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March 26, 2016
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1 Introduction
List of notable breast cancer patients according to survival status

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This list of notable breast cancer patients includes people who made significant contributions to their respective fields and who were diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives, as confirmed by public information.

According to the United States National Cancer Institute, an estimated 192,370 new cases and 40,170 deaths (women only; no estimates for male victims due to size of sampling pool) would occur in the United States in 2009.




  • Barbara Allen , American politician, Kansas state senator (see ).

  • Anastacia, American popular singer (see ).

  • Christina Applegate, American television actress (see ).

  • Dame Eileen Atkins , British stage and film actress (see ).

  • Kaye Ballard, American actress and singer (see ).

  • Brigitte Bardot, French actress and animal rights activist (see ).

  • Alexandra Bastedo, British model and actress (see ).

  • Pat Battle, African-American news reporter and anchor for NBC News (see ).

  • Allyce Beasley, American actress (see ).

  • Jami Bernard, American author and film critic for the New York Daily News.

  • Shirley Temple Black , American Oscar-winning child actress and former United States Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia , who is said to have been (in 1973) the first famous person to publicly announce her breast cancer diagnosis.

  • Raelene Boyle, Australian athlete (see ).

  • Rhona Brankin, British politician, Member of the Scottish Parliament (see ).

  • Eileen Brennan, American actress (see ).

  • Edward Brooke, African-American former U.S. Senator (see ).

  • Edna Campbell, African-American professional basketball star (see ).

  • Robin Carnahan, American politician, Missouri Secretary of State (see ).

  • Diahann Carroll, African-American actress, singer (see ).

  • Agnes Chan, Asian singing star and academic (see ).

  • Beth Nielsen Chapman, American singer-songwriter (see ).

  • Lois Chiles, American actress (first diagnosed in 2001; see ).

  • Mary Jo Codey, former First Lady of New Jersey (wife of former Governor of New Jersey Richard Codey; see ).

  • Sheryl Crow, American singer/musician (see ).

  • Pat Danner, American politician; former Democratic U.S. House Representative from Missouri (see ).

  • Ruby Dee, African-American actress (see ).

  • Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress/singer (see ).

  • Diana Dill, British-American actress; ex-wife of American actor Kirk Douglas; mother of American actor Michael Douglas (see ).

  • Anita Doth, Eurodance singer from the Dutch duo 2 Unlimited (see ).

  • Susan Duncan, Australian author (see ).

  • Elizabeth Anania Edwards, American lawyer; wife of former U.S. Senator from North Carolina John Edwards (see ).

  • Barbara Ehrenreich, American author/ethicist (see ).

  • Jill Eikenberry, American actress and wife of American actor Michael Tucker (see ).

  • Linda Ellerbee, American TV journalist (see ).

  • Melissa Etheridge, American singer; lesbian activist (see ).

  • Marianne Faithfull, British singer and actress (see ).

  • Edie Falco, American stage and TV actress (see ).

  • Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai , Hong Kong politician and Honorary President of the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation (see,).

  • Catherine Drew Gilpin Faust , American academic, historian, and current (as of 2009) President of Harvard University (see ).

  • Deanna Favre, founded The Deanna Favre Hope Foundation and wife of American football quarterback Brett Favre (see ).

  • Carly Fiorina, American entrepreneur and 2010 California Republican political candidate for the United States Senate (see ).

  • Caitlin Flanagan, American magazine writer, editor and book author (see ).

  • Peggy Fleming, American figure skater (see ).

  • Betty Ford, former United States First Lady (see ).

  • Wenche Foss, Norwegian actress (see ).

  • Maria Friedman, British actress (see ).

  • France Gall, French singer and wife of late French composer Michel Berger (see ).

  • Liza Goddard, British actress (see ).

  • Ernie Green , African-American former professional ( Cleveland Browns) football player; one of his sisters died from the disease (see ).

  • Christine Gregoire, American politician; current Governor of Washington State (see ).

  • Nanci Griffith, American singer/songwriter (see ).

  • Dorothy Hamill, American Olympic champion figure skater (see ).

  • Jane Hamsher, American film producer, author and liberal blogger (see,).

  • Sheila Hancock, British actress and widow of British actor John Thaw (see,).

  • Julie Harris, American stage actress (see ).

  • Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota politician and lawyer (see ).

  • Darby Hickson, American graphics designer; 2nd wife of Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove (see ).

  • Marsha Hunt , African-American singer, novelist, breast cancer activist and mother of Mick Jagger's first child, Karis Jagger (see ).

