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Funeral service for actress Natasha Richardson

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(22 Mar 2009) Friends and family gathered in a small Hudson Valley town on Sunday to say a final farewell to Tony Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson. Liam Neeson, in a dark suit and sunglasses, was at the head of the casket as he and five other pallbearers carried his wife's coffin into St. Peter's Episcopal Church, near the home where the two married in 1994. He and Richardson's mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave, waved to the dozens of reporters crowded behind a police barricade on the dirt road leading to the tiny white clapboard church. The grieving family, including the couple's two sons, Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12, then paused to allow the media to photograph them in front of church before the service. Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, Uma Thurman and Timothy Dalton were among the friends who filed into the church on the chilly spring afternoon. After a graveside service under a large green tent, the 45-year-old actress was buried in a nearby cemetery, about 80 miles (128 kilometres) north of New York City. She was laid to rest near the grave of her maternal grandmother, the actress Rachel Kempson, who died while visiting her granddaughter and Neeson at their home in nearby Millbrook in 2003. Neeson and the Redgrave family, including Richardson's sister, actress Joely Richardson, visited Kempson's grave after the burial. Richardson died on Wednesday at a Manhattan hospital after falling while skiing Monday at the Mont Tremblant resort in the Canadian province of Quebec. The New York City medical examiner's office said Richardson suffered from an epidural hematoma, which causes bleeding between the skull and the brain's covering. She wasn't wearing a helmet when she fell. Richardson is descended from one of Britain's great acting dynasties but built her own reputation in films such as "Patty Hearst" and "The Handmaid's Tale," as well as for her work on the stage. She won a Tony for her role in the 1998 revival of "Cabaret." She co-starred with future husband Neeson in the 1993 revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie." The two married at their secluded Millbrook home the next year. The famous couple was well known in this area, which counts many celebrities among its part-time residents. The ceremony on Sunday caps off a grim week during which Neeson greeted a stream of friends and family during a private viewing on Friday at the American Irish Historical Society. Celebrities paying respects this week included Diane Sawyer, Ethan Hawke and Sarah Jessica Parker. Theatres on Broadway and London's West End dimmed their lights this week in honour of Richardson. Her final feature film, "Wild Child," has been released internationally but not in the US, and Universal Pictures said a US release date had not been scheduled. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/1242d438fad2ddab74799db381c3641a Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Text Comments (125)
Thomas Wylie (15 days ago)
Fucking paparazzi they should all be executed publicly as a warning to mind their business same with tmz kill them all bind torture kill
Bacojoni Bacojoni (1 month ago)
Keila Anais (2 months ago)
Que triste nisiquiera sabía me vine enterar ahora :( espero que este descansando en paz se fue muy joven de este mundo, muy lamentable la verdad..
Jean Dornan (2 months ago)
Cynthia Story (2 months ago)
I was in shock when the news came out. She was a great actress, Maid in Mattahan, Parent Trap.
Carolina Perez Pizarro (2 months ago)
Qué bueno que compartieron de buena gana con la prensa y ellos( la prensa) se portaron en forma respetuosa..así se hacen las cosas muy bien...y que bueno que Liam dejo que algo que están privado he íntimo fuera mostrado para tantas personas que tienen un aprecio por ellos por ser muy buenos actores...así debería ser con todos los famosos....
Tina Tina (3 months ago)
Loving family x
Veronica Peggy Yaris (3 months ago)
Rest in Peace lNever For gotten your huge Fan
JENNY KIM (3 months ago)
RIP. I don't think Liam Neeson will ever heal from losing his wife.
Brandy Lee (3 months ago)
Was that andy Cohen at the beginning?
Paloma San Basilio (3 months ago)
He loved her much.
carol williams (3 months ago)
Wow! The family seem to be very friendly and appreciative of the support from the media and fans.
Cecilia Meliton (3 months ago)
I love him
William Harvey (4 months ago)
Liam Król (4 months ago)
Es una pena muy grande ,No te olvido Natasha Richardson
Elizabeth Gardner (4 months ago)
Is that andy cohen in the first shot?
