{ Celebrity + Humanitarian = Celebritarian }

The Celebritarian of the Month is: DANIEL DAY-LEWIS.


Actor and humanitarian Daniel Day-Lewis lost his mother Jill Balcon Day-Lewis, to a terminal disease in 2009. Her final days were spent at the Petersfield Community Hospital in Hampshire, England, where she was treated with the type of dignity and respect all terminally ill patients should receive.

Inspired by this experience, Daniel Day-Lewis has become an advocate for the hospice community. With his support, Wicklow, Ireland – where he resides – is in the process of building it’s first hospice center.

The Celebritarian pays homage to Jill Balcon; a classically trained child pianist, who grew up to become a highly respected stage and film star, and the mother of the man that Time magazine called, “The World’s Greatest Actor.”

Hear this month’s tribute on our Soundcloud podcast, directly below. It begins with a reading of Shakespeare’s sonnet no. 3,  in honor of Jill Balcon’s love for the British playwright’s writings, and learn how her son is using his global platform to bring about change and spread awareness for the cause.

After listening to the podcast, directly above, enjoy this rare interview with Jill Balcon: here

Jill Balcon bromide print on Portriga portrait paper, 1961, by Mark Gerson

Jill Balcon bromide print on Portriga portrait paper, 1961, by Mark Gerson

Discover or get reacquainted with some of the people, places and things Jill Balcon loved, including:
Ella Fitzgerald
Franz Schubert

Visit these informative links to learn how you can help the hospice community,
then share information with family and friends who are in need of hospice support:

1) Daniel Day-Lewis interview for The Wicklow Hospice Foundation: here

2) Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Steven Spielberg attend Dublin, Ireland’s
“Lincoln” premier and Wicklow Hospice Foundation fundraising gala: here

3) Steven Spielberg donates Lincoln props for The Wicklow Hospice Foundation: here

4) The Wicklow Hospice Foundation in Ireland’s website: here

5) Learn about, find and support a hospice center: here

6) Daniel Day-Lewis dedicates his 3rd Oscar win to his mother: here

7) Jill Balcon speaks at The George Dixon International School: here

8) Graham Young, Film Editor for The Birmingham Post’s article on Jill Balcon: here

9) Professor Roger Shannon’s personal memoir of Jill Balcon for The Birmingham Post: here

10) Eilish O’Regan’s Irish Independent news hospice interview with Daniel Day-Lewis: here