Heath Ledger: Gone But Not Forgotten By Hotelier Jeff Klein
We were looking forward to reading hotelier Jeff Klein's blog posts at the NYT The Moment blog. But unfortunately his third post had to be about something so tragic--yesterday's passing of actor Heath Ledger at age 28.
Klein writes that Heath, then-girlfriend (wife?) Michelle Williams and their newborn daughter Matilda spent four months living at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Some tidbits that Klein shares about Heath as a hotel guest.
My dealings with Ledger began when his agent called me personally -- they often do -- to make a reservation. Ledger was shooting a movie and wanted to stay in the Sunset Tower for four months. It was one of my first celebrities at the hotel and I was insanely excited for so many reasons. He was hot hot hot and fresh off "Brokeback Mountain," which everyone was talking about. He was sure to get an Oscar and soon! So I couldn't believe he wanted to stay at my hotel....
Ledger and Michelle Williams, his wife at the time, took a suite with their baby and the nanny. And he soon revealed himself to be one of the kindest, sweetest guests we have ever had. He had absolutely no pretention, was very chic (in a sort of bohemian way) and was always a gentleman to all the employees here, including me....
Heath Ledger was an extremely talented actor, a devoted father, and a very kind giving man. He was also the perfect hotel guest and he will be very missed by us all at Sunset Tower.
You can read Jeff Klein's full post on Heath Ledger here. He gets into a bit of tiff in comments with people who accuse him, a gay man, of being a homophobe. Seriously. But you can sort that out for yourselves. Now, excuse us now while we cry in a corner for Heath.
[Photo: Jennifer S. Altman/LA Times]