Perth to Name New Theater for Ledger

Actor's hometown plans fitting tribute to native son
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2008 11:44 AM CDT
In this file photo originally released by Warner Bros., Heath Ledger portrays The Joker in a scene from "The Dark Knight."    (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Stephen Vaughan)
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(Newser) – A new performing arts center in Perth, Australia, will bear the name of Heath Ledger, marking the first time the late actor's name will be formally commemorated, the West Australian reports. Ledger "was always supporting young actors in whatever ways he could," said the premier of Western Australia. "I think what we're doing is continuing that support."

"I really feel that there's not a lot of things he'd put his name to but he'd put his name to that," said Kim Ledger, Heath's father.