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Originally posted 01/16/2013 12:30PM
Heath Ledger's tragic death on Jan. 22, 2008, was five years ago, but his parents say they see a lot of their late son in his 7-year-old daughter, Matilda.
"Matilda is indeed very much like her dad," Ledger's mother, Sally, says in a new interview with the Australian magazine New Idea.
"However, she also possesses the beauty of her [mother] – lucky girl!" she adds, referring to actress Michelle Williams, Ledger's ex-girlfriend, (who is currently dating Jason Segel).
Originally posted 07/15/2012 05:10PM
Michelle Williams and Jason Segel enjoyed Saturday in New York City like the tourists do – with a Broadway show and a little shopping. And this time, Williams brought along her daughter Matilda.
Williams, 31, and Segel, 32, took in a performance of the musical Jersey Boys, and then later stopped at a Duxiana bedding store, with 6-year-old Matilda in tow – Williams's daughter with the late Heath Ledger.
The three were outfitted casually – Williams in a blue-and-white floral dress and black sunglasses, Segel in a checkered shirt and blazer, and Matilda in a terra-cotta-colored frock.
Originally posted 09/26/2011 08:00AM
From the sound of it, Liev Schreiber never had a chance.
His longtime love, Naomi Watts, says that when she first met him at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual costume ball a few years ago, the attraction was clear.
"I was wearing Calvin Klein, a very flirty, feminine dress," the actress says in the October issue of More.
Sparks flew – and since both were single, they exchanged numbers.
Originally posted 05/14/2010 11:45AM
He's been gone for more than two years, but Heath Ledger's family continues to make sure his memory is here to stay.
"He is alive in my heart and in my head. Every day I talk to him," Ledger's sister, Kate told PEOPLE Thursday night at the sixth annual Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards, which honored Ryan Kwanten and Chris Hemsworth, in Los Angeles. Kate and Ledger's mother, Sally Bell, were on hand to watch Colin Farrell present up-and-coming actress Bella Heathcote with the Heath Ledger Scholarship.
"It is very special," Kate said. "It's honoring our boy so we couldn't be prouder and we think it is an amazing scholarship that is going to give so many opportunities.
Originally posted 12/23/2009 01:20PM
Jude Law says he was humbled personally and professionally to be asked to help take over Heath Ledger's final movie role, which Ledger left unfinished when he died in January 2008.
"When I got the call, it was a double tug," Law says of joining the cast of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. "I liked Heath very much as a man and admired him as an actor. To help finish his final piece of work was a tribute I felt compelled to make."
Ledger was in the midst of filming the role of Tony in the fantasy film, directed by Terry Gilliam, when he died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in his New York apartment on Jan. 22, 2008, at age 28.
Originally posted 12/09/2009 09:25AM
When Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose before completing his final film, Jude Law stepped in to finish his role. Now he's stepped up to judge Ledger's namesake scholarship competition.
"I am delighted and honored to do what I can to keep Heath's legacy alive," Law, 36, says. "He was a brilliant actor and a wonderful man and it is only fitting that this scholarship has been developed in his name."
Law took over Ledger's role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus along with Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell after the actor's death of an accidental overdose last year.
Originally posted 09/15/2009 06:20PM
For Michelle Williams, the pain from losing Heath Ledger hasn't gone away – it's just a different kind of hurt.
"After the first year, the pain is less intense; it's less immediate," Williams, 29, tells the October issue of Vogue. "But the magical thinking goes away too. And that's a whole new reckoning. But every time I really miss him and wonder where he's gone, I just look at her."
The actress is referring to their daughter Matilda, who was just 2 years old when Ledger died in January 2008 of an accidental drug overdose.
Originally posted 08/11/2009 11:45AM
Heath Ledger was only part way through filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus when he died from an accidental drug overdose.
But instead of shelving the project, the film's intrepid director, Terry Gilliam, cast three other actors to finish what Ledger started – versions of his character in the fanciful film are also played by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell.
The movie's rollicking trailer, starring all four actors, was released Monday. Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Verne Troyer and Lily Cole also star in the film. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus hits theaters Oct. 16.
– Marla Lehner
Originally posted 06/29/2009 01:50PM
In the days leading up to his death, Heath Ledger battled chronic insomnia, pneumonia and exhaustion, according to several members of Ledger's inner circle – who paint a portrait of a tortured man who struggled with personal strife and professional indecision, reports the August Vanity Fair, on sale nationally July 7.
Apparently, one of the biggest struggles in Ledger's life was his deteriorating relationship with partner Michelle Williams.
"Heath was always blaming himself [about the relationship], asking 'what did I do wrong?'" says Ledger's friend and mentor, director Terry Gilliam. He was overwhelmed by lawyers, and there were more and more of them, as if they were breeding."
Originally posted 05/22/2009 03:15PM
The director of Heath Ledger's final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, says the late actor was more than just a cast member – he almost co-directed the movie.
"Heath was just brilliant at it, and he got everybody else going," Terry Gilliam said Friday at the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie premiered this week. "Everybody was just energized by Heath. He was extraordinary. He was almost exhausting because he had so much energy."
When Ledger died in January 2008 halfway into his performance, Gilliam said he had to "go out and find a way of finishing the film for Heath," the Associated Press reports. The solution: casting Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to play incarnations of Ledger during the fantasy movie.
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