Actress Natasha Richardson’s sons were at her bedside in hospital today after she suffered a serious head injury in a fall at a ski resort.
The 45-year-old star is being treated at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York following the accident at the luxury Mont Tremblant resort in Quebec on Monday.
Her mother, Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, was also seen entering the hospital last night.
There has been no official word on Richardson’s condition but some reports have suggested she could have serious brain injuries.
She was flown back to the US from Canada last night for further treatment.
Her two sons with her husband, Irish actor Liam Neeson, were photographed leaving the hospital in New York early this morning.
The accident happened while Richardson was taking a supervised lesson on a beginners run, the Mont Tremblant resort said.
After the fall, the instructor called the ski patrol for assistance.
A spokeswoman for the resort said: “She did not show any visible sign of injury but the ski patrol followed strict procedures and brought her back to the bottom of the slope and insisted she should see a doctor.”
Both the instructor and the patrol accompanied the actress to her hotel and again urged her to see a doctor.
“Approximately an hour after the incident, Mrs Richardson was not feeling good.
“An ambulance was called and Mrs Richardson was brought to the Centre Hospitalier Laurentien in Ste-Agathe and was later transferred to Sacre-Coeur Hospital,” the resort said.
Neeson flew from Toronto, where he is filming his new movie, Chloe, to be with his wife on news of the accident.
Kika Markham – the wife of Richardson’s uncle, Corin Redgrave – said: “We know that she has had an accident but we really do not know any more details.
“We are very concerned.”
She said the family wanted to be left alone, adding: “He (Corin) has had heart problems.”
Richardson is the daughter of Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and the late director Tony Richardson.
An award-winning actress in her own right, she is the granddaughter of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, the sister of actress Joely Richardson, and the niece of Lynn Redgrave.
Born in May 1963, Richardson was educated at St Paul’s Girls School in London and trained at the city’s Central School of Speech and Drama.
She has two sons with 'Schindler’s List' star Neeson, whom she married in 1994 after meeting on the set of the film 'Nell'.
Her extensive experience on stage includes a number of Shakespearean roles, among them Ophelia in 'Hamlet' and Helena in 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'.
In 1986 she won the London Drama Critics’ most promising newcomer award for her performance as Nina in 'The Seagull' alongside her mother.
She also won a Tony award for best actress in a musical for her performance as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes’ production of 'Cabaret' on Broadway in 1998.