It's a bad day to be a celebrity: as Morgan Freeman recovers from a car accident that left him in serious condition, actors Christina Applegate and Bernie Mac grapple with health problems of their own. People has the Applegate scoop:
"Christina Applegate was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. Benefiting from early detection through a doctor ordered MRI, the cancer is not life threatening."
The rep added: "Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery. No further statement will be issued at this time."
Bernie Mac (Ocean's Eleven, The Bernie Mac Show) is responding well to treatment and should be released soon after being admitted Friday to a Chicago hospital with pneumonia. That said, a spokesperson for the comedian had to shoot down as "absolutely untrue" an early rumor that Mac in fact had passed on. Mac, 50, has sarcoidosis (a chronic disease that can inflame tissue), but it has been in remission for years and is unrelated to the pneumonia.
The two television stars are currently enjoying a career renaissance: Applegate, with her Emmy-nominated role on Samantha Who, and Mac, who is currently working on his upcoming sitcom Starting Under. Good luck to both — now is it too much to ask for the celebrity maladies to let up for a little while?
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