Richard Glatzer, the former gay adult filmmaker and partner and husband of Wash Westmoreland who co-directed Julianne Moore in her Oscar-winning role in Still Alice, died yesterday. He was 63. Moore mentioned both in her acceptance speech. We ran an interview with Westmoreland about Glatzer a few months ago, which you can read here.
Glatzer was diagnosed in ALS a few years ago, and the disease progressed quickly. Most people with ALS — also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease — die within a few year years. An exception is physicist Stephen Hawking, who has survived more than 40 with the disease. Interestingly, the biopic about Hawking, The Theory of Everything, won Eddie Redmayne an Oscar for best actor the same night Moore took best actress.