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Tony Award-winning actress NATASHA RICHARDSON portrays Elizabeth James, a highly successful fashion designer with a boutique in trendy London.

Natasha Richardson's first feature film, Ken Russell's "Gothic," brought her to the attention of Paul Schrader who cast her in the highly acclaimed title role of "Patty Hearst." Since then she has achieved notable success in a number of roles, including Pat O'Connor's "A Month in the Country," co-starring Kenneth Branagh, Roland Joffe's "Fat Man and Little Boy" and "The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish." For Volker Schlondorf's "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Comfort of Strangers," she won the London Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in 1990. In 1994 she starred in "Widow's Peak" with Mia Farrow and Joan Plowright, followed by Michael Apted's "Nell," co-starring Jodie Foster and Liam Neeson.

For television, she starred in the BBC production of Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly Last Summer," directed by Sir Richard Eyre, which aired on PBS's "Great Performances," and the title role in "Zelda" for TNT, directed by Pat O'Connor, for which she received a 1995 CableACE nomination for Best Actress.

Richardson studied acting in England at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her classical experience began with roles such as Helena in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Ophelia in "Hamlet" at The Young Vic. Her performance as Nina in Chekhov's "The Seagull" received tremendous critical attention and won her the London Drama Critics Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 1986. Her other highly acclaimed stage performances include Tracey Lord in the London production of "High Society" and the title role in "Anna Christie" in London and on Broadway. For this performance, Richardson won an award for Outstanding Debut of an Actress from the outer Critics Circle and also earned a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress.

Richardson is now playing Sally Bowles on Broadway in the current smash hit "Cabaret" for which she has won the Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award.


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