The love of your dreams. Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson’s relationship was something right out of a movie — and although Richardson passed away in 2009, Neeson has never stopped singing her praises.
The TakenActor Parent Trap star met in 1993 while working on Broadway’s Anna Christie. Richardson was a married producer at the time. Robert FoxHowever, their chemistry was evident.
Although Richardson called the beginning of her relationship with Neeson “bad timing” since her marriage was coming to an end simultaneously, she didn’t let it affect their future.
“Obviously I fell very much in love with him,” the CabaretStar, who divorced Fox shortly after the show’s closing, told the Daily NewsIn an interview published March 2009.
She also revealed that Neeson’s history of being a ladies’ man didn’t matter to her. “I’m pleased that women fall in love with him, because I know why,” Richardson said.
After Richardson flew to Poland, Neeson was filming, their whirlwind romance began. Schindler’s ListAfter receiving a birthday gift from the actor, she was able to smile.
After returning to the U.S., they bought a farmhouse upstate New York. In July 1994, they were married on their property. The Asylum actress surprised her groom with a serenade of their wedding song, “Crazy Love” by Van MorrisonDuring the celebrations.
In December 1994, the newlyweds’ first joint movie, Nell, hit theaters and six months later they became parents, welcoming their son Micheál in June 2015. Their son Daniel was born in the following year.
Tragedy, however, struck in March 2009, when the British actress fell coming down a beginner slope on Mont Tremblant while on a ski vacation in Québec, Canada, with the couple’s oldest son. After she reportedly refused medical attention, she fell on her head and was brought back into her room.
“I spoke to her and she said, ‘Oh, darling, I’ve taken a tumble in the snow.’ That’s how she described it,” Neeson recalled during a 2014 interview with Anderson CooperFor 60 Minutes.
Although she felt fine to start, the actress suffered a traumatic brain injury in her fall. She was later admitted to Montreal’s hospital. Her husband arrived to find out that she was brain dead and was on life support.
“I went in to her and told her I loved her,” the Love Actually star explained. “[I] said, ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this. You’ve banged your head. It’s — I don’t know if you can hear me, but that’s — this is what’s gone down. And we’re bringing ya back to New York. All your family and friends will come.’ And that was more or less it.”
Neeson kept his work schedule busy and has kept his feelings about her passing quiet since March 18, 2009. When he has spoken about his love, it’s been with fondness for what they had together for 15 years.
“They say the hardest thing in the world is losing someone you love,” the father of two said in a Facebook post in 2016. “My wife died unexpectedly. She brought me so many joy. She was my everything.”
Scroll down to read everything Neeson had to say about his wife and their lives together before she died.