The Grief of Losing an Idol

Recorded December 4, 2017 Archived December 4, 2017 08:48 minutes
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On November 27th, 2017, Charlie Ruderman interviewed his mother Catherine Smith to learn about her childhood and what it was like to lose a loved one. Throughout the interview, Catherine describes her childhood in the 1970’s San Fernando Valley. This includes how close her father was to her, and what it was like to ultimately lose him. At 4 minutes and 25 seconds, she explains his slow mental decline and how devastated she was after he passed. Another tragic death happened to her at age 21, when her best friend Cindy died of a brain tumor developed in 9th grade. Growing up living with her 3 siblings, parents, cousins, and grandparents all in the same house, has shaped her into the woman she is today. She explains her love for movies at a young age, and how that influenced her to work on movies and television as an adult. By interviewing his mother, Charlie learned the resilience it takes after having lost a loved one.


  • Catherine Smith
  • Charlie Ruderman

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