parent Trap with Lindsey Lohan and Dennis Quaid but to those who follow theatre she is best remembered for her Tony winning role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret.

I feel privileged to have seen her as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire in 2005. She was luminous and at the same time devastating in that role. I loved that production and will never forget it. She will be missed. Theatre has lost a great actress but more than that she was a very classy lady, a humanitarian and an advocate for AIDS.

Our prayers and thoughts to her family in this difficult time.

(top photo from while the other 2 are posters of her theatre work in my Broadway room)

Playbills of Anna Christie and Closer plus a In Theatre Magazine featuring Cabaret


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