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Joely Richardson Speaks Out for The First Time On Sister Natasha Richardson’s Sudden Death

Tue, December 8, 2009 6:01pm EDT by Add first Comment


Joely Richardson has grieved each and every single day since her big sis, Natasha, died in a freak skiing accident on March 18 in Quebec. It appears the British actress has finally come to terms with her grief, however, and has spoken out for the first time about her feelings of loss.

“You worry about your children and your elders, but I never imagined such a thing as this,” Joely said in an interview with the UK’s Tatler magazine. “A strange autopilot kicks in; your psyche puts your work day into a different compartment from your private life.”

Joely didn’t allow herself much time to mourn, returning to work almost immediately after the incident. Filming BBC’s The Day of the Triffids almost allowed Joely to put her feelings of grief on hold, she says, aside from one scene in particular: “My first shot back on set was reacting to someone dying.”

We admire Joely’s bravery, her acting skills AND her love of family. The actress confides that she’s now heading to New York with her daughter for an extended two-month visit, so that she can be closer to Natasha’s two boys.

Have you ever experienced the loss of a loved one? How did you cope? Did you throw yourself into your work or rely on the comfort of your family?