Monday, April 13, 2009

Marcia Gay Hayden to Address Breast Cancer Reasearch In Hartford

An Academy Award-winning actress, Marcia Gay Harden, will appear at the Legislative Office Building (Directions) on Tuesday to speak about new medicines in the battle against breast cancer. The press conference, sponsored by We Work for Health Connecticut, will highlight the importance of medical innovation in Connecticut for patients and the economy. Overall, Connecticut companies are currently working on 74 cutting-edge medicines in an ongoing attempt to cure the disease. We Work for Health of Connecticut brings together Connecticut leaders in research, medicine, public health, academia, education, and business to highlight factors that will support the survival and growth of medical innovation in Connecticut.

Besides winning the Academy Award, Harden has also been nominated for the Tony Award and the Emmy Award. She won the Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2000 for playing painter Lee Krasner in Pollock, and she was nominated in the same category in 2003 for Mystic River. Currently, she appears in the well-known Fx series "Damages,'' playing a corporate attorney on the screen with former Greenwich resident Glenn Close and famed actor William Hurt. Harden, an advocate for cancer patients, is also appearing in Broadway's "God of Carnage'' with Jeff Daniels, James Gandolfini, and Hope Davis.

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