Tragedy Shadows Richardson's Family

Richardson's death adds to misfortunes of acting dynasty
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 11:57 AM CDT
Tragedy Shadows Richardson's Family
Vanessa Redgrave, center, poses with her daughters actresses Natasha Richardson, left, and Joely Richardson in Paris. Natasha Richardson, 45, died Wednesday March 18, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)

Natasha Richardson's death has added a grim chapter to a history of misfortunes in the Redgrave family, the Telegraph reports. Various marital failures and controversies have often led to speculation about a Redgrave "curse"—something Richardson always dismissed. Richardson herself went through an acrimonious divorce; when she married Liam Neeson, she once said, "I was told our marriage would be cursed."

Richardson's grandfather, matinee idol Michael Redgrave, was revealed to be bisexual after his death; her father, director Tony Richardson, was also bisexual and left her mother, Vanessa Redgrave. Her aunt Lynn Redgrave divorced her husband after he fathered a child with their daughter-in-law. And Neeson, was hospitalized in 2002 after suffering a broken pelvis in a motorcycle crash. (Read more Natasha Richardson stories.)

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