a favourite Samuel Beckett quote that Neeson and his late wife shared: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Neeson and Richardson met in 1992 after being cast in the Eugene O’Neill play Anna Christie on Broadway. “She and I were like Astaire and Rogers,” Neeson told 60 Minutes. “We had just this wonderful kind of dance, free dance on stage every night, you know?” They wed in July 1994 at the couple’s farmhouse in upstate New York; their son Micheal was born in 1995 and Daniel the following year.
“They were a fantastic couple,” Quinn says, “Natasha was always organising some great gathering at their place. The parties they used to have once or twice a year were legendary. Natasha would take care of every detail. She was a great chef; there would always be great wine and spirits, good music. She loved bringing people together. Natasha had her shy side, but she was much more of an extrovert than Liam, and when it came to socialising, she was the motor.”
Whenever Neeson or Richardson did theater, they kept the Beckett quote in their dressing room as inspiration. “You’ve come offstage,” Neeson says, “you’ve done a lousy performance for whatever reason, and you get a chance to go on stage the next night and the night after that for four or five months. You make it better, but you have to be there. You have to come back to the plate again. You have to always keep coming to the plate.”
For Neeson the quote resonated beyond acting. “You think all things are lost, but it’s not lost,” he says. “There’s