Jennifer Lawrence, Lindsay Lohan & More Sick Celebrities (PHOTOS)

Awards season meets flu season. Molly Taylor rounds up Hollywood’s sick celebrities.



Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet with walking pneumonia, Barbara Walters gets spotty, and Lindsay Lohan plans a sick day around a court date. Plus more celebrities who have gotten sick this awards season.

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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep was notably absent from this year’s Golden Globes, but her presence was felt throughout the ceremony. Cohost Amy Pohler joked in the opening monologue that Streep “has the flu—I hear she’s amazing in it.” And Jennifer Lawrence teasingly exclaimed, “I beat Meryl!” while accepting her award for Best Actress.

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Jennifer Lawrence

A case of walking pneumonia didn’t keep Jennifer Lawrence from attending the Screen Actors Guild Awards where she picked up the trophy for Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role for Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence told Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet that even though walking pneumonia is highly contagious, she felt fine.

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Hugh Jackman

Flu shots are no laughing matter, as Hugh Jackman discovered when he joked in his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the Golden Globes that, “Sorry—I’m at the tail end of this flu, and I was kicking myself for not getting the flu shot, but it appears actually you don’t need one. I feel great!” A representative for the Centers for Disease Control told TMZ, “I don’t know if he really meant that vaccination was not a good thing to do, but each year millions become ill with influenza; more than 200,000 may be hospitalized; and between 3,000 and 49,000 will die.”

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Barbara Walters

After being hospitalized due to a bad fall, Barbara Walters caught a spotty illness: chicken pox. The journalist’s View costar Whoopi Goldberg announced the news on the show, giving Walters an order: “No scratching.”

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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan planned on excusing herself from a scheduled court appearance with a doctor’s note stating that her upper-respiratory infection made her too ill to travel. Lohan however ended up making the court appearance thanks to a quick recovery, after photos were posted of her out shopping with no visible symptoms.

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Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore missed honoring her former costar Dick Van Dyke at the SAG Awards due to the illness. Van Dyke acknowledged Moore and The Dick Van Dyke Show creator Carl Reiner, who was also absent due to the flu, in his acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Van Dyke presented the same award to Moore at last year’s SAG awards.

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David Burtka

Actor Neil Patrick Harris attended the SAG Awards solo after David Burtka came down with the flu. Burtka sweetly tweeted at his fiancé, “I WAS watching you on E and you looked sexy! Break a leg on presenting! I wish I wasn't sick.”

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Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard may have played a virus expert in Contagion, but that didn’t stop her from catching one of her own. On the red carpet at the SAG Awards, the Rust and Bone nominee told Giuliana Rancic not to touch her because she was so sick. Tommy Lee Jones wasn’t as lucky. The Lincoln actor missed accepting his award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the ceremony due to illness.

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Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynold’s flu side effects were so severe that he was sent to the hospital. The Smokey and the Bandit star spent time in the Intensive Care Unit to treat dehydration before he was released. The 76-year-old actor previously underwent heart-bypass surgery.