Rita Wilson: ‘Cancer Brought Me Closer to Husband Tom Hanks’

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson
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Rita Wilson is convinced her breast cancer ordeal brought her closer to her husband Tom Hanks as the actor took great care of her during her health crisis.

The 58 year old underwent a double mastectomy last month (Apr15) after she was diagnosed with the deadly disease and she took temporary medical leave from Broadway play Fish in the Dark to recover.

Wilson has revealed her longtime partner Hanks stayed at home with her before and after the surgery, and helped her through the difficult period.

She tells the New York Times, “Who knew it would make you even closer?… You never know how your spouse is going to react in a situation like this. I was so amazed, so blown away by the care my husband gave me. It was such a normal, intimate time.”

Wilson also praised her Fish in the Dark co-star Larry David for being so understanding when she told him about her diagnosis: “He went, ‘Oh God, Oh God, Oh God’. He practically went white. I told him, ‘Larry, I’m going to be absolutely fine’… You don’t think of Larry David as a person who would be this way, but he’s incredibly empathetic.”

Wilson returned to the stage for the first time since her operation on Tuesday (05May15), and she admits she spent a long time working on her lines amid fears the anaesthesia from the surgery might have affected her memory, but she felt glad to have been able to get back on stage.

She adds, “It felt surreal in the sense that all these changes had happened… It was so much fun. I had adrenaline coursing through me like never before. In a way, it was like a second opening night.”