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Originally posted 01/29/2009 01:25PM
A lawsuit involving Heath Ledger's $10 million life insurance policy has reached a confidential settlement, documents filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court show.
The suit had been filed by a lawyer, John S. LaViolette, working on behalf of the actor's daughter Matilda, 3. The suit claimed that ReliaStar Life Insurance Company had refused to honor the policy because it asserted that Ledger's death could have been a suicide.
"The parties are pleased they were able to reach an amicable settlement," said attorney William Shernoff, who represents Matilda and LaViolette.
The New York Medical Examiner found that Ledger, 28, died of an accidental drug overdose in January 2008.
Originally posted 01/22/2009 11:20PM
Heath Ledger's family gathered at an Australian beach to remember the actor, who died a year ago and is now being honored with an Oscar nomination for The Dark Knight.
"We are still all nursing broken hearts," older sister Kate Ledger said Friday in Perth. "Like anyone who loses a family member, it has opened our eyes to the intense suffering and painful journey that is death."
Kate and two half-sisters, Ashleigh Bell and Olivia Ledger, stood under clear blue skies at the Indiana Tea Room on Cottesloe Beach, one of Ledger's favorite spots and the site of his wake after his funeral. Ledger's father, Kim, and mother, Sally Bell, were also in attendance but did not speak to the media.
Originally posted 01/22/2009 01:00PM
A year ago to the day that Heath Ledger was found dead inside his New York City apartment, the actor received an Oscar nomination for his wicked portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight.
The actor's family will hold a press conference Thursday at 6:30 p.m. PT at Cottesloe Beach in his hometown of Perth, Australia, one of the actor's favorite spots and the site of his wake. Ledger, 28, died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
Originally posted 01/15/2009 08:05AM
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt travel well – the couple are up for major prizes at the British equivalent of the Oscars: the Orange British Academy Film Awards.
Mirroring their Golden Globe and SAG Award distinctions, Jolie has been nominated as best leading actress for her role in director Clint Eastwood's Changeling, while Pitt has a nod for leading actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, it was announced Thursday.
Originally posted 01/12/2009 05:30PM
Heath Ledger's mother says her son's Golden Globe award and other accolades will end up in the hands of the person who mattered most in his life: his daughter Matilda.
"I should imagine that eventually it will be going to Matilda," Sally Bell says from her home in Perth, Australia, in an exclusive interview. "At this stage she is only so young, but down the track she will have all these things. It will belong to her because she is part of him."
Bell says she and her family are "bursting with pride" over her son's recognition for playing the psychotic Joker in The Dark Knight, a role he "loved."
"It is such a fantastic and wonderful legacy for his daughter. Matilda will have so many people who will be able to speak to her about her father's abilities and [the] respect he had in the industry. That is such a wonderful legacy to leave," she says.
Originally posted 01/09/2009 09:35AM
Slumdog Millionaire cleaned up at this year's Critics' Choice Awards, but it was Anne Hathaway who got twice the thrill by tying for best actress with one of her all-time role models.
"Meryl [Streep] is my idol," Hathaway – winner for her role in Rachel Getting Married – said backstage at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Thursday night. "To win with my idol who I was nominated against is amazing. I'm so thrilled for her and I'm very thrilled for myself, too." Streep shared the best-actress win for her work as a nun in Doubt.
Hathaway told PEOPLE it is "overwhelming" to be recognized by critics and peers with so many nominations this awards season – accolades she expected it would take much longer to rack up.
Originally posted 12/18/2008 10:00AM
Kate Winslet scored two chances to take home a SAG Award when the nominations were announced Thursday morning.
The actress was recognized by her peers in the Screen Actors Guild as both a lead and supporting actress for her current holiday releases, Revolutionary Road and The Reader.
"To be recognized in this manner, by our peers, is a great honor," Winslet said in a statement.
Meanwhile, writer-director John Patrick Shanley's Doubt – starring the nominated Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viloa Davis – led the movie pack, with five nods.
Originally posted 12/15/2008 10:15AM
Don't glorify Heath Ledger as another iconic Hollywood burnout, says the director of his last movie.
Terry Gilliam – who worked with Ledger just days before the January tragedy – says, "When he died, there were all these nonsensical stories coming out about Heath Ledger, James Dean and River Phoenix, all destroyed by the system."
But, in a tribute published in Britain's Observer Magazine, Gilliam insists the actor's demise was simply "an absurd accident." (His death was ruled an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.)
Originally posted 12/11/2008 08:45AM
Heath Ledger's no-holds-barred performance as the Joker in last summer's Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight has earned the late actor a posthumous Golden Globe nomination, announced Thursday morning.
Commenting on the honor of being nominated for best performance by an actor in a supporting role, Heath's Perth, Australia-based father, Kim Ledger, said in a statement to PEOPLE, "We thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for honoring Heath's performance in The Dark Knight."
He added, "This nomination is deeply appreciated and is not lost on those of us who continue to love and miss him. We are so proud our boy's work is being recognized in this way."
Originally posted 12/08/2008 10:45AM
The Joker brought about a teary reunion for the family of Heath Ledger, who was posthumously honored by the Australian Film Institute on Saturday.
Ledger, who tragically died in January at age 28, was named best actor for his role in the summer's Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight. His award was accepted by Heath's father Kim, his mother Sally and his sister Kate, the Associated Press reports.
"It's been without a doubt the most difficult year, losing such a loved family member," said Kate Ledger.
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