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.
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.
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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