On January 22nd, 2008, a full moon lit up the sky; a moon full of bright souls stopping for a layover on their way to the sun.
“Is it true?” A production assistant asked.
“I don’t know,” I told her.
The rumor spread like wildfire on the movie set, one person telling the next. No one could believe it. Was it some kind of sick joke? Was young Heath Ledger really dead? Later when we all returned home to our faithful Internet bases, the rumor was confirmed true.
In one article I read, it said that Heath liked dark brooding roles.
The word on the street is that Heath was so disturbed by his role of playing the twisted Joker in Batman that he needed sleeping pills to fall asleep; the prescribed sleeping pills that may have killed him.
Heath and his sister Catherine, sources are reporting, were named after the Heathcliff and Catherine characters from one of my favorite novels, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
Wuthering Heights is a dark story.
One might guess that Heath’s mother, if she was the one who named him, may have liked complex passionate men and tragic love stories.
Published in 1847, the novel written by Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, is about a love hindered by racism and wealth, a love that transcends time and goes beyond death.
Here are some quotes from the Wuthering Heights novel:
Catherine says about Heathcliff (who is her adopted brother and true love):
” . . .he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…”
Isabella, the unloved wife of adult Heathcliff, says about Heathcliff:
“Is Mr. Heathcliff a man? If so, is he mad? And if not, is he a devil? I sha’n't tell my reasons for making this inquiry; but I beseech you to explain, if you can, what I have married . . .”
Heathcliff to his true love Catherine as she is dying:
“You deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry, and wring out my kisses and tears; they’ll blight you – they’ll damn you. You loved me–then what right had you to leave me? …Because misery, and degradation and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will, did it. I have not broken your heart–you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.”
Heathcliff to the haunting ghost of Catherine:
“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you–haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad! Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”
Wuthering Heights is a novel full of passion, love, and madness. It takes a unique and interesting person to name her child after the character of Heathcliff.
A writer inspires a reader.
A reader inspires an actor.
An actor inspires a writer.
Whatever role we take in life, we are all connected and all affecting each other.
Time is no matter.
Today’s teen girls will grow into women; some of them will name their beautiful sons after Heath Ledger, their favorite movie star.
After we die, we all live on through that which we have loved.
The more love and passion you have to give to the world, the longer will be your life after death.
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