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PBS' 'Cancer' an epic, vital story Ken Burns just couldn't refuse
PBS' 'Cancer' an epic, vital story Ken Burns just couldn't refuse

Edward Herrmann had collapsed at the studio in New York, and no one knew why. The actor had arrived to record his narrator part for Ken Burns' latest documentary epic for PBS, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies." The three-part, six-hour film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, traces the story of the disease from its earliest accounts in ancient Egypt to the latest scientific breakthroughs and their impact on real-life patients. Herrmann, a favorite collaborator of Burns', was helped up by colleagues after he had crumpled to the floor and was soon back at the microphone. "But during the break, he came back into the...

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