  • Laura Ingraham, American radio host/pundit (see ).

  • Kate Jackson, American actress (see ).

  • Ann Jillian, American actress, entertainer (see ).

  • Betsey Johnson, American fashion designer (see ).

  • Melanie Johnson, former British Member of Parliament (see ).

  • Susan Kadis, Canadian politician in the Canadian House of Commons (see ).

  • Vera Katz, American politician (first woman Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives; 45th mayor of Portland, Oregon).

  • Joan Kennedy, former wife of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA); had surgery and is continuing treatment (see ).

  • Maeve Kinkead, American actress, predominantly on daytime soap operas (see Maeve Kinkead).

  • Hoda Kotb, Egyptian-American television news anchor, journalist and correspondent (see,).

  • Marilyn Lloyd, member of the U.S. House of Representatives who was diagnosed with breast cancer, was denied a silicone breast implant following her treatment because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had removed them from the market, and became an advocate for legislation related to breast cancer treatment and women's health (see , , , ).

  • Sondra Locke, American film actress (see ).

  • Adamari L??pez, Puerto Rican actress; diagnosed in April 2005 (see ).

  • Geralyn Lucas, American journalist, television producer, and writer (see ).

  • Marisa Acocella Marchetto, American writer, cartoonist and memoirist (see ).

  • Judy Eason McIntyre, African-American politician - Oklahoma State Senator (see,).

  • Amanda Mealing, British actress (see ).

  • Tucker L. Melancon, United States District Judge, Western District of Louisiana , 5th Circuit since 1994 (see ).

  • Wendy Mesley, Canadian host and reporter for CBC Television (see ).

  • Kylie Minogue, Australian singer, actress (see ).

  • Mary Ann Mobley, American actress, musician, and activist; Miss America 1959 (see ).

  • Diana Moran, British model, fitness expert and journalist (see,).

  • Shelley Morrison, American film and television actress; also battled lung cancer (see ).

  • Jenni Murray, British BBC presenter (see,).

  • Sue Myrick, American politician, Republican U.S. House Representative from North Carolina (see ).

  • Janet Napolitano, Current United States Secretary of Homeland Security; former Governor of Arizona (see ).

  • Kitten Natividad, Mexican adult film actress and model (see ).

  • Jocelyn Newman, former Senator from the Australian Parliament for Tasmania; treated successfully (see ).

  • Phyllis Newman, American TV and Broadway actress/singer; widow of American playwright Adolph Green (see ).

  • Olivia Newton-John, UK/Australian singer/actress (see ).

  • Cynthia Nixon, American stage and TV actress (see ).

  • Linda Nolan , Irish-born singer, actress and former member of the 1970s pop band, The Nolans (see ).

  • Kim Novak, American film actress (see ).

  • Sandra Day O'Connor, first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice ( , ).

  • Elaine Paige, English actress and singer (see ).

  • Patr??cia Pillar, Brazilian film and television actress (see ).

  • Nancy Priddy, mother of American actress Christina Applegate (see ).

  • Judy Rankin, American Hall of Fame professional golfer (see ).

  • Betsy Rawls, American Hall of Fame professional golfer (see ).

  • Nancy Reagan, former U.S. First Lady (see ).

  • M. Jodi Rell, American politician, Governor of Connecticut (see ).

  • Cokie Roberts, American journalist (see ).

  • Robin Roberts , African-American women's basketball player, ESPN sportscaster (see ).

  • Margaretta Fitler Murphy Rockefeller aka Happy Rockefeller, American socialite and wife of former N.Y. Governor and U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller (see ).

  • Betty Rollin, American author, retired TV correspondent (see ).

  • Richard Roundtree, African-American actor (see ).

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz, American Democratic politician; United States House Representative from the 20th District of Florida (see ).

  • Debra Shipley, British politician - Labour Party member of Parliament (see ).

  • Claire Shulman, former Borough President of Queens, New York City (see ).

  • Carly Simon, American singer (see,).

  • Jaclyn Smith, American actress, businesswoman (see ).

  • Dame Maggie Smith , Oscar-winning British actress of stage and screen (see ).

  • Suzanne Somers, American actress (see,).

  • Karin Stanford, African-American professor and writer (see: ).

  • Koo Stark, American former adult film actress (see ).

  • Gloria Steinem, American feminist activist (see , ).

  • Lynne Stewart, American lawyer/activist (see ).

  • Sarah Susanka, English architect and author (see ).

  • Ruth Ann Swenson, American soprano opera star (see ).

