Blythe Danner revealed she secretly battled the same cancer that killed her late husband, Bruce Paltrow, in 2002.
The “Meet the Parents” star told People magazine that she is “fine and dandy” after beating adenoid cystic carcinoma.
“Everyone is touched by cancer in some way, but it’s unusual for a couple to have the same cancer,” said Danner, 79.
When Danner received her diagnosis in March 2018, she “looked up at heaven and said to Bruce, ‘Are you lonely up there?'” she recalled.
“It’s a sneaky disease. But I’m fine and dandy now. And I’m lucky to be alive.”
Danner shares famed actress Gwyneth Paltrow, 50, and Jake Paltrow, 47, with the late director, who died at age 58.
The “I’ll See You in My Dreams” star explained to the magazine that she had been feeling unwell while working in London in 2018.
“I started feeling very woozy and I was forgetting everything,” she recalled. “And then I felt a lump in my neck, right next to where Bruce had found his [in 1999].”
Upon receiving her diagnosis, Danner decided to keep her children in the dark so as not to worry them. Eventually, she went to them with the truth.
“I was obviously very shocked,” Gwyneth shared. “It was scary. And it felt really eerie because it was so similar [to my dad’s].”
Danner underwent three surgeries in total and received alternative treatments before being declared cancer-free in 2020.
“She went through it with so much grace,” the Goop founder shared. “I was amazed at how strong she was able to be.”
Despite the tough battle she faced, the “Will & Grace” actress admitted she never had “any fear of death at all” because she had already lost the love of her life.
“I wasn’t quaking in my boots,” she said. “You never get over that kind of loss. Bruce was the heart of our family. And life is so much paler without him around. But grief is the price we pay for love.”