* Family and friends gather to be with actress in New York
* Husband Liam Neeson is with her
* Severity of her injury cannot be confirmed
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Family surrounded actress
Natasha Richardson, a member of Britain's Redgrave theatrical
dynasty, at a New York City hospital Wednesday after she was
severely injured while skiing at a Canadian resort.
Representatives for Richardson, 45, and her husband actor
Liam Neeson repeatedly declined to comment on the severity of
her injury, but the New York Times reported the actress was in
"a serious condition with head injuries."
Neeson, who was filming in Toronto, flew to be with his
wife in Montreal after the accident, which happened Monday
when Richardson fell during a private ski lesson at the Mont
Tremblant resort, about 75 miles north of Montreal.
Television footage showed Richardson's mother, actress and
activist Vanessa Redgrave, sister, television star Joely
Richardson, and aunt, actress Lynn Redgrave, arriving at the
Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan overnight.
Photos also showed two boys -- identified by local media as
Richardson's sons with Neeson, Daniel Jack, 12, and Michael, 13
-- leaving the hospital early Wednesday. The couple own
homes in Manhattan and Millbrook, New York, north of the city.
The Canadian ski resort said Richardson appeared to be in
good condition after falling, but her instructor called a ski
patrol to take her to the bottom of the hill. They escorted her
back to the hotel and later called an ambulance after noticing
she was not well.
She was flown from to New York City from Montreal's Hopital
du Sacre-Coeur on Tuesday.
Richardson, whose father was director Tony Richardson,
followed her family's footsteps into acting.
Perhaps best known for playing Lindsay Lohan's mother in
the 1998 remake of the Disney movie "The Parent Trap,"
Richardson has been equally at home on New York's Broadway and
London's West End. She won a Tony award, Broadway's highest
honor, in 1998 for her role in the musical "Cabaret."
Richardson and Neeson starred together in the Jodie Foster
film drama "Nell" and they married in July 1994.
(Additional reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa, Kate Kelland
in London and Jill Serjeant in Los Angeles, editing by Vicki
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