  • Stephanie Swift, American adult film actress (see ).

  • Maura Tierney, American film and television actress (see ).

  • Jools Topp , New Zealand folk singer, one of the Topp Twins (see ).

  • Linda Tripp, former U.S. Government federal employee and Monica Lewinsky's former confidant (see ).

  • Dawn Upshaw, American soprano diva (see,).

  • Ann Veneman, former head of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (see ).

  • Joyce Wadler, American journalist, writer and memoirist (see; surviving ovarian cancer also).

  • Liza Wang, Hong Kong television actress and personality, singer and diva (see ).

  • Linda Waterfall, American singer-songwriter (see ).

  • Corinne Wood, American politician; former Illinois Lieutenant-Governor (see ).

  • Laura Ziskin, American film and television producer, and cancer activist (see,).




  • Josephine Abady, American theatre director and producer (died at age 52; see ).

  • Kathy Acker, American author (died at age 50; see ).

  • Margery Allingham, British mystery writer (died at age 62; see ).

  • Generosa Ammon, widow of murdered New York businessman and multimillionaire Ted Ammon (died at age 47; see ).

  • Luana Anders, American film actress (died at age 58; see ).

  • V. C. Andrews, American horror fiction writer (died at age 62; see ).

  • Mary Anning, British paleontologist; subject of the book Mary Anning of Lyme Regis by Crispin Tickell (died at age 48; see ).

  • Anne of Austria, mother of King Louis XIV of France and Philippe I, Duke of Orl??ans, wife of King Louis XIII of France, daughter of Habsburg parents, King Philip III of Spain and Margarita of Austria, sister of Philip IV of Spain, aunt and mother-in-law of Spanish Habsburg princess Maria Theresa of Spain.

  • Mary Astell, English philosopher and feminist writer (died at age 65; see ).

  • Jeanne Bal, American television actress (died at age 67; see ).

  • Judi Bari, American environmentalist and labor leader (died at age 47; see ).

  • Lisa Barnett , American science fiction writer and editor (died on May 2, 2006 of breast and brain cancers; see ).

  • Jeanne Bates, American film actress (died at age 89; see ).

  • Sally Belfrage, American-born British -based author and journalist (died at age 57; see ).

  • Ingrid Bergman, Oscar-winning Swedish film and stage actress (died at age 67; see ).

  • Dame Patricia Bergquist, New Zealand zoologist and taxonomist (died at age 76; see ).

  • Sonja, Countess Bernadotte af Wisborg (died at age 64; see ).

  • Betty Berzon, American psychotherapist and lesbian activist (died at age 78; see ).

  • Bibi Besch, Austrian-born American actress (died at age 56; see ).

  • Colette Besson, French athlete (died at age 59; see ).

  • Rose Elizabeth Bird , first female Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court (died at age 63; see ).

  • Rachel Bissex, American singer/songwriter (died at age 48; see ).

  • Alison Booker, British radio broadcaster (died at age 47; see ).

  • Brandi Borr, American stand-up comedian (died at age 39; see ).

  • Vanessa Brown, Austrian-born American actress (died at age 71; see ).

  • Coral Browne, Australian-born American actress (died at age 77; see ).

  • Coosje van Bruggen, Dutch-American sculptor, art historian, and critic (died at age 66; see ).

  • Mary-Ellis Bunim, American film/TV producer (died at age 57; see ).

  • Helen Callaghan, Vancouver, British Columbia-born left-handed center fielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for five seasons in the 1940s (died December 8, 1992, aged 69; see ).

  • Phyliss Carr , American singer ( The Quin-Tones); died on April 20, 2006, aged 66 (see ).

  • Rachel Carson, American environmentalist and author ( Silent Spring) (died at age 56; see ).

  • Yvonne Carter, British medical doctor and academic (died at age 50; see ).

  • Rose Chan, Chinese-born "Queen of Striptease" exotic dancer (died at age 62; see ).

  • Lilyan Chauvin, French-born American actress and director (died at age 82; see ).

  • Kvitka Cisyk, Ukrainian - American soprano (died at age 44; see ).

  • Doris Coley, African-American singer (one of The Shirelles) (died at age 58; see ).

  • Joan Riddell Cook, American journalist and labor activist; founded JAWS (Journalism and Women Symposium) died in 1995 (died at age 73; see,).

  • Norma Crane, American actress (died at age 44; see ).

  • Linda Creed, American songwriter (died at age 37; see ).

  • Charlotte Saunders Cushman, American stage actress (died at age 59; see ).

