Booth Gardner's 'Death with Dignity' fight up for an Oscar

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by Linda Brill / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 4 at 7:25 PM

TACOMA, Wash. - Former Washington Governor Booth Gardner leaves for Los Angeles on Friday to attend the Academy Awards.

Gardner is the subject of a documentary about his fight to pass Washington's Death with Dignity Act. The film, "The Last Campaign Of Governor Booth Gardner," is nominated in the short documentary category.

Gardner, who suffers from Parkinson's Disease, was governor of Washington state for two terms in the 1980's and 1990's. After he decided not to run again, Gardner was drawn to the Death with Dignity measure. Gardner says his biggest political victory came in 2008 when the measure passed.

The documentary was produced by a former Seattlite with the Denver "Just Media" production company.

"Just being nominated is sufficient. But, if we get (the Oscar), it will be a feather in their cap. And, that would make me very happy for them," said Gardner.

Northwest screenings of the film have not yet been announced. The documentary is scheduled to air on HBO.
 

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