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Name Life Comments Diagnosis
Luana Anders (1938 - 1996) American actress; died at age 58  
Christina Applegate (1971 - present) An Emmy Award-winning American actress, known for playing Kelly Bundy on the long-running FOX Broadcasting Company sitcom Married… with Children. diagnosed in 2008 at age 36
Brenda ('Mardi') Nowak Arquette (19?? - 1997) psychiatrist and mother of American actors Patricia, Rosanna, Alexis, Richmond and David Arquette, and wife of the late actor Lewis Arquette and daughter-in-law of the late actor Cliff Arquette; died in 1997  
Dame Eileen Atkins (1934 - present) esteemed British actress diagnosed in 1995 at age 61
Carol Martineau Baldwin (19?? - present) mother of American actors Daniel, Stephen, William, and Alec Baldwin, and foundress of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center of the University Hospital and Medical Center at Stony Brook diagnosed in 1990
Kaye Ballard (1926 - present) American actress diagnosed in 1994 at age 68
Brigitte Bardot (1934 - present) former French actress and current animal rights activist diagnosed in 1984 at 50
Allyce Beasley (1954 - present) American TV/comedic actress diagnosed in 1998 at 44
Barbara Bel Geddes (1922 - 2005) American actress; survived breast cancer in 1972, died from lung cancer in 2005; died at age 83 diagnosed in 1971 at age 49
Frances Belzer (19?? - 1962) mother of American actor, Richard Belzer; died when Richard was 18 years old  
Ingrid Bergman (1915 - 1982) Oscar-winning star Swedish actress; died at age 67 diagnosed in 1973 at 58
Bibi Besch (1940 - 1996) Austrian-born American actress; died at age 56  
Aisha Bicknell (1971 - present) daughter of British actress Rita Tushingham diagnosed in April, 2005 at age 33
Shirley Temple Black (1926 - present) famous Oscar-winning American child star and former U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia diagnosed in 1972 at age 46
Carina Bleeth (1942 - 1989) French-Algerian-born American model, businesswoman and mother of American actress Yasmine Bleeth; died of inflammatory breast cancer; died at age 47 when Yasmine was 20 years old diagnosed in 1988 at age 46
Eileen Brennan (1935 - present) American actress diagnosed in 1988 at 53
Vanessa Brown (1928 - 1999) Austrian-born American actress; died at age 71 diagnosed in 1988 at age 60
Coral Browne (1913 - 1991) Australian-born American actress; died at age 77  
Diahann Carroll (1935 - present) American actress, singer diagnosed in 1998 at age 63
Elizabeth Ries Chavira (1943 - 1986) mother of American actor Ricardo Antonio Chavira; she was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer; died at age 43 when Ricardo was 15 years old  
Madonna Louise Fortin Ciccone (1934 - 1963) French Canadian mother of American singer/songwriter Madonna; died on December 1, 1963 at age 29 when Madonna was 5 years old  
Norma Crane (1928 - 1973) American actress; died at age 44 diagnosed in 1970 at age 42
Bette Davis (1908 - 1989) American Oscar-winning star actress; died at age 81 diagnosed in 1983 at age 75
Ruby Dee (1924 - present) African-American actress diagnosed in the 1970s
Betty DeGeneres (19?? - present) American author and mother of American actress and TV host Ellen DeGeneres  
Mary Jean Woolslair Denton (19?? - 2002) mother of American actor James Denton; died in 2002  
Simone de Oliveira (1938 - present) Portuguese actress/singer diagnosed in 1987 at age 49
Diana Dill (1935 - present) British-American actress; ex-wife of American actor Kirk Douglas; mother of American actor Michael Douglas diagnosed in mid-1990s
Julie Ege (1943 - 2008) Norwegian actress; also suffered from lung cancer diagnosed in 1986 at age 43
Jill Eikenberry (1947 - present) American actress and wife of American actor Michael Tucker diagnosed in 1986 at age 39
Belinda Emmett (1974 - 2006) Australian actress; had a recurrence in 2001; died on Nov. 11, 2006 at age 32 diagnosed in 1998 at age 24
Dame Maggie Smith (1934 - present) British stage, and screen actress, most noted recently for playing Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter series of films. diagnosed in 2008 at age 74
