Award-winning Superman actor Christopher Reeve and his family story
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Upon regaining consciousness and realizing the gravity of his situation, Reeve wondered to his wife Dana if "maybe we should just let me go. Ironically, this most self-reliant and active of men was now facing life almost completely immobilized and dependent on others for his most basic needs.
In addition, his condition put him at constant risk for related illnesses - pneumonia, infections, blood clots, wounds that do not heal, and a dangerous condition involving blood pressure known as autonomic disreflexia - all of which Reeve would experience in the coming years. Even while at Kessler, Christopher Reeve began to use the international interest in his situation to increase public awareness about spinal cord injury and to raise money for research into a cure.
Never a man to turn from a challenge, Reeve accepted invitations to appear at the Academy Awards into host the Paralympics in Atlanta, and to speak at the Democratic National Convention in August of that year. At such high-profile appearances Reeve faced risk of embarrassment if he could not speak because his tracheostomy tube was slightly out of position or if his body suddenly spasmed and jerked about uncontrollably as it did just before the curtain went up at the Oscars.
Despite enormous expenses related to his paralysis, Reeve was determined to be financially self-sufficient. A widespread rumor that his close friend, Robin Williams, had promised to pay all his medical bills was publicly denied by both Williams and Reeve.
Less than a year after his injury, Reeve began to accept invitations for speaking engagements. Traveling with a team of aides and nurses he crisscrossed the country, speaking at the Peter Lowe Success Seminars, at universities, benefits, and at many functions relating to disability issues.
A Film About Abilities which sensitively told the stories of a half-dozen disabled people and also hosted a Canadian documentary about spinal cord injury called The Toughest Break. Gloaming went on to receive five Emmy nominations and was the most honored film at the Cable ACE Awards inwinning awards in four of the six categories it was nominated including best "Dramatic or Theatrical Special".
Dana Reeve described In the Gloaming as "a godsend for Chris. It completely revitalizes him and feeds him. It's noticeable - it's like being in love. Department of Health and Human Services. In partnership with philanthropist Joan Irvine Smith, he founded the Reeve-Irvine Research Center in California and he created the Christopher Reeve Foundation in to raise research money and provide grants to local agencies which focus on quality of life for the disabled. Reeve's star power, along with marketing for research dollars, were reasons why spinal cord injury research was given greater attention and more money allocated to the cause.
InNewsweek noted that, "Thanks to Christopher Reeve, spinal-cord injuries-which affectAmericans-have won great attention, while mass killers like lung cancer and stroke attract relatively less. Because Reeve found the strength to use his tragedy to help others after facing this devastating life blow, there were many who came to believe that Reeve really was Superman.
Keaton eloquently described this in his Go Make A Life sermon: Memory told me that Reeve could leap tall buildings with a single bound as Superman. Also, I saw Christopher Reeve as a gem of an investigative reporter Admittedly, Superman was make-believe I concluded that Christopher Reeve is Superman, right here, right now Reeve shows us the power, the possibilities and the results of a fierce and persistent commitment to growth and development. With God's help, Reeve is Superman because: He survived the horse riding accident and challenged himself physically during countless months of painful physical therapy.
Because he remained committed to his role as a loving husband and doting father 3. Because he kept hope alive in the face of injury and paralysis that can destroy all hope-in the face of having to depend on his wife and many others to feed, wash, change, move and carry him to the doctor.
Because he came to the conclusion that God still had something for him to do So, Christopher Reeve turned his focus away from his paralysis and began figuring out how he could live afresh. Reeve decided that a lot of people might like to hear his story. Instead of limiting the communication of his story to letters, books and videos subject to edit, Reeve chose the lecture circuit. That meant showing up in public, allowing the public to gawk at his incapacity, talking about his condition and sharing lessons learned.
Thus, Christopher Reeve has become Superman for real. With her husband's enthusiastic support, Dana Reeve gradually resumed her singing and acting career. The press and public sometimes labeled her "Saint Dana" or "Superwoman" and Dana told a reporter from Parade magazine in There was nothing superhuman about standing by Chris.
Like, what's so saintly about that? The family continued its tradition of spending summers at the vacation home in Williamstown, Massachusetts, after Reeve's injury. But it hasn't frightened anybody away.
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We all miss the activities. My daughter, Alexandra, and I loved to ride together. My son, Will, and I would play piano and sing together. Matthew and I loved to play tennis. We all used to sail together. I'd be kidding you if I said I didn't miss that. Ultimately, you have to accept that being together is more important than doing together. But he remained dependent on a ventilator to breathe and was unable to move any part of his body below the shoulders. His condition stabilized and in earlyafter the taping of a television special to benefit his foundation, Reeve's wife, Dana, described him as "very healthy and very busy".
