Heath ledger

heath ledger

• Kim Ledger • Sally Ledger Relatives Ashleigh Bell (sister, born 1990) Olivia Ledger (sister, born 1996) Signature Heath Andrew Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008) was an Oscar-winning actor from Australia Ledger started acting on television in the 1990s and heath ledger began working in Hollywood movies.

He was an important actor in many movies, including The Patriot, Monster's Ball, and Brokeback Mountain. He acted as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Ledger died in New York City on January 22, 2008. [1] His final movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, came heath ledger in 2009. [2] Contents • 1 Early life and family • 2 Career • 2.1 Early career • 2.2 2000–2008 • 2.3 Music • 3 Public image • 3.1 Press reception • 3.2 Personal life • 4 Death • 5 Filmography • 6 Awards and nominations • 7 References • 8 Other websites Early life and family [ change - change source ] Heath Ledger was born in Perth, Western Australia.

Ledger's mother comes from the Clan Campbell of Scotland. Heath heath ledger his sister Katherine were named after the two main characters in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. Ledger went to Guildford Grammar School, where he had his first acting experiences.

He starred in a school production as Peter Pan at age 10. [3] Career [ change - change source ] Early career [ change - change source ] At sixteen, Ledger graduated school early to become an actor [4] with girlfriend Jenna Sorrell. With his best friend, Trevor DiCarlo, Ledger drove across Australia to Sydney. He returned to Perth for the television series Sweat (1996). In this series, he played a gay cyclist.

[3] In 1996, Ledger was involved in the short-lived fantasy- drama Roar. In 1999, Ledger starred in the teen comedy movie 10 Things I Hate About You.

He also had the lead role in the Australian movie Two Hands, directed by Gregor Jordan. [3] 2000–2008 [ change - change source ] From 2000 to 2005 he starred in The Patriot, Monster's Ball, A Knight's Tale, The Heath ledger Feathers, Ned Kelly, The Order, and The Brothers Grimm.

In 2001, he won a ShoWest Award for the "Male Star of Tomorrow" for his work in The Patriot and A Knight's Tale. In 2003, he was named one of Australian GQ's "Men of the Year" for acting.

Ledger received the "Best Actor of 2005" award from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his acting in Brokeback Mountain. In this movie, he plays Wyoming ranch hand Ennis Del Mar, who is in love with rodeo rider Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.

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He also received a nomination for a Golden Globe award "Best Actor in a Drama" and a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor for this acting. Also in 2005, Ledger played a version of Giacomo Casanova in the romantic comedy movie Heath ledger.

It also starred Sienna Miller. In 2006, Ledger was asked to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [5] In 2007, he was one of six actors to play different sides of singer Bob Dylan in the movie I'm Not There.

Ledger played comic book villain The Joker in The Dark Knight. This is the sequel to the 2005 movie Batman Begins. The movie was released on July 18, 2008.

[6] Music [ change - change source ] Ledger started a record company with singer Ben Harper. In 2006, Ledger directed three music videos: "Cause an Effect" and "Seduction Is Evil (She's Hot)" for Australian hip-hop artist N'fa, as well as "Morning Yearning" for Ben Harper. Public image [ change - change source ] Press reception [ change - change source ] Ledger had problems with paparazzi. It is said that he spat at and assaulted a photographer in Sydney in 2004.

His relative is also said to have spat on a photographer in 2005. Ledger said this was not true. [7] Ledger caused problems after he was quoted in January 2006 in Australia's Herald Sun saying that West Virginia had banned Brokeback Mountain when it had not.

He also said the state had lynchings as recently as the 1980s. These statements have been said to not be true by historians, who said that the last non-legal public hanging in West Virginia happened in 1931. [8] Personal life [ change - change source ] From August 2002 to Heath ledger 2004, Ledger had a relationship with actress Naomi Watts.

They met when they filmed Ned Kelly together. [9] Before that, he had dated actresses Lisa Zane and Heather Graham. Ledger was engaged to actress Heath ledger Williams, whom he met while filming Brokeback Mountain. [10] [11] Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born on October 28, 2005 in New York City. In August 2007, Us Weekly said that Ledger and Williams ended their relationship. Neither Ledger nor Williams said the rumor was true at that time.

In September 2007, Williams' father, Larry, told the Sydney Daily Telegraph that Ledger and Williams had separated.

[12] Death [ change - change source ] Ledger was found dead in his apartment [13] [14] in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City on January 22, 2008. Ledger's body was found by a housekeeper and a massage therapist, who entered the bedroom to find him face down on the floor with sleeping pills on a nearby table.

[15] Police said that there were "no obvious signs" of suicide. They also did not think his death was caused by someone else. [16] On January 23, 2008, Ledger's parents and sister appeared outside Ledger's mother's house in Applecross, a Perth suburb, and read a short statement to the media: “ "We, Heath's family, confirm the very tragic, untimely and accidental passing of our dearly loved son, brother and doting father of Matilda, who was found in a peaceful sleep in his New York apartment by his housekeeper at 3:30pm [New York Time].

We would like to thank our friends and everyone around the world for their kind wishes at this time. Heath has touched so many people on so heath ledger different levels during his short life, but few had the pleasure to truly know him. He was a down-to-earth, generous, kind-hearted, life-loving and unselfish individual who was an extreme inspiration to many.

Please now respect our family's need to grieve and come to terms with our loss privately." [17] ” Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd released a statement saying, "It was with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Heath Ledger. It is tragic that we have lost one of our nation's finest actors in the prime of his life." [18] Filmography [ change - change source ] Movies Year Title Role Other notes 1997 Paws Oberon Blackrock Toby 1999 10 Things I Hate About You Patrick Verona Two Hands Jimmy AFI Award nominee (Best Heath ledger in a Leading Role) 2000 The Patriot Gabriel Martin 2001 Monster's Ball Sonny Grotowski A Knight's Tale Sir William Thatcher/ Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein of Gelderland 2002 The Four Feathers Harry Faversham 2003 The Order Alex Bernier Ned Kelly Ned Kelly AFI Award nominee (Best Actor in a Leading Role) 2005 Casanova Giacomo Casanova Brokeback Mountain Ennis del Mar Academy Award nominee (Best Lead Actor) Golden Globe nominee (Best Lead Actor - Drama) BAFTA Award nominee (Best Lead Actor) SAG nominee (Best Lead Actor, Best Ensemble Cast) AFI Award (Best Lead Actor) The Brothers Grimm Jacob Grimm Lords of Dogtown Skip Engblom 2006 Candy Dan AFI Award nominee (Best Actor in a Leading Role) IF Award nominee (Best Actor) FCCA Award nominee (Best Actor) 2007 I'm Not There.

Robbie Clark 2008 The Dark Knight The Joker Golden Globe Winner, (Best Supporting Actor) Academy Award Winner (Actor in a Leading Role) Tree of Life incomplete 2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Tony (sharing character with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law) Incomple performance Television 1992 Clowning Around 1997 Home and Away Scott Irwin Roar Heath ledger 1996 Sweat Snowy Bowles Awards and nominations [ change - change source ] • Academy Awards • 2009 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, The Dark Knight (Won) • 2006 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated) • Australian Film Institute Awards • 1999 - Best Actor in a Leading Role, Two Hands (Nominated) • 2003 - Best Actor in a Leading Role, Ned Kelly (Nominated) • 2006 - Best Actor in a Leading Role, Candy (Nominated) • 2008 - Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Dark Knight (Won) • BAFTA • 2009 - Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Dark Knight (Won) • 2006 - Best Actor in a Leading Role, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated) • Golden Globe Awards • 2009 - Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The Dark Knight (Won) • 2006 - Best Performance by an Heath ledger in a Motion Picture - Drama, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated) • Independent Spirit Awards • 2008 - Robert Altman Award, I'm Not There.

