Blythe Danner said she feels 'lucky to be alive' after battling oral cancer for several years, the same disease that killed her husband, director Bruce Paltrow, some 20 years ago.
The Emmy winning actress, 79 - whose daughter is Gwyneth Paltrow - has told People she was diagnosed with a rare form of the disease, adenoid cystic carcinoma, which often forms in the salivary glands, in 2018.An estimated 54 thousand people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Lucky to be alive: Blythe Danner said she feels 'lucky to be alive' after battling oral cancer for several years, the same disease that killed her husband some 20 years ago; seen in 2019'Everyone is touched by cancer in some way, but it's unusual for a couple to have the same cancer,' the Will and Grace actress said.
She and the Duets director were marred for 33 years. Blythe was working in London when she went for a checkup. 'I started feeling very woozy and I was forgetting everything, and then I felt a lump in my neck, right next to where Bruce had found his [in 1999].'I remember I looked up at heaven and said to Bruce, "Are you lonely up there?"' Oral cancer: Bruce Paltrow died from oral cancer in 2002 at the age of 58, not long after this photo was taken with Blythe and daughter Gwyneth Paltrow, 50.Read more on dailymail.co.uk