­­Oscar-winning actors live longer than unsuccessful nominees

Oscar winners alive today are expected to die aged 81.3, on average, compared with 76.4 for their fellow nominees and 76.2 for their unnominated co-stars


26 April 2022

Katharine Hepburn in the 1981 film On Golden Pond, for which she won the Best Actress Oscar, aged 74

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­­Oscar-winning actors are expected to live five years longer than thespians who never take home an Academy Award.­

While watching the Oscars one year, Donald Redelmeier at the University of Toronto in Canada noticed the actors on stage appeared more vivacious than people of the same age who he treats.

Together with his colleague Sheldon Singh, Redelmeier looked at the 934 actors who were nominated for an Oscar, from the award’s …


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