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Reeve Children Carry On Fight

3 November 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Late Superman star Christopher Reeve's children have pledged to continue their father's search for a cure to paralysis. The actor died in 2005, nine years after he was left paralyzed by a horse-riding accident. Before his death he established the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation to fund research for therapies and a cure. His three children from two relationships, Alexandra, 24, Matthew, 27 and Will, 14, all serve on the foundation's board. Alexandra - Reeve's daughter with former partner Gae Exton - says, "Our dad's accident really did connect us to this community: four million people in the US who are suffering from paralysis. We understand how important it is not only to find a cure but also to improve quality of life." Reeve's widow, Will's mother, Dana Reeve died from lung cancer earlier this year. »

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Glenn Ford: 1916 - 2006

31 August 2006 | IMDb News

Glenn Ford, the laconic actor best known for his roles in Gilda, Blackboard Jungle, and as Jonathan Kent, the adoptive father in Superman, died Wednesday (8/30) in Los Angeles. Ford had suffered a series of strokes over the last ten years and was in failing health. He was 90. Ford played the strong but silent type, most frequently on the range in films such as The Rounders and 3:10 to Yuma, but just as effectively in urban settings such as his role as the put-upon teacher in Blackboard Jungle. Born May 1st, 1916 as Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Quebec, Canada did not seem a likely start for a man to become a box-office draw in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. When his family moved to Southern California at age 8, however, Ford became smitten with all things show business, leading to high school plays and West Coast stage productions. Under contract with the notoriously difficult Harry Cohn at Columbia Ford was requested to change his name to something catchier. He salvaged what he could of his birth name, keeping his last name and switching his first to Glenn, after his father's birthplace of Glenford, Wales. Ford labored for several years in productions that ranged from the broad serialized comedy of Blondie Play Cupid to program westerns such as Texas (which also starred contemporary and sometimes rival for acting parts, William Holden). But Ford found particular on-screen chemistry with Rita Hayworth and their 1946 noir classic Gilda catapulted them both into stardom. Ford played Hayworth's ex-lover, who is put into the tempting position of watching over her by her unsuspecting crime-boss husband. The sultry turn for Hayworth made her a superstar and Ford a leading man, assuring work for him for the next two decades, including several more films with Hayworth (The Loves of Carmen and Affair in Trinidad). In The Big Heat Ford was given the chance to work with Fritz Lang, a true craftsman (and again in Human Desire), and the actor also starred in lesser films of Frank Capra (Pocketful of Miracles) and Vincente Minelli. The second film Ford made with Minelli, a collaboration called The Courtship of Eddie's Father, was quite popular and inspired a television show of the same name. More often than not, however, he took direction from under-appreciated, work-for-hire helmers such as Budd Boetticher and George Marshall. His work in the `70s was largely restricted to television, of varying quality. In 1978 his brief role as Jonathan Kent, the man who adopts Kal-El in Superman, Ford lent some moral heft and humanity to the film as the warm counterpart to Kal-El's Krypton father, Marlon Brando's cold intellectual, Jor-El. Ford was married to famed dancer-actress Eleanor Powell for 16 years (1943-1959) and they had one son, Peter. Powell passed away in 1982. Peter hosted a gala birthday celebration at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on Ford's 90th birthday in May (featuring a restored 35mm print of Gilda) but, due to setbacks in his health, the actor was unable to attend and sent a videotaped message in his stead. »

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Ion charges up Warners deal

27 June 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Ion Media Networks Inc. announced Tuesday a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution that will give Ion broadcast rights to classic films like Superman and Amadeus and TV shows like Chico and the Man and The Wonder Years. The former Paxson network's deal starts Saturday, when Ion will air Superman III in a tie-in to the launch of the new movie Superman Returns. Other movies in the package include All the President's Men, Oh God!, Dog Day Afternoon and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The other movies will be scheduled in the future, though it wasn't clear immediately what the schedule would look like. CEO Brandon Burgess said Tuesday that it was likely that the movies would run in primetime on the weekends, while the TV shows would be aired in a strip schedule on the weekdays. »

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Dana Reeve dies of lung cancer, 44

7 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Dana Reeve, who won worldwide admiration for her devotion to her Superman husband, Christopher Reeve, through his decade of near-total paralysis, has died of lung cancer at the age of 44. Reeve, a singer-actress who gave up some of her own career to be one of the nation's best-known caregivers, died late Monday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center, said Kathy Lewis, president of the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Reeve had succeeded her husband as chair of the foundation, which funded research into spinal-cord paralysis cures. She announced in August that, while she wasn't a smoker, she had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Lewis visited Reeve in the hospital Friday and said Reeve was "tired but with her typical sense of humor and smile, always trying to make other people feel good, her characteristic personality." "She was a woman with an incredible heart who really put herself out there to help people with disabilities and especially those who are caregivers -- something she knew a lot about," Lewis said. »

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