After losing her husband, another challenge fell on the shoulders of Dana Reeve as she battled lung cancer.
She had her share of adversity with the deaths of both her husband, Christopher Reeve, and her mother, within a few months of one another.
Here is information about the inspirational marriage relationship of Christoper and Dana Reeve, how they met, their wedding, and more.
March 6, 2006: Seven months after being diagnosed with lung cancer, and going through chemo and radiation, Dana Reeve died at the age of 44, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center in Manhattan. She had arranged for the care and future of her 13-year-old son, Will, and he is with family and friends.
August 9, 2005: Dana Reeve announced that she had lung cancer. Dana was a non-smoker, as was Christopher.
Christopher Reeve was born on September 25, 1952 in Princeton, New Jersey. He became a quadriplegic in a horse-riding accident on May 27, 1995 near Charlottesville, Virginia. In later years, he had been able to regain partial movement in his fingers and toes.
Dana Morosini was born in 1961 in Scarsdale, New York.
Died:Christopher Reeve died of heart failure on October 10, 2004 at the Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York.
On March 6, 2006, seven months after being diagnosed with lung cancer, and going through chemo and radiation, Dana Reeve died at the age of 44, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center in Manhattan, New York.
How Christopher and Dana Met:They met on June 30, 1987 at Williamstown, Massachusetts, where Dana was performing in a late-night cabaret at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Christopher was sitting at a front table and introduced himself to Dana after the show. Their courtship began soon after they met.
Wedding Date and Ceremony:
Christopher and Dana were married on April 11, 1992 in an outside wedding on a damp afternoon at Field Farm in South Williamstown, Massachusetts.
It was a small wedding with just family and about 45 other guests. They wrote their own wedding vows and exchanged simple gold bands with one another. Dana wore Christopher's wedding band around her neck.
Honeymoon:They didn't have a honeymoon because Dana was performing in a play in New York, and Chris was promoting a new movie.
- Matthew Exton Reeve, was born on 12/20/1979 at Welbeck Hospital in London. Gae Exton is his mother. Matthew graduated from Brown University in 5/2002, with a BA degree in art semiotics. He is a director of documentaries.
- Alexandra Exton Reeve, was born in 12/1983, at Welbeck Hospital in London. Gae Exton is her mother. She graduated from Yale University in 2005.
- Will Reeve, was born 6/7/1992 at North Adams Regional Hospital near Williamstown, Massachusetts. Dana Reeve is his mother.
Christopher had a ten year relationship (1977-1987) with modeling executive Gae Exton. They met at the Pinewood Studios commissary in London. Gae had been previously married to David Iverson.
Education:Christopher studied at Cornell University and at Julliard School of Performing Arts in New York City.
Dana graduated cum launde from Middlebury College and attended the California Institute of the Arts.
Occupations:Christopher was an actor, writer, producer, director, speaker, and stem cell research advocate.
Dana was an actress, singer, writer, motivational speaker, and activist for disabled persons and for stem cell research. She was awarded the American Cancer Society's Mother of the Year award.
Residence:Christopher and Dana lived in a nineteenth-century farmhouse on seven acres near Bedford Village, Westchester County, New York.
Dana and her son Will lived in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York.
Interests:Christopher was interested in many activities, including playing the piano, scuba diving, sking, horse jumping, tennis, sailing, windsurfing, bicycling, figure skating, soccer, gliding, parasailing, and mountain climbing. He was also a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying. Christopher and Dana tried to spend every summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
They were involved the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Lindbergh Foundation, and The Environmental Air Force. Other causes they supported are People for the American Way, the Creative Coalition, Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center, the Reeve Family Foundation, and the National Endowment For The Arts.
Books by Christopher and Dana:Still Me
by Christopher Reeve
Quotes about Marriage and Family:Dana, announcing her lung cancer battle, 08/05: "I have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and am currently undergoing treatment. I have an excellent team of physicians and we are optimistic about my prognosis. My family and I deeply appreciate the care and concern of our friends and supporters and trust that everyone understands our need and desire for privacy during this time. I hope before too long to be sharing news of my good health and recovery. Now, more than ever, I feel Chris with me as I face this challenge. As always, I look to him as the ultimate example of defying the odds with strength, courage, and hope in the face of life’s adversities."
Source: Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
Dana, to Christopher after his accident: "I still love you no matter what. You are still you."
Christopher, about family: "This accident has been difficult for all of us. But it hasn't frightened anybody away. We all miss the activities. My daughter, Alexandra, and I loved to ride together. My son, Will, and I would play piano and sing together. Matthew and I loved to play tennis. We all used to sail together. I'd be kidding you if I said I didn't miss that. Ultimately, you have to accept that being together is more important than doing together."
Source: Chris Reeve Homepage