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Melissa Leo Sends Best Wishes to Alice Ward, Real-Life Mother of 'The Fighter,' Who's In Hospital After Heart Attack (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 10th 2011 11:40AM
Melissa Leo on 'Good Morning America' Alice Ward, the real-life mother of boxer Mickey Ward, who actress Melissa Leo played in the film 'The Fighter,' is currently in a hospital in Boston recovering from a heart attack. Today on 'Good Morning America' (Weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Leo told Roberts she would be visiting Ward in the hospital tomorrow, and noted that Ward herself, is "a fighter."

Leo also said she couldn't have played Alice without input from the woman herself. She want so far as to ask Ward's permission to accept the role.

"I could not have played her without the time that I spent with her," said Leo. "First of all, I wanted to make sure it was okay with her. She seemed to be okay with it, and we actually got along quite well."

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