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Actress Natasha Richardson buried near upstate NY home

LITHGOW, N.Y. - A somber group of friends and familygathered in a small Hudson Valley town Sunday to say a finalfarewell to Tony Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson.

Liam Neeson, in a dark suit and sunglasses, was among thepallbearers who carried his wife's coffin into St. Peter'sEpiscopal Church, near the home where the two married in 1994.

He arrived at the tiny white clapboard church with the couple'ssons; his mother-in-law, actress Vanessa Redgrave, and hissister-in-law, actress Joely Richardson. Also among the mournerswere Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman and Laura Linney.

The 45-year-old actress was buried in a nearby cemetery, amidhilly horse farms about 80 miles north of New York City.

Richardson died Wednesday at a Manhattan hospital after fallingwhile skiing Monday at the Mont Tremblant resort in the Canadianprovince of Quebec. The New York City medical examiner's officesaid Richardson suffered from an epidural hematoma, which causesbleeding between the skull and the brain's covering. She was notwearing a helmet.

Richardson married Neeson at their secluded Millbrook, N.Y.,home in 1994.

Neeson spent a grim Friday greeting a stream of friends andrelatives during a private viewing at the American Irish HistoricalSociety in Manhattan. Celebrities paying respects included DianeSawyer, Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, and Sarah Jessica Parker.


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