Losing one’s mother can never be easy, even as a celebrity. The film industry certainly did lose a brilliant and talented actress when Natasha Richardson unexpectedly met her demise, but her son suffered an even greater loss. Micheál Richardson, who was only 13 when his mother passed away, reflected on her death and how he has been cherishing all those memories that he has of her. In an interview with The Times, he talks about how he misses her but is still fortunate enough to have something to remember her by – the movies she starred in.
Her sudden death came with absolutely no warning whatsoever, and hence, nobody was prepared to deal with the loss. As a result, it became imperative for her loved ones to hold on to the small memories they had of her. Be it the memory of her doing a monotonous household chore or a special vacation, those memories were crucial to getting closure. Micheál stated that he was ‘grateful’ that he can go back and watch her movies to remember her. Watching how she worked helps him reminisce and due to this, he considers himself to be lucky.
However, he did miss out on growing up with a mother to have ‘adult conversations’ with. He admitted that he had been a momma’s boy while his little brother was more of his father’s pet. As a tribute to her, he even changed his name from Neeson to Richardson in 2018. It was so that he could carry her legacy in the film industry, and that not only was the change inspiring but also comforting to him. His experiences also shaped how he played his role in his recent film, which he did while keeping her in mind throughout.
About: Natasha Richardson
Natasha Richardson was an actress from London. Being from a background with various theatre and film-oriented figures in her family, her career in acting through theatre and her entry into the film industry began with her performance as Mary Shelley in Gothic in 1968. She was married to Robert Fox for two years before their divorce. She rose to fame after playing the lead role in the 1993 version of Anna Christie. Her other prominent roles include Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale and Elizabeth James in The Parent Trap, which her son Micheál is particularly fond of among all her works. In 1994, she married Liam Neeson, with whom she had two sons. She received numerous awards for her spectacular acting including a Tony Award. Unfortunately, in 2009, she met with an accident during a skiing session which left her with a head injury, after which she succumbed due to an epidural hematoma.
About: Micheál Richardson
Micheál Richardson is the son of two iconic film actors. He has acted in movies such as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Cold Pursuit, The Rising Pursuit, and others. His latest role was as Jack Foster in the movie Made In Italy. He starred along with his father, Liam Neeson, who played the role of Robert Foster, an artist who returns to a house owned by his son to mend his relationship with him after the death of his wife.