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Published: 3/18/2015
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Natasha Richardson (Larry Busacca/Getty Images North America)

Natasha Richardson was born into a movie dynasty, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson, granddaughter of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, and niece of Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave. But she found her own fame, winning a Tony for her performance in Cabaret and delighting fans in movies including Patty Hearst, The Handmaid's Tale and The Parent Trap. Her tragic death from a skiing accident shocked her fans, and the lights were dimmed on Broadway in her honor. We remember Richardson's life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.

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2013: Henry Bromell, U.S. writer who penned scripts for many TV series including Northern Exposure and Homeland, for which he also served as executive producer, dies at 65.

'Homeland' producer, writer Henry Bromell (AP Photo / Showtime, Kent Smith)Bromell shared in Emmy and Golden Globe best-drama awards for Showtime's Homeland. In 1992, he won a Humanitas Prize, given to work that meaningfully explores the human condition, for the TV drama I'll Fly Away. Bromell was "an immensely talented and prolific" writer and producer, Showtime said in a statement. His other TV credits included Northern Exposure, Chicago Hope, Rubicon and Brotherhood. Read more

 

 

2011: Warren Christopher, U.S. politician who served as secretary of state during President Bill Clinton's first term, dies at 85.

The attorney-turned-envoy traveled tirelessly to Bosnia and the Middle East on peace missions during his 1993-1996 tenure — including some two dozen to Syria alone, in a futile effort to promote a settlement with Israel. After his work finished carrying out the Clinton administration agenda abroad, the longtime Californian returned home for an active life in local and national affairs and with his law firm. Read more

 

 

2010: Fess Parker, U.S. actor who was well-known for his starring television roles in Davy Crockett and then Daniel Boone, dies at 85.

Forty years after he'd made his name portraying Davy Crockett, Parker still had fans seeking autographs and photos. But they wouldn't go to the Walt Disney lot in Hollywood, California, to find him. Instead, they'd travel farther north to the tasting room at the Fess Parker Winery near Santa Barbara, California, where the actor-turned-vintner signed autographs, shook hands and posed for photos. Read more

 

 

2009: Natasha Richardson, English actress who had roles in the movies Nell and The Parent Trap and was the wife of actor Liam Neeson, dies after falling while skiing at 45.

More than five years after her death from a brain injury, the memory of actress and activist Natasha Richardson continues to inspire. The Tony Award-winning actress was born into a film and theater dynasty, the daughter of director Tony Richardson and screen icon Vanessa Redgrave, and she brought an amazing talent to every role she played. Read more

 

 

2008: Anthony Minghella, English film director who won an Academy Award for The English Patient, dies at 54.

The English Patient, the 1996 World War II drama, won nine Academy Awards, including best director for Minghella, best picture and best supporting actress for Juliette Binoche. Based on the celebrated novel by Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje, the movie tells of a burn victim's tortured recollections of his wartime misdeeds. Minghella also was nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay for The English Patient, and for his screenplay for The Talented Mr. Ripley. Read more

 

2008: Andrew Britton, U.S. author of spy novels including The New York Times best-seller The Assassin, dies of a heart condition at 27.

2001: John Phillips, U.S. musician who was a member of the Mamas and the Papas, dies at 65.

1998: Billy Butterfield, U.S. jazz trumpeter who played with Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman, dies at 71.

1991: Vilma Banky, Hungarian silent-film actress known best for her role opposite Rudolph Valentino in The Son of the Sheik, dies at 90.

1990: Robin Harris, U.S. actor who starred as the father in the movie House Party, dies of a heart attack at 36.

1986: Bernard Malamud, U.S. writer well-known for his novel The Natural, which was turned into a popular movie with Robert Redford, dies at 71.

1984: Charlie Lau, U.S. Major League Baseball coach and renowned hitting instructor who coached George Brett for Kansas City and Harold Baines for the Chicago White Sox, among others, dies at 50.

1978: Peggy Wood, U.S. actress who starred in the 1950s sitcom Mama, dies at 86.

1976: James McCartney, English father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73.

1969: Barbara Bates, U.S. actress known for her role as Phoebe in the movie All About Eve, dies at 43.

1963: Wanda Hawley, U.S. film star of the silent era whose credits include a number of Cecil B. DeMille films, dies at 67.

1845: John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, U.S. pioneer agronomist who planted many nurseries of apple trees in the Midwest, dies at 70.

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