(Won) *shared w/ cast and crew. • 2006 - Best Actor, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated) • MTV Movie Awards • 2008 - Best Villain, The Dark Knight (Won) • 2008 - Best Fantasy Actor, The Dark Knight (Won) • 2006 - Best Kiss, Brokeback Mountain (Won) *shared w/ Jake Gyllenhaal • 2002 - Best Kiss, A Knight's Tale (Nominated) *shared w/ Shannyn Sossamon • 2002 - Best Musical Sequence A Knight's Tale (Nominated) *shared w/ Shannyn Sossamon • 2000 - Best Musical Sequence 10 Things I Hate About You (Nominated) • Screen Actors Guild Awards • 2009 - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, The Dark Knight (Won) • 2006 - Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated) • 2006 - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated) References [ change - change source ] • heath ledger "Actor Heath Ledger is found dead".

Agence France-Presse. 2008-01-22. Archived from the original on 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-01-23. • ↑ "Actor Heath Ledger continuing to act". IMDb.com. 2008-10-20. Retrieved 2008-10-20. • ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 "HEATH LEDGER BIOGRAPHY". Tiscali film & tv. Archived from the original on 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2008-01-23. • ↑ "Transcript. Rolling Stone interview". Rolling Stone. March 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-23.

• ↑ "Academy Invites 120 to Membership". Press Release. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. July 5, 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-17. • ↑ "Heath Ledger? It's TRUE". NEWS ARCHIVES 47. BATMAN ON FILM. July 21, 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-17. • ↑ Snead, Heath ledger (2006-02-03). "Heath explains his SAG giggles". Styles & Scenes. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2007-08-17. • ↑ "When'd we stop stringing 'em up in West Virginia?". 2006-01-16.

Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-08-17. • heath ledger Gary Susman (2003-10-01). "Naomi Watts and Heath Ledger split". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-01-23. • ↑ Kiki King, Eva Simpson & Caroline Hedley (2006-03-03). "THE HEATH IS ON". The Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2007-08-17. {{ cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list ( link) • ↑ Eva Simpson & Caroline Hedley (2007-01-24).

"MICHELLE MARRIES HEATH LEDGER". The Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-08-17. {{ cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list ( link) • ↑ WENN (2007-09-04). "Williams father confirms Ledger split". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2008-01-23. • ↑ Sewell Chan (2008-01-22).

"The death of Heath Ledger". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-22. • ↑ Tom Hays (2008-01-22). "Heath Ledger Found Dead in NYC at Age 28".

Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-01-22. [ permanent dead link] • ↑ "Heath Ledger Found Dead in NYC Apartment". MSNBC. 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2008-01-22. • ↑ James Barron (2008-01-23). "Heath Ledger, Actor, Is Found Dead at 28". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-23. • ↑ "Heath Ledger loved life, family tell". Daily Telegraph (Australia). 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2008-01-23. • ↑ "Ledger's death a tragic accident: family".

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• Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License and the GFDL; additional terms may apply. See Terms of Use for details. • Privacy policy • About Wikipedia • Disclaimers • Mobile view • Developers • Statistics • Cookie statement • • • Actor • music video director Years active 1992–2008 Partner(s) Michelle Williams (2004–2007) Children 1 Awards Full list Signature Heath Andrew Ledger [a] (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and music video director.

After playing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger moved to the United States in 1998 to develop his film career further.

His work consisted of twenty films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Candy (2006), I'm Not There (2007), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus heath ledger, the latter two being posthumous releases. [1] He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director.

[2] For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the Best International Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute; he was the first actor to win the latter award posthumously. [3] He was nominated for the BAFTA Award, [4] Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actor, becoming the eighth-youngest nominee in the category at that time.

[5] Posthumously, he shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with the rest of the ensemble cast, the director, and the casting director for the film I'm Not There, which was inspired by the life and songs of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. In the film, Ledger portrayed a fictional actor named Robbie Clark, one of six characters embodying aspects of Dylan's life and persona. [6] Ledger died on 22 January 2008 [7] [5] as a result of an accidental overdose of medications.

[8] [9] [10] A few months before his death, Ledger had finished filming his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. At the time of his death, The Dark Knight was in post-production, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, in which he was playing his last role as Tony, was in the midst of filming. His death affected the subsequent promotion of The Dark Knight.

[11] His performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight earned him universal acclaim and popularity from fans and critics alike. Ledger also received numerous posthumous awards for his work on The Dark Knight, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards, the 2008 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, [12] and the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

[4] [13] Contents • 1 Early life and education • 2 Acting career • 2.1 1990s • 2.2 2000s • 2.3 Directorial work • 3 Personal life • 3.1 Relationships • 4 Press controversies • 5 Health problems and drug use • 6 Death • 6.1 Autopsy and toxicology report • 6.2 Federal investigation • 6.3 Effect on fans • 6.4 Controversy over will • 7 Legacy • 7.1 Memorial tributes and services • 7.2 Method and style • 7.3 Posthumous films and awards • 8 Filmography • 8.1 Film • 8.2 Television • 8.3 Music videos • 9 Accolades • 10 See also • 11 Notes • 12 References • 13 Further reading • 14 External links Early life and education Heath Andrew Ledger was born on 4 April 1979, in Perth, Western Australia, to Sally Ramshaw, a French teacher, and Kim Ledger, a racing car driver and mining engineer whose family established and owned the Ledger Engineering Foundry.

[14] The Sir Frank Ledger Charitable Trust is named after his great-grandfather. [14] He had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. [15] Ledger attended Mary's Mount Primary School in Gooseberry Hill, [16] and later Guildford Grammar School, where he had his first acting experiences, starring in a school production as Peter Pan at age ten. [5] [14] His parents separated when he was ten and divorced when he was eleven.

[17] Ledger's older sister Kate, an actress and later a publicist, to whom he was very close, inspired his acting on stage, and his love of Gene Kelly inspired his successful choreography, leading to Guildford Grammar's 60-member team's "first all-boy victory" at the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge.

[14] [18] Ledger's two half-sisters are Ashleigh Bell (b. 1990), his mother's daughter with her second husband and his stepfather Roger Bell, and Olivia Ledger (b. 1996), his father's daughter with his second wife Emma Brown. [19] Acting career 1990s After sitting for early graduation exams at age 16 to get his diploma, Ledger left school to pursue an acting career.

[17] With Trevor DiCarlo, his best friend since the age of three, Ledger drove across Australia from Perth to Sydney, returning to Perth to take a small role in Clowning Around (1992), the first part of a two-part television series, and to work on the TV series Sweat (1996), in which he played a cyclist.

