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Julianne Moore discusses Alzheimer's role rewards

Julianne Moore discusses Alzheimer's role rewards
6th February 2015

Julianne Moore has said the most rewarding part of her role in the film Still Alice has been helping to raise awareness of Alzheimer's.

Ms Moore has already won 17 awards for her role as a linguistics professor who battles with the disease, and is nominated for an Oscar and a Bafta.

The 54-year-old actress attended a special screening of Still Alice at the Curzon Mayfair in London, hosted by the Alzheimer's Society, and said she has had a great response from people with the condition who have seen the film.

"It's been really amazing, I have to say," Ms Moore remarked. "That's probably the most rewarding experience that I've had, because I think there's a tremendous amount of shame around the disease and people feel like they're not seen, they feel isolated."

Ms Moore admitted that attending so many awards ceremonies is hard work but said she hopes it will encourage more people to see the movie, which has a UK release date of March.

"It's so, so nice to receive these accolades, particularly from your peers," the Hunger Games star added.

Written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Still Alice is based on Lisa Genova's 2007 bestselling novel of the same name.

Julianne Moore stars as Alice, a Columbia linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Alec Baldwin co-stars as her husband John, while Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish play her children Lydia, Anna, and Tom.

Other films that have dealt with the subject of Alzheimer's include Away From Her and The Savages, which were released in 2007, 2004's The Notebook and 2001's A Song For Martin.

The 2001 film Iris, about British novelist Iris Murdoch and husband John Bayley, which contrasted the writer's youth with the couple's later struggle with Alzheimer's, was also highly acclaimed.

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