Heath Ledger’s parents: ‘we have a wonderful relationship with Matilda & Michelle’

Can you believe that it’s been five years since Heath Ledger died? It doesn’t seem like that long ago, probably because it’s etched in my memory. When a young actor dies like that you remember it, and I still vividly remember the day I learned of River Phoenix’s death as well. Well the good news is that Heath Ledger’s parents still have have a connection to their son through his daughter Matilda, 7. Heath’s father, Kim, and his mother, Sally, told Australia’s New Idea Magazine that they have a very good relationship with their granddaughter. They also gushed about how Matilda’s mom, Heath’s ex Michelle Williams, makes sure that they can see and speak to Matilda often. This story makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Here’s more, thanks to Radar Online:

In an interview with the Australian magazine, New Idea, Heath’s mother Sally and father Kim gush about granddaughter Matilda, now 7, who was left without her daddy when he died of an accidental overdose on January 22, 2008 at age 28.

Matilda’s mom is Oscar nominated actress Michelle Williams, who had a relationship with Heath while they made the movie Brokeback Mountain together.

Fans have noted for years how much Matilda resembles Heath, who won a posthumous Oscar for playing The Joker in The Dark Knight. “Matilda is indeed very much like her dad — she has long limbs and similar features,” Sally told New Idea. “However, she also possesses the beauty of her mamma — lucky girl.”

Kim added, “Matilda has the same walk as Heath and is such a respectful little kid – she calls us ‘Papa’ and ‘Grandma Sal.’ Our family has the most wonderful relationship with both Matilda and Michelle. We talk frequently and visit as often as we can.”

[From Radar Online]

It’s true that Matilda is the spitting image of Heath! Do you remember these photos of him out with her? (There’s also a very cute photo of Matilda on Heath’s shoulders here.)

I’ve heard some sad stories about grandparents, particularly paternal grandparents, losing contact with their grandchildren in the wake of divorce. This speaks to Michelle’s efforts to make sure that her daughter has a relationship with her grandparents. This reminds me of a story last year that Michelle’s boyfriend, Jason Segal, allegedly reached out to Heath’s parents in order to let him know that his intentions for Michelle, and Matilda, were honorable. Given this confirmation from The Ledgers that they’re still close to their granddaughter, I believe it.

Also, there was at least one story about Michelle and the Ledger family arguing over Heath’s estate. Those stories were rare though, and we later heard that even though Heath’s will had left everything to his family (it was finalized before he had his daughter), Kim Ledger promised that the entire estate would go to Matilda when she turned 18.

Olivia (Heath’s sister), Kim and Sally Ledger at the G’Day USA black tie gala on 1-12-13. Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com. Header image is of Michelle and Matilda on 8-31-12. Credit: PacificCoastNews.com, They’re also shown on 8-27-12 with Jason Segal. Credit: FameFlynet

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  1. Suze says:

    Nice for all of them: Matilda, grandparents, Michelle and Jason. I have no snark for such unnatural and mature behavior!

    • Lizzie K says:


      Tons of respect for Michelle Williams for putting her daughter FIRST.

      Also, it’s always a little bittersweet to see how much Matilda looks like her father. She really is his little mini-me.

      Hope Heath rests in peace, and all good blessings to his baby girl.

  2. Launicaangelina says:

    It’s so refreshing to hear. It’s such a nice change considering stories like Halle Berry’s and more.

    By the way, I finally saw Blue Valentine this weekend. I LOVED IT. Wonderful! It strikes a chord if you have ever been in a long term relationship and questioned it.

    • apsutter says:

      Blue Valentine WRECKED me for like a week. That movie is so intense and relatable. If you liked that you should check out “Take This Waltz” on Netflix. Michelle Williams also stars in that and it definitely has a similar tone. Seth Rogen plays her husband and they are in a loving comfortable relationship but she meets a new guy and is deciding between the love she has known or a more exciting passionate new life.

      • Launicaangelina says:

        Thanks! I will check it out. I love indies and low key movies that focus on telling a story.

    • j.eyre says:

      This story makes me like her a little more.

      Blue Valentine wrecked me too.

  3. Mimi says:

    This doesn’t surprise me at all. Contrary to what some believe, I have always thought that Michelle handles this whole situation with such class. Hopefully Matilda can feel close to her daddy through her grandparents. Nothing but respect for all involved. I really miss Heath. Dude was an exceptional talent.

  4. whatthehell456 says:

    So refreshing to hear adults acting like adults for the benefit of the child. Don’t see that too often…Lookin’ at you, Halle.

  5. Nina W says:

    Michelle Williams seems like a nice, good person and wonderful mother. Children need all the people who love them in their lives and family is precious; people only get their grand-parents for a limited time, take advantage of it!

  6. Amelia says:

    This is so strange, I happened to be googling just this morning and reading over what happened the day of Heath’s death.
    Poor bloke. He had such incredible talent, but by all accounts he was always switched on, his mind always whirring.
    Hope he’s at peace now.
    It’s lovely to see such a loving dynamic between the families, it seems like they’ve all got Matilda’s best interests at heart.
    Adults acting like adults. Blimey.

  7. The Original Original says:

    I wonder why Heaths sister would chose to wear black lipstick?

  8. Zigggy says:

    So cute- looks just like her dad. I love Michelle’s style.

  9. Justyna says:

    I never believed any of these negative stories. After Heath died, tabloids were competing in how to show him and his family in the worst light (how his parents were fighting with Michelle over money, how Heath abandoned his secret teenage daughter who didn’t exist, all this Linday Lohan BS stories that she herself planted etc.) because apparently they wouldn’t make money by writing about good relationship between the Ledgers and Michelle or how Heath was a good person. It was sad and disgusting.

    Tiny correction – Heath’s mom Sally Bell is shown in the header picture. She was in the ZOO with Michelle, Matilda and Jason. The woman in the third picture is Heath’s stepmother, Emma Brown.

  10. Cathy says:

    Good for them. I’m glad that Michelle keeps them in touch. A child needs all their family. I have more respect for her now knowing this.

  11. Dawn says:

    There is nothing more to say other than she is a class act! What a beautiful little girl and obvious well loved. Certain people in Hollywood and their fans need to check this out so they understand that this is what class looks like and that they do not possess it. And yes I mean Halle Berry and Kim karTrashian.

  12. MollyB says:

    Wonderful. I have a soft spot for stories like this. When my parents were married, they live in a duplex owned by my father’s parents, who lived downstairs from us. When my father cheated on my mom and left, my grandfather marched upstairs, packed up all of his son’s stuff and dumped it on the curb. He told my mom that as long as he was alive, we would have a place to live. We continued to live with them (even moving to another state) my entire childhood. My mother and her former in-laws got along wonderfully and when my grandparents got too old to live alone, she took care of them until their deaths, as they took care of her when she needed it. I had a lovely childhood living upstairs from my grandparents and it was always fun to get the strange looks when we explained that they weren’t my mother’s parents, they were deadbead ex’s parents.

  13. Bodhi says:

    Thinking about Heath still makes me sad 🙁

    I never had a doubt that Michelle would keep Matilda’s paternal grandparents in the picture. Michelle & Jason are so adorable 🙂

  14. raindrop says:

    Matilda clearly looks a lot like both of her parents, but (to me) she also looks like a fairer (and by that I mean paler) twin of Kate Maberly, the actress who played Mary in The Secret Garden.

  15. BB says:

    Very nice article.

    But in the third picture, the woman on the right is not Sally Ledger; it is Kim Ledger’s second wife, Emma Brown.

    Sally Ledger can be seen in the first picture on the left, holding Matilda’s hand.