[14] From 1993 to 1997, Ledger also had parts in the Perth television series Ship to Shore (1993); Ledger also had parts in the short-lived Fox Broadcasting Company fantasy-drama Roar (1997); in Home and Away (1997), one of Australia's most successful television shows; and in the Australian film Blackrock (1997), his feature film debut. [14] In 1999, he starred in the teen comedy 10 Things I Hate Heath ledger You and in the heath ledger Australian crime film Two Hands, directed by Gregor Jordan.

[14] 2000s In the early 2000s, he starred in supporting roles as Gabriel Martin, the eldest heath ledger of Benjamin Martin ( Mel Gibson), in The Patriot (2000), and as Sonny Grotowski, the son of Hank Grotowski ( Billy Bob Thornton), in Monster's Ball (2001); as well as leading or title roles in A Knight's Tale (2001), The Four Feathers (2002), The Order (2003), Ned Kelly (2003), Casanova (2005), The Brothers Grimm (2005), and Lords of Dogtown (2005).

[20] In 2001, he won a ShoWest Award as "Male Star of Tomorrow". [21] Ledger received "Best Actor of 2005" awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, [22] [23] in which he plays Wyoming ranch hand Ennis Del Mar, who has a love affair with aspiring rodeo rider Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.

[24] He also received the nominations for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor — Motion Picture Drama, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and an Academy Award for Best Actor for this performance, [25] making him, at age 26, the eight-youngest nominee in the category.

[26] In The New York Times review of the film, critic Stephen Holden writes: "Both Mr. Ledger and Mr. Gyllenhaal make this anguished love story physically palpable. Mr. Ledger magically and mysteriously disappears beneath the skin of his lean, sinewy character.

It is a great screen performance, as good as the best of Marlon Brando and Sean Penn." [27] In a review in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers states: "Ledger's magnificent performance is an acting miracle. He seems to tear it from his insides. Ledger doesn't just know how Ennis moves, speaks and listens; he knows how he breathes.

To see him inhale the scent of a shirt hanging in Jack's closet is to take measure of the pain of love lost." [28] After Brokeback Mountain, Ledger costarred with fellow Australian Abbie Cornish in the 2006 Australian film Candy, an adaptation of the 1998 novel Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction, as young heroin addicts in love attempting to break free of their addiction, whose mentor is played by Geoffrey Rush; for his performance as sometime poet Dan, Ledger was nominated for three "Best Actor" awards, including one of the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, which both Cornish and Rush won in their categories.

Shortly after the release of Candy, Ledger was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [29] As one of six actors embodying different aspects of the life of Bob Dylan in the 2007 film I'm Not There, directed by Todd Haynes, Ledger "won praise for his portrayal of 'Robbie [Clark],' a moody, counter-culture actor who represents the romanticist side of Dylan, but says accolades are never his motivation".

[30] Posthumously, on 23 February 2008, heath ledger shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with the rest of the film's ensemble cast, its director, and its casting director. [31] In his penultimate film role, Ledger played the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 film The Dark Knight, which was released nearly six months after his death.

While working on the film in London, Ledger told Sarah Lyall in their New York Times interview that he viewed The Dark Knight 's Joker as a " psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy".

[32] For his performance in The Dark Knight, Ledger posthumously won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (becoming the fourth-youngest winner of the award) which his family accepted on his behalf, as well as numerous other posthumous awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, which Nolan accepted for him. [33] [34] At the time of his death on 22 January 2008, Ledger had completed about half of the work for his final film role as Tony in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

[35] [36] Gilliam chose to adapt the film after his death by having fellow actors (and friends of Ledger) Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell play "fantasy transformations" of his character so that Ledger's final performance could be seen in theatres.

[37] Directorial work Ledger ( far right) posing with the cast and the director of I'm Not There at the 64th Venice Film Festival in September 2007 Ledger had aspirations to become a film director and had made some music videos with his production company The Masses, which director Todd Haynes praised highly in his tribute to Ledger upon accepting the ISP Robert Altman Award, which Ledger posthumously shared, on 23 February 2008.

[31] [38] In 2006, Ledger directed music videos for the title track on Australian hip hop artist N'fa's CD debut solo album Cause An Effect [39] and for the single "Seduction Is Evil (She's Hot)".

[40] [41] Later that year, Ledger inaugurated a new record label, The Masses Music, with singer Ben Harper and also directed a music video for Harper's song "Morning Yearning". [32] [42] At a news conference at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, Ledger spoke of his desire to make a documentary film about the British singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who died in 1974, at the age of 26, from an overdose of an antidepressant. [43] Ledger created and acted in a music video set to Drake's recording of the singer's 1974 song about depression "Black Eyed Dog" – a title "inspired by Winston Churchill's descriptive term for depression" ( black dog); [44] it was shown publicly only twice, first at the Bumbershoot Festival, in Seattle, held from 1 to 3 September 2007; and secondly as part of "A Place To Be: A Celebration of Nick Drake", with its screening of Their Place: Reflections On Nick Drake, "a series of short filmed homages to Nick Drake" (including Ledger's), sponsored by American Cinematheque, at the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, in Hollywood, on 5 October 2007.

[45] After Ledger's death, his music video for "Black Eyed Dog" was shown on the Internet and excerpted in news clips distributed via YouTube. [43] [46] [47] [b] He was working with Scottish screenwriter and producer Allan Scott on an heath ledger of the 1983 novel The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis, which would have been his first feature film as a director. He also intended to act in the film, with Canadian actor Elliot Page proposed in the lead role.

[2] [48] [49] Ledger's final directorial work, in which he shot two music videos before his death, premiered in 2009. [50] The music videos, completed for Modest Mouse and Grace Woodroofe, [51] include an animated feature for Modest Mouse's song, " King Rat", and the Woodroofe video for her cover of David Bowie's " Quicksand".

[52] The "King Rat" video premiered on 4 August 2009. [53] Personal life Ledger at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival in February heath ledger Ledger was an avid chess player, and had participated in tournaments when he was young. [54] As an adult, he often played with other chess enthusiasts at Washington Square Park. [55] Ledger was a fan of West Coast Eagles, an Australian rules football team that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL) and is based in his hometown of Perth.

[56] Ledger was an "obsessive" photographer, who loved taking stills, then drawing over them with paint, markers, or nail polish. [57] Relationships Ledger had relationships with Lisa Zane, Heather Graham, and Naomi Watts. [58] [59] In 2004, he began a relationship with actress Michelle Williams after meeting on the set of Brokeback Mountain.

Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born on 28 October 2005, in New York City. [60] Matilda's godparents are Brokeback Mountain co-star Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams' Dawson's Creek co-star Busy Philipps. [61] In January 2006, Ledger put his residence in Bronte, New South Wales up for sale [62] and returned to the United States, where he shared a house with Williams in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn from 2005 to 2007.

[63] In September 2007, Williams' father confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that Ledger and Williams had broken up. [64] After his breakup with Williams, the tabloid press and other public media linked Ledger romantically with supermodels Helena Christensen and Gemma Ward.

In 2011, Ward stated the pair had begun dating in November 2007 and that their families had spent that year's Christmas together in their hometown of Perth.