Dazzling Extremes (4 months ago)
I've never seen this before but honestly this is shameful... Liam Neeson has some grace about him. I wouldn't have appreciated this.
Rodica Mackay (4 months ago)
I love Liam nelson and his family...natal have was amazing great loss...bless them with love...praying for peace
Sena (4 months ago)
Still remembering Natasha in 2018 RIP we still love you.
Yasmine Nazarine (4 months ago)
I like her husband I don't know much about her her husband made nice history movies may peace love for my favorite actor's
guccisflower (4 months ago)
lmao why the kids were smiling? tf they just lost their mum
Deborah Bushard (4 months ago)
God always takes the best
Suchitra Rajani (4 months ago)
no sorrow seen in anyones face
Karen Kotick (4 months ago)
So sorry for their loss. She was a good actress and will be missed by all. Rest in Peace. God bless. 🙏
theresa bollman (4 months ago)
She was such a nice person. her family will miss her forever.
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Kimbella Bella (5 months ago)
You would think with all the money they could afford a coffin with handles to carry
Sandra Brown (5 months ago)
I HATE that they had NO privacy! Why can’t there be a Law that keeps these creepy photographers away
meeeee1968 (5 months ago)
sad loss , she was a good actress and very sexy lady , rip pretty lady
Luiza Grant (5 months ago)
Why she died so young ? Was she sick ?😢
Liz Block (5 months ago)
I thought that was so generous of the family to pose for a picture for the Press
NickyB 75 (5 months ago)
Waves to people watching?? Can’t be that upset then can you?!
shadrach (5 months ago)
If she had only gone to the hospital when she fell.
Hlengiwe Zungu (5 months ago)
I so liked her
Ferry Anolin (5 months ago)
Liam still loves her! Up to now he has he stuff
judy valencia (5 months ago)
I heard that this was the love of his life and that they had such a wonderful marriage. So, so sad!
Debra Wolf (5 months ago)
sasquatch1 **** (5 months ago)
Really loved her!!
Nicol e (5 months ago)
Sad day for Liam and family. It's a shame that the paparazzi feels compelled to intrude on their family grief.
Tracy Davis (6 months ago)
So sad for the Richardson, Redgrave, and Neeson Family. RIP Natasha!
Neti j (6 months ago)
Wow since Natasha passed, I'm now seeing her funeral and I'm sad all over again..she was so beautiful, kind, gentle and sweet as is Liam ..to see him wave at the media while being so heart broken tells you what kind of man he is as all his and Natasha's family....so very sad...I shall keep her in my heart forever.
Liliana Kelly (6 months ago)
I am so sorry. What a lovely woman.
Leonie Ladner (6 months ago)
I dont watch the news at all so im very shocked by this. So many people dying far to soon. Rip dear lady.
lol Clark (6 months ago)
Was with my mum when heard this sad news and just Two months later my mum passed away so i remember this so clearly.
Carla Garrett (6 months ago)
This was so sad. I am glad to see her family has survived her loss....
Angélique Nomade (6 months ago)
Why is this private matter on line ?
Margie Garcia (6 months ago)
It was sad news back then and still such a loss,especially to her children, husband,and family.
Columba Cubilla (6 months ago)
Liam un gran abrazo y fortaleza desde Panamá
Michele Dodd (6 months ago)
She was so beautiful and young Liam I'm still so sorry for your loss for you to take time for photographers on such a sad day tells me what a good man you are you and your family continue to be in my prayers.
Belinda Wilson (6 months ago)
Liam neeson can u personally contact me plz.. ptsd etc.. i am so so sorry.. for your loss my friend xox
Pandoraspocks (6 months ago)
Rest In Peace Beautiful Natasha~ you are still so sadly missed ~ many years after your tragic death.
karen mannix (6 months ago)
very sad
Michele Haime (8 months ago)
I am related to the Redgraves , through ancestry. From one Redgrave to another , I wish you all love ,Peace, and faith during this difficult time.I know that I was proud to Enjoy this gracious woman's work, and her fierce loyalty to Liam. Her son's ,and her entire family. RIP Natasha! May God Strengthen each and every grieving soul.
eviltreemonster (8 months ago)
May God grant her Paradise.
