Heath Ledger’s father, Kim Ledger, has nothing but praise for Matilda’s mother, Michelle Williams. Heath Ledger passed away in January 22, 2008 due to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Michelle and Heath began dating in 2004 and split in 2007. Matilda Rose Ledger was born in 2005.
Kim says Michelle is a “great mother” to his late son’s daughter. He goes on to say Matilda has her father's eyes and that she is quite tall for her age. “She’s a beautiful child,” Kim adds.
Kim feels Williams does a very good job of protecting Matilda from the media. She spends a lot of time shielding her from too much “Hollywood” type exposure and sends her to a very “lovely” school. Ledger says of his granddaughter, “She’s growing into a polite, beautiful individual.”
The Ledger family is based in Australia and remains close to 7-year-old Matilda, who lives in Brooklyn, NY, by Skype.
Kim Ledger was in Hollywood Hills, Calif. to speak at the Heath Ledger Scholarship Dinner. The scholarship provides talented actors and actresses in Australia the chance to travel to the U.S. to further pursue their dreams.
Ledger hopes Matilda will be a part of the scholarship when she gets older. “She’ll grow up with it. I’d love for her to be a part of it,” Kim said.
Do you agree – has Michelle Williams done a great job of raising her daughter with Heath Ledger, Matilda?