[65] [66] [67] [68] [69] [70] Press controversies Ledger's relationship with the Australian press was sometimes turbulent, and it led to his abandonment of plans for his family to reside part-time in Sydney. [71] [72] In 2004, he strongly denied press reports alleging that "he spat at journalists on the Sydney set of the film Candy", or that one of his relatives had done so later, outside Ledger's Sydney home. [71] [72] On 13 January 2006, "Several members of the paparazzi retaliated .

squirting Ledger and Williams with water pistols on the red carpet at the Sydney premiere of Brokeback Mountain". [73] [74] After his performance on stage at the 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards, when he had giggled in presenting Brokeback Mountain as a nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, the Los Angeles Times referred to his presentation as an "apparent gay spoof".

[75] Ledger called the Times later and explained that his levity resulted from stage fright, saying that he had been told that he would be presenting the award only minutes earlier; he stated: "I am so sorry and I apologise for my nervousness. I would be absolutely horrified if my stage fright was misinterpreted as a lack of respect for the film, the topic and for the amazing filmmakers." [76] [77] After learning that two cinemas in Utah refused to show Brokeback Mountain, Ledger said: "I don't think the movie is [controversial] but I think maybe the Mormons in Utah do.

I think it's hilarious and very immature of a society". [78] In the same interview with the Herald Sun newspaper, Ledger mistakenly claimed that lynchings had occurred in West Virginia as heath ledger as the 1980s; state scholars disputed his statement, asserting that no documented lynchings had occurred in West Virginia since 1931.

[79] Health problems and drug use In an interview with Sarah Heath ledger, published in The New York Times on 4 November 2007, Ledger heath ledger that he often could not sleep when taking on roles, and that the role of the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) was causing his usual insomnia: "Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night.

. I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going." [80] At that time, he told Lyall that he had taken two Ambien pills, after taking just one had not sufficed, and those left him in "a stupor, only to wake up an hour later, his mind still racing". [32] Prior to his return to New York City from his last film assignment in London, in January 2008, while he was apparently suffering from some kind of respiratory illness, he reportedly complained to his The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus co-star Christopher Plummer that he was continuing to have difficulty sleeping and taking pills to help with that problem: "Confirming earlier reports that Ledger hadn't been feeling well on set, Plummer says, 'we all caught colds because we were shooting outside on horrible, damp nights.

But Heath's went on and I don't think he dealt with it immediately with the antibiotics. I think what he did have was the heath ledger pneumonia.' [.] On top of that, 'He was saying all the time, 'dammit, I can't sleep'. and he was taking all these pills to help him'". [81] Speaking to Interview magazine after Ledger's death, Michelle Williams confirmed reports that the actor had experienced trouble sleeping: "For as long as I'd known him, he had bouts with insomnia.

He had too much energy. His mind was turning, turning, turning – always turning". [82] Ledger was "widely reported to have struggled with substance abuse". [83] Following Ledger's death, Entertainment Tonight aired video footage from 2006 in which Ledger stated that he "used to smoke five joints a day for 20 years" [84] [85] and news outlets reported that his drug abuse had prompted Williams to request that he move out of their apartment in Brooklyn.

[86] Ledger's publicist asserted that reportage regarding Ledger's alleged drug use had been inaccurate. [84] Death At around 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on 22 January 2008, Ledger was found unconscious in his bed by his housekeeper, Teresa Solomon, and his massage therapist, Diana Wolozin, in his loft at 421 Broome Street in the SoHo neighbourhood of Manhattan. [7] [5] According to police, Wolozin, who had arrived early for a 3 p.m.

appointment with Ledger, telephoned his friend Mary-Kate Olsen for help. Olsen, who was in Los Angeles at the time, directed her New York City private security guard to go to the scene. At 3:26 p.m., "less than 15 minutes after she first saw him in bed and only a few moments after the first call to Ms.

Olsen", Wolozin dialed 911 "to say that Mr. Ledger was not breathing". At the urging of the 911 operator, Wolozin administered CPR, which was unsuccessful in reviving him.

[87] Paramedics and emergency medical technicians arrived seven minutes later, at 3:33 p.m. ("at almost exactly the same moment as a private security guard summoned by Ms. Olsen") but were also unable to revive him. [7] [87] [88] At 3:36 p.m., Ledger heath ledger pronounced dead, and his body was removed from the apartment. [7] [87] He was 28 years old.

Autopsy and toxicology report On 6 February 2008, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Heath ledger York released its conclusions. Those conclusions were based on an initial autopsy that occurred 23 January 2008, and a subsequent complete toxicological analysis. [8] heath ledger [90] The report concluded that Ledger died "as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, heath ledger, alprazolam and doxylamine".

It added: "We have concluded that the manner of death is accident[al], resulting from the abuse of prescribed medications." [8] [10] While the medications found in the toxicological analysis may be prescribed in the United States for insomnia, anxiety, pain or common cold symptoms (doxylamine), the vast majority of physicians in America are extremely reluctant to prescribe multiple benzodiazepines (e.g.

diazepam, heath ledger and temazepam) to a single patient, let alone to prescribe such medications to a patient already taking a mix of oxycodone and hydrocodone. Although the Associated Press and heath ledger outlets reported that police estimated Ledger's death occurred between 1 p.m.

and 2:45 p.m. on 22 January 2008, [91] the Medical Examiner's Office announced heath ledger it would not publicly disclose the official estimated time of death. [92] [93] The official announcement of the cause and manner of Ledger's death heightened concerns about the growing problems of prescription drug abuse or misuse and combined drug intoxication (CDI).

[9] [90] [94] In 2017, Jason Payne-James, a forensic pathologist, asserted that Ledger might have survived if hydrocodone and oxycodone had been left out of the combination of drugs that the actor took just prior to his death. He furthermore stated that the mixture of drugs, combined with a possible chest infection, caused Ledger to stop breathing. [95] Federal investigation Late in February 2008, a DEA investigation of medical professionals relating to Ledger's death exonerated two American physicians, who practice in Los Angeles and Houston, of any heath ledger, determining that "the doctors in question had prescribed Ledger other medications – not the pills that killed him." [96] [97] On 4 August 2008, Mary-Kate Olsen's attorney Michael Miller issued a statement denying that Olsen supplied Ledger with the drugs causing his death and asserting that she did not know their source.

[98] [99] In his statement, Miller said specifically, "Despite tabloid speculation, Mary-Kate Olsen had nothing whatsoever to do with the drugs found in Heath Ledger's home or his body, and she does not know where he obtained them." [100] After a flurry of further media speculation, on 6 August 2008, the US Attorney's Office in Manhattan closed its investigation into Ledger's death without filing any charges and rendering moot its subpoena of Olsen.

[101] [102] With the clearing of the two doctors and Olsen, and the closing of the investigation because the prosecutors in the Manhattan US Attorney's Office "don't believe there's a viable target," it is still not known how Ledger obtained the oxycodone and hydrocodone in the lethal drug combination that killed him. [102] [103] Effect on fans Eleven months after Ledger's death, on 23 December 2008, Jake Coyle, writing for the Associated Press, announced that "Heath Ledger's death was voted 2008's top entertainment story by U.S.

newspaper and broadcast editors surveyed by The Associated Press". He claimed that this was partially heath ledger result of the "shock and confusion" surrounding the circumstances of Ledger's death, as well as due to Ledger's "legacy [.] in a roundly acclaimed performance as the Joker in the year's biggest box office hit The Dark Knight.

[104] Controversy over will After Ledger's death, in response to some press reports about his will, filed in New York City on 28 February 2008, [105] [106] and his daughter's access to his financial legacy, his father, Kim Ledger, said that he considered the financial well-being of Heath's daughter Matilda Rose an "absolute priority," whilst also stating that her mother, Michelle Williams, was "an integral part of our family".

