- Holly Ann Heston is the 62-year-old daughter of Academy Award-winning Actor, Charlton Heston and his wife, Lydia Clarke
- Heston got married to art fellow, Carlton C. Rochell in 1990 and their marriage is blessed with 2 children, Ridley and Charles Rochell
- Having watched her father battle Alzheimer’s disease, she now builds her life as an advocate around the condition
Holly Ann Heston is famous for being the daughter of a late Veteran Hollywood actor, Charlton Heston, and his wife, Lydia Clarke Heston. She is an Alzheimer’s disease advocate who calls attention to programs that help maintain the dignity of aged citizens who are suffering from a neurologic disorder.
Her father, Charlton Heston was an award-winning actor famous for his role in “Ben Hur” (1959) which earned him an Oscar for Best Actor. Similarly, her mother, Lydia Clarke was an actress famous for “Atomic City” (1952). She was also a photographer.
Holly Ann Heston was adopted in 1968
As indicated, Heston is the adopted daughter of veteran actor, Charlton Heston and his wife, Lydia Clarke. She made her first appearance as a member of the Heston Family in 1968, on the set of “Will Penny” which her father was filming.
Holly was born on August 2, 1961, and was brought up alongside an older brother, Fraser Clarke Heston.
As regards her education, she attended Pepperdine University, Los Angeles County, California. She worked as an associate in the development office at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
The Daughter of the Oscar-award-winning Actor and her Brother Grew up on Movie Sets
Being the daughter of one of the greatest movie stars of all time, Holly and her brother Fraser Clarke Heston, grew up on movie sets. She was born after her father, Charlton Heston featured in his classic epics, “The Ten Commandments” and “Ben Hur”.
Despite not being born at the time, Holly heard all about the movies and was privileged to watch them as well. She still watches some of his classics to this day.
Holly recalls her father as a patient and loving father. Nonetheless, despite his busy schedule as an actor, he found time to be there for his kids, and when he was with them, he was complete with them. They refer to him as a devoted family man, who managed to balance family, career, and activism.
Holly’s Husband is a Fine Arts Expert
Holly Ann Heston’s husband, Carlton C. Rochell, is the president of Carlton Rochell Asian Art, the only major public gallery devoted to showcasing Indian, Himalayan, and South East Asian art.
He acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Art History from New York University. His specialties are Painting and sculpture from India, Tibet, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia dating from the 2nd century to the 19thcentury.
Before going on to start his own gallery, the artist worked at Sotheby’s, New York. While at Sotheby’s, he handled the sale of Asian art from notable collections. That led to his promotion to the position of the Managing Director of the Gallery.
Carlton C. Rochell started his own gallery in October 2002. His gallery participates in prominent international art fairs across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He serves as a consultant for private collections and appraisal advice.
Carlton met Holly Ann Heston in the late 1980s. Their engagement was announced by the New York Times, and they got married in 1990. They have two lovely children, Ridley Charlton Rochell and Charlie Rochell.
One of the Hardest Blows Holly had to Deal with was the Death of her Parents
The loss of a loved one is probably one of the most difficult things anyone would have to go through. That was the case with Holly Ann Heston.
The first tragic blow she suffered was the loss of her father who died on April 5, 2008, at the age of 84, following a 60-year acting career that saw him appearing in over 100 productions and clinching many important awards including the Oscars.
Heston lost his life after battling pneumonia and not Alzheimer’s disease as widely reported. Nonetheless, the actor revealed in 2002, that he had symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s.
His family commented on his death by issuing a statement and requesting that flowers and donations be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund. A charitable organization that offers assistance and care to retired members of the entertainment community.
Her next tragic loss was the passing of her mother, Lydia Clarke. The celebrated actress and photographer died in 2018 at the age of 95, at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. She was also claimed by Pneumonia like her husband, after surviving breast cancer.
Holly Ann Heston is an Alzheimer’s Disease Advocate
As a way of honoring her father, Holly is now an Alzheimer’s Disease advocate. Correspondingly, she calls attention to programs that help to maintain the dignity of aged citizens who are suffering from cognitive loss. While at the same time, providing support for their caregivers.
As an advocate of the disease, Holly has worked with several organizations that seek to enlighten people about the disease, which include Family Service of Westchester.