Edie Falco (1963 - present) American stage and TV actress diagnosed in 2003 at age 40
Wenche Foss (1917 - present) Norwegian actress diagnosed in 1971 at age 54
Kay Francis (1905 - 1968) American film star of the 1930s; died at age 63 diagnosed in 1966 at age 61
Maria Friedman (1960 - present) British actress diagnosed in 2005 at age 45
Helen Gahagan (1900 - 1980) American actress and (under the name Helen Gahagan Douglas) a politician; wife of actor Melvyn Douglas; grandmother of actress Illeana Douglas; died at age 80 diagnosed in 1972 at age 72; recurred in 1976
Greta Garbo (1905 - 1990) Swedish-American actress; survived breast cancer following a double mastectomy; causes of death per one of her biographies were kidney and stomach failure and pneumonia; died in 1990 at age 84 diagnosed in 1984 at age 79
Paulette Goddard (1910 - 1990) American actress; survived breast cancer, but died following a short battle with emphysema in Switzerland; died at age 79  
Gloria Grahame (1923 - 1981) Oscar-winning American actress; died at age 57 diagnosed in 1976 at age 52
Alvaleta Guess (1955 - 1996) African-American film actress and Broadway performer; died at age 41 in 1996  
Florence Halop (1923 - 1986) American comedienne/comedic actress; died at age 63  
Sheila Hancock (1933 - present) British actress and wife of the late British actor John Thaw diagnosed in 1987 at age 54
Julie Harris (1925 - present) legendary American stage actress diagnosed in 1981 at age 56
Lydia Clarke Heston (1944 - present) former actress; wife of American actor Charlton Heston diagnosed in 1991 at age 47
Judy Holliday (1921 - 1965) American Oscar-winning star actress; died at age 43 diagnosed in 1960 at age 38
Diana Hyland (1936 - 1977) American actress; died at age 41 diagnosed in 1976 at age 40
Jill Ireland (1936 - 1990) British actress, wife of American actor Charles Bronson; died at age 54 diagnosed in 1984 at age 48
Kate Jackson (1948 - present) American actress; survived a recurrence in 1989 at age 41 diagnosed in 1987 at age 39
Ann Jillian (1950 - present) American actress, entertainer diagnosed in 1985 at age 35
Jennifer Jones (1919 - present) American Oscar-winning star actress  
Susan Ryan Jordan (19?? - present) mother of American actress Meg Ryan; as of March, 2006, Jordan is a 27-year survivor diagnosed in 1979
Janelle Kidman (19?? - present) mother of Australian actress Nicole Kidman diagnosed in 1984
Joi Lansing (1928 - 1972) American actress; died at age 44 diagnosed in 1970 at age 42
Sondra Locke (1947 - present) American actress diagnosed in 1990 at age 43
Adamari López (1971 - present) Puerto Rican actress; diagnosed in April 2005 diagnosed in 2005 at age 34
Myrna Loy (1905 - 1993) American actress, had two mastectomies in 1975 and 1979, but survived breast cancer; died during surgery for undisclosed causes; died at age 88 diagnosed in 1975 at age 70
Rue McClanahan (1934 - present) American TV/stage actress diagnosed in 1997 at age 63
Mary McCollough (19?? - 1972) mother of African-American actor, Bernie Mac; died during Bernie's sophomore year of high school  
Doris McCormack (1933 - present) mother of Canadian actor Eric McCormack  
Hattie McDaniel (1895 - 1952) African-American actress; died at age 57 diagnosed in 1951 at 56
Amanda Mealing (1967 - present) British actress diagnosed in August, 2002 at age 35
Sarah Parkinson Merton (19?? - 2003) screenwriter, wife of British actor Paul Merton and daughter of actor Robin Parkinson; died on 23 September 2003  
Sylvia Millecam (1956 - 2001) Dutch actress; died at age 45 diagnosed in 1999 at age 43
Shelley Morrison (1936 - present) American actress; had a recurrence in 1998 and is currently battling breast cancer; also battled lung cancer diagnosed in 1988 at age 52
Sharon Murphy (1953 - present) mother of American actress Brittany Murphy; had a recurrence in 2003 diagnosed in 1995 at age 42
Kitten Natividad (1948 - present) Mexican actress diagnosed in 1999 at age 51
Alla Nazimova (1879 - 1945) Russian-born American stage and film actress who survived breast cancer but died due to a coronary thrombosis at age 66; aunt of director Val Lewton and Godmother of former First Lady Nancy Reagan diagnosed in 1936 at age 57
