Richardson Lives on Through Donated Organs

Plus, Redgrave signs on for new film
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2009 9:23 AM CDT
In this April 26, 2005, file photo, actress Natasha Richardson is shown at her opening night performance in the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire."   (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)
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(Newser) – Natasha Richardson’s death had the tiniest sliver of a silver lining: Her family donated her organs, the New York Post reports. “Doctors spent six hours harvesting all her organs. Some patient is going to wake up in the recovery room and start reciting Shakespeare,” said a source. But a family spokesperson said: “We have no information on that.”

Meanwhile, Richardson’s mother is returning to work: Vanessa Redgrave has signed on to Ridley Scott’s upcoming Robin Hood film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She will play Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, mother of King John. Other cast members include Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.