New Poe Forward Dead Girl
Natasha Jane Richardson
May 11, 1963 - March 18, 2009
The sudden death of British actress Natasha Richardson is tragic for her family, her friends, and her fans. She displayed a remarkable gift. The news showed a series of scenes from her work and I was reminded of how versatile was her talent. Like many English actors, she played Americans better than American actors. She came from a prestigious theatrical family and only added to their legacy.
Poe Forward recognizes her as a Scream Queen primarily from her portrayal of Mary Shelley in Ken Russell's GOTHIC (1986). She played an adventurous Mary Shelley, but one who mourns for her dead child. While Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) certainly is the Mother of all Scream Queens, her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft (A Vindication of the Rights of Women), could be referred to as the Grandmother of all Scream Queens. An early feminist philosopher and writer, she lived a life worthy of a drama and Natasha Richardson could've played her splendidly.
Natasha Richardson will be missed, but as it is with all stars, we have her body of work to remind us of her beauty and her talent.