His compelling autobiography, Still Mewas released in April and quickly hit the bestseller lists. Around the time his second book, Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life, was published, Reeve regained the ability to move his index finger on one hand and demonstrated that breakthrough on Larry King's TV show. On February 28,Reeve became the third person to receive the experimental treatment called diaphragm pacing via laparoscopy to stimulate his phrenic nerve and allow him to breathe more easily without a respirator; although he continued to need the machine's help while speaking.
And now that I am disabled, of course my main focus is on the quality of life for all disabled people and doing everything I can to help scientists make progress toward cures. But on many other issues, such as the environment, education, gun control, choice, I support the Democrats, and I am more sympathetic to their position I would like to see a Democratic Congress. Reeve was in the forefront of those lobbying for embryonic stem cell research and he delighted in the controversy. When Paula Zahn asked him if he liked "tweaking" people, Reeve replied, "It is my favorite thing.
I don't plan to spend the rest of my life like this. On May 3,the U. Its purpose is to provide information services to people nationwide who are newly paralyzed, have been living with paralysis, or are family members or caregivers. Reeve said, "One of the most disabling aspects of paralysis is the lack of resources and support necessary to get back into a world that has completely changed for the paralyzed individual - both economically and socially.
Dana and I wanted a facility that could give support and information to people. With this new Center, we're off to an amazing start. He also was the Creative Consultant for Freedom: He refused to wear fake muscles under the suit and instead went through an intense two-month training regimen that former British weightlifting champion David Prowse supervised.
Prowse played Darth Vader in the suit in the original Star Wars films. The training regimen consisted of running in the morning, followed by two hours of weightlifting and ninety minutes on the trampoline. In addition, Reeve doubled his food intake and adopted a high protein diet. The Quest for Peacehe decided it would be healthier to focus more on cardiovascular workouts.
The Quest for Peace was an emergency appendectomy he had in June Reeve found the role offered a suitable challenge because it was a dual role. He said, "there must be some difference stylistically between Clark and Superman. Otherwise, you just have a pair of glasses standing in for a character.
Mankiewicz then corrected Reeve, telling him that he was always, always playing Superman and that when he was Clark Kent, he was "playing Superman who was playing Clark Kent. Ridiculously good-looking, with a face as sharp and strong as an ax blade, his bumbling, fumbling Clark Kent and omnipotent Superman are simply two styles of gallantry and innocence.
He is utterly convincing as he switches back and forth between personae. Reeve appeared as Doctor Swann in Seasons 2 and 3, until the character was ultimately "killed off". He appeared in two episodes titled "Rosetta" and "Legacy", while his death was made known in the fourth-season episode "Sacred". Reeve used his celebrity status for several philanthropic causes.
Through the Make-A-Wish Foundationhe visited terminally ill children. He joined the Board of Directors for the worldwide charity Save the Children. Inhe served as a track and field coach at the Special Olympics alongside O. After most of the footage had been shot, the producers had a disagreement with director Richard Donner over various matters, including money and special effects, and they mutually parted ways. Lester had the script changed and re-shot some footage. The cast was unhappy, but Reeve later said that he liked Lester and considered Superman II to be his favorite of the series.
The Richard Donner Cut was dedicated in memory of Reeve. Lester directed Superman IIIreleased insolo. Reeve believed that producers Alexander Salkindhis son Ilya Salkindand Pierre Spengler decreased the credibility of Superman III by turning it into a Richard Pryor comedy and hence making it a not very good film. Any negative review for Superman IIIhowever, was nothing compared to the totally negative reception its successor would receive.
The Quest for Peace was released in The nuclear disarmament plot was his idea. Cannon Films purchased the production rights to the character of Superman from Alexander Salkind and his son Ilya Salkindthe original producers of the film series, in the mids. The film was both a critical failure and a box office disappointmentbecoming the lowest grossing Superman film to date. Reeve later said, "the less said about Superman IV the better. Reeve would have made a fifth Superman film after the rights to the character reverted to Alexander SalkindIlya Salkindand Pierre Spengler if said film had a budget the same size as that of Superman: Although there was potential for such a film in the late s after Cannon Films went bankruptReeve never received any script.
Reeves's [sic] accident, it never saw the light of day. Jane Seymour played Elise McKenna, his love interest. The film was shot on Mackinac Island in mid and was Reeve's favorite film ever to shoot. After the film was completed, the plan was for a limited release and to build word of mouth, but early test screenings were favorable and the studio decided on a wide release, which ultimately proved to be the wrong strategy.
