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Sharon Stone honors Natasha Richardson at Cannes

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Following her introduction as host of amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS event on May 21 at the Cannes Film Festival, Sharon Stone turned somber as she spoke of her friend and co-amfAR worker, the late Natasha Richardson, according to People.com. “This year we lost an angel from our amfAR family,” the actress said. “It was one of thoserandom events that leaves you in a state of shock and profound grief….People say, ‘Oh, she can’t really have been that great or graceful.’She was. ‘That funny, charming, sweet and elegant.’ She was. She leftbehind her husband and two stunningly beautiful children and anunfinished mission to help us find a cure for AIDS.” Following Stone’s tribute, she pledged $50,000 of her own money to honor Richardson andread a notefrom Richardson’s husband, Liam Neeson, asking everyone to continuewith their great work.

More Natasha Richardson legacy:
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Natasha Richardson: Loved ones gather in New York for wake
Broadway dims lights for Natasha Richardson
Natasha Richardson: Career retrospective (photo gallery)