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Bonhams and TCM present: The Charlton Heston Collection, Los Angeles on March 22.

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“I had the great pleasure of working with Charlton Heston back in 1998 when he sat down with me to record a Private Screenings interview for Turner Classic Movies. Right from the start, he asked me to call him Chuck. Not Charlton or Mr. Heston. And certainly not Charlie. Only his wife was allowed to do that. What followed soon after was a pleasant, affable conversation —although I couldn’t help but think that any infraction of the rules would inspire a clap of thunder, a burning bush or a major earth tremor. And why not? He was, after all, a guy who was known to either cause or survive any number of lightning bolts, earthquakes and other calamities, at least on screen. So why risk it? I called him Chuck. Meeting Chuck in person made you realize immediately that he was the kind of guy you hoped he would be—a straight-shooter, a thinking man, sturdy, dependable and professional. He was also a shy man one who overcame that shyness because of the nature of his business, but still deep down a shy man. So I imagine he’d be a little baffled to think that people would want to purchase his personal memorabilia included in this auction.

But even he admitted the very nature of his work made people look up to him in a way that reflected the impact of the characters he played— rather than the real Chuck Heston. After all he played some imposing men: Moses, Judah Ben-Hur, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, John the Baptist, Michelangelo. As he told me in our interview— these were individuals who did remarkable things and it tends to rub off a little bit. Well I for one think Chuck was being a little too self-effacing because the fact of the matter is, he was a very good actor, a devoted husband and family man, social activist and, in my experience, a genuinely nice person. Thankfully, we’ll always have his films to remember him by— and if the bidding goes your way, perhaps you can have a piece of his memorabilia to remember him by in your own way”.

Good luck.

Robert Osborne

Host of Turner Classic Movies


“Ho avuto il grande piacere di lavorare con Charlton Heston nel 1998, quando si è seduto con me per registrare un’intervista per Turner Classic Movies. Fin dall’inizio, mi ha chiesto di chiamarlo Chuck. Non Charlton o Mr. Heston. E no di certo Charlie. Solo alla moglie è stato concesso di farlo. Ciò che è seguito dopo è stata una piacevole conversazione, anche se non ho potuto fare a meno di pensare che da un momento all’altro sarebbe esploso in cielo un tuono o il fragore di una scossa di terremoto in terra. E perchè no? Era, dopo tutto, un ragazzo famoso per essere sopravvissuto a un quantitativo infinito di fulmini, terremoti e altre calamità, almeno sullo schermo. Quindi, perché rischiare? L’ho chiamato Chuck.

Incontrare Chuck di persona mi ha confermato l’idea che avevo di lui cioè che fosse uno straight-shooter, un tipo diretto, affidabile e professionale. Era anche un uomo timido uno che ha superato la timidezza grazie al suo lavoro, ma ancora in fondo un uomo timido. Quindi immagino che sarebbe stato un po’ perplesso a sapere che il pubblico sarebbe stato interessato ad acquistare gli oggetti inseriti in quest’asta.
Ma onestamente non posso nascondere di essere stato influenzato dal pensiero di avere di fronte l’attore Charlton Heston. Dopo tutto ha interpretato ruoli imponenti: Mosè, Ben-Hur, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Michelangelo. Era un ottimo attore, un marito e padre di famiglia devoto, attivista sociale e, come se non bastasse, un bellissimo uomo. Per fortuna, avremo sempre i suoi film per ricordarlo e se sei fortunato, forse riuscirai ad avere un suo oggetto per ricordarlo a modo tuo. In bocca al lupo”.

Robert Osborne

Turner Classic Movies

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