Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Edmond O’ Brien

Edmond O’Brien was born on 10 September, 1915 and died on 9 May, 1985. Edmond O’Brien was an Academy Award-winning American film actor who is perhaps best remembered for his role in D.O.A. (1950). Edmond was married and divorced from actresses Nancy Kelly and Olga San Juan. Olga San Juan was the mother of his 3 children, including television producer Bridget O’Brien and actresses Maria O’Brien and Brendan O’Brien. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Edmond O’Brien has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1725 Vine Street, and a second star at 6523 Hollywood Blvd. for his contribution to the television industry. Edmond O’Brien suffered from dementia throughout his adult years.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Burgess Meredith

Burgess Meredith was born on 16 November, 1907 and died on 9 September, 1997. Burgess Meredith was a versatile two-time Academy Award-nominated American actor. Burgess was known for portraying Rocky Balboa’s trainer Mickey Goldmill in the Rocky films and The Penguin in the television series Batman. Burgess Meredith was adept playing both dramatic and comedic roles, and with his rugged looks and gravelly voice, he could convincingly play either an everyman hero or a sinister villain.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Sugar Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson Walker Smith Jr., was born on 3 May, 1921 and died on 12 April,1989. Sugar Ray Robinson was a professional boxer. Frequently cited as the greatest boxer of all time. Sugar Ray Robinson was a fluid boxer who possessed a quick jab and knockout power. Sugar Ray Robinson possessed tremendous versatility—according to boxing analyst Bert Sugar, “Robinson could deliver a knockout blow going backward.” In Robinson’s last years, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Sugar Ray Robinson died in Los Angeles at the age of 67.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Alfred Van Vogt

Alfred Van Vogt was born on a farm in Edenburg, a Russian Mennonite community east of Gretna, Manitoba, Canada, Alfred was one of the most popular and highly esteemed science fiction writers of the 1940s. Alfred Van Vogt’s first published Science Fiction story, “Black Destroyer” (Astounding Science Fiction, July 1939), was inspired by The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. In the 1950s, van Vogt briefly became involved in L. Ron Hubbard’s projects. Alfred Van Vogt operated a storefront for Dianetics, the secular precursor to Hubbard’s Church of Scientology, in the Los Angeles area for a time.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on 6 February, 1911 and died on 5 June, 2004. Ronald Reagon was the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 and the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975. Born in Illinois, Ronald Reagan moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s. In July 1989, the Reagans took a trip to Mexico, where Ronald Reagan was thrown off a horse and taken to a hospital for tests. The Reagans returned to the U.S. and visited the Mayo Clinic where they were told President Reagan had a head concussion and a subdural hematoma, and was subsequently operated on. Doctors believe that is what hastened the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable neurological disorder which ultimately causes brain cells to die, and something Reagan was diagnosed with in 1994.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth was born on 17 October, 1918 and died on 14 May, 1987. Margarita Carmen Cansino, better known as Rita Hayworth, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Spanish flamenco dancer Eduardo Cansino (Sr.) and English/Irish-American Ziegfeld girl Volga Hayworth. After about 1960, Rita suffered from extremely early onset of Alzheimer’s disease, which was not diagnosed until 1980. Rita continued to act in films until the early 1970s and made a well-publicised 1971 appearance on The Carol Burnett Show. Both of her brothers died within a week of each other in March 1974, saddening her greatly, and causing her to drink even more heavily than before. Rita Hayworth public diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in 1980 was a big step in destigmatizing the degenerative disease.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston was born on 4 October, 1924. Charlton is an American film actor. In a long career he was mostly known for playing heroic roles such as Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes, and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur. Charlton Heston’s most frequently played roles on stage include the title role in Macbeth, Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons, and Mark Antony in both Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. Charlton Heston is lost in a world of Alzheimer’s Disease, according to close family friends.

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