3.18.2009

A family's filmography


Tragically, at 2:04 p.m., the first reliable online source, United Press International, reported that actress Natasha Richardson is “brain dead.” Throughout the day this has been the subject of speculation across the Web, citing various sources close to the family. The family has not yet made a public statement.

Last night TV’s “Entertainment Tonight” and “Inside Edition” reported that Ms. Richardson is “best known” for her role as Lindsay Lohan’s mother in “The Parent Trap.”

Most persons with any movie acumen know Ms. Richardson is a member of one of the world’s most famous acting dynasties.

It hits me hard when someone with beauty, youth and talent is tragically taken, persons like Princess Diana and JFK, Jr. Anyone my age could attribute this feeling to the loss of actor James Dean in a car crash at the height of his short-lived career. Or, maybe it was the day the music died.

The least I can do for The Now Generation is set the record straight on the contributions Ms. Richardson and her family have made to filmdom and the stage.

NATASHA RICHARDSON:

The beautiful Natasha Richardson met her husband Liam Neeson on Broadway, and the couple starred in “Nell” with Jodie Foster. She has starred in some 40 films, including “Gothic,,” “Maid in Manhattan” and “The Parent Trap.”

She won a Tony award for best actress in 1998 for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.”

Richardson has won a number of British film awards for best actress for her roles in “The Comfort of Strangers,” “Asylum,” “Widows’ Peak” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

HER HUSBAND:

I first became aware of Liam Neeson in the suspense thriller “Suspect” when he portrayed a homeless, mute murder suspect defended by Cher.

Neeson’s numerous screen appearances include roles in “The Chronicles of Narnia” movies, “The Gangs of New York,” “Batman Begins,” “Nell,” “Michael Collins,” “Kinsey,” “Love Actually” and, most memorably, as Oskar Schindler in “Schindler’s List.”

He has won acting awards and nominations all over the world. Nominated for the Academy Award for best actor for “Schindler’s List,” he was beat out by Tom Hanks in “Philadelphia.”

HER MOTHER:

Richardson is the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson. Her mother’s vast filmography includes “A Man for All Season,” “Peter the Great,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Howards End” and my personal favorite as dancer Isadora Duncan in “Isadora,” a role which earned her an Academy Award best actress nomination in 1968.

HER FATHER:

The late Tony Richardson directed such films as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Hamlet” (with Anthony Hopkins), “Tom Jones” and “Look Back in Anger.” In my opinion, one of his best films is “Blue Sky” with Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones.

HER AUNT:

Lynn Redgrave’s movies include “Kinsey,” “Gods and Monsters,” “Shine,” “Coming Home,” “The Bad Seed” and “Tom Jones.” She was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 1966 for her turn in “Georgy Girl.” That role earned her a Golden Globes award for best actress. She has been nominated three times for a Tony award for best actress in a Broadway play.

HER SISTER:

Joely Richarson currently appears in TV’s “Nip/Tuck,” a role for which she has received two Golden Globes nominations for best actress in a drama series. Film roles include “The Patriot,” “101 Dalmations,” “King Ralph,” “Sister, My Sister” and “Under Heaven.” The last two movies earned her several foreign acting award nominations.

HER GRANDFATHER:

Just a few of the films with Sir Michael Redgrave: “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Mourning Becomes Electra,” “The Lady Vanishes,” “Nicholas and Alexandra,” “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” and “The Innocents,”

Among Sir Michael’s many honors and awards is the Cannes Film Festival’s best actor award in 1951 for “The Browning Version.”

SOURCES: Various Web sites, including the International Movie Database (imdb.com)
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4 comments:

Debra said...

Hey B.J.,

What a tribute to her and her family. Talented Family for sure.
You are a warehouse of knowledge.

It is a tradegy about Natasha Richardson. She is so beautiful and so talented. I have enjoyed watching her in several movies. I loved her playing opposite Dennis Quaid in Parent Trap-great fun hearted show.
My prayers are with her.
Love, Deb

Papamoka said...

Very nice tribute to her. I'm in awe of your movie buff knowledge my friend.

airth10 said...

Now, she is gone.

tiny said...

Tiny's prayers and deepest sympathy go out to her family and close friends. Indeed it is a tragedy when one so young is taken from us. She will be sorely missed by all who loved her and all her fans.