March 20, 2009

Perfectly Marvelous Natasha

I thought I'd post a collection of links and statements with kind words about Natasha Richardson. It's from people she knew or have worked with or even theatre critics who have witnessed her great talent. Please click on the highlighted links to read comments.

Alan Cumming (her co-star in Cabaret)
Jane Fonda
Martha Stewart
Todd Leopold, CNN
Michael Billington, The Guardian

Edit (3/21 12:46am): Meryl Streep (friend and Evening Co-star): "Tash (Natasha) was the warm sun in the center of a large constellation of family, friends, all of those lucky enough to know her - she is irreplaceable in our lives; she gave us so much, so generously - her legacy is the love that connects us all."

Hellen Mirren (friend and Co-star in The Comfort of Strangers): Natasha was a great actress, a fantastic mother, a loving wife and a whirlwind of energy, with an infectious love of life expressed firstly by her wonderful deep laugh. Anyone who knew her will be in mourning today. I hope that Liam and her sons are helped in their pain by the great love and sympathy that is coming to them from people all over the world."

Judi Dench: I have no doubt [great work was to come]. It's been so shocking, really shocking -- I hope everyone leaves the family alone to pick up the pieces.

Jodie Foster (co-start in Nell): "Natasha was brilliant, beautiful, funny, talented beyond measure, as emotionally raw as she was razor sharp. Tasha loved fiercely and that love continues in all of us who knew her. May Liam, her beautiful boys and her loving family hold her close as they move through this tragic moment."

Sam Mendes (directed Natasha Richardson in Cabaret): "Natasha combined the best of [her parents, Vanessa] Redgrave and [Tony] Richardson: the enormous depth and emotional force of a great actor on the one hand, and the intelligence and objectivity of a great director on the other. She was a one-of-a-kind, a magnificent actress"

Designer Kenneth Cole (friend) praised her for her work in fighting AIDS, which killed her father, director Tony Richardson. "She felt she could make a difference and she did,"

Howard Stern: "I know Natasha. We've had many conversations and I thought she was just great," a subdued shock jock Howard Stern said outside their Upper West Side building.
"She was one of the nicest women you'd ever meet, and we just had a conversation recently. My heart goes out to her family. They're a great family. This is a horrible tragedy and I feel awful for them."

Regis Philbin: "It's one of the saddest things I've ever experienced," Regis said.
"I can't believe it . . . It's unheard of. My heart goes out to all of them. It's a great family, and I'm sorry for all of them."

Blythe Danner, at a red-carpet premiere of daughter Gwyneth Paltrow's new flick, "Valentino: The Last Emperor" on Tuesday remembered how comforting Richardson was when Danner's husband, Bruce Paltrow, died in 2002.
"Natasha is a beautiful woman and great actress she wrote me such a lovely letter when we were under such stress with Bruce," Danner said.
"I just think they are extraordinary talents, wonderful parents and such good people"

NY Times
Michael Riedel, NY Post
Chicago Tribune


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