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Published:March 18th, 2009 14:13 EST
Tony Award Winner Natasha Richardson Remains in Serious Condition

Tony Award Winner Natasha Richardson Remains in Serious Condition

By Christopher HIllenbrand

After a freak skiing accident on the slopes of a Canadian ski resort, Tony Award winner Natasha Richardson remains in a New York hospital with a serious brain injury. The starlet`s family is by her side at this time.

Richardson, who is 45, was flown into New York from Montreal after the accident occurred late Tuesday afternoon. The New York Times has confirmed stories from those closest to the actress that her condition is serious and all her family members are deeply concerned for her well-being.

Richardson`s husband of 15 years, actor Liam Neeson was seen escorting his wife to Montreal`s Sacre-Coeur hospital in the back of an ambulance. Richardson`s condition was unknown to the media at the time, as paramedics kept her face and body concealed with blankets. Neeson had been on location in Toronto filming the upcoming film "Chloe" when he received news of his wife`s accident, before he rushed to Montreal to be at her side.

After she and Neeson arrived in New York, family members soon entered the hospital to see the ill-fated star of stage and screen. Vanessa Redgrave, Richardson`s mother, was seen going into the hospital late last night. Natasha`s two sons, Michael Richard Antonio Neeson and Daniel Jack Neeson, and niece, Daisy Bevan, were witnessed walking out of the trauma center where she is being held early Wednesday morning. As to whether or not Richardson`s health is improving, nothing has been specified as of yet.

Kika Markham, who is married to Richardson`s uncle, Corin Redgrave, said: "We know that she has had an accident but we really do not know any more details. (All we can say is) we are very concerned."

On Monday afternoon, Richardson fell during a private skiing lesson at the famous Mont Tremblant ski resort near Montreal. The resort has announced that the actress had a mishap on the beginner`s trail but seemed perfectly fine at first. It was at least an hour later when she reported to not feeling well. The statement said: "She did not show any visible sign of injury but the ski patrol followed strict procedures and brought her back to the bottom of the slope and insisted she should see a doctor."

Her ski instructor and a member of the ski patrol escorted Richardson to her hotel, where they again suggested she consult a physician.

Catherine Lacasse, media representative for the Mont Tremblant resort, said: "An hour later she said she didn`t feel well. She had a headache, so we sent her to the hospital. There were no signs of impact and no blood, nothing."

A later report released by Lyne Lortie, another spokeswoman for the resort, confirmed that Richardson hadn`t been wearing a helmet when she had the accident.

Natasha Richardson is a legacy from the Redgrave acting dynasty: daughter to Oscar winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and the late director Tony Richardson. Her maternal grandparents were actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Her aunt, Lynn Redgrave is a celebrated formally trained actress in her own right as well.

She trained at London`s Central School of Speech and Drama in the 80`s before going on to criticall acclaimed roles on Broadway and in Hollywood. Before her film career, she appeared in minor roles on television including a part as a devious brother on an episode of "Tales From The Crypt".

She won a Tony in 1998 for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in a revival production of "Cabaret". Films she has starred in include "Nell" (in which she met Liam Neeson, her future husband), "Gothic", "The Parent Trap", "Maid In Manhattan", and "A Month in the Country. As recent as January, she appeared along with her mother in a staging of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler`s musical "A Little Night Music" at Studio 54 in New York.