  • Faye Dancer, former star of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the inspiration for Madonna 's character in the film A League of Their Own (died at age 77; see ).

  • Julia Darling, award-winning British writer (died at age 48; see ).

  • Bette Davis, American Oscar-winning star actress (died at age 81; see ).

  • Jo Ann Davis, U.S. Representative from the State of Virginia (died at age 57; see ).

  • Skeeter Davis, American Grand Ole Opry star (died at age 72; see ).

  • Linda Day, American television director (died at age 71; see ).

  • Helen Dewar, American journalist & Washington Post reporter (died at age 70; see ).

  • Siobhan Dowd, British children's writer (died at age 47; see ).

  • Shirley Graham Du Bois, African-American author, playwright, composer, activist and wife of noted African-American thinker, writer, and activist W. E. B. Du Bois (died at age 80; see ).

  • Peggy Duff, British political activist and organiser of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (died at age 71; see ).

  • Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, London-born Canadian early 20th century fashion designer known as "Lucile"; sister to screenwriter Elinor Glyn (died at age 71; see ).

  • Julie Ege, Norwegian actress (died at age 64; see ).

  • Belinda Emmett, Australian actress (died at age 32; see,).

  • Miriam Engelberg, San Francisco-based graphic writer/ blogger (died at age 48; see ).

  • Margaret Ewing, Scottish National Party politician and Member of the Scottish Parliament and wife of fellow MSP Fergus Ewing (died at age 60; see ).

  • Judith Campbell Exner, JFK relationship-related American celebrity (died at age 65; see,).

  • Oriana Fallaci, Italian writer and journalist (died at age 77; ).

  • Heather Farr, American LPGA Tour golfer (died at age 28; see ).

  • Sandra Feldman, former president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) (died at age 65; see ).

  • Kathleen Ferrier, British opera singer (died at age 41; see ).

  • Char Fontane, American actress and singer (died at age 55; see ).

  • Syvilla Fort, African-American dancer and choreographer (died at age 58; see ).

  • Lacey Fosburgh, American author (died at age 50; see ).

  • Karen Fraction, African-American actress, dancer and model (died at age 49; see ).

  • Kay Francis, American film star of the 1930s (died at age 63; see ).

  • Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman; owner of the NFL team, the Saint Louis Rams (died at age 80; see ).

  • Kathryn Frost, Retired U.S. Army Major-General and former Commander of the United States Army and Air Force Exchange Service from August 2002 to April 2005, wife of Martin Frost, former Democrat U.S. Representative from Texas (died at age 57; see ).

  • Loie Fuller, French -based American dancer and choreographer (died at age 65; see ).

  • Margaret Furse, Academy Award winning British costume designer (died in 1974; see,).

  • Helen Gahagan, American actress and (under the name Helen Gahagan Douglas) a politician; wife of actor Melvyn Douglas (died at age 79; see ).

  • Megan Lloyd George, British politician, daughter of Prime Minister David Lloyd George (died at age 64; see ).

  • Sophie Germain, French mathematician (died at age 55; see ).

  • Margaret Gibson , Canadian novelist (died at age 57; see ).

  • Barbara Gittings, LGBT activist (died at age 74; see ).

  • Nicolette Goulet, Canadian-American actress; daughter of actor/singer Robert Goulet (died at age 51; see ).

  • Gloria Grahame, Oscar-winning American actress (died at age 57; see ).

  • Kate Greenaway, British illustrator (died at age 55; see ).

  • Lady Augusta Gregory, Irish nationalist writer & landowner (died at age 80; see ).

  • Alvaleta Guess, African-American musical theatre performer, singer and film/TV actress (died at age 40; see ).

  • Alaina Reed Hall, American actress (died at age 63; see ).

  • Florence Halop, American comedienne/comedic actress (died at age 63; see ).

  • Fannie Lou Hamer, African-American anti-segregation activist (died at age 59; see ).

  • Patricia Roberts Harris, first African-American U.S. Cabinet Secretary (died on March 23, 1985 at age 60; see ).

  • Sara Henderson, Australian author and pastoralist (died at age 68; see ).

  • Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (died at age 79; see ).

  • Regine Hildebrandt, German biologist and politician (died at age 60; see ).

  • Klara P??lzl Hitler , Austrian mother of Adolf Hitler (died at age 47; see ).

  • Anita Hoffman, American writer and wife of former "Yippie" activist Abbie Hoffman (died at age 56; see ).

  • Judy Holliday, American Oscar-winning star actress (died at age 43; see ).

