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Rita Wilson Performs Live For The First Time Since Recovering From Coronavirus

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By Natalie Hunter

Rita Wilson was one of the first celebrities test positive for coroanvirus. She and her husband Tom Hanks spent 5 days quarantined in an Australian hospital in Queensland and the rest of the time quarantining in Australia until they fully recovered. Upon recovering and returning to America, Wilson had been asked to sing for a virtual NASCAR race on Fox Sunday and the "CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares" on Wednesday April 8th, 2020 as reported by USA Today.

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"So honored to sing our National Anthem #tomorrow this Sun, April 5 at 1pm est / 10am pst on Fox and FS1," Wilson wrote on Instagram announcing her NASCAR performance.

While NASCAR cannot hold in-person races, the drivers partook in a virtual car race. They drove using a racing simulator similar to ones used in arcades. Wilson sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the race started.

She will also sing at the CMT Awards along with Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Lady Antebellum and Lionel Richie.


Hanks announced that he and Wilson will continue to self-quarantine and practice social distancing despite already having the virus.

"Hey, Folks... we're home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing. Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it," the statement read.

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Wilson posted a picture of Larry David and herself and wrote an emotional caption upon the anniversary of being cancer-free now being coronavirus-free.

"This date, March 29, represents a time of great happiness. I was on Broadway starring with Larry David in his play Fish In The Dark before finding out I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. March 29 also marks five years of being cancer free after having had a bilateral mastectomy. I am so thankful for my health, for the doctors, nurses, friends and family who got me through that time," she wrote.

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"You, online friends, also need to be thanked because your prayers and optimism were felt deeply," she added. "And, so thankful for the blessings God has bestowed on me, then and now. So, today, March 29, I am celebrating the beauty of this life, the blessings God has given, and my continued good health, even now as a COVID 19 survivor. Please take a moment today to acknowledge the amazing creation your bodies are and to thank it for doing so much."

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