When Christopher Reeve surprised the world at the Oscars

Simon Brew Oct 10, 2016

On the 12th anniversary of his death, we revisit the day Christopher Reeve surprised the world at the Oscars...

On May 27th 1995, the late Christopher Reeve’s life changed forever. An enthusiastic horse rider, he was taking part in a dressage event in Virginia. All had been going well, until his horse – ‘Buck’ – went to tackle the third fence of the course, and abruptly stopped. Reeve was thrown from the horse, landing headfirst.

Reeve’s first and second vertebrae in his spine were shattered, instantly leaving him paralysed from the neck down, and no longer in control of his breathing. And whilst, over time, he would get to a point where he could breathe for around 90 minutes at a time away from his ventilator (as much through sheer bloody-mindedness and utter determination), things would never be the same for him.

Yet the big screen Superman became, in
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