I am writing about famous actors who have had heartbreaking moments and incidences that will make you feel saddened but, yet, appreciative for the life you have been given. I wanted to mention that just because celebrities are famous does not mean that they don't suffer from the same heartbreaks that the regular public does. I had been big fans of their life work all the way to their passing. For example...
Anthony Perkins, of course, is everybody's favorite, horror movie, momma's boy from the "Psycho" movies and slew of other movies back in the day. Well, after living a tormented, hidden, and closeted homosexual life, all the way to the age of 39. He met a woman, Berinthia "Berry" Berenson, whom he married and stayed married to, for the rest of his life.
Sadly, Anthony Perkins died on September 12th, 1992; Due to complications, with pneumonia, from having contracted the AIDS virus some time before. Anthony and Berry Berenson had two sons: actor-musician Oz Perkins and folk/rock recording artist Elvis Perkins. Anthony Perkins was sadly cremated, and had his ashes placed into an urn, whose superscription reads,
"Don't Fence Me In".
FACT: Anthony Perkins and Dallas Buyers Club founder Ron Woodroof both died on the same day due to the AIDS Virus.
But... his death isn't what makes his story a sad ironic one, even though it, rightfully, is. You see, tragically, one day before the 9th anniversary of Anthony Perkin's death "Berry", at the age of 53, along with many other innocent people died in the September 11, 2001 attacks aboard American Airlines Flight 11.
Just hearing about this tragic coincidence can tear anyone apart and may they both rest in peace.
Christopher Reeve is, often, considered one of the best actors to ever grace the movie screen as a superhero. His presence and status as one of Hollywood's Elite was unmatched around the Superman movies era. He was and still is an Icon on movie cinema. He was married to Dana Morosini Reeve and had three kids.
His tragic life still makes many of us mourn the great man he was. Christopher had suffered and fought through Asthma and a multitude of allergies his whole entire childhood and adulthood. At age 16, he began to suffer from Alopecia Areata, a condition that causes patches of hair to fall out from an otherwise healthy head of hair. He was able to manage his hair until his later years.
Tragically, on May 27th, 1995, Christopher Reeve suffered a horrendous injury involving an equestrian competition. He fell head first off his horse and shattered his first and second vertabrae. His spinal injury left him paralyzed from the neck down.
After being told his neck and spine were no longer connected, from the accident, and initially started going through delirium; He began considering suicide as an end all. One day he mouthed the words to his wife Dana,
"Maybe we should let me go."
Dana Reeve tearfully replied,
"I am only going to say this once: I will support whatever you want to do, because this is your life, and your decision. But I want you to know that I'll be with you for the long haul, no matter what. You're still you. And I love you."
Immediately after, Christopher never even considered Euthanasia again from that day on.
Years of many up's and down's, his contributions to stem cell research brought many breakthroughs.
On October 9th, 2004, Christopher Reeve went into cardiac arrest after receiving an antibiotic for an infection. Reeve fell into a coma and was taken to the hospital. Eighteen hours later, the world lost a legend of cinema for, October 10th, 2004, Reeve died of cardiac arrest at the age of 52. His doctor believed that it was an adverse reaction to the antibiotic that caused his death. Dana took over and headed the Christopher Reeve Foundation afterwards.
On August 9, 2005, Dana Reeve was, heartbreakingly, diagnosed with Lung Cancer. She commented that she had never even smoked her whole life. Still fairly young and of early age, his wife, Dana Reeve died at age 44 on March 6, 2006.
The super powered couple made such a huge impact on Hollywood that their lifes work still resonates all over the world. May those two rest in peace.
FACT: Christopher Reeve was roommate with Robin Williams at Juilliard. They remained close friends for the remainder of his life. Williams helped pay his medical bills during his final years and dedicated his Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award to Reeve.
On July 13, 1990, the romantic smash "Ghost" made up of equal parts thriller and ghost story hit theaters and drew audiences into the tragic love story of Sam and Molly. That was 25 years ago.
Patrick Swayze known for his memorable movie roles as a heartthrob, romantic lead, or tough guy was the epitome of a sex symbol in his day.
Swayze was married to Lisa Niemi for 34 years beginning on June 12, 1975 and ending to the day he passed away of Pancreatic Cancer.
But before his passing, Patrick had gone through some tumultuous times. His father died of a heart attack, in 1982, at the age of 57. Thus, turning him to drink heavily as a reaction to coping. It began affecting his marriage and family. He turned to buddhism and various other forms of religion to get himself back together.
His sister Vicky committed suicide in 1994 by drug overdose. Which lead him to another bout with alcoholism. He went into rehab and temporarily went away from Hollywood.
In mid-January 2008, he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. After tabloid upon tabloid speculating he only had weeks to live. In late July 2008, six months after reportedly being given just weeks to live by medical experts, a seemingly healthy Swayze was asked by reporter in Los Angeles airport about his health. He replied,
"I'm cooking. I'm a miracle dude. I don't know why."
Patrick Swayze appeared on TV in September 2008 for "Stand Up to Cancer". Swayze said to a standing ovation,
"I dream that the word 'cure' will no longer be followed by the words 'it's impossible'. Together, we can make a world where cancer no longer means living with fear, without hope, or worse."
On January 9, 2009, Swayze was hospitalized with pneumonia. The pneumonia was said to be a complication of chemotherapy for Swayze's cancer.
Patrick Swayze died peacefully, with his family at his side, on September 14, 2009, at the age 57, 20 months after being diagnosed. Which earned him even more respect from the tabloids. Some even apologizing for their assumptions.
Patrick Swayze was cremated and his ashes were ashes scattered over his New Mexico ranch. May he rest in peace.
Here is his wife giving a touching talk about Patrick.
Part 2 will be up soon....
"I don't feel like I have anything to lose, so I don't really understand what I'm putting at risk." - Heath Ledger