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Liam Neeson's Touching Public Tribute to Late Wife Natasha Richardson

May 08, 2009 03:15:49 GMT

Paying his first ever public tribute to late wife Natasha Richardson, Liam Neeson says art helps him getting through the difficult time which he has to face after her tragic death.


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Awarded with an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Queens University Belfast, at the British Consulate in N.Y.C. on Wednesday, May 6, Liam Neeson took time to pay tribute to his late wife, actress Natasha Richardson. During his acceptance speech, he emphasized the importance of art in helping him gets through the tough time after losing his wife in a skiing accident in March this year.

"Everybody assumes that actors are great public speakers. It's terrifying. Forgive me for reading it," the actor began his speech. "(Art) builds from pain, from misery, from a deep-seated hurt, a monument to the human heart that shines like a golden dome among roofs rain-glazed and leaden ..... I think it is a message that a university always gives its students in the end: It's time to move on, get on with your life. I got on with mine, and I'm still getting on."

The tribute marked the first time ever that Liam spoke about Natasha in public's eyes since her death. He was accompanied to the event by sons; Micheal Richard Antonio and Daniel Jack, both of whom are his children with Natasha. Liam himself left Queens University Belfast before graduating.

British actress Natasha Richardson, who was known for her performances on stage and in feature films, passed away on March 18 at New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital after suffering head injury from a skiing accident. She was 45.

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posted by raj on Jul 13, 2010
hi liam i just really wanted to tell u that i loved ur acting in a team and ur persona ,ur dilogue delivry awesome ,would u remember that u had wore blue shirt in taken thats look really cool on u i always admire u i deffinately gonna meet u some days raj from india 09748252412 if u call me whenever so can i tell u that i think that i have achieved something plz liam do call me and sorry for the loss of natasha this is the ,realty of life if somoone has to come then it has to go we wont have command if we have, then i urged to god to take my life instead of ur wife's life
posted by anne on Aug 27, 2009
Liam, I have been thinking of you and your boys especially since July31,2009. The day my 20 year old son had an auto accident that totaled his car. The connection was when the ER doctor said my son had a bruised small intestin and he would be admitted to the hosptial, because they did not wish to have to go in and perform emergency surgery to save his life from internal bleeding. I immediatly remembered Natashas' accedent and understood the seriousness of my sons' condition. It made me pay better attention. My prayers and thoughts are with you and thank you for your unintended help.
posted by Tina on Jul 23, 2009
Liam and family you've all been in my prayers since this tragedy happened. Natasha was one of the most beautiful and talented ladies in the world. Obviously, I did not know her but she exuded a warmth of spirit in all her roles and appearances that I ever saw her in. She was one of my favorite actresses ever and she will live on in our hearts along with yours forever. God bless and God speed. Rest in peace, Natasha
posted by Heidi on Jun 21, 2009
Liam - one additional comment....My father, Bill Haugland, former CFCF 12 Anchor in Montreal has written a book. It is called "Mobile 9" and has only been released in Canada a month ago. It will be in the U.S. in September. If you ever read these messages, please pick up a copy from Amazon - I think you would enjoy his book.
posted by Heidi on Jun 21, 2009
Liam, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I looked you up because I watched your incredibly terrifying movie "Taken" and found this article on your wife. My heart goes out to you and your children. Your wife was very beautiful.....and she lives on within you and your family. Heidi Haugland 802-370-5765

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