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Heath Ledger's friends and colleagues talk about his 'gentle way'

Heath Ledger's friends and colleagues talk about his 'gentle way'

Just ahead of the 2009 Academy Awards, when Heath Ledger posthumously won the supporting Oscar for his role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” writer Michael Ordona talked with friends and associates of the actor, who died on Jan. 22, 2008. This appreciation of Ledger’s work and persona was originally published on Feb. 11, 2009.


The late Heath Ledger's stunning, almost unrecognizable turn as the Joker in "The Dark Knight" shouldn't have come as a surprise.

It was far from the first time he had transformed himself for a role, whether drastically, as the scruffy skateboarding impresario in "Lords of Dogtown," or subtly, as...

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