Stanley Tucci Shares How Wife Felicity Blunt Helped Him Through Cancer

In a new interview, Stanley Tucci talked about battling oral cancer and the important role his wife Felicity Blunt, Emily Blunt's sister, played in his recovery.

By Corinne Heller Mar 09, 2022 9:18 PMTags

Love can heal. Just ask Stanley Tucci.

In an interview with People magazine, published March 9, the Oscar-winning actor recalls his three-year cancer battle and the emotional support he received from his wife of 10 years, Felicity Blunt—his Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt's sister—saying, "Felicity's undying attention, affection and encouragement got me through it."

The couple lives in Blunt's native London with their son Matteo, 7, and daughter Emilia, 3. The 61-year-old actor is also a dad to 22-year-old twins Nicolo and Isabel, and daughter Camilla, 20, from his marriage to his first wife Kate, who died of breast cancer in 2009.

After experiencing extreme pain in his jaw, Tucci was diagnosed with cancer at the base of his tongue in 2017. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation, telling People, "They couldn't do surgery because the tumor was so big." After his treatment ended in 2018, he slowly regained his ability to eat after previously relying on a feeding tube.

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Tucci, who is now cancer-free, is again enjoying his career, including filming for his Emmy-winning CNN food and travel show Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (the second season premieres this spring). He also plays music producer Clive Davis in the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody and recently filmed the miniseries Inside Man, as well as the spy series Citadel.

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When he's not working, he spends time with family and friends. His idea of a perfect day off? "Going to the farmer's market, buy a bunch of food, start cooking, play with the kids. And then have people over for dinner," he says. "To me, that's just a great day."

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