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Natasha Richardson suffers critical head injury from ski accident
16 March 2009 | Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
MONTREAL — Britain’s Press Association news agency quotes Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal as saying British actress and Millbrook resident Natasha Richardson, critically injured in a skiing accident, is on a flight to the United States.
The report didn’t say where in the U.S. the flight was headed.
“According to the family’s press agent, the lady has left Canada around 12:30 today,” said Michelle Simard of the Sacre-Coeur hospital in a recorded message. “We have no information on Ms. Richardson’s health condition, but the family should give more information by tomorrow.”
Richardson was hospitalized after falling on a beginners trail at the famed Mont Tremblant ski resort during a lesson, the resort and published reports said Tuesday.
People.com and IrishCentral.com reported that the Tony Award-winning actress and wife of actor Liam Neeson was in critical condition with a head injury.
“She had major success on Broadway, she’s part of a very impressive acting family that spans the Atlantic,” said Dutchess County resident Thelma Adams, film and DVD critic for Us Weekly. “She’s been in a lot of movies — she’s beautiful.”
Richardson, 45, is the elder daughter of Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and the late director Tony Richardson, and belongs to a British acting dynasty.
Producers confirmed that Neeson immediately left the Toronto set of his upcoming movie, "Chloe," for Montreal, a publicist for the film said in an e-mail.
People.com said Richardson was initially taken to a hospital near the luxury Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec, and was later transferred to the Montreal hospital.
A family member confirmed Richardson had had a skiing accident.
"We know that she has had an accident but we really do not know any more details," said Kika Markham, who is married to Richardson's uncle, Corin Redgrave. "We are very concerned."
Rev. James O'Connor, pastor of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Millbrook, said Neeson, Richardson and their two young sons are members of the parish.