Franklin and Barbara divorced in 1956, and she moved with her two sons to Princeton, New Jersey, where they attended Nassau Street School. Johnson enrolled Christopher and his brother, Benjamin, in Princeton Country Day School, which later merged with Miss Fine's School for Girls to become the co-educational Princeton Day School.Later that year, Franklin Reeve married Helen Schmidinger, a Columbia University graduate student. Reeve excelled academically, athletically, and onstage; he was on the honor roll and played soccer, baseball, tennis, and hockey.He lobbied on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries and for human embryonic stem cell research, founding the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founding the Reeve-Irvine Research Center.Christopher Reeve was born on September 25, 1952, in New York City, the son of Barbara Pitney (Lamb) (1929-2000), a journalist, and Franklin D'Olier Reeve (1928-2013), a teacher, novelist, poet, and scholar.
Reeve was also descended from a sister of statesman Elias Boudinot, as well as from Massachusetts governors Thomas Dudley and John Winthrop, Pennsylvania deputy governor Thomas Lloyd, and Henry Baldwin, another U. Despite being born wealthy, Franklin Reeve spent summers working at the docks with longshoremen.The book will provoke much healthy discussion as teenagers and parents together seek an answer to the familiar adolescent pleas—’When can I date?'” —Dennis Rainey, co-author of Parenting Today’s Adolescent and executive director of Family Life.On May 27, 1995, Reeve became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Virginia.He was confined to a wheelchair and required a portable ventilator for the rest of his life.