Emily Mathews (9 months ago)
Paps can’t even give ppl peace at a funeral...but then, Liam waved at them.
spider123 (9 months ago)
Debi B (10 months ago)
I still miss her.
tootsie girl (11 months ago)
The family is actually posing for pics and smiling? Unbelievable!!
Dazzling Extremes (4 months ago)
tootsie girl well.... life happens and people try to have some sense about it... we've done family photos after services with my fam as sometimes it's the only time everyone's together. I don't know I could've if my husband passed but we have at a gpas.... you also have to remember they know the press wants them falling apart and losing their minds... those images sell like mad. So, they're composed... not a biggie. I just looked her up last night BC my kids and I were watching the 101 Dalmatians movie and I remembered her from her sister acting in the movie.... her sister is the lead lady of 101 dalmations. Anyway that led me to this and I am more disturbed the press WANTED a pic and video' d this than I am they gave a senseable image that wouldn't give anyone anything to talk abt. We all handle things differently, right.
BlackRock Tile (5 months ago)
tootsie girl ...maybe their in shock.......Liam neesan may be waving.....but really I'm sure he's saying bugger off
Vie Scotty (5 months ago)
misslori66 I agree. Sharing loss with others who care, even if you haven't personally met them, helps everyone.
misslori66 (5 months ago)
I think it was their way of saying thank you for coming to support the family. I hardly think they are so shallow to pose for any other reason.
Vie Scotty (5 months ago)
It took a lot of strength, sharing grief and hope with the people outside also mourning, to allow pictures. And, yes, this would be an extremely hard thing to do.
Ariadna Bono Santana (1 year ago)
que lastima
Barbara Buford (7 months ago)
Sorry, just finding out that this had happened. My condolences. Both Brilliant, Actor and Actress. The people are there because they love you both and wish the best for your family. I must say that if I had not seen this video, I would not have known. Especially loved the little fellow jumping up and down. That's enough to encourage you and your family right there. Give him a special hug for me! Just had major surgery and he surely put a smile on my face! GOD Bless.
Mrs. Richardson's funeral reminds me of my Aunt Christie,😢😢😢 who had died from cancer last Wednesday, and I went to her funeral, also dressed in black. I'll miss my aunt, who is now in Heaven with my grandfather and her previous cats.
gamer unicorn games (1 year ago)
She can't die I am going to be so sad and I speak spanish
WD Harris (1 year ago)
Why were they posing for a group photo for the pap's.?
Michele Dodd (6 months ago)
WD Harris probably to keep them contained in somewhat or to show appreciation for those that were paying respects but couldn't get to close to the family I'm sure fans were there too.
О Боже мой,я не верю что она умерла😭😭😭
Me Myself (1 year ago)
I think these people are strange, she dies and look at her family ger husband... there is no body is looking sad!
Borean soldier (1 year ago)
Mary A (1 month ago)
+Yasmine Nazarine yil3an deenek msh a7san bl marra😂 loser. Yik3aneek w yil3an Muhammad.
Yasmine Nazarine (4 months ago)
Borean soldier Why your fals god 🎅🎄👻🎃did not save her when she eccdently died ? I don't need fals god fals king fals bed children's story 🎄🎅👻🎃💝⛄🐖 not saving my life when I need it THE LORD OF THE RING BOOK STORY. Jesus couldn't saved himself From Roman pagans 🌞 worshipers Why not ?
little big man (6 months ago)
Borean soldier what a load of bollocks . Believe that religion shit and you believe anything
Borean soldier (1 year ago)
eviltreemonster (8 months ago)
Not the time or the place, pal.
Nicolas Achury (1 year ago)
Natasha richarddon. caída en ka nieve
Sophia Milen (1 year ago)
still breaks my heart 😭💔
annieladysmith (1 year ago)
I don't know how I got here, but I have something to say anyway.  Now that I've seen this crisis actor funeral I do not think this so-called woman, "Natasha", even died at all.  Didn't he take one look at her in hospital and say "pull that plug"?  He's famous for saying that in fact.  These people must be very bored with their make believe lives.
