English actress Natasha Richardson was a supremely talented star of numerous frock flicks. She’s another daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and sister to Joely Richardson. Sadly she died at only age 45 after a skiing accident, but not before taking on many historical roles:
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
A satirical film about the Crimean War. Richardson’s father directed it, which may be why a very young Natasha (and her sister Joely) appeared!
Ellis Island (1984)
A TV miniseries about four immigrants coming to America, and set between 1907 and 1916. Richardson plays “Young Whore,” and this sounds supremely Snark Week-worthy!
Every Picture Tells a Story (1984)
A film about the early life of the the movie director’s father. So, vaguely period-ish? Richardson plays “Miss Bridle.”
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1985)
A British TV series about the famed fictional detective. Richardson guested in one episode, “The Copper Beeches.”
Richardson played famous Regency author Mary Shelley in this adaptation of the Romantic poets’ stay at a villa in Italy, during which she came up with the idea for Frankenstein.
A Month in the Country (1987)
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
The story of the Manhattan Project and the U.S.’s creation of nuclear bombs during World War II. Richardson plays real-life psychiatrist/physician Jean Tatlock, who was involved with the director of the Project (J. Robert Oppenheimer).
Suddenly, Last Summer (1993)
An adaptation of a Tennessee Williams’ play set in 1936 New Orleans, Richardson co-starred as Catharine Holly with Maggie Smith and Rob Lowe.
A made-for-TV biopic about artist and author Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. You know I loves me some crappy TV biopics, I may have to find this!
Widows’ Peak (1994)
In 1920s Ireland, a glamorous new woman (played by Richardson) shakes up a small Irish town. I really enjoyed it!
“A U.S. official escorts Holocaust refugees from 1940s war-torn Europe to temporary shelter in America.” Richardson stars as “Ruth Gruber.”
The White Countess (2005)
An emigre from the Russian Revolution (Richardson) lives in 1930s Shanghai. Directed by James Ivory of Merchant-Ivory fame.
What’s your favorite of Natasha Richardson’s frock flick roles?