Thursday, March 19, 2009

Natasha Richardson, R.I.P.

I was shocked to learn of the death of the great actress Natasha Richardson, who died late Wednesday. Glenn Kenny has a nice remembrance here.


Bob Westal said...

Thanks for putting that up, Brian. Great clip. Nice to see in the midst of one of the saddest show business stories in a very long time.

I had sort of forgottentthat "Maybe This Time" is in the stage show these days. (It wasn't originally -- it was a Kander & Ebb "trunk song" that was first used in the movie -- but I guess it had such an impact it's been added to stage shows ever since. I'm ashamed to say I've never actually seen "Cabaret" on stage, though I know it's a pretty different animal from the Fosse film.)

Inquiring Camera Girl said...

Thank you. After reading about what an amazing stage actress she was, I've been curious to see some of her work - and wow. I only knew she was a great *film* actress, but now I wish I'd had the chance somehow to see her perform live.

She was a beautiful, beautiful woman, but most importantly, she seemed like a very genuine person who loved being a wife and mom.

She'll be remembered as a fine actress and a class act.

Brian Doan said...

Hi Bob,
I'd forgotten that "Maybe This Time" wasn't originally in the stage version-- I guess the film version has so shaped my memory of the original, too. It's a really nice performance, I think-- so understated and kind of shy at first, and then building to that dramatic climax. Liza Minnelli is so definitive for me in the part, but there's a real vulnerability and awkward grace (if that makes any sense) to Richardson's performance in this clip that makes me see Sally in a new way.

Brian Doan said...

Inquiring Camera Girl,
I know-- I've only seen the clips of her performance on YouTube. It would've been great to see it all live, especially opposite Alan Cumming. And I agree-- she seemed like a real class act.