Blythe Danner has revealed she is in remission after battling oral cancer.
in Interview with people In the magazine, the actress said “I’m fine and dandy now. And I’m lucky to be alive. ” Her husband of 30 years, Hollywood director Bruce Paltrow, died in 2002 after battling oral cancer for several years.
The Meet the parents The star said she was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare oral cancer, and initially kept the news from her children, including actress and lifestyle entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow. “I wanted to push through as a mother, and I didn’t want them to worry,” she explained.
In 2020, Danner, after undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, went through a third operation to remove cancerous tissue, which put her in remission. She does advocacy work for the Oral Cancer Foundation, which raises awareness about oral and oropharyngeal cancers, which annually affect about 54,000 Americans with their own diagnoses and cause an average of 9,750 deaths each year.
Danner appeared philosophical about her husband’s death, in the face of her own battle with oral cancer and its own impact on her family. “I think we’re all stronger somehow. It’s a crapshoot – this disease and this life. But I have a career, great kids and a loving husband. I’m so grateful,” she said.
Danner’s representatives did not comment The Hollywood ReporterRequest for comment.