Vanessa Redgrave On Daughter Natasha Richardson’s Death 10 Years Later: ‘Time Does Not Heal’
Believe it or not, it has been almost 10 years since the shocking death of Natasha Richardson. The actress was just 45 years old when she was involved in a tragic ski accident in March 2009 but regardless of the time that has passed, her family, of course, still feels the pain of her unexpected passing.
Natasha’s mother, Vanessa Redgrave, recently told People that she will never get over her daughter’s death. “Time does not heal; that would seem to me to say that suddenly it’s okay, and it’s not,” the 81-year-old said, adding, “It never becomes OK.” Vanessa did add that she sees how important family is. “In my case, I treasure my family much, much, more because you realize that the difference being alive and dead is the difference of a little fingernail,” she said. “I think that makes you more aware and more caring.”
Vanessa’s younger daughter, actress Joely Richarson, also spoke about her sister’s death. “You are different. You aren’t stronger or weaker,” the 54-year-old told the outlet. “Just different — changed. What we have done well as a family is that in honoring and supporting one another, we reformed to become a strong, loving unit.” Joely, who currently stars in the film The Aspern Papers with her mother, also said, “Try to find the joy in life because we are so lucky to be here. Every day, every birthday that goes by, I’m just so grateful.”
Natasha was married to actor Liam Neeson and they had two children together: Micheál Neeson, 23, and Daniel Neeson, 22. Just last year, Micheál decided to change his last name from Neeson to Richardson in order to honor his late mother. At the time, his grandmother had this to say to the Daily Mail: “That [name change] wasn’t because he wanted to avoid his father’s fame, which is enormous,” she said. “He wanted to hold his mother close to him — because she was a remarkable actress. Absolutely remarkable.”