Goodbye Natasha Richardson
Like everyone, I am so saddened by Natasha Richardson's death this week. I can't stop thinking about her and how much her family must be suffering.
A fourth-generation member of the Redgrave theater dynasty (Vanessa Redgrave is her mother), Richardson lived up to the legacy, becoming a star of the stage. Having never sung before, she famously took on the role of Cabaret's Sally Bowles, which was, of course, practically owned by Liza Minnelli, and wowed audiences, ultimately winning a Tony for her turn.
Richardson also appeared in films, ranging from darker fare like The Handmaid's Tale to lighter movies such as the remake of The Parent Trap with Lindsay Lohan.
But Richardson will be remembered by the gay community not just for her brilliant acting but also for her contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS. She spent more than 15 years working for amFar (The Foundation for AIDS Research) and joined the organization's board of trustees in 2006. The cause, which she worked tirelessly for, was a personal one: Her father, director Tony Richardson, died of AIDS-related complications in 1991.
She certainly was a remarkable lady. How sad that she had to die so young.
What will you remember about Natasha Richardson?
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