Hearty Condolence! Actress Lydia Clarke Heston, who was best known for being the wife of Oscar-winning actor Charlton Heston for 64 years until his passing, has died Monday, August 3, at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica.
The 'The Atomic City' star's death was confirmed by her family. Her son Fraser Heston said in a statement, "She lived an amazing life. At 95 years old she knew a lot of famous people from John F. Kennedy to Nancy and Ronald Reagan."
He added, "My mother was very active in the civil rights movement and even marched with Dr. Martin Luther King."
Noting that his mother's personality was “active” and “vibrant”, he said, "She had a great love for photography and has traveled all over the world. She was prone to sea-sickness, but she sailed every sea in the world."
As for the cause of death, according to the family statement, Lydia died from complications due to pneumonia.
Throughout her acting career, born on April 14, 1923, in Wisconsin, Lydia performed on Broadway in “Detective Story,” and in the 1952 film The Atomic City.
Additionally, she also starred alongside her husband, who died at the age of 84 in April 2008, on several projects including the 1967 movie Will Penny.
In addition to her son Fraser, The late actress is survived by her daughter Holly Heston, and grandchildren Jack, Ridley and Charlie.
Rest In Peace Lydia!
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