Tragedy Shadows Richardson's Family

Richardson's death adds to misfortunes of acting dynasty
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 11:57 AM CDT
Vanessa Redgrave, center, poses with her daughters actresses Natasha Richardson, left, and Joely Richardson in Paris. Natasha Richardson, 45, died Wednesday March 18, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)
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(Newser) – Natasha Richardson's death has added a grim chapter to a history of misfortunes in the Redgrave family, the Telegraph reports. Various marital failures and controversies have often led to speculation about a Redgrave "curse"—something Richardson always dismissed. Richardson herself went through an acrimonious divorce; when she married Liam Neeson, she once said, "I was told our marriage would be cursed."

Richardson's grandfather, matinee idol Michael Redgrave, was revealed to be bisexual after his death; her father, director Tony Richardson, was also bisexual and left her mother, Vanessa Redgrave. Her aunt Lynn Redgrave divorced her husband after he fathered a child with their daughter-in-law. And Neeson, was hospitalized in 2002 after suffering a broken pelvis in a motorcycle crash.