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Hollywood raises profile of ALS with two new films
Hollywood raises profile of ALS with two new films

Nanci Ryder has been Renée Zellweger's publicist for 20 years. She stayed in the waiting room when the actress had dental surgery and has walked her down the red carpet on Oscar night. "She's been a mentor, a big sister — a little sister," Zellweger says. "She's my favorite bad influence." So when Ryder, 62, confided that she'd been having vocal trouble — hoarseness, slurring her words — Zellweger didn't waver. After seven months of MRIs, PET scans and doctors visits proved inconclusive, the two flew in August to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where the chief of neurology diagnosed Ryder with amyotrophic...

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