‘Still Alice’ Co-Director Richard Glatzer Hospitalized With Severe Respiratory Problems

Glatzer’s life and filmmaking partner, Wash Westmoreland, says he’s improved and communicating

Last Updated: February 15, 2015 @ 10:15 PM

Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated Alzheimer’s drama “Still Alice,” remained hospitalized Sunday after he suffered severe respiratory problems and was rushed by ambulance to a Los Angeles-area hospital on Friday.

Wash Westmoreland, Glatzer’s husband and his directing and writing partner on “Alice,” posted at noon Sunday on Facebook that Glatzer’s condition had improved after he went into cardiac arrest.

Westmoreland also wrote that they are communicating via eye movements and plan to watch the Academy Awards from the hospital on Feb. 22.

NOVEMBER 12: (L-R) Actress Kristen Stewart, director Wash Westmoreland, actress Julianne Moore and director Richard Glatzer (front) attend a special screening of 'Still Alice' during the AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi at Dolby Theatre on November 12, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI)

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“Not so glamorous but I wouldn’t have it any other way. And Richard will be alive to see it,” he said. Glatzer was in 2011 diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“Still Alice,” the most recent movie by Glatzer and Westmoreland, was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at the Toronto Film Festival and released in January. Julianne Moore received an Academy Award Best Actress nomination for her performance in the film as a wife and mother of three children who is dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

The duo paired on three previous films: “The Last of Robin Hood” (2014), “Quinceanera” (2006) and “The Fluffer” (2001).

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