Family with Richardson after fall
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Family surrounded actress Natasha Richardson, a member of Britain's Redgrave theatrical dynasty, at a New York City hospital on Wednesday after she was severely injured while skiing at a Canadian resort.
Representatives for Richardson, 45, and her husband actor Liam Neeson repeatedly declined to comment on the severity of her injury, but the New York Times reported the actress was in "a serious condition with head injuries."
Neeson, who was filming in Toronto, flew to be with his wife in Montreal after the accident, which happened on Monday when Richardson fell during a private ski lesson at the Mont Tremblant resort, about 75 miles north of Montreal.
Television footage showed Richardson's mother, actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave, sister, television star Joely Richardson, and aunt, actress Lynn Redgrave, arriving at the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan overnight.
Photos also showed two boys -- identified by local media as Richardson's sons with Neeson, Daniel Jack, 12, and Michael, 13 -- leaving the hospital early on Wednesday. The couple own homes in Manhattan and Millbrook, New York, north of the city.
The Canadian ski resort said Richardson appeared to be in good condition after falling, but her instructor called a ski patrol to take her to the bottom of the hill. They escorted her back to the hotel and later called an ambulance after noticing she was not well.
She was flown to New York City from Montreal's Hopital du Sacre-Coeur on Tuesday.
Richardson, whose father was director Tony Richardson, followed her family's footsteps into acting.
Perhaps best known for playing Lindsay Lohan's mother in the 1998 remake of the Disney movie "The Parent Trap," Richardson has been equally at home on New York's Broadway and London's West End. She won a Tony award, Broadway's highest honor, in 1998 for her role in the musical "Cabaret."
Richardson and Neeson starred together in the Jodie Foster film drama "Nell" and they married in July 1994.
(Additional reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa, Kate Kelland in London and Jill Serjeant in Los Angeles, editing by Vicki Allen)