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by Jen on January 23, 2008

in Fact of the Day,Laminated List,This film is not yet rated

I’m unreasonably upset about the death of Heath Ledger. (Actually, the Hubster says that “any level of upset about his death qualifies as ‘unreasonable’.”) I’m not as upset as I was at the sudden death of Phil Hartman*, but the feeling of shock at learning of his death was the same. It just came out of nowhere.

I’m not much of a celebrity-watcher, but I always have a few favorites. I’ve enjoyed Ledger’s performances in movies (with, perhaps, the exception of A Knight’s Tale). I’ve even used the movie The Patriot in my Revolutionary War unit several times (although it’s flawed, it has its merits). Brokeback Mountain broke my heart. It also doesn’t hurt that, day-um, Heath Ledger was hot (that’s with a capital-H-a-w-t). On a personal level, I can’t stop thinking about the fact that his daughter was born only a few days before the Monkeyboy, so he’s one of several celebrities with whom I shared a pregnancy. It’s an odd association, I know, but I remember those who were pregnant when I was. It originally came to my attention back when another woman on a pregnancy forum I frequent posted that Ledger and Michelle Williams had been in the group that took the hospital tour when she and her husband did. I just can’t stop thinking about his little girl. I think that if something happened to me, the Monkeyboy is just too young to remember me at all.

When I told the Hubster that he had died, his immediate response was, “Wow. Well, that opens up a spot in your Bottom Five, now doesn’t it?” And as usual, he really gets right to the heart of the matter.

*You may remember his character Troy McClure from such educational films as “Designated Drivers: Lifesaving Nerds” and “Locker Room Towel Fight: The Blinding of Larry Driscoll.”

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