Tuesday, August 5, 2008
ACTOR MORGAN FREEMAN INJURED AFTER AUTOMOBILE WRECK
(CNN) -- Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was in serious condition at a Memphis hospital after being involved in a car accident Sunday night, according to hospital officials.
Milla Borden, spokeswoman for the Memphis Regional Medical Center, confirmed that Freeman was a patient at the hospital.
CNN affliliate WMC of Memphis reported that he was in a car accident in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, about 100 miles south of Memphis, late Sunday.
According to the Associated Press, Freeman was "lucid" when the rescue team found his car. "They had to use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle," Clay McFerrin, editor of San Sentinel in Charleston, Mississippi, said. "He was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point."
McFerrin, who told the AP he arrived at the accident scene not long after the incident, said bystanders were trying to get a better look at the actor.
When one person tried to snap a photo with a cell phone camera, Freeman joked, "no freebies, no freebies," McFerrin told the AP.
Freeman, 71, won an Academy Award for best supporting actor in 2005 for his role in the gritty boxing film "Million Dollar Baby." He has been nominated for Oscars three other times, for the movies "Street Smart," "Driving Miss Daisy and "The Shawshank Redemption."
He's currently starring in two successful summer films, the hitman drama "Wanted" and the blockbuster "The Dark Knight."
He recently starred on Broadway in a production of the Clfford Odets play "The Country Girl."
Freeman was born in Memphis and spent part of his childhood in Mississippi. He owns a club, the Ground Zero Blues Club, in Clarksdale, Mississippi. In a 2005 interview with CNN, he said returning to the area was "one of the smartest moves I've made in my life".
"My aim in life, when I graduated from high school, was to get out of Mississippi," he said. "I started coming back in about 1979, because my parents moved back, which I couldn't understand. What in the world would make you come back here? It took me 20 years to figure that out."
Freeman's non-profit foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to schools in the historically poor region, and he established the club in part to preserve the Delta's musical heritage.
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The Black Fist want to wish our Brother Morgan freeman a very speedy speedy recovery. This man is one hellava actor, and from all reported accounts, a great human being.
Get Well Soon To Oscar Winner Morgan Freeman!