Oscar winners live longer: Study
Oscar-winning directors and actors live longer than non-winners, says a US study.india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 20:08 IST
The Oscars may be more than just annual awards, they can also be a passport to a longer life. A study of actors and actresses found that Oscar winners lived, on average, almost four years longer than nominees who went home empty-handed.
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 averagethan actors.
|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 (approx.) longer than actors.|
These 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.
When it comes to screenwriters, however, this study found that winners died 3.6 years earlier on average than mere nominees. One theory: An Oscar doesn't anoint the screenwriter with celebrity status, and the opportunities and privileges that go with it. Furthermore, successful screenwriters, because they aren't in the public eye, don't have the incentive to stay fit, look good, and watch what they eat the way movie stars do.