Autobiography: Still Me
This page is designed to give you information on Christopher Reeve's autobiography "Still Me".
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"When the first Superman movie came out I was frequently asked 'What is a hero?' I remember the glib response I repeated so many times. My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences--a soldier who crawls out of a foxhole to drag an injured buddy to safety. And I also meant individuals who are slightly larger than life: Houdini and Lindbergh, John Wayne, JFK, and Joe DiMaggio. Now my definition is completely different. I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles: a fifteen-year-old boy who landed on his head while wrestling with his brother, leaving him barely able to swallow or speak; Travis Roy, paralyzed in the first thirty seconds of a hockey game in his freshman year at college. These are real heroes, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them."
The whole world held its breath when Christopher Reeve struggled for life on Memorial Day, 1995. On the third jump of a riding competition, Reeve was thrown headfirst from his horse in an accident that broke his neck and left him unable to move or breathe.
In the years since then, Reeve has not only survived, but has fought for himself, for his family, and for the hundreds of thousands of people with spinal cord injuries in the United States and around the world. And he has written Still Me, the heartbreaking, funny, courageous, and hopeful story of his life.
Chris describes his early success on Broadway opposite the legendary Katharine Hepburn, the adventure of filming Superman on the streets of New York, and how the movie made him a star. He continued to move regularly between film acting and theater work in New York, Los Angeles, and at the WIlliamstown Theatre Festival in the Berkshires. Reunited with his Bostonians director, James Ivory, in 1992, he traveled to England to work with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins in The Remains of the Day.
The man who cannot move has not stopped moving. He has established a charitable foundation to raise awareness and money for research on spinal cord injuries. His work as director of the HBO film In the Gloaming earned him an Emmy nomination, one of five that the film received. His speeches at the Democratic National Convention and the Academy Awards inspired people around the country and the world. He has testified before Congress on behalf of health insurance legislation, lobbied for increased federal funding for spinal cord research, and developed a working relationship with President Clinton.
With dignity and sensitivity, he describes the journey he has made--physically, emotionally, spiritually. He explores his complex relationship with his parents, his efforts to remain a devoted husband and father, and his continuing and heroic battle to rebuild his life.
This is the determined, passionate story of one man, a gifted actor and star, and how he and his family came to grips with the kind of devastating, unexplainable shock that fate can bring to any of us. Chris and Dana Reeve have gathered the will and the spirit to create a new life, one responsive and engaged and focused on the future.
The man who was Superman has written a never-to-be-forgotten story of his life, at once moving, funny and enthralling. Listen to Christopher Reeve read his remarkable memoir in the audiobook version of Still Me.
Chris won a Grammy for this audio book in the category of "Best Spoken Word Album" in the 1999 Grammy Awards. In the introduction of the audio book Chris says this to show his appreciation for the spoken word, "The audio book allows me to communicate with you in a very personal way, second only to being in the same room. I am very grateful for the power of the spoken word."
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Amazon.com and Christopher Reeve Foundation Press Release - April 27,
1998: "Amazon.com to Donate Profits from Christopher Reeve's STILL ME to the Christopher Reeve Foundation".
Aftonbladet - April 28, 1998: "Mamma ville att jag skulle fa do" (with photo).
Excerpts from Barbara Walters 20/20 interview with Christopher and Dana Reeve - May 1, 1998 (with photo).
The Ragged Edge - July/August 1998: "Verbatum: From ABC News' 20/20 May 1 Barbara Walters interview with Christopher Reeve" (the week his just-published Still Me hits bestseller status).
USA Today - May 3, 1998: "Reeve maintains a steely determination" (with photos).
Transcript of "Larry King Live" - May 5, 1998: "Christopher Reeve: 'I have never been disabled in my dreams'" (includes audio, video, and book excerpts)
Seattle Times - May 18, 1998: "Christopher Reeve: Will of steel".
Entertainment Weekly - May 8, 1998: "A Steely View" by Lisa Schwarzbaum.
At Random Magazine:
May 13, 1998: "Celebrating Mailer's 31st, Reeve's 1st".
Buchbesprechung: Christopher Reeve: Immer noch ich.
Reviews & Interviews
The Daily News - April 28, 1998: "Reeve's Triumph: New book on life and
family's love" by Bill Hutchinson.
The New York Times - April 30, 1998: "For Christopher Reeve, A Life Almost
Defined Before and After" (with photo).
Amazon Bestsellers Interview: "The Unstoppable Christopher Reeve".
The Washington Post - May 3, 1998: "The Role He Can't Escape" (with photos).
Transcript of the Barnes and Noble/America Online Chat with Christopher Reeve - May 7, 1998.
John Shepler's Writing in A Positive Light - May 10, 1998: "Christopher Reeve is Still Superman".
San Francisco Chronicle - May 11, 1998: "Reeve is 'Superman' for Real" by Patricia Holt.
Transcript of Christopher Reeve on the Late Show with David Letterman - May 12, 1998. Recorded by Kimberley Sitterley.
USA Weekend - May 17, 1998: "The uncommon strength of Christopher Reeve" by Jeffrey Zaslow.
Savannah Morning News - May 24, 1998: "The real 'Superman' emerges" by Doug Wyatt.
CNN - Books: Reviews - May 28, 1998: "Still Me" review by L.D. Meagher.
The Denver Post - May 31, 1998: Book review of "Still Me".
The Morning Call - June 2, 1998: "Real-Life Superman: Paralyzed Actor Overcomes Obstacles to Fight for Self and Others" by Jodi Duckett.
THRIVEnet Story of the Month - June 1998: "Still Me - How Christopher Reeve has coped with his survival challenges".
Kroonika - June 15, 1999: "Christopher Reeve lubab ratastoolist tousta" (photos).
The Salt Lake Tribune - June 28, 1998: "Abilities: Reeve book, assertiveness guide are super reads" by Lynn Zaritsky.
The Evening Post - July 10, 1998: "Christopher Reeve is 'Still Me'" by Josie Vidal.
Horse News Online - December 1998: "'Still Me' - Reeve's Book Tells Extraordinary Tale".
Cala Creek Consumer Alert! - April 25, 1999: "Ex Libris, Carolyn's Readings: Still Me".
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