Natasha Richardson seriously hurt in ski fall

Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:43pm 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 returned to New York on Tuesday with her husband, actor Liam Neeson, according to media reports.

Newspapers in New York and London said Richardson, 45, the daughter of actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave, suffered a life-threatening brain injury. But the severity of her condition could not be confirmed as her British and U.S. representatives repeatedly declined comment.

Neeson, who was filming in Toronto, flew to be with his wife in Montreal immediately after hearing of the accident, according to reports.

The Toronto Star said one of its reporters saw Richardson, wrapped in blankets and lying on a stretcher with Neeson nearby as she was placed in an ambulance outside Montreal's Hopital du Sacre-Coeur where she had been taken.

A hospital spokeswoman said an agent for the family told her the actress had left Canada, but she did not know Richardson's whereabouts or condition at the time.

Celebrity TV show "Entertainment Tonight" said Richardson and Neeson arrived in New York City as family members gathered.

The couple own homes in Manhattan and Millbrook, New York, north of the city. They have two sons, Daniel Jack, 12, and Michael, 13.

The actress was skiing Monday at the Mont Tremblant resort, about 75 miles north of Montreal, when she fell during a private lesson. The resort said the actress appeared to be in good condition after the fall, but her instructor called a ski patrol to take her to the bottom of the hill.   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>