Broadway Dims Lights In Honor Of Natasha Richardson

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Yesterday we learned the very sad news that Tony Award winning actress Natasha Richardson passed away at the young age of 45 on Wednesday after suffering a head injury during a ski lesson in Canada on Monday. In honor of her memory, Broadway dimmed their lights for a full minute at 8pm ET last night. Here are a couple photos of the darkened Great White Way in silent tribute to Natasha last night:


Grieving Liam Neeson was held in a comforting embrace by actress Sarah Jessica Parker as the actor attended a touching tribute by New York’s theatreland to his late wife Natasha Richardson. The Sex And The City star was among the luminaries of stage and screen who lined Broadway as theatres dimmed their lights in a minute long tribute to Neeson’s actress wife. The star was hugged by SJP, and husband Matthew Broderick who both came out to show their support to one of theatreland’s own. And despite Natasha’s strong British roots, the location of the tribute proved all the more fitting, as it was on Broadway that Neeson, 56, first met his wife of 15 years, when they appeared on stage together in 1992. Liam and his wife’s family, including mother Vanessa Redgrave, arrived to witness the moving tribute to the actress. At 8pm the lights of New York’s Broadway theatre district were dimmed for a minute in her honour. The solemn crowd applauded as Broadway’s theatres dimmed their lights one by one. The 45-year-old actress and mother of two died died two days after a fall on Monday on a beginners’ ski slope at the Mont Tremblant resort in Canada where she was holidaying with her two sons. The tribute to the British actress, who made her home in New York with her film star husband was a fitting reflection of the affection and the respect both she – and the theatrical dynasty she was a part of – was held in. Miss Richardson appeared in more than 30 films but was best known for her stage work, winning a Tony Award for her performance in the musical Cabaret in New York. She had been due to appear with her mother in a Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music … Stars of stage and screen paid tribute to Miss Richardson following her untimely death. Sam Mendes, whose 1998 Broadway production of Cabaret saw Natasha win a Tony award for her portrayal of Sally Bowles said: “Natasha combined the best of Redgrave and 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 one of a kind, a magnificent actress.” Maid In Manhattan co-star Ralph Fiennes described Richardson’s death as a “devastating loss”. Fiennes has been friends with Neeson since the pair appeared together in Schindler’s List. He said: “She was a star. A great actress, a beautiful woman, a fiercely loyal friend, a brilliant and generous companion. She was an adoring and loving wife and mother. She was unique. I cannot imagine a world without her wit, her love, her mischief, her great, great talent and her gift for living. I loved her very much. She was a supreme friend. I shall miss her deeply.” Dame Judi Dench said: “She had an incredibly luminous quality that you seldom see, and a great sense of humour. I thought she was a really great actress.” Richardson was described as an ‘outstanding’ student at the Central School of Speech and Drama, where she studied from 1980 to 1983. The principal, Professor Gavin Henderson, said she had not capitalised on her family’s theatrical pedigree to win a place. He also revealed plans to set up a scholarship fund in her memory. He said: “She was an outstanding student, as her tutor George Hall recalls, ‘totally grounded in professional discipline and stage craft, a joy to work with – having the theatrical genes of the Redgraves, and the film culture of her father.’”

While a tribute like this is very fitting it’s all still so very sad. Natasha was a vibrant woman who was thriving on holiday just 5 days ago and after one small fall that was perceived as nothing at all, her life is over and she’s already being memorialized. It’s all so tragic … and that these events happened so quickly, very scary too. Again, my thoughts and prayers go out to Richardson‘s family … may they find the strength to endure this horrible time in their lives.

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  1. A beautiful tribute – and especially for Broadway to do two of these in a row (Ron Silver earlier in the week), it’s just so sad. And I’m touched that Liam, Vanessa and other family and friends were there to witness it firsthand. Sad, but beautiful and stirring.

  2. Mr. Gyllenhaal

    What a great thing.

  3. debho

    ugh, this is so sad. I still can’t believe it’s true. :(

  4. Amy

    This is very sad and at the same time scary that a supposedly simple fall could end your life. Anyway this was a very nice tribute to her.

  5. Judy

    This is such a sad and terrible loss. My heart and deepest sympathy goes out to her family. Her two sons, who at 12 and 13, are in a very fragile emotional development stage. These are the ages, I think, when tragedy affects you the most. What parent wants to bury their child? Natasha’s passing is so sad. Terrible tragedies like this really can make people realize that life is too short and things shouldn’t be taken for granted.
    It’s amazing how quickly her condition worsened. I mean, how many times have anyone reading this blog bumped their heads and thought nothing of it?
    So very sad, I hope that the family can find the solitude they need to get through this terrible time. I imagine being a celebrity makes it very difficult to grieve quietly and privately. My prayers are with them.

  6. red

    My heart goes out to her boys you never get over losing a mother or father. This will change their life for ever. My daughter was never the same after losing her father.

  7. ab

    such a beautiful tribute, thanks for posting, trent. I’ve always wondered what it looks like when they dim the lights on broadway.

  8. CB

    This is just the worst kind of thing to happen to anyone. I feel so badly for this family. I know what it’s like to lose a mom quickly and unexpectedly, and it is the absolute worst feeling. It changes you profoundly, and forever.
    My heart goes out to this family.

  9. This really makes me so sad..but I can’t help but wonder…Where is Lindsey Lohan?!

  10. Apples v 2

    That’s a nice tribute, but they should have done SOMETHING ELSE besides dimming the lights for a minute. Come on.

  11. Pam

    It’s all so very sad. She was so young, so much to live for, such a beautiful family (including hot hubby). I love her mother, she is such a great actress, and Natasha was so talented.. so sad. I’m heart broken by this.

  12. Michael Compton

    I’ll miss you so – words can’t express. I never met you of course, but i’ll never forget you. As corny as it sounds – you lit up our lives, and we are all the poorer for your passing.

    Goodbye Natasha :(

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