Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur beat cancer and then took center stage at the “Big Brother” house to raise awareness. She sits down with Alyssa Julya Smith in Los Angeles to discuss her run on Celebrity Big Brother and why she decided to join the show.
“Truly, when I first was diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t tell anybody. I did it very privately,” she told Cheddar. “And now, I feel … like it’s good to show people life after cancer.” Following her recovery, the Tony Award winner joined the cast of the first celebrity edition of CBS’s “Big Brother” and ended up winning the season.
Jaret Winokur said Monday the show gave her a platform for the cause. “A lot of my friends have gotten diagnosed since then, and I’m able to say, ‘Yeah, this year is the worst year of your life, but there is life after cancer,’” she said.