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Social Status Affects Health and Longevity, Research Says

Medical research suggests a person's positioning on the social hierarchy ladder is intimately related to his or her risk of health and disease. Paul Solman reports on income inequality and the connection between what we earn and how long we live.

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  • PAUL SOLMAN, NewsHour Economics Correspondent:

    Peter O'Toole, nominated for a ninth Academy Award this year. Finally winning best actor, it turns out, could be a matter of life and death.

    For nominee Meryl Streep, however, who's won twice already, there may be little to fear.

  • MERYL STREEP, Actress:

    You have no style or a sense of fashion.

  • ANNE HATHAWAY, Actress:

    I think that depends on what your…

    MERYL STREEP No, no, that wasn't a question.


    You see, a recent Canadian study suggests that, when you win an acting Oscar, you live longer, like Bette Davis, who made it to 81, or Jimmy Stewart, who died at 89. John Gielgud and Katharine Hepburn both lived to 96.


    The loon, the loons, they're welcoming us back.

  • JOHN GIELGUD, Actor:

    I don't hear a thing.