I was heartbroken to hear the news about Natasha Richardson this morning. Although I've only seen her in one film, The Parent Trap, it's a movie I've watched many times. And every time I do Natasha Richardson's performance as the mom makes me cry.
There's a scene where she realizes the daughter she has in London is the daughter she'd left behind in San Francisco, who she hadn't seen in ten years. Maybe it's the Redgrave in her, but Natasha plays the scene so poignantly, and real, that I choke up every time.
It's odd, too, that I've seen that film so many times. Normally I won't sit through a film twice, much less repeatedly, but I really loved the quirky "Mom/Mum" played by Natasha. "Liz" is an accomplished designer who becomes a sodden mess when she meets her ex-husband. It's totally endearing.
I'm sad she's no longer with us. The world has lost a great actress and her family, a great mum.