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"Still Alice" co-director dies of ALS

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 02:04

Richard Glatzer, co-director of film ''Still Alice'' starring Julianne Moore in her Oscar winning role, dies of ALS at age 63. Holly Rubenstein reports.

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Richard Glatzer, who co-directed the film "Still Alice" has died at the age of 63 according to various reports. Glatzer suffered from ALS, a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. It inspired the making of "Still Alice", about a woman going through her own difficult diagnosis, in this case, early onset Alzheimers disease. Julianne Moore, who in February won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the movie, spoke often of Glatzer and his husband and collaborator Wash Westmoreland. SOUNDBITE Actress, Julianne Moore, saying (English): "Our directors, who are a couple, they've been together for 20 years, Richard has ALS, and so what was happening in their lives was really being mirrored with what's happening in the movie, and they were so incredibly inspiring, Richard didn't speak when we made the movie, he directed it through an iPad, and so there they were, what they wanted to do when they got the diagnosis was make movies, because they think it's valuable and important, so I think we were all making the movie with that kind of sensibility." In a statement issued to Variety magazine, Wash Westmoreland said of Glatzer, "I am devastated. Rich was my soul mate, my collaborator, my best friend and my life. Seeing him battle ALS for four years with such grace and courage inspired me and all who knew him. In this dark time, I take some consolation in the fact that he got to see 'Still Alice' go out into the world."

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"Still Alice" co-director dies of ALS

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 02:04