Early reviews savaged the film as overly sentimental and melodramaticand an actors' strike prevented Reeve and Seymour from doing publicity. The film, commercially unsuccessful, was Reeve's first public disappointment. Almost 10 years after Somewhere in Time was released, it became a cult filmthanks to screenings on cable networks and video rentals ; its popularity began to grow, vindicating the belief of the creative team.
Jane Seymour became a personal friend of Reeve and in named one of her twin sons Kristopher in his honor. Reeve denied being Superman but displayed the superpowers throughout that entire episode.
He then returned to continue filming on the not yet finished production of Superman II. Soon after, Reeve grew tired of Hollywood and took the family to Williamstown, Massachusettswhere he played the lead in the successful play The Front Pagedirected by Robert Allan Ackerman.
In his research for the role, he was coached by an amputee on how to walk on artificial legs. The film was well received. Reeve felt this gave him the opportunity to play "a morally ambiguous character who was neither clearly good nor clearly bad, someone to whom life is much more complex than the characters I've played previously". He said "the movie is sort of a series of outrageous incidents that you find hard to believe. Since they don't have a focus, and since they aren't justified and explained, they become laughable".
Though Reeve ordinarily commanded over one million dollars per film, the producers could only afford to pay him one-tenth of that. Reeve had no complaints, as he was happy to be doing a role of which he could be proud. The film exceeded expectations and did very well at the box office for what was considered to be an art house film.
The New York Times called it "the best adaptation of a literary work yet made for the screen. When he told her that he was currently shooting Anna Kareninashe said, "Oh, that's a terrible mistake.
During the filming of Superman IIIhe raced his sailplane in his free time. They let him participate in mock dogfights in vintage World War I combat planes. The producers of the film The Aviator approached him without knowing that he was a pilot and that he knew how to fly a Stearmanthe plane used in the film. Reeve readily accepted the role.
The film was shot in Kranjska Goraand Reeve did all his own stunts.
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InReeve hosted the television documentary Dinosaur! Fascinated with dinosaurs since he was a kid, as he says in the documentary, he flew himself to New York in his own plane to shoot on location at the American Museum of Natural History.
A script named Street Smart had been lying in his house for years, and after re-reading it, he had Cannon Films green-light it. He starred opposite Morgan Freemanwho was nominated for his first Academy Award for the film. The film received excellent reviews but performed poorly at the box officepossibly because Cannon Films had failed to properly advertise it. He moved to New York without his children.
He became depressed and decided that doing a comedy might be good for him. He was given a lead in Switching Channels. Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner had a feud during filming, which made the time even more unbearable for Reeve. Reeve later stated that he made a fool of himself in the film and that most of his time was spent refereeing between Reynolds and Turner. The film did poorly, and Reeve believed that it marked the end of his movie star career. He spent the next years mostly doing plays.
He tried out for the Richard Gere role in Pretty Woman but walked out on the audition because they had a half-hearted casting director fill in for Julia Roberts. Reeve watched a group of singers called the Cabaret Corps perform, and took notice of one of the singers, Dana Morosini.
The two began dating and were married in Williamstown in April He was taking horse-riding lessons and trained five to six days a week for competition in combined training events. He campaigned for Senator Patrick Leahy and made speeches throughout the state. He served as a board member for the Charles Lindbergh Fund, which promotes environmentally safe technologies.
He joined the Environmental Air Force and used his Cheyenne II turboprop plane to take government officials and journalists over areas of environmental damage. Franklin never had a cordial relationship with his famous son as Christopher resented him for breaking up with his mother.
The established poet, novelist and Russian translator died in in Lebanon from diabetes complications.
September 28, Date of Death: January 27, aged 70 Zodiac sign: Libra She was a journalist and is known as the mother the movie legend. After her divorce, she got married in to stockbroker Tristam Johnson with whom she had two more children. Benjamin Reeve younger brother from same parents Date of Birth: October 6, Zodiac Sign: Libra He is the second child Barbara and Franklin had before their divorce. Johnson died July 31, at age of D left his first wife Barbara. They were never married and broke up on friendly terms.
Dana Reeve spouse Duration of Marriage: March 17, Date of Death: March 6, aged 44 Zodiac Sign: Pisces Dana Morosini her maiden name graduated with a major in English literature then proceeded to the Californian Arts Institute to study acting.
She later performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and that was where she met her husband. Things quickly turned romantic and their passionate love led them down to the altar in April