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Celebrity tributes pour in for Natasha Richardson

Celebrity tributes pour in for Natasha Richardson
Celebrity tributes pour in for Natasha Richardson (Image credit: ABACA/PA Photos)

Lindsay Lohan, Judi Dench and Sam Mendes are among the movie glitterati to pay tribute to Natasha Richardson (opens in new tab), who has died after a skiing accident. Li-Lo, who co-starred with Natasha in the 1998 film The Parent Trap, told Access Hollywood: "She was a wonderful woman and actress and treated me like I was her own. I didn't see much of her over the years, but I will miss her. My heart goes out to her family. This is a tragic loss." Other tributes to Natasha - whose husband Liam Neeson is 'shocked and devastated' about her death - came from Dame Judi Dench, Sam Mendes, Jane Fonda and Michael Parkinson. Dame Judi told the BBC: "She had an incredibly luminous quality, that you seldom see, and a great sense of humour," she said. "I thought she was a really great actress." Asked if she had had more great work to come, Dame Judi said: "I have no doubt about it. It's just so shocking, really shocking, and I hope that everybody leaves the family quietly to somehow pick up the pieces." Sam Mendes, in whose 1998 Broadway production of Cabaret Richardson starred as Sally Bowles, winning a Tony award, said: "She was one of a kind, a magnificent actress. "She was also an amazing mother, a loyal friend, and the greatest and most generous host you could ever hope to meet." Demi Moore wrote online: "I am sending out prayers for Natasha Richardson and her family. A real reminder of how precious life is and how quickly it can be gone." Get exclusive access to your favourite stars. Subscribe to TV Times magazine (opens in new tab)

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An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.