Lydia Clarke

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Lydia Clarke
Clarke with husband Charlton Heston
at their Beverly Hills home in 1960
Lydia Marie Clarke

(1923-04-14)April 14, 1923
DiedSeptember 3, 2018(2018-09-03) (aged 95)
Years active1950–2001
Charlton Heston
(m. 1944; died 2008)

Lydia Marie Clarke (April 14, 1923 – September 3, 2018) was an American actress and photographer, and the wife of Academy Award-winning actor Charlton Heston.

Clarke was born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. She married Charlton Heston on March 17, 1944, and their marriage lasted for 64 years until his death on April 5, 2008. They had two children: Fraser Clarke Heston and Holly Heston Rochell. She was a breast cancer survivor and had undergone a mastectomy. Clarke died from complications due to pneumonia on September 3, 2018, at UCLA Medical Center, in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 95.[1][2]


Year Title Role Notes
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth Circus girl
The Atomic City Martha Addison
1952 Bad for Each Other Rita Thornburg
1968 Will Penny Mrs. Fraker


  • Studio One (2 episodes, 1950–1952)
  • The Road to Jericho (1950) TV episode
  • Captain-General of the Armies (1952) TV episode
  • This Is Your Life: 30th Anniversary Special (1981)
  • 20/20 .... Herself (1 episode, 2002)
  • Lasting Love (2003) (TV)

Camera and electrical department[edit]

  • 1971: The Omega Man (1971; still photographer)
  • 1982: Mother Lode (still photographer; as Lydia Clarke Heston)


  1. ^ Barnes, Mike (September 5, 2018). "Lydia Clarke Heston, Actress and Wife of Charlton Heston, Dies at 95". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Haas, Mariah; Young, Julius (September 5, 2018). "Lydia Clarke Heston, actress and wife of Charlton Heston, dead at 95". Fox News. Retrieved September 6, 2018.

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