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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

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