Sunday, April 6, 2008

Goodbye, Chuck...

"For an actor, there is no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can't part with you, which is why I won't exclude you from this stage in my life. ... For now, I'm not changing anything. I'll insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring to my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you'll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway."

(From a taped announcement concerning him having symptoms of Alzheimer's disease)

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Charlton Heston
Born: October 4, 1924
Died: April 5, 2008
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Charlton Heston was such a great actor, and he seemed like such a nice man. His story closely touched my heart, as he suffered from Alzheimer's disease, like the mother of a close friend of our family did. We helped care for her as the disease progressed; we were there to see her as she changed to just a mere shadow of her former self; we were even with her as she slipped from this world to the next. To see them go is hard, especially like that, but at the same time we can be grateful that they no longer have pain, that they are once more well and whole again...

I guess I just wanted to long, Mr. Heston. We will always love you!


Kaila said...

I'm going to miss him :-(

Bottles Barbies & Boys said...

:( Such a sad loss!

Mandy said...

So, so sad. He was one of the greatest actors ever and seemed like a good person. That quote brings tears to my eyes. :(

Bill Blunt said...

A touching memorial to a great actor.