Social Status: Longer life expectancy for Oscar winners

A study of actors and actresses found that Oscar winners lived, on average, almost four years longer than nominees who went home empty-handed, reports the March issue of the Harvard Health Letter.

Actors aren't the only people who reap benefits. Dr. Donald Redelmeier of Toronto's Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre found that Oscar-winning directors live longer than non-winners, and male directors live 4.5 years longer on average than actors.

These findings add to a large body of evidence delineating connections between social status and health and longevity, reports the Harvard Health Letter. Redelmeier theorizes that an Oscar on the mantel moves the winner up the Hollywood pecking order. Winners find it easier to get work, and when they do, they're better appreciated and better paid.

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