Bisexual ‘Beautiful Mind’ Math Genius Dies with Wife in Car Crash
John Forbes Nash, the brilliant mathematician who inspired the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car accident on Saturday, May 23, 2015, with his wife.
Although many books and biographies called Nash bisexual, or homosexual, the Princeton professor denied such labels. He was, however, arrested in Santa Monica, Calif. for indecent exposure with another man in a bathroom in 1954, and there were numerous accounts of other same-sex liaisons in Nash’s history.
He did marry Alicia Lopez-Harrison de Lardé and had a son with him, but they divorced in 1963 and then remarried in 2001. She died alongside him in the accident in Monroe Township, N.J. on Saturday afternoon.
Nash, 86, and Alicia, 82, were riding in a taxi cab when the car went out of control while trying to pass another car, according to New Jersey State Police. The cab crashed into a guardrail and the couple was thrown from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No charges were filed in the accident, but police said the crash remains under investigation.
Nash’s story was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind” which got Russell Crowe a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for for playing Nash, and Jennifer Connelly won Best Supporting Actress for playing Alicia. The movie also won Best Picture that year, and earned Ron Howard a Best Director Oscar as well as Best Adapted Screenplay for Akiva Goldsman. Nash’s bisexuality was masked in the film biopic, causing some criticism of the director and screenwriter.
In an interview with The Advocate before winning an Oscar for his work, Goldsman said, “Am I in the business of outing somebody who says they’re not gay? To me, there is a central single relationship. Whether John dated lots of girls, I don’t know. But I do know he had a relationship with one woman before Alicia. That ain’t in the movie. John dated lots of men? I don’t know, but that ain’t in the movie either. What’s in the movie is one relationship, the relationship that seemed formative to the healing.”
Nash won a Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994 and he suffered with paranoid schizophrenia. The deaths in the accident over the weekend brought some immediate reactions.
Director Howard tweeted: “RIP Brilliant #NobelPrize winning John Nash & and his remarkable wife Alicia. It was an honor telling part of their story #ABeautifulMind.”
Connelly released a statement: ““This is a great loss. John and Alicia Nash were an inspiration and I have deep admiration for all that they accomplished in their lives. My thoughts are with their family.”
Crowe wrote on Twitter: “Stunned…my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts.”
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]