Source: "A Personal Message: August 9, 2002." Agamemnon.com.
Charlton on what makes a successful marriage: "I think it is almost certainly harder for an actor to be successfully married to a civilian," says her husband. He attributes their successful marriage to "a degree of mutual tolerance and a willingness to at least sometimes subordinate your own choices to the other's choices. And a sense of humor, and -- "He's obviously been asked for marital prescriptions many times before, and seems to rack his brain for some previously overlooked ingredient. "And of course," he deadpans, "an essential ingredient in a successful marriage is a superb husband."
Source: Donald Chase. "Between scenes with Charlton Heston." Saturday Evening Post. Nov 1983. v255 pgs. 42-43.
Lydia about Charlton: "He has a very easy-going, vigorous kind of temperament. He is extremely optimistic, he simply can't believe that anything bad is ever going to happen to him."
Source: Emilie Raymond. From My Cold, Dead Hands: Charlton Heston and American Politics. pg. 107.
Charlton about falling in love: "While my falling in love with Lydia almost instantly makes complete sense to me, I've never understood what drew her to me. Her generosity of spirit, is my guess, though Lydia has never been very forthcoming on the question. when I pressed her on this subject once, she wmiled and said, 'Words, Charlie ... words. I loved the way you talked about things -- paintings, horses, trees.'"
Source: Charlton Heston. In the Arena: An Autobiography. pg. 47.
Charlton: "By my last weeks on campus, I was preoccupied with getting Lydia into
bed or married to me. She rejected both options with adamantine resolve.
She had no intention of getting pregnant or wed: she was determined to
get her degree. Desperately, I fell back on the ploy soldiers have used for centuries. "You
realize you may never see me again. We must have something to carry in our hearts! It may be years, it may be never!" It was a heart-breaking performance, not least because I meant it, but it never dented her resolve."
Source: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor. "My Girl, My Wife." Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul. pg. 280.
Charlton about Lydia's birthday: "In the spring, we often stood beside a lilac bush near the Speech School embracing for ten minutes at a time. I still send her lilacs on her birthday every year."
Source: Charlton Heston. In the Arena: An Autobiography. pg. 49.
Charlton about Lydia's depression and hospitalization in the early 1970s: "This turned out to be one of the worst days of my life, I believed Lydia would leave me."
Source: Emilie Raymond. From My Cold, Dead Hands: Charlton Heston and American Politics. pg. 43.