The Fourth of July is one of America’s most important festivals, with fireworks and parades taking place around the country these days.
However, while many people look forward to a day filled with fun and celebrations, actor Liam Neeson only feels loss, agony, and sorrow as the holiday approaches.
The wedding anniversary of Liam and Natasha Richardson is July 3rd.
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson experienced the kind of love that inspired the Hollywood movies and shows they featured in long before tragedy ruined their 16-year marriage.
Liam Neeson will cherish the happy memories he made with his late wife.
The couple met on Broadway in 1993, when they were cast opposite each other in Anna Christie.
Natasha was 29 years old and married to producer Robert Fox at the time. However, that wasn’t enough to prevent her and Liam from falling in love.
Everyone in the room could see how well they got along. Natasha’s marriage to Robert was already coming to an end, which was fortunate for Liam, who was 40 at the time.
Natasha’s 30th birthday was recently celebrated, and Liam chose to send her a card from the set of Schindler’s List.
“You’ve caught up to me.” Oskar, a lot of love.” (In the film, Liam played Oskar Schindler.)
However, Natasha did not find the message to be as romantic as she had hoped. Instead, she decided that now was the time to be honest.
“This is like a letter from a friend,” she said. What is the nature of our relationship?”
Liam knew he had fallen in love with her right then and there.
“That’s when I realized I was in love with this guy,” he stated.
“I thought to myself, ‘This is true and genuine, and it needs to be protected.'”
They married on a farm in upstate New York not long after, in the summer of 1994.
The 63-year-old Taken star was recently on SiriusXM’s My Favorite Song with John Benjamin Hickey, when he recalled a particularly touching moment from his 1994 wedding to Richardson.
“Crazy Love” by Van Morrison was their wedding song, according to Neeson.
They had two kids together: Michael, who was born in 1995, and Daniel, who was born in 1996.
Natasha died tragically in a skiing accident in Quebec in 2009 at the age of 45.
Natasha had fallen on a beginner’s hill while receiving private skiing lessons in the Mont Tremblant resort.
Liam remained silent for five years after her terrible death before finally speaking out in a 2014 broadcast of 60 Minutes.
“I walked in and told her how much I loved her…”
He went on to say to Anderson Cooper that he didn’t realize how terrible Natasha’s accident was.
Liam remembered showing up at the hospital. He stated, “She was on life support.”
Liam was shown Natasha’s X-rays in the hospital. Doctors informed him that his wife was still alive, but in a vegetative state. Medical experts predicted that she would never recover.
“I slipped and fell in the snow…”
“Oh darling,” she remarked when I spoke to her. “I slipped and fell in the snow.”
“That was how she put it.”
Hearing him recall their final moments together is devastating.
“I went in and told her how much I loved her.” ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this,’ he said. You’ve hit your head on something. It’s – I’m not sure whether you can hear me, but this is what’s happened. And we’ll take you back to New York. He said, “All of your family and friends will be there.”
Liam was still fighting to come to grips with his grief five years after she died.
“Her death was never real,” he remarked in an interview with a magazine. It still isn’t quite right.”
One of Liam’s favorite things about Natasha, looking back on their marriage, was her giving and infectious maternal love.
“She was concerned about everyone,” he stated. “She has a maternal instinct.” And she’d cook dinners for everyone and basically take care of us all.”
The pair had agreed to be organ donors, and Liam followed through on his vow when Natasha died.
Natasha’s death provided life to three people, despite the fact that she left three family members whose lives will never be the same.
“Life is a precious commodity.”
Every year on their wedding anniversary, Liam remembers how much they loved one other.
Liam sent out a message to his supporters on social media in 2016, commemorating his late wife. He recommended everyone to treasure their mates and make the most of every day spent together.
“We need to take a moment to be grateful for our wives.” Because life is so brief. Spend quality time with your partners. Treat them with respect. Because they won’t be there when you look up from your phone one day. Every day, live and love as if it were your last. Because it will be one day. Take chances and live life to the fullest. Every day, tell the people you care about that you love them.”
Liam could not stress enough the importance of not taking any moment for granted. He stated, “Life is worth living.”