He added, "They will be taken care of and that's how Heath would want it to be". [107] Some of Ledger's relatives may be challenging the legal status of his will signed heath ledger 2003, prior to his involvement with Williams and the birth of their daughter and not updated to include them, which divides half of his estate between his parents and half among heath ledger siblings; they claim that there is a second, unsigned will, which leaves most of that estate to Matilda Rose.

[108] [109] Williams' father, Larry Williams, has also joined the controversy about Ledger's will as it was filed in New York City soon after his death. [110] On 31 March 2008, stimulating another controversy pertaining to Ledger's estate, Gemma Jones and Janet Fife-Yeomans published an "Exclusive" report, in The Daily Telegraph, citing Ledger's uncle Haydn Ledger and other family members, who "believe the late actor may have fathered a secret love child" when he was 17, and stating that "If it is confirmed that Ledger is the girl's biological father, it could split his multi-million dollar estate between .

Matilda Rose . and his secret love child." [111] [112] [113] A few days later, reports citing telephone interviews with Ledger's uncles Haydn and Mike Ledger and the family of the other little girl, published in OK! and Us Weekly, "denied" those "claims", with Ledger's uncles and the little girl's mother and stepfather describing them as unfounded "rumors" distorted and exaggerated by the media.

[114] [115] On 15 July 2008, Fife-Yeomans reported further, via Australian News Limited, that "While Ledger left everything to his parents and three sisters, it is understood they have legal advice that under Western Australia law, Matilda Rose is entitled to the lion's share" of his estate; its executors, Kim Ledger's former business colleague Robert John Collins and Geraldton accountant William Mark Dyson, "have applied for probate in the West Australian Supreme Court in Perth, advertising for ' creditors and other persons' having claims on the estate to lodge them by 11 August 2008 .

to ensure all debts are paid before the estate is distributed." [116] According to this report by Fife-Yeomans, earlier reports citing Ledger's uncles, [107] and subsequent reports citing Ledger's father, which do not include his actual posthumous earnings, "his entire fortune, mostly held in Australian trusts, is likely to be worth up to $20 million." [116] [117] [118] On 27 September 2008, Ledger's father Kim stated that "the family has agreed to leave the US$16.3 million fortune to Matilda," adding: "There is no claim.

Our family has gifted everything to Matilda." [117] [118] In October 2008, Forbes estimated Ledger's annual earnings from October 2007 through October 2008 – including his posthumous share of The Dark Knight 's gross income of "US$1 billion in box office revenue worldwide" – as "US$20 million". [119] Legacy Memorial tributes and heath ledger Memorial for Ledger, outside 421 Broome Street, SoHo, Manhattan, 23 January 2008 As the news of Ledger's death became public, throughout the night of 22 January 2008, and the following day, media crews, mourners, fans, and other onlookers began gathering outside his apartment building, with some leaving flowers or other memorial tributes.

[120] [121] The following day, at 10:50 am Australian time, Ledger's parents and sister appeared outside his mother's house in Applecross, a riverside suburb of Perth, and read a short statement to the media expressing their grief and desire for privacy. [122] Within the next few days, memorial tributes were communicated by family members; the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd; the Deputy Premier of Western Australia, Eric Ripper; Warner Bros.

(distributor of The Dark Knight) and thousands of Ledger's fans around the world. [123] [124] [125] [126] Several actors made statements expressing their sorrow at Ledger's death, including Daniel Day-Lewis, who dedicated his Heath ledger Actors Guild Award to him, saying that he was inspired by Ledger's acting; Day-Lewis praised Ledger's performances in Monster's Ball and Brokeback Mountain, describing the latter as "unique, perfect".

[127] [128] Verne Troyer, who was working with Ledger on The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus at the time of his death, had a heart shape, an exact duplicate of a symbol that Ledger scrawled on a piece of paper with his email address, tattooed on his hand in remembrance of Ledger because Ledger "had made such an impression on [him]". [129] On 1 February, in her first public statement after Ledger's death, Michelle Williams expressed her heartbreak and described Ledger's spirit as surviving in their daughter.

[130] [131] After attending private memorial ceremonies in Los Angeles, Ledger's family members returned with his body to Perth. [132] [133] On 9 February, a memorial service attended by several hundred invited guests was held at Penrhos College, attracting considerable press attention; afterward Ledger's body was cremated at Fremantle Cemetery, [134] followed by a private service attended by heath ledger 10 closest family members, [135] [136] [137] with his ashes interred later in a family plot at Karrakatta Cemetery, next to two of his grandparents.

[133] [138] [139] Later that night, his family and friends gathered for a wake on Cottesloe Beach. [140] [141] [142] In January 2011, the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in Ledger's home town of Perth named a 575-seat theatre the Heath Ledger Theatre after him.

For the opening of the theatre, Ledger's Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor was on display in the theatre's foyer along with his Joker costume.

[143] Bon Iver's "Perth" was inspired by Heath Ledger. [144] Heath ledger Vernon, the lead singer and songwriter of the American indie folk band, revealed back in 2011 that he had begun working on the song in 2008 and heath ledger scheduled to meet with a music video director who was good friends with Ledger, Matt Amato. "The first thing I worked on, the riff and the beginning melodies, was the first song on the record, 'Perth,'" Vernon told Exclaim!.

[145] Amato was directing the band's "The Wolves (Act I & II)" music video the day that Ledger died. "It was no longer about just making a Bon Iver music video anymore," Vernon says. "This was now our chance to be there with Matt as he grieved.

It was a three-day wake." Amato told Vernon stories about Ledger that eventually became the inspiration for "Perth," the opening track to the band's second studio album Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011). [144] Method and style "You know when you see the preachers down South?

And they grab a believer and heath ledger go, 'Bwoom! I touch you with the hand of God!' And they believe so strongly, they're on the ground shaking and spitting.

And fuck's sake, that's the power of belief. Now, I don't believe in Jesus, but I believe in my performance. And if you can understand that the power of belief is one of the great tools of our time and that a lot of acting comes from it, you can do anything." —Ledger, during the interview with Rolling Stone in 2006, on belief, power and acting [146] Portraying a variety of roles, from romantic heroes to tragic characters, Ledger created a hodgepodge of characters that are deliberately unlike one another, stating "I feel like I am wasting my time if I repeat myself".

He also reflected on his inability to be happy with his work, "I feel the same thing about everything I do. The day I say, 'It's good' is the day I should start doing something else." [147] Ledger liked to wait between jobs so that he would start creatively hungry on new projects. [148] In his own words, acting was about harnessing "the infinite power of belief," [146] thus using belief as a tool for creating. Directors who have worked with the actor praised him for his creativity, seriousness, and intuition.

"I've never felt as old as I did watching Heath explore his talents," The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has written, expressing amazement over the actor's working process, genuine curiosity and charisma. [148] Marc Forster, who directed Ledger in Monster's Ball, complimented him as taking the job "very seriously", being disciplined, observant, understanding, and intuitive.

In 2007, director Todd Haynes compared Ledger's presence to actor James Dean, casting Ledger as Robbie Clarke, a fictive personification of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There. Drawing on the similar characteristics between the actors, Haynes further highlighted Ledger's "precocious seriousness" and intuition. He also felt that Ledger had a rare maturity beyond his years." [147] Ledger, however, disconnected himself and acting from perfectionism. "I'm always gonna pull myself apart and dissect [the work].

