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Gwyneth Paltrow to produce cancer telethon

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has stepped in to replace Laura Ziskin.

tv Updated: Jul 13, 2012 18:57 IST

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has stepped in to replace Laura Ziskin as executive producer of a cancer telethon after the movie maker lost her fight with the disease last year.

Ziskin co-founded Stand Up To Cancer (Sutc), a charity to raise research funds, during her health battle, but passed away in June last year, reported Contactmusic.

The organisation has been supported by many Hollywood A-listers including Michael Douglas, Jennifer Aniston and Halle Berry taking part - and now Paltrow, whose father lost his fight with cancer in 2002, has been named as an executive producer for the 2012 fundraiser.

"This broadcast has become a global call-to-action for all those touched by cancer. Like so many people, I know what it's like to lose a family member to this disease, and I'm honoured to stand up in my father's memory," she said in a statement.

The telethon will air in the US on September 7.

First Published: Jul 12, 2012 12:54 IST