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Social Status: Longer life expectancy for Oscar winners

Updated: March 01, 2006

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.

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