(19 Mar 2009) SHOTLIST
New York, 18 March 2009
1. Wide shot of hospital loading dock garage door opening with two Escalades with Richardson’s family members leaving the hospital
2. Escalades with family members driving down street away from hospital
3. Car with blacked out windows carrying Vanessa Redgrave arriving in hospital loading garage
4. Hospital security man blocking car from camera
5. Garage door closing
6. Two Escalades arriving at hospital and backing up into loading garage
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dunja (no last name given):
“Very sad. Fortunately everybody’s here but very bad news. I’m sorry for her, I like her as an actress and her husband Liam Neeson and Vanessa Redgrave. I like them a lot.”
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Tina Alvs:
“I’m shocked. Unbelievable that having the accident and feeling fine and then something like this it’s just a shock. Just a shock.”
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara (no last name given)
“I didn’t really know her. When I heard about it all I thought about was Vanessa Redgrave, her mother, who I think is a wonderful actress. My heart goes out to her as a mother myself. It must be terrible to lose a daughter and her husband I think Liam Neeson he has my sympathy too. I’m very sorry.”
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Marty Lapidus:
“It’s a terrible tragedy. What can you say other than that? To hear that it was a bunny hill and falling down. Some things are just terrible to hear.”
NATASHA RICHARDSON’S FAMILY DEPARTS HOSPITAL AFTER HER DEATH
Around 9:30pm U.S. Eastern time Wednesday night (18MAR09) Natasha Richardson’s family was seen leaving the hospital where she died in a pair of Cadillac Escalade SUVs.
The family has been gathering at the hospital Wednesday, and departed shortly after an official announcement that Richardson had died.
Reaction in the neighbourhood was one of disbelief that a seemingly minor accident could lead to such tragedy.
Alan Nierob, the Los Angeles-based publicist for Richardson’s husband Liam Neeson, confirmed her death in a written statement.
“Liam Neeson, his sons (Micheal, 13, and 12-year-old Daniel), and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha,” the statement said. “They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”
The statement did not give details on the cause of death for Richardson, who suffered a head injury and fell on a beginner’s trail during a private ski lesson at the luxury Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec. Seemingly fine after the fall, about an hour later she complained that she didn’t feel well.
She was hospitalized Tuesday in Montreal and later flown to a hospital in New York, where family members had been seen coming and going.
Vanessa Redgrave, Richardson’s mother, arrived in a car with darkened windows and was taken through a garage when she arrived at the Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side about 5 p.m. Wednesday.
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