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History Monday: “Good-Bye Charlton Heston”

April 7, 2008

Charlton Heston\'s handprints at Walt Disney Hollywood Studios             

Above, the “handprints” of Charlton Heston in front of “The Great Movie Ride” at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios (formerly known as the Disney-MGM Studios Theme park….) 

                               ” HEROIC  HESTON”

               Charlton Heston (Academy Award winning film actor) often played the “hero” in “epic films” (such as: “Ben Hur”, “Planet of the Apes”, and “Soylent Green”  to name a few)….Heston was born John Charles Carter in Evanstan Illionois and he was the son of Lilla (nee Charlton) Carter and Russell Whitford Carter….
              In 1944, Heston enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces and served for two years (as a B-25 radio operator/gunner) in the Alaska Aleutian Islands.  He served with the Eleventh Air Force and  he rose to the rank of Staff  Sergeant.   (Also–in 1944 Heston married Northwestern student Lydia Marie Clark….)
               In 1950, Hal B. Wallis of “Casablanca” spotted Heston in a 1950 production of Wuthering Heights and offered him a ‘film contract’.  The rest–as they say–is history: “The Agony and the Ecstasy” (1965), “Julius Caeser” (1970), “Antony and Cleopatra” (1972)….In all, Heston appeared in 100 films during his 60 year long career….
             Mr. Charlton Heston died on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at his home with Lydia, his wife of 64 years, at his side….Charlton and Lydia have a son, Fraser Clarke Heston and an adopted daughter Holly Ann Heston*
   “I love you Charlton Heston”….From, Renee Ashley Baker
*special thanks: Wikipedia 
         Disney will distribute Renee Baker Studios’ first motion picture, in movie theatres worldwide, under an “output deal” valued at $73.5 million dollars….To read more (click link below):