I mean, there's no such thing as perfection in what [actors] do. Pornos are more perfect than we are, because they're actually fucking." [146] "Some people find their shtick," Ledger reflected on the categorisation of style. "I never figured out who 'Heath Ledger' is on film: 'This is what you expect when you hire me, and it will be recognisable'. People always feel compelled to sum you up, to presume that they have you and can describe you.

That's fine. But there are so many stories inside of me and a lot I want to achieve outside of one flat note." [147] Posthumous films and awards Further information: List of accolades received by The Dark Knight Ledger's death affected the marketing campaign for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008) [11] [35] and also both the production and marketing of Terry Gilliam's film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, with both directors intending to celebrate and pay tribute to his work in these films.

[35] [36] [149] [150] Although Gilliam temporarily suspended production on the latter film, [36] he expressed determination to "salvage" it, perhaps using computer-generated imagery (CGI), and dedicated it to Ledger. [81] [151] [152] In February 2008, as a "memorial tribute to the man many have called one of the best actors of his generation," Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell signed on to take over Ledger's role, becoming multiple incarnations of his character, Tony, transformed in this "magical re-telling of the Faust story".

[153] [154] [155] The three actors donated their fees for the film to Ledger's and Williams's daughter. [156] Speaking of editing The Dark Knight, on which Ledger had completed his work in October 2007, Nolan recalled, "It was tremendously emotional, right when he passed, having to go back in and look at him every day.

. But the truth is, I feel very lucky to have something productive to do, to have a performance that he was very, very proud of, and that he had entrusted to me to finish." [150] All of Ledger's scenes heath ledger as he completed them in the filming; in editing the film, Nolan added no "digital effects" to alter Ledger's actual performance posthumously. [157] Nolan dedicated the film in part to Ledger's memory, as well as to the memory of technician Conway Wickliffe, who heath ledger killed during a car accident while preparing one of the film's stunts.

[158] Released in July 2008, The Dark Knight broke several box office records and received both popular and critical accolades, especially with regard to Ledger's performance as the Joker. [159] Even film critic David Denby, who does not praise heath ledger film overall in his pre-release review in The New Yorker, evaluates Ledger's work highly, describing his performance as both "sinister and frightening" and Ledger as "mesmerising in every scene", concluding: "His performance is a heroic, unsettling final act: this young actor looked into the abyss." [160] Attempting to dispel widespread speculations that Ledger's performance as the Joker had in any way led to his death (as Denby and others suggest), Ledger's co-star and friend Christian Bale, who played opposite him as Batman, has stressed that, as an actor, Ledger greatly enjoyed meeting the challenges of creating that role, an experience that Ledger himself described as "the most fun I've ever had, or probably ever will have, playing a character".

[11] Terry Gilliam also refuted the claims that playing the Joker made him crazy, calling it "absolute nonsense" and going on to say, "Heath was so solid. His feet were on the ground and he was the least neurotic person I've ever met." [161] Ledger received numerous awards for his Joker role in The Dark Knight.

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On 10 November 2008, he was nominated for two People's Choice Awards related to his work on the film, "Best Ensemble Cast" and "Best Onscreen Match-Up" (shared with Christian Bale), and Ledger won an award for "Match-Up" in the ceremony aired live on CBS in January 2009. [162] On 11 December 2008, it was announced that Ledger had been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight; he subsequently won the award at the 66th Golden Globe Awards ceremony telecast on NBC on 11 January 2009, with Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan accepting on his behalf.

[12] [33] Film critics, co-stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Caine and many of Ledger's peers in the film community joined Bale in calling for and predicting a nomination for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of Heath ledger achievement in The Dark Knight. [163] Ledger's subsequent nomination was announced on 22 January 2009, the anniversary of his death. [164] Ledger went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the second person to win a posthumous Academy Award for acting (after fellow Australian actor Peter Finch, who won for 1976's Network), as well as the first comic-book movie actor to win an Oscar for their acting.

Ledger's family attended the ceremony on 22 February heath ledger, with his parents and sister accepting the award onstage on his behalf. [165] [34] Following talks with the Ledger family in Australia, the Academy determined that Ledger's daughter, Matilda Rose, would own the award.

However, due to Matilda's age, she will not gain full ownership of the statuette until her eighteenth birthday in 2023. [166] Her mother, Michelle Williams, will hold the statuette in trust for Matilda until that time. [167] On 4 April 2017, a trailer was released for the documentary I Am Heath Ledger, which was released on 3 May 2017.

[168] It features archival footage of Ledger and interviews. [169] Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 1992 Clowning Around Orphan Clown 1997 Blackrock Toby Ackland Paws Oberon 1998 The Interview Petrol attendant 1999 10 Things I Hate About You Patrick Verona Two Hands Jimmy 2000 The Patriot Gabriel Martin 2001 A Knight's Tale Heath ledger Thatcher Monster's Ball Sonny Grotowski 2002 The Four Feathers Harry Faversham 2003 Ned Kelly Ned Kelly The Order Alex Bernier 2005 Lords of Dogtown Skip Engblom The Brothers Grimm Jacob Grimm Brokeback Mountain Ennis Del Mar Casanova Giacomo Casanova 2006 Candy Dan Carter 2007 I'm Not There Robbie Clark / Bob Dylan 2008 The Dark Knight The Joker Posthumous release heath ledger The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Tony Shepard Posthumous release (final film role) 2017 I Am Heath Ledger Himself Posthumous release; archive footage Television Year Title Role Notes 1993 Ship to Shore Cyclist 3 episodes 1996 Sweat Snowy Bowles 26 episodes 1997 Home and Away Scott Irwin 9 episodes Roar Conor 13 episodes Music videos Year Title Performer Notes 2006 "Cause an Effect" N'fa Also director "Seduction is Evil (She's Hot)" "Morning Yearning" Ben Harper 2007 "Black Heath ledger Dog" Nick Drake Also director and featuring himself [43] 2009 "Quicksand" Grace Woodroofe Also director " King Rat" Modest Mouse Animated video; conceived by himself [51] Accolades Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Heath Ledger See also • List of oldest and youngest Academy Award winners and nominees – Youngest nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role • List of actors with Academy Award nominations • List of actors with two or more Academy Award nominations in acting categories • List of Australian Academy Award winners and nominees • List of posthumous Academy Award winners and nominees Notes • ^ Many sources normally considered reliable say that his birth name was Heathcliff; however, Ledger himself denied this, saying his name was always just Heath.

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It includes the World Theatrical Premiere of 'Their Place: Reflections On Nick Drake', 2007, Bryter Music, 30 min. Various Directors – a series of short filmed homages to Nick Drake – created by admirers including Heath Ledger, Jonas Mekas and Tim Pope. (NOT ON DVD!) . • ^ Daniel Kreps (29 February 2008). "Footage from Heath Ledger's Nick Drake Video Surfaces". Rolling Heath ledger. Archived from the original on 4 March 2008.

