Assuming you read the news you are already aware of what's happened - if not, read the CNN link at the bottom.
Normally I just shrug when I hear about a celeb passing - but I'm really stunned by this. I don't know exactly why this one has really surprised me. Natasha was a rare celeb, especially for one of the "celebrity royalty." She never had any big exciting drama in her personal life. She seemed to be happily and quietly married, with two teen age sons. As best I could tell, she was a class act - a beautiful woman in every way. And maybe it's just the suddenness of it all. Or maybe because the last time I went skiing it was at Mont Tremblant. Maybe it is because I never ever wore, nor would wear a helmet, and because I've knocked myself out cold when skiing. I don't know. But to hit your head hard enough during a lesson... on the beginner slope, and die from it? As a healthy 45 year old? I am just stunned. Her family must be crushed. :(
My response to this news has been far out of proportion compared to my normal detachment when I hear pretty much anything a celeb does. It is not like I know them or anything, Lindsay hasn't returned my phone calls for months now! Some BFF she is!
I know almost nothing about her life, but I do know that she was a beautiful woman and an IRL smoker and appeared in 11 films that way. Most smoking fetishists feel disappointed about her, especially after the film - Waking Up in Reno - though that is largely because of expectations. Before the movie's release, both she and Charlize Theron had promo shots of them smoking 120s in the movie, and Penelope Cruz smoked in it too - but then it came out, and the film is just an exercise in frustration for a smoking fetishist; with barely any actual smoking in the movie. And what there is in the film is filmed terribly - stupid non-fetishist editors! Interestingly enough though, Ms. Richardson always smoked all whites, and at least 100s in any role - which I definitely noticed; but other than that, most everything I know about her I learned this week. I just figured I'd share the few pics I have up as a little tribute to a Ms. Richardson.
Here's 75 screen captures of her with Elizabeth McGovern from 1990's The Handmaiden's Tale - 5.84 MB HandmaidenTale.zip sharebee file. Overall the movie was very mediocre film (I think it simply was biting off too much to try to do that book in 2 hours) - but there were a couple of scenes that were some good fantasy inspiring stuff.
With that said, I hope you rest in peace Ms. Richardson. My condolences to all those who knew you. Here is her CNN obit.