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Rita Wilson          

Actress, Producer & Singer Known for "Sleepless in Seattle;" Breast Cancer Survivor; Alzheimer's Advocate

Born Margarit Ibrahimoff, actress and producer Rita Wilson is known for Sleepless in Seattle and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. With her father changing the family surname to "Wilson" during her childhood, the future TV and film star attended Hollywood High School.

Having traveled to England to study her craft at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Wilson eventually landed a leading film role opposite Hanks in the 1985 comedy Volunteers, with John Candy. While the movie proved to be a commercial and critical disappointment, Hanks and Wilson would become one of Hollywood's greatest romances. Though at the time of filming Volunteers she was engaged and Hanks was married, the pair eventually found their way to each other and wed in 1988. They have two children together, sons Chester and Truman.

One of Wilson's biggest successes came as a producer - she was instrumental in bringing Nia Vardalos's play "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" to the screen and fighting to keep Vardalos as the project's star. Of Greek heritage herself, Wilson felt close to the subject matter. She continued to produce Greek-themed projects when she served as executive producer on 2008's Mamma Mia!, which is set in Greece.

Wilson continues to be a creative force in the world of entertainment. She has enjoyed recurring roles on hit shows like "The Good Wife" and "Girls" and also worked on a screenplay entitled "Terms of Embarrassment." In 2015, Wilson returned to Broadway to appear in Larry David's popular play "Fish in the Dark," co-starring Rosie Perez. Wilson's health, however, forced her to take a leave of absence from the project.

In April 2015, Wilson announced that she had a double mastectomy after discovering she had breast cancer. She gave a statement about her condition, saying that she is "expected to make a full recovery." Wilson credits this positive outcome to early detection of her cancer.

In 2020, Wilson and Hanks were some of the first American celebrities to catch the COVID-19 virus, with Hanks announcing that they had positive diagnoses on March 11th of that year.

Wilson is an advocate for awareness and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, which her mother died of.

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Rita Wilson Says COVID-19 Face Mask Debate 'Doesn't Make Sense'

The actress and musician, who spoke to Gayle King on 'CBS This Morning,' tested positive for COVID-19 in March and has since recovered.

Rita Wilson on her new song featured in "The Outpost" and recovery ...

Rita Wilson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss her new original song that she co-wrote and is featured in the new war drama, "The Outpost." She talks aboutĀ ...

Coronavirus: Tom Hanks details his, wife Rita Wilson's hospital battle

Speaking during a Sunday interview with National Defense Radio Show, Hanks, 63, said he had "some body aches and was very fatigued" during medicalĀ ...

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