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Stars Pay Tribute to Richardson

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Mar 19, 2009 | 9:18am EDT

Emotional tributes have poured in from Hollywood stars following Natasha Richardson's tragic death on Wednesday.

Richardson, who was married to actor Liam Neeson, was taken to the hospital after sustaining a head injury on the slopes of Mont Tremblant in Montreal on Monday.

She was later transferred to a New York hospital, where she died on Wednesday morning, hours after she was removed from life support.

Now grief-stricken celebrities have rushed to offer condolences and honor the star.

Judi Dench, who worked with Richardson on the 1987 TV series Ghosts, says, "She had an incredibly luminous quality that you seldom see, and a great sense of humor. I thought she was a really great actress... It’s just so shocking, really shocking, and I hope that everybody leaves the family quietly to somehow pick up the pieces."

Filmmaker Nick Moore, who directed Richardson in her final movie Wild Child, adds: "She was wonderfully generous and kind, a complete joy to be with. All the kids in the movie loved being around her. She pitched in and was great with them. She led by example."

Actress Angela Lansbury recalled the star in her Broadway run of Cabaret, for which she won a Tony Award: "She was just outstanding. She has done so many wonderful roles in the theater and in movies. A most accomplished and lovely actress, mother and wife."

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who worked with Richardson on Blow Dry, added: "For all her talent and beauty, she was egoless."

And filmmaker Ken Russell, who directed Richardson in her 1986 debut Gothic, says, "She was one of the few modern actresses who was as smart as she was pretty, and as gentle as she was fierce."

"I loved her unashamedly, and wish her remarkable and wonderful mother, who must be suffering greatly at the moment, all courage and strength."

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