amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Natasha Richardson

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Joined the amfAR board in September 2006. Has conceived, organized, and spearheaded a number of highly successful amfAR events, most notably Unforgettable: Fashion of the Oscars. (1999), an auction of Oscar dresses that raised more than $1.5 million. Has also served as an event chair, host, or committee member for many amfAR benefits. Her service to AIDS organizations here and in the United Kingdom includes work with Bailey House, God's Love We Deliver, and Mothers' Voices, in the US; Aids Crisis Trust and National Aids Trust, for which she is an ambassador, in the UK. Received amfAR's Award of Courage in November 2000.

An award-winning actress of stage and screen, Ms. Richardson trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama (London). Her most critically acclaimed performances include her portrayal of Nina in The Seagull (London), the title role in Anna Christie (London and Broadway, for which she received a Tony nomination), and, most recently, her portrayal of Blanche DuBois in the Roundabout Theater's revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She has received numerous nominations and awards, including a 1998 "Best Actress in a Musical" Triple Crown (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk awards) for her performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. She is also known for her notable work on screen, playing diverse roles, such as Patty Hearst; The Handmaid's Tale; Nell, with Jodie Foster and Liam Neeson; Disney's The Parent Trap; Merchant Ivory's The White Countess; Asylum, with Ian McKellen; and Evening, with Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, and Meryl Streep.

Actress and Advocate on behalf of people with HIV/AIDS. She and her husband Liam Neeson have two sons and live in New York City.