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Liam Neeson talks to late wife's grave everyday ‘as if she’s here’

Daisy Phillipson

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Liam Neeson talks to late wife's grave everyday ‘as if she’s here’

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Liam Neeson has opened up about how he talks to his late wife's grave everyday 'as if she's here'.

The 70-year-old actor had been married to Natasha Richardson of The Parent Trap fame for 15 years and the pair had two sons Micheál and Daniel together.

But in 2009, Richardson tragically and suddenly died in a skiing accident while in Quebec, Canada.

Understandably heartbroken and shocked at the loss, Neeson previously described how he kept her memory alive.

In a 2020 interview with Inquirer.net, Neeson, who lives in upstate New York, said: "I speak to her everyday at her grave which is about a mile and half down the road.

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson were married for 15 years before she tragically passed away. Credit: Abaca Press/Alamy Stock Photo
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson were married for 15 years before she tragically passed away. Credit: Abaca Press/Alamy Stock Photo

"I go down there quite often, so I do speak to her as if she’s here. Not that she answers me."

He added: "I also speak to a couple of deceased actors that I knew years ago back in Ireland. Is that religious? I don’t know. I was brought up Catholic.

"But I certainly question death and life and is there an afterlife a lot more, not least because I’m now 68 years of age. I’m way past middle age."

In the same year, the actor worked on a film with his older son Micheál, marking their first major movie collaboration.

Called Made in Italy, the comedy-drama saw Neeson portray an artist while Micheál portrayed his character's estranged son.

The plot followed the pair as they tried to fix their relationship while working together to repair a rundown house in Italy that was left to the artist by his late wife.

Though the Taken acknowledged certain aspects of the plot were similar to parts of their family's history, he told the outlet: "He was playing a part, I was playing a part."

But he said that they 'didn’t act father and son because we’re father and son'.

Liam and his son Micheál in Made in Italy. Credit: IFC Films
Liam and his son Micheál in Made in Italy. Credit: IFC Films

Neeson continued: "But it was an interesting process that I still think about every now and again, especially in relation to Micheál having lost his mother at an early age. And myself having lost my wife 11 years ago, which was a huge blow to my family.

"The film is, in some way... I’m not going to say it was cathartic. That’s too easy and too hippie a thing to say.

"It will help to maybe at some stage open a doorway to our (his and Micheál’s) conversation about stuff and good relationships."

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677 

Topics: TV And Film, Celebrity, Life

Daisy Phillipson
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