  • Shirley Horn, African-American jazz singer; died due to complications of diabetes and breast cancer (died at age 71; see ).

  • Diana Hyland, American actress (died at age 41; see ).

  • Trina Schart Hyman, American children's book illustrator (died at age 65; see ).

  • Jill Ireland, British actress, wife of American actor Charles Bronson (died at age 54; see ).

  • Molly Ivins, American journalist and author (died at age 62; see,).

  • Alice James, American diarist; sister of writer Henry James and psychologist William James (died at age 43; see ).

  • Jocelyne Jocya, French singer-songwriter & children's rights advocate (died at age 61; see ).

  • Pauline Johnson, Native Canadian poet and orator, who was born on the Six Nations Reservation in Ontario, Canada (died at age 52; see ).

  • Puma Jones, American singer (died at age 36, see ).

  • June Jordan, African-American professor of African-American studies, poet and author of 28 books (died at age 62; see ).

  • Helen Kane, American singer and entertainer (died at age 62; see ).

  • Kaori Kawamura, Japanese female singer (died at age 38; see ).

  • Caron Keating, Northern Irish television personality (died at age 41; see ).

  • Virginia Clinton Kelley, American mother of former President Bill Clinton (died at age 71; see ).

  • Margaret Kilgallen, American artist (died at age 33; see ).

  • Kathleen "Kat" Kinkade , a founder of the Twin Oaks experimental utopian community near Charlottesville, Virginia (died at age 77; see )

  • Susan G. Komen, American breast cancer activist; sister of Nancy Brinker (died at 36 years of age; see ).

  • Marianna Komlos, Canadian bodybuilder and fitness model (died at age 35; see ).

  • Sylva Koscina, Italian -based film actress (died at age 61; see ).

  • Irene Kral, American jazz singer (died at age 46; see ).

  • Rose Kushner, American journalist and advocate for breast cancer patients (died at age 60).

  • Helen Gorman Kushnick , Hollywood television producer and agent (died at age 51; see ).

  • Jewel Lafontant, Republican politician from Cook County, Illinois (died at age 75; see,).

  • Joy Langan, Canadian politician and writer (died at age 66; see ).

  • Joi Lansing, American actress (died at age 43; see ).

  • Jennifer Lash aka Jini Fiennes; British writer/artist; mother of six (including actors Ralph and Joseph Fiennes; died at age 55; see ).

  • Frances Lear, Lear magazine publisher and ex-wife of American TV producer Norman Lear (died at age 73; see ).

  • Violette Leduc, French author (died at age 65; see ).

  • Elisabeth Leseur, French diarist (died at age 47; see ).

  • Nikolai Leskov, male Russian writer (died at age 64; see ).

  • Lhasa, aka Lhasa de Sela, Mexican-American-Canadian singer-songwriter (died at age 37; see ).

  • Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, American opera singer; in 2000 her younger sister Alexis also died due to breast cancer (died at age 52; see,).

  • Victoria Longley , Australian actress (died at age 49; see ).

  • Audre Lorde, African-American author (died at age 58; ).

  • Juliette Gordon Low, American Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA (died at age 67; see ).

  • Jane Lumb, British Public Relations Officer (formerly a model/actress; died at age 65; see ).

  • Cassie Mackin, American television journalist and correspondent (died at age 43 in 1982; see ).

  • Blessed Marie-Az??lie Martin , French laywoman and mother of St Th??r??se de Lisieux (died at age 45; see ).

  • Shirley Ardell Mason, American artist who was the inspiration for the book and film about the woman with numerous personalities known as "Sybil"; portrayed onscreen by actresses Sally Field and Tammy Blanchard (died at age 75; see ).

  • Linda McCartney, American singer, activist; wife of Sir Paul McCartney (died at age 56; see ).

  • Hattie McDaniel, African-American actress (died at age 57; see ).

  • William McGhee (aka Bill McGhee) , African-American actor (died at age 76; see ).

  • Olga A. M??ndez, American politician (died at age 82; see,).

  • Dame Helen Metcalf , British educator and politician (died at age 57; see ).

  • Sylvia Millecam, Dutch actress (died at age 45; see ).

  • Mary of Modena, Italian-born Queen Consort of King James II of England (died at age 59;).

  • Charlotte Moorman, American cellist and performance artist (died at age 57; see ).

  • Claire Morissette, Montreal, Quebec-based Canadian activist and cycling advocate (died at age 57 on July 20, 2007; see ).

