Christopher Reeve Remembered for 'Courage'
More than 900 friends, family members and colleagues of Christopher Reeve packed the auditorium of his alma mater, the Juilliard School in Manhattan, on Friday to remember the actor-activist whose "courage and inspiration will live on," said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in her eulogy.
Among the attendees: Teresa Heinz Kerry, Michael J. Fox, Laura Linney, Mary Tyler Moore, Kim Cattrall, Susan Sarandon, Larry King, Katie Couric and Scott Remington, a paraplegic (due to a logging accident) who had raised $135,000 for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and visited Reeve last February.
"I was very impressed," Remington tells the Associated Press. "He was so incredibly knowledgeable."
Reeve, 52, a quadriplegic since a 1995 riding accident and an ardent proponent of stem-cell research, died Oct. 10 of complications from an infection.
Speakers at Friday's service included Reeve's widow, Dana; his brother, Benjamin; his Juilliard roommate and lifelong friend, Robin Williams; environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; and Glenn Close and Meryl Streep. Broadway's Brian Stokes Mitchell sang "The Impossible Dream" and the cast of The Lion King performed "Circle of Life."
A 20-minute film of Reeve's life reportedly was prepared by his children, Matthew, Alexandra and Will.
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