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Heath Ledger: His Beautiful Life and Mysterious Death. London: John Blake, 2008. ISBN 1-84454-633-0 (10). ISBN 978-1-84454-633-6 (13). (Excerpt listed below.) • "Loves of Heath Ledger's Life". The Courier-Mail, news.com.au, 20 April 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008. (Book excerpt.) • Nolan, Christopher. "Transition: Charisma as Natural as Gravity: Heath Ledger, 28, Actor". Newsweek, 4 February 2008: 9, Periscope. Both Web (updated 26 January 2008) and print versions.

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Heath Ledger: Hollywood's Dark Star. London: Plexus Publishing Ltd, 2008. ISBN 0-85965-427-3 (10). ISBN 978-0-85965-427-2 (13). • Scott, A. O. "An Appraisal: Prince of Intensity with a Lightness of Touch". The New York Times, nytimes.com, 24 January 2008, Movies.

Retrieved 27 April 2008. • Sessums, Kevin, with photographs by Bruce Weber. "We're Having a Heath Wave". Vanity Fair, August 2000, vanityfair.com, August 2008. Web. (4 pages.) Accessed 21 April 2008. (Interview with Heath Ledger; illustrations in "Perth Album", by Bruce Weber.) • Taddeo, Lisa. "The Last Days of Heath Ledger". Esquire (April 2008), esquire.com, 5 March 2008. (Updated 21 July 2008.) Accessed 25 July 2008. (Fictional account; cf. rev. by Arango.) • Travers, Peter. "Sundance: Shock".

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When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy heath ledger tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About .

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Who Was Heath Ledger? Heath Ledger's breakout role was in the film 10 Things I Hate About You with Julia Heath ledger. Ledger received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his role in Brokeback Mountain. In 2008, after completing filming on Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, Ledger died as the result of an accidental prescription drug overdose.

He received a posthumous Best Actor Academy Award for his performance as the Joker. Ledger had a daughter with actress Michelle Williams. Early Life Ledger was born in Perth, Australia, on April 4, 1979, to mother Sally Ledger Bell, a French heath ledger, and father Kim Ledger, a racecar driver and mining specialist.

He and his sister, Kate, were reportedly named after two main characters in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. He also had two half-sisters: Ashleigh Bell and Olivia Ledger, both of whom were born into his parents' second marriages. But Ledger's closest family relationship was with Kate, whom he later credited for spurring his acting career.

Early in life, Ledger found a passion for playing chess. At the age of 10, he won Western Australia's Junior Chess Championship. It was around this time that he found an interest in becoming a stage performer, as he performed the lead role in Guildford Grammar School's production of Peter Pan. Unfortunately, while Ledger was enjoying this busy life of a 10-year-old, his parents found themselves growing apart.

That year his parents would separate, before getting divorced when Heath was 11. Early Acting Career Ledger found emotional release in heath ledger, choreography and dance and continued seeking out roles in his grammar school. He also tried his hand on the big screen as an extra in the movie Clowning Around, heath ledger later appeared in the TV series Ship To Shore. At age 16, Ledger completed his early graduation exams, and he traveled cross-country to Sydney to pursue an acting career with his longtime friend Trevor DiCarlo.

After various small roles on television, Ledger's feature film debut came in 1997 in the emotional drama Blackrock. This led to a starring role in the historical fantasy series Roar, costarring Keri Russell and backed by financiers in the United States. The series was nominated for several awards and exposed Ledger to American audiences and Fox executives. On the urging of then-girlfriend Liza Zane (who also appeared in the series,) Ledger sought out an American agent and followed Zane back to Los Angeles at the age of 19.

Making it in Hollywood: '10 Things' to 'A Knight's Tale' In 1999, Ledger was fully exposed to an international audience with his breakout role opposite Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You.

The film was a cult success among younger audiences. Despite his young age and relative inexperience, he was soon beating out the Hollywood elite for major roles in blockbuster films. Mel Gibson cast him as his son Gabriel Martin in The Heath ledger (2000.) His talent was tested in the lower-budget Heath ledger Ball (2000) opposite Billy Bob Thornton.

And the highly experimental A Knight's Tale (2001) displayed Ledger's abilities as a true leading man. His exposure in these films, coupled with his growing reputation as a Hollywood playboy, led People magazine to name Ledger one of it's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2001. 'Brokeback Mountain' Ledger worked steadily on independent films until 2005 when he was once again thrust into the spotlight with his contribution to one of the most controversial films to date.

Ledger received "Best Actor of 2005" awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his performance in Brokeback Mountain. (1962–) In the film, Ledger plays ranch hand Ennis Del Mar, who has a lifelong love affair with aspiring rodeo rider Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance—making him, at age 26, the ninth-youngest nominee for a Best Actor Oscar.

Marriage to Michelle Williams It was on the set of Brokeback Mountain that Ledger met actress Michelle Williams.

The two began a whirlwind relationship, and their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born on October 28, 2005, in New York City. Matilda Rose's godparents are Ledger's Brokeback co-star Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams' Dawson's Creek (1998-03) castmate Busy Philipps.

Problems with paparazzi in Australia prompted Ledger to sell his residence in Bronte, New South Wales, and move to the United States, where he shared an apartment with Williams in Brooklyn, from 2005 to 2007.

In September 2007, Williams' father, Larry Williams, confirmed to Sydney's Daily Telegraph that Ledger and Williams had ended their relationship. Tragic Death On January 22, 2008, Ledger was found unconscious in his bed by his housekeeper, Teresa Solomon, and his masseuse, Diana Wolozin, at his apartment in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.

According to police reports, Wolozin used Ledger's cell phone to call Ledger's friend, Mary-Kate Olsen, for help. Emergency medical technicians arrived at Ledger's apartment at 3:33 p.m., but were unable to revive him. At 3:36 p.m., Ledger was pronounced dead and his body was removed from the apartment. Soon after Ledger's death reached the news, erroneous reports began to surface, incorrectly claiming that the apartment he was heath ledger belonged to Olsen.

It was later reported by People magazine that Diana Wolozin (who found Ledger unconscious) had called Olsen before calling authorities because Olsen and Ledger had been casually dating in the months before his death. Ledger had told The New York Times in November 2007 that he was taking Ambien, a prescription medication used for the short-term treatment of insomnia. He discussed the difficulty that he was having with portraying the Joker in the upcoming Batman movie The Dark Knight, a character he described as a "psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy." "Last heath ledger I probably slept an average of two hours a night," Ledger told the Times.

"I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted and my mind was still going." It is believed that the young star's death was caused by an overdose of the sleep aid, combined with various other prescription drugs found in his system post-mortem.

The coroner's report ruled his death an accident. Posthumous Works Before his unfortunate passing, Ledger completed filming The Dark Knight. The blockbuster opened in U.S. theaters heath ledger July 18, 2008, and went on to gross more than $400 million in 18 days, thanks in large part to Ledger's terrifying performance as the Joker. The actor later was posthumously awarded a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Heath ledger Actor for the role.

At the time of his death, Ledger was heath ledger Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Scenes that placed Ledger in a realistic world had been completed in London.

After his passing, Ledger's role was recast to have new actors portray his "physically transformed versions" in a magical realm, including Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. The film premiered on Christmas Day 2009.
On January 22, 2008, Hollywood mourns a talented young actor’s life cut tragically short, after the body of 28-year-old Heath Ledger is found by his masseuse and housekeeper on the floor of his rented apartment in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City.