  • Jean Muir, English fashion designer (died at age 66; see,).

  • Sue Napier, Australian politician; first woman Leader of the Tasmanian Opposition Party (died at age 62; see ).

  • Melissa Nathan, British novelist (died at age 37 on April 7, 2006; see ).

  • Ellie Nesler, American mother who gained a measure of publicity/notoriety for killing an accused child molester (died at age 56; see,).

  • John W. Nick, American male breast cancer patient and activist in whose name The John W. Nick Foundation was established (died on June 11, 1991, aged 58; see ).

  • Dr. Jerri Lin Nielsen , American physician who famously biopsied and treated herself for breast cancer in Antarctica at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, while awaiting evacuation, after discovering a suspicious lump on her breast (died at age 57; see ).

  • Eileen O'Connell , Nova Scotian Member of the Legislative Assembly for the riding (constituency) of Halifax-Fairview (died on September 27, 2000 (see,).

  • Ai Ogawa (n??e Florence Anthony), National Book Award- winning American poet and educator (died at age 62; see ).

  • Siobhan O'Hanlon, Northern Irish Sinn F??in official and former PIRA member (died at age 43 on April 11, 2006; see,).

  • Gayle Olinekova, Canadian marathon runner and bodybuilder (died at age 50; see ).

  • Elizabeth Owens, German-born American stage actress (died at age 77 on March 7, 2005; see ).

  • Grace Paley, American poet, writer and political activist (died at age 84; see ).

  • Lily Parr, English professional women's association football player (died at age 73; see ).

  • Edith Pechey, aka Mary Edith Pechey-Phipson; one of the first British female doctors and a women's rights activist (died at age 63; see ).

  • Susan Peretz, American film and television actress (died at age 64; see,).

  • Ruth Picardie, British writer (died at age 33; see,).

  • Heather Pick, American television news reporter & cancer/diabetes awareness activist (died on November 7, 2008; see ).

  • Mona-Lisa Pursiainen, Finnish female athlete/sprinter (died in 2000, aged 49)

  • Barbara Pym, British author/writer (died at age 66; see ).

  • Dina Rabinovitch, British writer and journalist (died at age 44; see ).

  • Irma Rangel , American politician, Texas State Representative; died of inflammatory breast cancer (died at age 71; see ).

  • Lynn Redgrave, Oscar nominated British-American actress (died at age 67; see ).

  • Sherill Lynn Rettino, American television actress (died at age 39; see ).

  • Angelena Rice, mother of United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (died in 1985 at age 61; see ).

  • Wendy Richard, British actress (died at age 65; see ).

  • Minnie Riperton, American singer, mother of American actress Maya Rudolph (died at age 31; see ).

  • Toby Robins, Canadian actress and television journalist (died at age 55 or 56; see ).

  • Rod Roddy, American male radio and television announcer (died at age 66 of breast and colon cancers; see ).

  • Ann Marie Rogers, British activist who won a lengthy legal battle against the British NHS to get cancer victims access to the life-prolonging drug Herceptin (died at age 57; see ).

  • Roxie Roker, American actress, mother of American singer/songwriter Lenny Kravitz (died at age 66; see ).

  • Patsy Rowlands, British actress (died at age 71; see ).

  • Rosalind Russell, American star actress (died at age 69; see ).

  • Caroline St John-Brooks, British journalist and academic (died at age 56; see ).

  • May Sarton, Belgium-born American poet, novelist, and memoirist (died at age 83; see ).

  • Delia Scala, Italian actress (died at age 74; see ).

  • Jane Scott , English writer, dramatist and theatre manager (died in 1839, aged 59 or 60; see Wikipedia article).

  • Screechy Peach, African-American singer and songwriter (died at age 47; see ).

  • Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, American academic, educator, author and theorist in the fields of gender and queer studies (died at age 58; see ).

  • Irene Mayer Selznick, American theatrical producer (died at age 83; see,).

  • Elizabeth Seymour, Duchess of Somerset (died at age 55; see Wikipedia article).

  • Carol Shields, Canada-based U.S. author (died at age 68; see ).

  • Marjorie Shostak, American anthropologist (died at age 51; see,).

  • Dorothy Shula , wife of former American Miami Dolphins football coach Don Shula who founded the Don Shula Foundation for breast cancer research (died in 1991; see ).

  • Ricky Silberman , American activist who co-founded the Independent Women's Forum (died at age 69; see,).

  • Naomi Sims, African American model, businesswoman and author (died at age 61; see ).

  • Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of U.S. President John Adams (died aged 48; see ).

