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Cynthia Nixon is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes on the television and film series Sex and the City.
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The couple split in 2003. Since then, she has dated education activist Christine Marinoni.
Nixon revealed April 15, 2008, that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, but decided to keep her treatment secret. "I didn't really want to make it public while I was going through it," she said on Good Morning America. "I didn't want paparazzi at the hospital, that kind of thing."
who reprised her role as neurotic Manhattan attorney Miranda Hobbes in a movie version of HBO's Sex and the City in 2008, was diagnosed while she was starring in the off-Broadway play The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She scheduled her surgery on a Sunday to avoid missing a performance and then underwent six and a half weeks of radiation.
Nixon had firsthand experience with cancer as a child. Her mother, Ann, battled the disease twice, said Nixon. "As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, knowing my personal risk made me more aware and more empowered when I faced my own diagnosis," she said in a statement. She also appears in 2010's Sex and the City 2.
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