"I do not want the applause of the people. They are stupid and dirty and do not work enough. They are content with their little cinema shows; they must not aspire to take part in the political life of the nation. They must be taken care of and their interests safeguarded, and their duty is to obey."
It was quite a shock to open Yahoo this afternoon and see that Heath Ledger was found dead. Apparently naked and surrounded by pills in an apartment owned by Mary-Kate Olsen. Of course, it looks like a drug overdose and there are hints of suicide, etc. It is one of those shocking deaths, though, because not only was he just 28, he was an aggressively healthy and masculine actor. It is so surprising that one can't really feel a sense of loss, the realization of death is too far from one's sense of Ledger as a person.
That is not like the death this weekend of Suzanne Pleshette, who died at 70. She was one of my all time favorite actresses, not only beautiful but smart and funny. And she had that unique Pleshette voice. And she never aged in the public consciousness. But her death was not out of line with our expectations of people dying. They do die at seventy, so we are ready with a sense of loss and sympathy, if that makes any sense.
With Ledger, though, just shock.