  • Katarzyna Sobczyk, Polish singer (died at age 65; see ).

  • Soraya (full-name Soraya Raquel Cuevas Gharib), Colombian-American singer, songwriter, guitarist, arranger, and record producer, as well as breast cancer advocate; her mother and a grandmother also died from breast cancer (died aged 37; see,).

  • Jo Spence, British photographer (died at age 58; see ).

  • Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (died at age 47; see ).

  • Dusty Springfield, British songwriter/singer (died at age 59; see ).

  • Srividya, Indian actress (died at age 53; see ).

  • Athena Starwoman, astrologer, columnist for Vogue and Woman's Day, and TV commentator. (died in her mid-50s; see ).

  • Nettie Stevens, American geneticist (died at age 50; see ).

  • Pat Stevens, American actress (died on May 26, 2010; see ).

  • Marie Stopes, Scottish author and birth control advocate (died at age 78; see ).

  • Susan Strasberg, American actress; daughter of theatre director and drama coach Lee Strasberg and Paula Strasberg, and the sister of John Strasberg (died at age 60; see ).

  • Rell Kapolioka`ehukai Sunn , American world surfing champion (died at age 47; see ).

  • Jacqueline Susann, American writer (died at age 56; see ).

  • Myfanwy Talog, Welsh actress (died at age 49; see ).

  • Jane Elizabeth "Jennie" Faulding Taylor , British Protestant missionary to China with the China Inland Mission (died at age 60; see ).

  • Empress Theodora , empress of the Byzantine Empire and wife of Emperor Justinian I; both are commemorated on November 14 as saints in the Eastern Orthodox Church (died before the age of 50; see ).

  • Betty Thompson, Canadian television host of a children's programme produced at CKCO's studios (died at age 60; see ).

  • Penny Thomson, Scottish theatre and television director (died at age 56; see ).

  • Jane Tomlinson, British athlete and campaigner/fund raiser for cancer charities (died at age 43; see , ).

  • Carol Tomlinson-Keasey, American psychologist and educator (died at age 66; see ).

  • Marietta Peabody Tree, American socialite and political activist (died at age 74; see ).

  • Danitra Vance, African-American actress (died at age 40; see ).

  • Vivian Vance, American actress, singer (died at age 70; see ); also suffered from bone cancer as a result of metastasis.

  • Amalie von Wallmoden, Countess of Yarmouth (died at age 61).

  • Margaret Walker, African-American poet, writer and academic (died at age 83; see ).

  • Geraldine Warrick-Crisman, African-American television executive and former assistant New Jersey state treasurer (died at age 76; see ).

  • Angela Webber, 52, Australian comedienne and writer (died at age 52; see ).

  • Anne Wexler, American lobbyist and political advisor (died at age 79; see ).

  • Dolly Wilde, Anglo-Irish socialite & niece of writer Oscar Wilde; diagnosed with breast cancer in 1939, died two years later.

  • Thelma Wood, American sculptor (died at age 69; see ).

  • Syreeta Wright, African-American singer/songwriter and ex-wife of African-American singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder; (died at age 58; see ).

  • Gretchen Wyler, American actress, singer and dancer (died at age 75; see ).

  • Chen Xiaoxu, Chinese actress and Buddhist nun (died at age 41; see ).

  • Kim Yale, writer and editor for multiple comic book companies, including Marvel , DC , First and Warp Graphics; wife of fellow comics creator John Ostrander (see ).

  • Kay Yow, North Carolina State women's basketball coach (died at age 66; see,).

  • Judith D. Zuk, American conservationist, horticulturist and environmentalist (died at age 55; see ).




 	  

  • Bella Abzug, American lawyer, politician and women's movement leader; had been battling breast cancer for a number of years before developing heart disease, which claimed her life; however, it was never publicly disclosed if the cancer had become advanced or metastasized, or what stage it was; called for grassroots action to stop the environmental pollution fueling the cancer epidemic; refused to call herself a breast cancer survivor, saying "I'm a breast cancer fighter, and that's what we all must be if we are going to change things." (died at age 77; see ).

  • Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress; survived breast cancer, but died from lung cancer in 2005 (died at age 82; see ).

  • Erma Bombeck, American columnist and author; survived breast cancer, but was later diagnosed with adult polycystic kidney disease (died during a kidney transplant at age 69; see,).

  • June Bronhill, Australian opera singer; survived breast cancer (died from Alzheimer's disease at age 75; see ).

  • Kathie Browne, American film/television actress (died at age 72 from natural causes in 2003; see ).