Kathleen Flucker (3 months ago)
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Sabrina Scott (5 months ago)
annieladysmith wtf lol your delusional
Ann Mitchell (6 months ago)
You do know she is the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave...? Her sister Joly is an actress too,they were/are the spitting image of their mother..do you think the Redgraves dont exist too..?
Michele Dodd (6 months ago)
You sound mental I think you need to see someone delusions are no joke.
William (1 year ago)
You got here because you're jealous of someone famous/successful. Looking for attention by saying something horrible. Get a life.
Avi Greene (1 year ago)
Even if I didn't like the newer "Parent Trap" movie, my favorite things about it are Natasha Richardson's brilliant acting, and Shonen Knife's Alternative Indie cover of a folk song "Top of the World" by the Carpenters originally.
It even reminds me of my grandfather's funeral that I went to up in Utah with my father.
God bless Natasha Richardson. God and Jesus Christ shall take great care of her. 😇😇🎻🎼🎶
Yasmine Nazarine (4 months ago)
Bernay Hanson, the Phantom's Student The Lord of the RING Boboli 🌞 god to son of god 😬😬😬😬😬
Roisin Dubh (1 year ago)
This wouldnt have happened in Ireland. Poor Liam having to deal with people videoing his wifes funeral.
Mrssewhardtoplease (5 months ago)
He obviously didn't have a problem with it. It liked the attention, waving endlessly at the photographers.
LD Shelley (1 year ago)
Not sure what would give you that impression. Video from funerals is very common in Ireland. Maybe even more so than in the U.S., actually.
Randy Dodd (1 year ago)
she was a very good actress.rip
Michelle Cornell (5 months ago)
Randy Dodd beautiful too .so sad
Rong Shi (1 year ago)
Tina Saulnier (2 years ago)
Alan Rickman giving the woman his scarf because she was cold. So sweet! A very sad situation for Liam and his family. I remember the day I heard of Natasha's passing. What an awful way to die!
Margarita Serbos (4 months ago)
Tina Saulnier .
Marigail Hensley (5 months ago)
Any way to die is awful unless you go in your sleep but the transitioning? WOW! Beautiful
Ann Mitchell (6 months ago)
Alan was always the gentleman.
Kmart Radio (1 year ago)
Tina Saulnier Alan himself is gone now
CryBaby Universe (2 years ago)
Deluzia costa lima (27 days ago)
Eu soube no mesmo dia da morte dela
Hashem (2 years ago)
May God rest her soul in peace. رحمة الله عليها، اللهم إغفرلها و إرحمها
Lisa Griggs (6 months ago)
Hashem mmm
Susan Weston (2 years ago)
Declan, He's filmed it for types like you, you know the sort of people that stop in their tracks when there's a road accident. Glued to the misery of someone's downfall. You hypocrite.
Detectivefiction (2 years ago)
0:09 Oh my goodness, Ralph Fiennes looks so sad.
Belinda Wilson (6 months ago)
Australia 11.00 am . Tamworth.. nsw 2340.
Belinda Wilson (6 months ago)
Kindness love...
Declan M (2 years ago)
Can this camera men not show some respect and not film this
Diana Connors (6 months ago)
Declan M ......but your watching it 🤷🏻‍♀️
freek ie (10 months ago)
You are worse then those people who are filming also youre a liar you did watch it.
Declan M (1 year ago)
1998fife 24 btw I haven't watched it
1998fife 24 (1 year ago)
Declan M it's funny he shouldn't film it but yet you are watching
Pat McTallica (2 years ago)
a scary good mood, even the children.
Detectivefiction (2 years ago)
Sometimes grief can do that, especially to very young people. You feel almost elated at times, I think because the body or the mind needs some relief from continual sadness.
alfredo98447 (2 years ago)
Mis más sinceras condolencias señor Neeson. Un gran abrazo desde éste hermoso país, llamado CHILE.
wordgrrl71 (2 years ago)
I'll never forget how gracious Liam Neeson was, and apparently the entire family and funeral party, in allowing mourners pictures and even waving at them. It was a mutual mourning, it feels. And now my Alan is gone.

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