A woman from Sartell, Minnesota helped create the role that is winning awards for actress Julianne Moore.
The St. Cloud Times reported that Sandy Oltz, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease four years ago when she was 46, was the lead consultant to Moore as she prepared for her lead role in the Sony Pictures movie, "Still Alice," which opens in theaters on Friday.
Moore snagged an Academy Award nomination for the role on Thursday; she has already won the Golden Globe and a Critic's Choice Award for her portrayal of a college professor experiencing dementia. She's considered the leading contender for the Oscar.
Oltz was tapped to share information with Moore in late 2013. Oltz was on set in March as the movie was filmed in New York, and the two also texted and Skyped during production.
WCCO reported that right after the Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, Moore made a phone call to Oltz and told her that both of them being recognized by the nomination. Oltz told the station she is keeping Feb. 22 open. Moore told her months ago that she would be her date if Moore were nominated.
Oltz saw the movie at its premiere in Los Angeles. She gives it "a 10 out of 10."
People with early onset Alzheimer's are "not suffering, but we're struggling," Oltz told the Times. But most importantly, "we can still contribute to society.
Oltz previously shared her story when she was a guest on Katie Couric's talk show last fall. WJON reported the show contacted her because she’s one of 10 people on the National Alzheimer’s Association Early-Stage Advisory Group.
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