  • Fanny Burney, English novelist; survived breast cancer (died at age 88; ).

  • Julia Child, famous American TV cook, known as "The French Chef"; survived breast cancer and died of natural causes; (died at age 91; see ).

  • Nellie Connally, American widow of former Texas Governor John Connally; survived breast cancer and died of natural causes; (died at age 87; see,).

  • Greta Garbo, Swedish-American actress; apparently survived breast cancer following a double mastectomy; causes of death per one of her biographies were kidney and stomach failure and pneumonia; died in 1990 (died at age 84; see ).

  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American writer; suffering from inoperable breast cancer, died due to suicide by inhaling chloroform; (died at age 75; see ).

  • Paulette Goddard, American actress; apparently survived breast cancer, but died following a short battle with emphysema in Switzerland (died at age 79; see ).

  • Connie Haines, American singer and chanteuse; treated for breast cancer in 1984 (died at age 87 in 2008 from myasthenia gravis; see ).

  • Ruth Mosko Handler , American creator of Barbie and Nearly Me prosthetics; she survived breast cancer in the 1970s but died following colon cancer surgery (died at age 85; see ).

  • Jennifer Jones , American film actress and Academy Award winner; survived breast cancer and died at the age of 90 in 2009 from natural causes (see ).

  • Jean Keene, "Eagle Lady" of Homer, Alaska, American activist; she underwent a mastectomy in 1994 and was labeled as a "breast cancer survivor" (died at age 85 on January 13, 2009 from undisclosed causes; see ).

  • Kathy Keeton, South African-born and bred Penthouse publisher; wife of publisher/collector Bob Guccione; died from complications during surgery on an intestinal obstruction after having first treated herself, reasonably successfully, with hydrazine sulfate, and reduced the size and number of tumors (died at age 58; see ).

  • Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist, entertainer and singer; survived breast cancer, but died in 1998 from uterine cancer (died at age 65; see,).

  • Myrna Loy, American actress, had a double mastectomy; died during surgery for undisclosed causes (died at age 88).

  • Rue McClanahan, American TV/stage actress; survived breast cancer, but died in 2010 following a stroke (died at age 76; see ).

  • Jane McGrath, wife of Australian cricket champion Glenn McGrath; a cancer support campaigner and activist who was originally diagnosed with breast cancer, later bone cancer (declared in remission) and died from complications of brain cancer surgery, aged 42 (see ).

  • Anna Moffo, Italian-American singer and operatic soprano who died from a stroke after grappling with complications of breast cancer for a decade (died at age 73; see ).

  • Alla Nazimova, Russian-born American stage and film actress who survived breast cancer but died due to a coronary thrombosis in 1945 (died at age 66; see ).

  • Anna Belle Clement O'Brien, Tennessee politician who worked for legislation to benefit breast cancer patients following her own diagnosis in the 1980s (died in 2009, aged 86, after a fall).

  • Minnie Pearl, born Sarah Ophelia Colley, American Grand Ole Opry star, country comic, singer & philanthropist, who battled breast cancer and died in 1996 of complications from a stroke (died at age 83; see ).

  • Claire Rayner, British nurse, journalist, writer, and activist (died in 2010, aged 79; see ).

  • Alma Reville, English-born actress and assistant film director, wife of film director Alfred Hitchcock; survived breast cancer (died of natural causes aged 82).

  • Mary Roberts Rinehart, American author; apparently survived breast cancer and died from natural causes (died at age 82; see ).

  • Jean Simmons, British -born American film, stage and television actress; treated apparently successfully for breast cancer, but died from lung cancer in 2010 (died at age 80; see ).

  • Susan Sontag, American author, initially diagnosed with advanced or metastatic breast cancer, but died of a form of leukemia traceable to the massive doses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy she had received decades earlier for her breast cancer; she was also diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer shortly before her death, which, however, did not appear to play any role in her demise (died at age 71; see ).

  • Gloria Stuart, American actress, activist and artist, successfully treated for breast cancer (died in 2010, aged 100; see ).

  • Henny van Andel-Schipper, Netherland's-born World's oldest person until her death in 2005; successfully treated for breast cancer at age 100 (died at age 115 of an unrelated gastric cancer; see ).

  • Mary Wickes, American actress; suffered from numerous ailments, including renal failure, massive gastrointestinal bleeding, severe hypotension, ischemic cardiomyopathy, anemia and breast cancer (stage of cancer unknown), which cumulatively resulted in her death (died at age 85; see ).




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