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Julianne Moore works to find the person inside the struggle

Julianne Moore works to find the person inside the struggle

For most actors playing fictional characters, role research tends to consist of watching a few similar movies, maybe reading a book or two. To prepare for her latest part as a middle-aged woman hit with a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's, Julianne Moore met with the head of the national Alzheimer's Association, underwent a battery of tests and hung out with scores of patients suffering from the condition. "I didn't want it to be this general thing, where you just give this mannered performance of someone who has a disease," Moore said on a recent morning, discussing her headlong preparations. "People think personalities get obliterated with...

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