Widow of Dr. Seuss, Audrey Geisel, dead at 97
Audrey Geisel, the famous widow of Theodor Seuss Geisel, has recently passed away at the age of 97.
The founder of Seuss Enterprises drew her last breath on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at her home in La Jolla, California.
The news was shared on Seuss Enterprises official Facebook page, in which fans can see a drawing of The Cat in the Hat shedding a tear alongside the announcement.
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A sad goodbye to Audrey Geisel — amazing lady, arts patron and guardian angel of all things Seuss. (This signed edition she sent me after I profiled her is a favorite keepsake.) Here's @sdutwilkens' nice obit https://t.co/psDTGgJGO7 Meanwhile, changing my avatar to a Seuss salute pic.twitter.com/sL26D89G2I— James Hebert (@JimHebert) December 21, 2018
LEFT IN CHARGE
After losing her husband in 1991, Geisel became responsible for overseeing the countless Dr. Seuss projects, such as the live-action films, books and cartoons.
However, Geisel reportedly pulled the plug on live-action adaptations after Mike Myers' "Cat in the Hat" failed in theaters but continued to support her husband's work in other departments.
She was involved, as an executive producer, in animated films, such as "Horton Hears A Who" and "The Lorax," as well as Universal's most recent project, "The Grinch," which premiered on October 22, 2018.
Geisel and Seuss were happily married but never had any children together. Despite writing several books for children, Seuss wasn't particularly enthusiastic about having them.
NOT CUT OUT TO BE PARENTS
This suited Geisel because, according to her, she wasn't very maternal and there were too many other things she wanted to do, so she considered their life as a couple as ideal.
Geisel and Seuss met while they were both married and began having an affair in the 60s. After Seuss' wife, Helen, took her own life, Geisel sent her two daughters away and tied the knot with the author in 1968.
I'm very sad to see that Audrey Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss has passed away today at the age of 97. Her influence of Suess's work like The Lorax should be remembered for years to come. My thoughts go out to her family and friends.https://t.co/uja8Kfj8E6— Animated Antic (@Animated_Antic) December 21, 2018
ANOTHER LEGEND THAT WILL BE MISSED
But Geisel wasn't the only celebrity who recently passed away; Donald Moffat, known for starring in movies such as "The Thing," "Clear and Present Danger" and "Right Stuff," died on Thursday, December 20, 2018.
Donald Moffat was one of our finest actors and few knew his name. Glad he lived to a ripe age. RIP. pic.twitter.com/rSfIZS2VVE— Filmwax Radio (@filmwaxradio) December 21, 2018
The late 87-year-old's name may not be particularly known, but he was a film veteran who starred in 60 television productions, around 70 movies and 80 stage plays.