Best known for his Academy Award-nominated turn as the closeted gay cowboy Ennis Del Mar in the director Ang Lee’s acclaimed Brokeback Mountain (2005), Ledger was a former child actor from Australia who first became known to American audiences in the 1999 teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. He later passed up other teen comedies and was rewarded with a big break when he landed the role of Mel Gibson’s son in the Revolutionary War drama The Patriot (2000).

After appearing in the well-reviewed Monster’s Ball (2001), Ledger starred in two critical and commercial flops, A Knight’s Tale (2001) and The Four Feathers (2002). He roared back in 2005, with lead roles in no fewer than four films, including Casanova, in which he played the title role. It was Brokeback Mountain, however, that truly made Ledger a star and earned him comparisons to acting greats such as Marlon Brando.

Ledger lost the Best Actor Oscar to Philip Seymour Hoffman ( Capote) but Brokeback Mountain cemented his reputation as an A-list actor and a fixture in the pages of celebrity-obsessed magazines. This last role–which he fulfilled uneasily–was intensified by his relationship with the actress Michelle Williams, whom he met heath ledger the set of Brokeback Mountain.

The couple had a daughter, Matilda, born in October 2005, and were often photographed in various scenes of domestic bliss. In September 2007, however, Ledger and Williams announced they were separating, and Ledger moved from their house in Brooklyn to the rented SoHo apartment.

Though heath ledger personal life might have been in turmoil, Ledger’s professional life was flourishing in the months before his death. Near the end of 2007, he was in London filming Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. In addition to a role as one of several Bob Dylan alter heath ledger in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, he had also recently finished work on The Dark Knight, the latest Batman film, in which Ledger played a younger version of the Joker, the villainous role originated by Jack Nicholson.

In interviews that would be scrutinized exhaustively after his death, the actor admitted that the Joker role had been difficult for him and that he had been using prescription drugs to manage recurring bouts of stress and insomnia.

Soon after the masseuse and housekeeper discovered Ledger’s body, emergency crews arrived on the scene heath ledger were unable to revive him. Media speculation about his possible illegal drug use intensified over the next two weeks, until on February 8, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office released the results of toxicology tests performed on Ledger’s body. The report stated that he died of an accidental “abuse of prescription medications” that included commonly known painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills.

After memorial services in New York and Los Angeles, Ledger’s family took his body back to their native Australia; he was cremated at a private funeral service attended by his family. 1984 Apple’s iconic “1984” commercial airs during Super Bowl XVIII During a break in the action of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22nd, 1984, audiences first see a commercial that is now widely agreed to be one of the most powerful and effective of all time.

Apple's "1984" spot, featuring a young woman throwing a sledgehammer through a screen on .read more 2003 Hispanics are officially declared the largest minority group in the U.S. On January 22, 2003, the U.S. Heath ledger Bureau releases detailed statistics on race and ethnicity, the first time such numbers had been released since the 2000 census. The numbers showed that the Hispanic population of the United States had increased by 4.7 percent since the last .read more 1998 Ted Kaczynski pleads guilty to bombings In a Sacramento, California, courtroom on January 22, 1998, Theodore Heath ledger.

Kaczynski pleads guilty to all federal charges against him, acknowledging his responsibility for a 17-year campaign of package bombings attributed to the “Unabomber.” Born in 1942, Kaczynski attended Harvard .read more 1980 Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov arrested in Moscow In Moscow, Andrei Dmitriyevich Sakharov, the Soviet physicist who helped build the USSR’s first hydrogen bomb, is arrested after criticizing the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.

He was subsequently stripped of his numerous scientific honors and banished to remote .read more 1901 Queen Victoria dies The death of Queen Victoria on January 22, 1901, ends an era in which most of her British subjects know no other monarch. Her 63-year reign saw the growth of an empire on which the sun never set.

Victoria restored dignity to the English monarchy and ensured its survival as a .read more 1840 British colonists heath ledger New Zealand Under the leadership of British statesman Edward G. Wakefield, the first British colonists to New Zealand arrive at Port Nicholson on North Island.

In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman became the first European to discover the South Pacific island group that later became known as .read more 1973 Lyndon Baines Johnson dies in Texas On January 22, 1973, former President Lyndon Baines Johnson dies in Johnson City, Texas, at the age of 64. After leaving the White House in 1968, L.B.J. returned to his beloved home state, Texas, with his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, and immersed himself in the activity dearest to .read more 1879 Chief Dull Knife makes last fight for freedom Cheyenne chief Dull Knife (also anglicized as "Morning Star") and his people are defeated by U.S.

army soldiers. In doing so, the so-called Dull Knife Outbreak came to an end. A leading chief of the Northern Cheyenne, Dull Knife had long urged peace with the powerful soldiers .read more 1981 Final portrait of John and Yoko appears on the cover of “Rolling Stone” After the shocking assassination of John Lennon, thousands of mourners gathered spontaneously outside his and Yoko Ono’s Central Park West apartment building, the Dakota.

Tens of thousands more gathered six days later in New York, Liverpool and other world cities to honor Yoko’s .read more 1788 English poet Lord Byron is born Romantic poet George Gordon, Lord Byron, is born this day in Aberdeen, Scotland. Despite his later fortune and title, Byron grew up in poverty and was burdened by a clubfoot. At age 10, he inherited his great uncle’s title and became Lord Byron. He attended Harrow, then Trinity .read more 1973 Roe v.

Wade is decided Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s legal right to an abortion, is decided on January 22, 1973.

The Court ruled, in a 7-2 decision, that a woman’s right to choose an abortion was protected by the privacy rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth .read more 1779 Claudius Smith, “Cowboy of the Ramapos,” hangs Famed Tory outlaw Claudius Smith meets his end on the gallows on January 22, 1779 in Goshen, New York.

In the wake of his death, Patriot civilians hope for relief from guerilla warfare in upstate New York. Born in Heath ledger, New York, in 1736, Smith heath ledger with his family to .read more 1905 Bloody Sunday Massacre in Russia Well on its way heath ledger losing a war against Japan in the Far East, heath ledger Russia is wracked with internal discontent that finally explodes into heath ledger in St.

Petersburg in what will become known as the Bloody Sunday Massacre. Under the weak-willed Romanov Czar Nicholas II, who .read more
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Stars: Heath Ledger, Lisa Zane, Sebastian Roché, Vera Farmiga Votes: 1,202 A 19 year old finds himself in debt to a local gangster when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money. Director: Gregor Jordan - Stars: Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown, David Field, Tom Long Votes: 12,662 69 Metascore After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard re-examines his attitudes while falling in love with the African-American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

Director: Marc Forster - Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson, Gabrielle Witcher Votes: 88,656 - Gross: $31.25M 49 Metascore A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of heath ledger they believe to be his cowardice. Director: Shekhar Kapur - Stars: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Mohamed Bouich Votes: 33,993 - Gross: $18.31M 87 Metascore Ennis and Jack are two shepherds who develop a sexual and emotional relationship.

Their relationship becomes complicated when both of them get married to their respective girlfriends. Director: Ang Lee - Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid Votes: 350,394 - Gross: $83.04M 57 Metascore A poet falls in love heath ledger an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin.

Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair. Director: Neil Armfield - Stars: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Budge Votes: 45,461 - Gross: $0.04M 84 Metascore When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan - Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine Votes: heath ledger - Gross: $534.86M

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