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Natasha Richardson To Be Honored At AmfAR Gala

| Filed under: R.I.P.Sad SadMeryl StreepNatasha Richardson

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This is touching.

Natasha Richardson will be honored at the amfAR Gala on February 10 with her mother Vanessa Redgrave, actress Meryl Streep and amfAR founding chairman Dr. Mathilde Krim taking part in the tribute.

Redgrave and Natasha's sister Joely Richardson are co-chairing the event.

Natasha Richardson was on the board of trustees since 2006 and was a passionate advocate for AIDS research as her father Tony Richardson died from AIDS-related complications back in 1991.

The black-tie event and auction will include performances by Lady GaGa and Rufus Wainwright.

Natasha left behind her husband Liam Neeson and their two sons Michael and Daniel after suffering a fatal brain injury while skiing in Quebec.

So sad.

[Image via Daniel Deme / WENN.]

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Joely Richardson Speaks On Her Sister's Death

| Filed under: AnglophiliaR.I.P.Sad SadNatasha Richardson

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It's almost been a year since the untimely passing of Natasha Richardson.

Now her sister, Nip/Tuck's Joely Richardson is opening up about how she has dealt with the death.

The day after Natasha's funeral Joely went right back to work. She explains: "A strange autopilot kicks in; your psyche puts your work day into a different compartment from your private life. I’m not kidding — my first shot back on set was reacting to someone dying.”

Joely goes on to say:

"The shock shatters you on a cellular level, and it takes time for the pieces to come back together, albeit in a different formation. So much of what I am is who Tasha was, and I think, sharing all those formative years, there is level of merging. . . I cannot imagine that there will ever be a day when I don’t think of Tasha.”

Sad.

Now Joely has made plans to move to New York with her daughter Daisy for two months to be closer to her sister's two sons with husband Liam Neeson.

Hopefully seeing a little bit of Natasha in the kids will help the healing process.

[Image via AP Images.]

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It's Confirmed! Zeta-Jones And Lansbury Take Broadway!

| Filed under: Broadway BabiesCatherine Zeta JonesNatasha Richardson

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As we previously mentioned, Catherine Zeta-Jones was rumored to be teaming up with Broadway legend Angela Lansbury for Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music and now, it's official!

The show, which will open at the Walter Kerr Theater in mid-December, is based on Ingmar Bergman's 1955 film Smiles of a Summer Night and has not been revived since its original 1973 run. That is, unless you count the benefit performance in January staring Natasha Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave.

Those are some talented shoes to fill and we have no doubt Lansbury can pull it off! Plus, she's no stranger to Sondheim, originating the legendary role of Mrs. Lovett in 1979 AND she's still going strong at 83!

This will mark Catherine's broadway debut in the role of Desiree, an actress in fin-de-siecle Sweden, while her mother (Lansbury) is raising her child.

We LOVE us some musicals!

Can't wait!

Will U be seeing A Little Night Music?!

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Liam Neeson Talks Natasha

| Filed under: AnglophiliaSad SadNatasha Richardson

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So sad.

Five months after his wife, Natasha Richardson, passed away, Liam Neeson, opens up on how the tragic accident has affected him and his family.

The actor claims that he and the couple's two sons are "doing good," but taking it one day at a time.

As it should be!

Liam says found strength in the many condolence letters he received during that time.

"That is partly the reason why I've recently become an American citizen," Neeson says of the support he received. "I'm still a proud Irishman, of course, but I've become an American citizen - I'm very proud of that."

We're glad to have him as one of our own!

Stay strong for the childrenz!

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Billy Bob's Ex-Wife Compares Daughter's Child Neglect To Natasha Richardson's Accident!

| Filed under: Legal MattersSad SadNatasha Richardson

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Billy Bob Thornton's ex-wife is comparing the death of the 1-year-old her daughter was babysitting to the accident that took the life of Natasha Richardson earlier this year.

Melissa Gatlin doesn't believe her daughter should be charged with child neglect because there was no way she could have known the child was injured.

Thornton's daughter, Amanda Brumfield, witnessed the baby fall from her playpen and hit her head, but she made the unfortunate decision to not call 911 because there were "no signs of distress."

Brumfield reportedly noticed that the young child's tongue was bleeding, but thought nothing of it because she was "happy and playful."

Major mistake!

Amanda took a nap and when she awoke, the child's body was limp. The baby had passed away due to a subdural hematoma.

Gatlin compared the tragic incident to the late Natasha Richardson's skiing accident earlier this year, explaining, "When you have a situation that does not indicate distress… There are no signs of distress, then there is no reason to immediately call police."

Here's the major difference: Richardson refused medical treatment, which a one-year-old doesn't have the capability of doing.

It was Thornton's daughter's responsibility - as the babysitter - for the child's well being!

What do U think??

Do you believe Brumfield should be held responsible?

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