Natasha Richardson badly hurt in ski fall

Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:40pm EDT
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By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress Natasha Richardson, a member of Britain's Redgrave theatrical dynasty, was severely injured while skiing at a Canadian resort and was returning to New York on Tuesday with her husband, actor Liam Neeson, according to media reports.

The New York Post, New York Daily News and London's Evening Standard newspapers all said Richardson, 45, the daughter of the actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave, suffered a life-threatening brain injury. The Post and Daily News reported the actress was being transferred to New York.

Richardson was skiing at the Mont Tremblant resort, about 75 miles north of Montreal, when she fell on Monday during a private skiing lesson. The resort said the actress appeared to be in good condition after the fall but later felt unwell. She was taken first to a local hospital and then to the Montreal hospital.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said Richardson left Canada on Tuesday afternoon on a private plane, accompanied by medical staff.

Her British and U.S. representatives declined comment.

Richardson and Neeson own homes in Manhattan and in Millbrook, New York, a community north of the city.

Richardson was treated at Montreal's Hopital du Sacre-Coeur. A hospital spokeswoman said an agent for the family told her the actress had left Canada. She did not know Richardson's condition.

Oscar-nominated Neeson, who was filming in Toronto, flew to be with his wife in Montreal, some media reports said. Neeson and Richardson have two sons, aged 12 and 13.   Continued...

<p>Actress Natasha Richardson looks at her husband Liam Neeson as they arrive for the Conde Nast Traveler's annual readers choice award show in New York City in this file photo from October 16, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>