It was a sad week in the Broadway community. Two nights in a row, the marquee lights of the Broadway theaters were dimmed, first for Ron Silver, and the following night for Natasha Richardson. Ron Silver, who won a Tony Award for his role in the original Broadway production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, passed away after losing his battle with cancer at the age of 62.
Natasha Richardson, Tony winner for the Broadway revival of Cabaret, was the victim of a freak skiing accident. Although she seemed fine after taking a small tumble, she had unknowingly sustained a brain injury that worsened at a rapid speed, soon leaving her brain dead. Wife of Liam Neeson (who she met while performing in the Broadway revival of Anna Christie) and daughter of Vanessa Redgrave (recently on Broadway in The Year of Magical Thinking), Richardson was part of a theatrical royal family that also included her father Tony Richardson and aunt Lynn Redgrave.