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To even the balance after the earlier post on this blog comparing Natasha Richardson with Jade Goody, I thought I would write a very brief actor’s appreciation of a single, excellent piece of work for which I will always remember her.

In the last film of the Merchant-Ivory oeuvre, The White Countess, (Ismail Merchant died that year) Richardson gave a performance as haunting, as light and as layered as any that has ever been laid down on celluloid. Never…

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