HAPPY HOUR: How NATASHA RICHARDSON’S Death Convinced LIAM NEESON To Become U.S Citizen

PD*30579024Liam Neeson is speaking out about how the U.S. outpouring of grief in response to his wife’s death helped him decide to become an American citizen.

The Irishman lost his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, in March after what first appeared to be a minor fall while skiing in Canada. Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America, Neeson said he and the couple’s two sons were ‘doing good’ five months after the tragic accident. ‘To be honest, we are taking each day as it comes,’ he said.

liam and natashaRichardson died in March, aged 45, after banging her head in a skiing fall at the Quebec resort of Mont Tremblant. She had declined medical treatment at the scene and laughed off the incident, but later reported feeling unwell and an ambulance was called to her hotel. Her condition swiftly deteriorated and she was transferred from a local hospital to a larger unit in Montreal, where doctors established that she was brain dead. She was then flown to New York, where the family gathered to say a last goodbye. After a few days, Neeson and other relatives made the heartbreaking decision to take her off life support. The couple had two sons together, Michael and Daniel.

Neeson, who is originally from Ballymena in County Antrim, Northern Ireland and currently resides in New York, is still getting extraordinary letters of condolences from well wishers across the country which is one of the reasons he decided to become a U.S. citizen. ‘That is partly the reason why I’ve recently become an American citizen,’ Neeson said, adding: ‘I’m still a proud Irishman, of course, but I’ve become an American citizen – I’m very proud of that.’

One of the well wishers who offered support during his time of need was Ted Kennedy, who wrote Neeson following Richardson’s death. ‘I met him a couple of times, and he wrote my family a very beautiful, touching condolence letter when Natasha died. It is the end of an era. I have a very clear memory of being a 10-year-old boy and being taken to the ancestral Kennedy homestead in Ireland and posing for a photograph underneath the gable of their home with the American flag and the Irish flag up there on the gable.’

liam neesonSince Natasha’s passing Liam has been keeping busy with work and will appear as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming biopic. He will also voice the character of Aslas in the next Narnia film.

Natasha Richardson was part of one of the great theatrical dynasties: the Redgraves. She appeared in more than 30 Hollywood films, but was best known for her work on the stage. She performed a number of Shakespearean roles, among them Ophelia in Hamlet and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 1998 she won a Tony award, for best actress in a musical, for her performance as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes’s Broadway production of Cabaret.

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