Phyllis Newman (1933 - present) American TV and Broadway actress/singer; widow of American playwright Adolph Green and mother of actress Amanda Green and writer/actor Adam Green diagnosed in 1983 at age 50
Cynthia Nixon (1966 - present) American stage and TV actress; Cynthia's mother, Anne, is also a breast cancer survivor diagnosed in 2006 at age 40
Roseann Murtha O'Donnell (19?? - 19??) American mother of American actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell; died at age 38  
Nancy Priddy (19?? - present) Actress, singer, songwriter and mother of American actress Christina Applegate who was 7-years-old when her mother was first diagnosed diagnosed in 1978; recurrence in 1986
Deirdre Redgrave (19?? - 1997) née Hamilton-Hill, wife of British actor Corin Redgrave and mother of British actress Jemma Redgrave; died in 1997  
Lynn Redgrave (1943 - present) Oscar nominated British-American actress diagnosed in 2002 at age 59
Sherill Lynn Rettino (1956 - 1995) American actress; died at age 39  
Wendy Richard (1943 - 2009) British actress; had a recurrence in 2002 at age 59, third recurrence in 2008 which had mestasized diagnosed in 1995 at age 52
Kathleen Fenton Richards (19?? - 2003) mother of American actresses Kathy Hilton, and Kyle and Kim Richards, and the grandmother of American celebrities Nicky and Paris Hilton; died in March 2003 diagnosed in 1998
Lila Roberts (19?? - 1995) former model and mother of Canadian model and actress Rachel Roberts; died in 1995  
Toby Robins (1930 - 1986) Canadian actress and journalist; her husband Bill Freedman helped to found The Toby Robins Breast Cancer Breakthrough Centre; died circa age 56  
Roxie Roker (1929 - 1995) American actress, mother of American singer/songwriter Lenny Kravitz; died at age 66  
Richard Roundtree (1942 - present) male African-American actor diagnosed in 1993 at age 51
Patsy Rowlands (1934 - 2005) British actress; died at age 71  
Rosalind Russell (1907 - 1976) American star actress; died at age 69 diagnosed in 1960 at age 53; recurrence in 1965
Delia Scala (1929 - 2004) Italian actress; died at age 74  
Jean Simmons (1929 - present) British-born American actress  
Charlotte Smith (19?? - 1929) née Hennessy, mother of screen legend and co-founder of United Artists, Mary Pickford; died in 1928  
Jaclyn Smith (1947 - present) American actress and businesswoman diagnosed in 2002 at age 55
Suzanne Somers (1946 - present) American actress and businesswoman diagnosed in 2001 at age 55
Wendie Jo Sperber (1958 - 2005) American actress; had a recurrence in 2002 at age 44; died at age 47 diagnosed in 1997 at age 39
Koo Stark (1956 - present) American soft-porn actress who had a controversial relationship with United Kingdom's Prince Andrew; founded Keep A Breast cancer organization. diagnosed in 2002 at age 46
Susan Strasberg (1938 - 1999) American actress; daughter of theatre director and drama coaches Paula and Lee Strasberg, and the sister of director John Strasberg; died at age 60  
Gloria Stuart (1910 - present) legendary American actress diagnosed circa 1982 in her 70s
Myfanwy Talog (1945 - 1995) Welsh actress and long-term common-law-spouse of British actor Sir David Jason; died at age 49  
Patti Tate (1958 - 2000) crime victims activist and sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate; died at age 42  
Louise Troy (1933 - 1994) American actress and wife of British actor Douglas Seale; died at age 60  
Danitra Vance (1954 - 1994) African-American actress; recurrence in 1993 at age 39; died at age 40 diagnosed in 1990 at age 36
Vivian Vance (1909 - 1979) American actress, singer; died at age 70 diagnosed in 1977 at age 68
Marcia Wallace (1942 - present) American comedic actress diagnosed in 1985 at age 43
Mary Wickes (1910 - 1995) American actress; suffered from numerous ailments, including renal failure, massive gastrointestinal bleeding, severe hypotension, ischemic cardiomyopathy, anemia and breast cancer (stage of cancer unknown), which cumulatively resulted in her death; died at age 85  
Suzie Shapiro Wilson (1950 - 1996) mother of American child actress Mara Wilson; died at age 46 when Mara was 9 years old  
       

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