Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Natasha Richardson on Stage

Natasha Richardson, who died as the result of a skiing accident at the age of 45, is known to most of us from films, but she was also an accomplished stage actor--following in the family tradition of 3 generations and counting. That's her with mother Vanessa Redgrave and sister Joely Richardson, and again with her mother (below left) in a scene from the film Evening. Some filmgoers may not realize who she is because she took on a variety of roles, and the same is true in her stage work. She won high praise in Broadway revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire (middle bottom photo, playing Blanche DuBois) and Cabaret (for which he won a Tony), as well as Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie. Among other notable roles were Ibsen's The Lady and the Sea (top right photo) and Patrick Marber's Closer (bottom right)-- coincidentally an HSU student group is performing a Studio Theatre production of this play's first act in early April. A New York Times article briefly describes her family legacy in film, but there is much, much more of it. These photos are all from the New York Times as well. Click collage to enlarge.

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