Are Oscars Nominees' Health Plots Accurate or Malpractice?
Dr. Markel says: "In this memoir of segregation and the African-American experience of being a domestic servant in Mississippi during the early 1960s, we are introduced to Charlotte Phelan, the mother of the writer-protagonist Skeeter, ably played by Alison Janney.
"A wacky, scene-stealing character, Charlotte is battling with cancer, which gives her the excuse to play with a variety of wigs that cover up her chemotherapy-induced baldness. This case of cancer, however, is more a literary device for evoking pathos than an accurate portrayal of the exhausting, debilitating and often spirit-sapping experience of real-life cancer.
"Interestingly, Janney has recently signed up to guest star on the stunning series, 'The Big C,' which dramatizes the stories of people of all walks of life stricken with cancer."