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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 (93)
theresa bollman (2 days ago)
She was such a nice person. her family will miss her forever.
Kimbella De Leon (4 days ago)
You would think with all the money they could afford a coffin with handles to carry
Sandra Brown (5 days ago)
I HATE that they had NO privacy! Why can’t there be a Law that keeps these creepy photographers away
meeeee1968 (5 days ago)
sad loss , she was a good actress and very sexy lady , rip pretty lady
Luiza Grant (6 days ago)
Why she died so young ? Was she sick ?😢
Liz Block (7 days ago)
I thought that was so generous of the family to pose for a picture for the Press
Nicky Bell (8 days ago)
Waves to people watching?? Can’t be that upset then can you?!
Nigel G S (20 days ago)
Great news that she died
shadrach (20 days ago)
If she had only gone to the hospital when she fell.
Hlengiwe Zungu (28 days ago)
I so liked her
Ferry Anolin (29 days ago)
Liam still loves her! Up to now he has he stuff
judy valencia (1 month ago)
I heard that this was the love of his life and that they had such a wonderful marriage. So, so sad!
Debra Wolf (1 month ago)
sasquatch1 **** (1 month ago)
Really loved her!!
Nicol e (1 month ago)
Sad day for Liam and family. It's a shame that the paparazzi feels compelled to intrude on their family grief.
Tracy Davis (1 month ago)
So sad for the Richardson, Redgrave, and Neeson Family. RIP Natasha!
Neti j (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I am so sorry. What a lovely woman.
Leonie Ladner (1 month ago)
I dont watch the news at all so im very shocked by this. So many people dying far to soon. Rip dear lady.
Linda Clark (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
This was so sad. I am glad to see her family has survived her loss....
Angélique Nomade (1 month ago)
Why is this private matter on line ?
Margie Garcia (1 month ago)
It was sad news back then and still such a loss,especially to her children, husband,and family.
Columba Cubilla (1 month ago)
Liam un gran abrazo y fortaleza desde Panamá
Michele Dodd (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Liam neeson can u personally contact me plz.. ptsd etc.. i am so so sorry.. for your loss my friend xox
Pandoraspocks (1 month ago)
Rest In Peace Beautiful Natasha~ you are still so sadly missed ~ many years after your tragic death.
Funneh Flower (1 month ago)
I remember Natasha from Parent Trap
karen mannix (1 month ago)
very sad
Michele Haime (3 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 (3 months ago)
May God grant her Paradise.
Emily Mathews (4 months ago)
Paps can’t even give ppl peace at a funeral...but then, Liam waved at them.
MKS_2 (4 months ago)
Debi B (5 months ago)
I still miss her.
tootsie girl (7 months ago)
The family is actually posing for pics and smiling? Unbelievable!!
BlackRock Tile (5 days ago)
tootsie girl ...maybe their in shock.......Liam neesan may be waving.....but really I'm sure he's saying bugger off
Vie Scotty (1 month ago)
misslori66 I agree. Sharing loss with others who care, even if you haven't personally met them, helps everyone.
misslori66 (1 month 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 (1 month 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.
Rochelle Nicoletta (1 month ago)
I love Liam but hes waving to the cameras and smiling, a family portrait? I would not be able to do that as my husbands coffin is being rolled into the church.
Ariadna Bono Santana (7 months ago)
que lastima
Barbara Buford (3 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 (10 months ago)
She can't die I am going to be so sad and I speak spanish
WD Harris (10 months ago)
Why were they posing for a group photo for the pap's.?
Michele Dodd (1 month 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 погибла😭😭😭
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)
little big man (1 month ago)
Borean soldier what a load of bollocks . Believe that religion shit and you believe anything
Borean soldier (1 year ago)
eviltreemonster (3 months ago)
Not the time or the place, pal.
Nicolas Achury (1 year ago)
Natasha richarddon. caída en ka nieve
Caeio Kay (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.
Sabrina Scott (1 month ago)
annieladysmith wtf lol your delusional
Ann Mitchell (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
You sound mental I think you need to see someone delusions are no joke.
Drone Age (9 months ago)
You got here because you're jealous of someone famous/successful. Looking for attention by saying something horrible. Get a life.
Jaclyn Tamura (10 months ago)
annieladysmith yes, liam did pull the plug on his wife. But liam and natasha made a promise to each other. They promised that if one of them ever ended up in a vegetable state(natasha was brain dead) they would pull the plug.
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. 😇😇🎻🎼🎶
Roisin Dubh (1 year ago)
This wouldnt have happened in Ireland. Poor Liam having to deal with people videoing his wifes funeral.
Mrssewhardtoplease (24 days 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 (3 days ago)
Randy Dodd beautiful too .so sad
Rong Shi (1 year ago)
Tina Saulnier (1 year 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 (1 day ago)
Tina Saulnier .
Marigail Hensley (7 days ago)
Any way to die is awful unless you go in your sleep but the transitioning? WOW! Beautiful
Ann Mitchell (1 month ago)
Alan was always the gentleman.
A Vlog Channel (9 months ago)
Tina Saulnier Alan himself is gone now
CryBaby Universe (1 year ago)
Hashem (1 year ago)
May God rest her soul in peace. رحمة الله عليها، اللهم إغفرلها و إرحمها
Lisa Griggs (1 month ago)
Hashem mmm
Susan Weston (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
0:09 Oh my goodness, Ralph Fiennes looks so sad.
Belinda Wilson (1 month ago)
Australia 11.00 am . Tamworth.. nsw 2340.
Belinda Wilson (1 month ago)
Kindness love...
Declan M (1 year ago)
Can this camera men not show some respect and not film this
Diana Connors (1 month ago)
Declan M ......but your watching it 🤷🏻‍♀️
freek ie (5 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 (1 year ago)
a scary good mood, even the children.
Detectivefiction (1 year 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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