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Liam Neeson Walked TV Wife Down Wedding Aisle Just 2 Months after Natasha Richardson's Death

Gracious Egedegbe
May 15, 2022
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Liam Neeson lost Natasha Richardson, his wife of 15 years, in the most unfortunate way. He walked his TV wife, Laura Linney, down the aisle two months later. Continue reading to know more details.

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Northern Ireland Actor Liam Neeson is known for his ability to give a hundred percent performance in any role. A recipient of many award nominations, the star is best known for appearing in productions like "Taken," "Blacklight," "The Marksman," "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," etc.

Apart from having a stellar career, Neeson is frequently talked about due to his love life. He has been married twice, but before the marriage, the movie star was involved with other women, one of which was Julia Roberts.

The pair met on the set of "Satisfaction." There were claims that Neeson and Roberts started dating and living together within the next two weeks. At the time, the American actress was only 19 years old, while Neeson was 35. They dated for a while before parting ways.

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Apart from Roberts, the actor was also romantically involved with Brooke Shields. The former lovebirds started dating in late 1991 or early 1992, and their relationship evolved into something serious.

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson leaving Studio 54 after the opening of "A Streetcar Named Desire" on April 26, 2005 in New York. | Source: Getty Images

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During a chat with People, Shields explained that her and Neeson's romance progressed to where he proposed. Unfortunately, at the last minute, the actor ghosted her, eventually ending their romance. Here are more details about Neeson's love life.

NEESON AND NATASHA RICHARDSON'S LOVE STORY

Liam Neeson and Brooke Shields attends the Premiere of "Under Suspicion" at the Loews Fine Arts Theater on February 24, 1992 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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In 1993, English Actress Natasha Richardson and Neeson starred opposite each other in "Anna Christie" on Broadway, eventually leading to the start of a romance that would last for years.

Twenty-nine years old at the time, the actress was still married to Producer Robert Fox. However, her relationship status could not prevent the feelings and chemistry Richardson and Neeson would develop for each other.

Actors Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson attend the "Dreamgirls" premiere presented by DreamWorks Pictures & Paramount Pictures at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 4, 2006 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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In an interview with Anderson Cooper, the "Taken" star explained that before he met the actress, he had never experienced such an explosive chemistry situation with a colleague. As time progressed, the bond between the duo continued to grow and, at some point, became very evident.

Luckily for Neeson, Richardson's marriage to Fox was already crumbling and ending. However, the duo did not define their relationship until after Richardson's 30th birthday.

Liam Neeson with wife Natasha Richardson attending the 33rd Annual American Ireland Fund Gala at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 08, 2008 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Neeson had given the actress a card from "Schindler's List" with a write-up that Richardson did not find romantic. So, the latter decided to be straightforward, and she asked Neeson about the nature of their relationship.

At that point, the actor said he knew he had fallen in love with Richardson and had to protect that love. By the summer of 1994, Neeson and Richardson were married on a farm in Upstate New York.

On June 22, 1995, the couple welcomed their first child, Michael. They celebrated the arrival of their second son Daniel on August 27, 1996.

RICHARDSON'S HORRIFIC ACCIDENT/DEATH

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Natasha Richardson during "Seraphim Falls" after party at Soho Grand Penthouse at 310 West Broadway in New York City, New York. | Source: Getty Images

On March 16, 2009, tragedy struck when Richardson was involved in a skiing accident and sustained a head injury. At noon, the horrific incident occurred at the Mont Tremblant Ski resort in Quebec, Canada.

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According to reports, the actress was on the hill without a helmet when she fell and banged her head against hard-packed snow. Immediately, the paramedics got a call, and at about 1 p.m., an ambulance arrived and transported Richardson from the foot of the hill to a hospital.

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson attending a special screening of "Seraphim Falls" at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on January 23, 2007 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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However, the actress insisted that she was okay and declined any medical assistance at the hospital. In no distant time, she left the hospital for her hotel room.

Unfortunately, by 2:59 p.m., the paramedics received a second call, and in under ten minutes, the ambulance arrived. According to reports, Richardson was awake, but something was not right with her orientation.

Paramedics rushed the actress to a hospital in Sainte Agathe, but sadly, they did not have enough equipment to handle such a situation. So, Richardson was transferred to a Montreal Trauma center, where they confirmed the actress was brain dead.

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Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson attending "The 30th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards" at The St. Regis Hotel on January 13, 2005 in Century City, California. | Source: Getty Images

An X-ray showed that the woman's brain had squashed up against her skull. Eventually, the actress was flown back to New York and admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital.

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On March 18, 2009, the hospital removed Richardson from life support, and she passed away. A few years later, in February 2014, Neeson revealed that his wife's death was not in vain, as she was keeping three people alive.

Actor Liam Neeson visits Build Series to discuss his new movie "The Commuter" at Build Studio on January 8, 2018 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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The actor noted that the family donated Richardson's organs (heart, kidneys, and liver), thereby saving the lives of the three beneficiaries. According to Neeson, the actress would have been pleased and thrilled by their decision.

Before she passed away, Neeson made sure to tell Richardson how much he loved her. After that, his last words were, "Sweetie; you're not coming back from this; you've banged your head."

COPING WITH RICHARDSON'S DEATH

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Following Richardson's death, Neeson returned to work to help him cope with the irreparable loss. Between 2009 and 2018, he appeared in 34 movies. The actor confessed that he had to get busy, as he did not want to seem to be wallowing in sadness or depression.

Neeson was not the only one gravely affected by Richardson's death. It was more terrifying for the actor's sons, Michael and Daniel, who were only teenagers at the time.

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Michael explained that for him, processing the situation was very difficult because it was sudden. As reported by Today from The Times in U. K in March 2021, the young man's words were:

"When it's unexpected, and it's just a complete freak accident, it really sort of messes with your mind, whether you believe in fate or not."

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"It can send you for a bit of a head spin, and so you just latch on to the tiny little memories, whether it's her laugh or her energy in the room or her cooking. I do have her films to go back and watch her in, which I'm incredibly grateful for," he gushed.

NEESON AND HIS TV WIFE, LAURA LINNEY

Actress Laura Linney and actor Liam Neeson answer questions from the press at a junket for their new film "Love Actually" at the Dorchester Hotel October 10, 2003 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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Neeson was a loving husband in real life, as well as in movies. He played the role of a husband in many films, and to several women, including Laura Linney. Throughout Neeson and Linney's careers, they have played husband and wife twice.

Firstly was in "The Crucible," where they starred as John and Elizabeth Proctor, and the second was in the film "Kinsey." For the two times they acted together as a couple, Linney said she liked it.

Actors Liam Neeson and Laura Linney of the cast of "Kinsley" pose for a picture during the 29th annual Toronto International Film Festival September 13, 2004 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Source: Getty Images

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She said she had had much better marriages with Neeson than with her co-star, Gabriel Byrne, but she loves them both. Apart from being colleagues, Linney also had a good relationship with Neeson's family, especially his late wife.

According to Linney, she and Richardson were so close that when the latter died, it was devastating, and she considered postponing her second marriage.

Actress Laura Linney and husband Marc Schauer attend the Patronâs Brunch during the 36th Telluride Film Festival held at the Opera House on September 4, 2009 in Telluride, Colorado | Source: Getty Images

However, she talked to Neeson about it, and he encouraged her to get married. Two months after Richardson's death, Linney tied the knot, and reports had it that it was Neeson who walked her down the aisle.

Richardson will always be remembered as a talented actress, a loving wife, and a doting mother of two.

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