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Just a few weeks after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Samantha Who? star Christina Applegate says she's completely cancer free.The 36-year-old actress made the revelation in an interview for Good Morning America that aired Tuesday. "I'm clear," Applegate said. "Absolutely 100 percent clear and clean.... They got everything out so I'm definitely not going to die from breast cancer." Though cancerous lumps were discovered in only one breast, Applegate had a prophylactic double mastectomy only three weeks before the GMA spot, to ensure that all traces were excised. "After looking at all the treatment plans that were possibilities for me, the only one that seemed the most logical and the one that was going to work for me was to have a bilateral mastectomy," she explained. "I didn't want to go back to the doctors every four months for testing and squishing and everything. I just wanted to kind of get rid of this whole thing for me. This was the choice that I made, and it was a tough...
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Suzanne Somers on Monday sent an open letter to Christina Applegate, who announced earlier this month that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Somers, 61, was diagnosed with the disease in 2001.In her letter, she tells the 36-year-old Samantha Who? star, "Use your cancer to learn and grow and as a force to work for you," and offers her perspective:Dear Christina, Cancer is scary, and lonely. You can't ask anyone to make decisions for you because it's just too heavy. There is a lot of 'rush to treatment,' when what you really need is time to research and think about how you want to approach this. Take your time Christina, there is no rush. Take your time and think it through. Use your cancer to learn and grow and as a force to work for you. You might choose to take an alternative approach. There are more options than the ones presented to you in the oncologist's office. You will make it. The success and drive you have had in your career will be the same strengths you will use ...
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Samantha Who? star Christina Applegate has been diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer.A spokesperson for the 36-year-old actress says in a statement, "Benefitting from early detection through a doctor-ordered MRI, the cancer is not life threatening. Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery."The Office's Rainn Wilson, who woos Applegate in The Rocker, told TV Guide at the Teen Choice awards' red carpet, "I understand she's going home very soon, and I'll reach out to her soon." Is Applegate the kind of gal who can beat this? "Shes a fighter, definitely," says Wilson.Applegate's mother is a survivor of breast cancer, the most common form of the disease in women. Matt Mitovich, with additional reporting by Carita Rizzo
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If you heard someone momentarily flatlining in the audience at the reading of the Emmy nominations Thursday morning, that was me. They were announcing the best drama series candidates and I was mostly on board as I checked my list in the back of the TV Academy theater. Damages. Yay! House. OK. Boston Legal. I dont approve, but Im no longer surprised. Lost. OMG! Dexter. OM-Freaking-G! Wait. Thats five. Surely they didnt leave out . . . And they didnt. AMCs dazzling Mad Men, the last to be announced, not only made the cut, it made history. With 16, its the most nominated drama of the year, and with FXs Damages (seven nominations total), represents basic cables first-ever breakthrough into the top tier of Emmy accolades for best series. Mad Men also has to be seen as the odds-on favorite for best drama at this point.While were on this categoryand lets face it, this is the golden age of TV drama, so this really is t...
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Christina Applegate spoke out about her boyfriend Lee Grivas' death for the first time Thursday since his unexpected passing July 1.In a statement, the Samantha Who? star told Extra, "I am profoundly saddened. Lee was an incredible human being who was an extremely important and beautiful part of my life." She continued, "He is missed beyond words. He touched so many and I feel much sadness for his mother, brother and all of his family friends."Grivas, 26, reportedly had drug abuse issues in the past and a syringe was found on the scene, but the coroner's office refuses to make any preliminary conclusions until a toxicology report is completed. Anna Dimond
Christina Applegate and Jean Smart, Samantha Who?
Samantha Who?'s (Mondays at 9:30 pm/ET, ABC) mother/daughter duo, Christina Applegate and Jean Smart, dish on dating, fashion and what’s next for our favorite amnesiac.
TV Guide: Does your on-screen mother/daughter relationship extend into your off-screen lives?Jean Smart: Yes, I feel extremely maternal toward Christina. Though it is a little weird feeling maternal about her because my husband finds her very attractive.Christina Applegate: You mother me better in real life than Regina mothers Sam [on the show]!
TV Guide: Sam is getting closer and closer to her ex, nice guy Todd (Barry Watson). Jean, what kind of man would you pick for Christina?Smart: I love playing matchmaker. He’d have to be kind and very sma
Timothy Olyphant in Samantha Who? by Randy Holmes/ABC
Cheers to Timothy Olyphant for proving there's life after Deadwood. The ex-sheriff brought the same intense commitment to his comic role as Christina Applegate's new love interest on Samantha Who? that he did to HBO's late, great Western. As billionaire Winston Funk, Olyphant oozed charm, despite an oddly close-cropped haircut (is he keeping it short in hopes of reprising his role as the chrome-domed assassin in a Hitman sequel?). Applegate's amnesiac may have turned down his character's marriage proposal, but Olyphant fans certainly hope she doesn't forget him all over again.
As ABC's Samantha Who? prepares to present another fresh episode (tonight at 9:30 pm/ET), Christina Applegate previews a sticky situation between Sam and BFF Andrea, talks about (well, as much as she is allowed to) the arrival of Jerry O'Connell, and reveals who on the cast is the biggest cut-up. However, she did not disclose to me what she was wearing at the time.Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!
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Todays Video Break: Samantha Who?Episode Title: The VirginSeason: 1Year: 2007Why we love this episode: Granted this freshman series has only aired a handful of episodes, we have to say we are big fans of this particular episode. Not only has Samantha been traumatized enough trying to live her life with zilch in her memory bank, but the poor thing cant even remember how to kiss let alone have sex with a guy. The best part, though, has to be when she goes to Mama Newly for the talk about the birds and the bees (or as she calls it, the happy touch. (3:30-5:23)Go to video close-up now!Your take: Tell us your favorite Samantha Who? moment!
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I suppose I could dwell on the fact that a major Hollywood guild has once again ignored the very existence of TV's finest acting ensemble, Friday Night Lights in favor of the mugging and posturing on Boston Legal. As they'd say on another SAG favorite, Grey's Anatomy: Seriously? Is it wrong to want to form our own picket line?Also: What's up with snubbing Pushing Daisies and its fantastical cast?And yet the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, announced Thursday morning, did shower love on my favorite new show of 2007, AMC's Mad Men, and its terrific star, Jon Hamm (who has just joined the cast of the remake of the sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, with Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, which sounds appropriately robotic). So while not all may be forgiven, the wound stings a little less.My favorite part of the SAG Awards is the ensemble-cast category. Because let's face it, most great TV shows rely on cast chemistry. Even The Closer, which on face value looks like a vehi...