May 7, 2012

Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and Lady Bren!

     I have to admit I like seeing my name next to the likes of Hollywood Royalty.  However the reasoning isn't glorious.  Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and I have all suffered Strokes. 
     Like so many things it seems when a celebrities name is attached to anything the public seems to stand up and take notice.  In 2011, three weeks before the Oscars, the International Stroke Conference was held in Hollywood.  Using the location as inspiration the organizers of the conference, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association decided to research the frequency of stroke among a very elite group of people, Oscar nominees. 
    They discovered of the 409 men and women nominated from 1927-2009:

  • 30 (7.3 %) suffered strokes and 39 (9.5%) suffered heart attacks
  • 67 was the average age of when they had their first stroke
  • 18 of the 30 (60%) stroke victims were women
  • 6 of the 30 (20%) suffered fatal strokes.

     Among the 18 female stroke victims is Sharon Stone.  Sharon was 43 and training for a 3 mile charity run when she suffered a stroke. After her recovery she became a spokesperson for the American Stroke Association and filmed this PSA.
     Here is the complete list of those who suffered stroke and their most recent best actor/actress Oscar nomination:
Ruth Chatterton, 1930, Sarah and Son
Mary Pickford, 1930, Coquette
Bette Davis, 1963, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Claudette Colbert, 1945, Since You Went Away
Merle Oberon, 1936, The Dark Angel
Gladys George, 1937, Valiant is the Word for Carrie
Robert Donat, 1940, Goodbye, Mr. Chips
James Cagney, 1956, Love Me or Leave Me
Greer Garson, 1961, Sunrise at Campobello
Cary Grant, 1945, None But the Lonely Heart
Walter Pidgeon, 1944, Madame Curie
Jean Arthur, 1944, The More the Merrier
Celia Johnson, 1947, Brief Encounter
Gene Kelly, 1946, Anchors Away
Anne Baxter, 1951, All About Eve
Broderick Crawford, 1950, All the King's Men
Kirk Douglas, 1957, The Lust for Life
Julie Harris, 1953, The Member of the Wedding
Burt Lancaster, 1982, Atlantic City
Richard Burton, 1978, Anne of the Thousand Days
Grace Kelly, 1955, The Country Girl
Anthony Franciosa, 1958, A Hatful of Rain
Elizabeth Taylor, 1967, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Patricia Neal, 1969, The Subject Was Roses
Edith Evans, 1968, The Whisperers
Dudley Moore, 1982, Arthur
James Garner, 1986, Murphy's Romance
Sharon Stone, 1996, Casino
Samantha Morton, 2004, In America


  1. You are in good company but I agree it would be better to not be on the list. Take care.

  2. Yes there are other lists I would much rather be on Jane ;0)


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