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Oscar night has always been a pretty big deal in my house.  I’ve got my ballot ready and I’m settling in for the next four hours, from the E- News red carpet until the opening of the last envelope.  One part of the show that always gets me: the In Memorium. Tonight, I was wondering what amazing actresses may have been taken from us by breast cancer. And so before NPH takes the stage, I thought I’d do my own little tribute.  In the past, we’ve lost sohattieme incredible talent. Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar died at 57 (my age – gulp).  Bette Davis who won two Academy Awards lived until 81 after battling the disease for six years.  Three time Academy Award winner Ingrid Bergman died at 67 as did two time best actress winner Lynn Redgrave.  And Rosalind Russell who was nominated four times and wabettes awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award only lived to be 69.  I am sure there are scores of other actresses and off-camera talent who were taken from us too soon. Happily, many others like Jane Fonda, Maggie Smith and red carpet host Giuliana Rancic are survivors, with so many more being saved today by early detection and great treatment. Join me in taking a moment to pay homage to all the women who’ve fought cancer and lost, and those who have lived to tell the tale.  They all deserve an award.rosalnd

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