Win an Oscar, live longer.
A study conducted by Donald A. Redeelmeier and Sheldon M. Singh has some interesting news for actors and actresses.
In Hollywood, a world of cut-throat competition and soaring ambitions, the race to succeed can only get tougher, with a new study saying winners of the coveted Oscars live longer than those who were nominated but failed to enter the Hall of Fame.
Donald A. Redeelmeier and Sheldon M. Singh of the Sunnybrook and Women`s College of Health Sciences Centre in Toronto examined all 1,649 Hollywood actors and actresses ever nominated for an academy award in a leading or supporting role and found 762 winners lived nearly four years longer than those who did not.
The researchers reported their unusual study in the May 15 issue of the `Annals of Internal Medicine`.
The findings, they said, could not be explained by affluence alone, since even those who did not win also tended to be well off.
"They (film personalities) have personal chefs, trainers, nannies or other staff that make it easy to follow the ideals of lifestyle. Furthermore, a movie star may have more control, ability to avoid stress, self-efficacy, resources, admirers, motivation and access to special privileges than others in society," they said, supporting the result of the research.
However, they added "Movie stars are often subjected to a personal scrutiny that far exceeds their dramatic achievements. They often need to preserve their image by continually avoiding disgraceful behaviour and maintaining exemplary conduct".