By Chris Nickson
Info the lifetime of Christopher Reeve, from preliminary reputation enjoying Superman, via volunteer paintings and elevating youngsters, to the devastating twist of fate that left him paralyzed.
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The big question now was would the camera find him believable? The answer came through a week later. Superman had been discovered, and his name was Christopher Reeve. CHAPTER FOUR ruth to tell, Chris knew exactly why he'd been chosen for the role, and he told the New York Post: T " T h e part came to me because . . I have the look. It's 90 per cent look. If I didn't look like the guy in the comic book, I wouldn't be here. " He was right, but only to a point; "the look" could only carry him so far.
It was a benefit for the Special Olympics and the roster of names positively glittered: President Jimmy Carter and his wife, any number of politicians, Henry Kissinger, Barbara Walters, even news anchor R o g e r Mudd. Becoming Superman hadn't just put Chris in exalted company, it had also made him into a very public figure. After so much work on the movie, the suddenness of the attention left him a little uncomfortable. He'd become a commodity rather than a person; never again could he be just Christopher Reeve, actor, although that had yet to fully sink in.
N o w things were a litde different. H e was grown-up, handsome, and tall—Chris had ended up six feet four inches—with confidence and presence. And this was the mid-seventies, the height of the sexual revolution, before herpes and A I D S had become widespread, when the Pill still seemed like the answer to all women's problems. It was the era when free love and the one-night stand were in full swing, and Chris had his share. "That phase of my life was entertaining, up to a point," he'd admit five years later, "but it's also embarrassing and vaguely disappointing to wake up with someone and literally not know what she likes for breakfast.