Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson give big boost to UCLA COVID-19 research 05/05/2020
It’s not often that a public health study gets a major visibility boost from a Hollywood power couple. But these are no ordinary times, UCLA’s COVID-19 researchers are no ordinary scientists, and Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are no ordinary power couple.
Throughout the pandemic, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health epidemiologist Anne Rimoin has shared her expertise as a frequent guest on MSNBC’s news commentary program, “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.” After one of those appearances, Rimoin said, Williams contacted her to ask if he could connect her with “some friends” who had watched the show that night. She said yes.
Those friends turned out to be Hanks, the two-time Oscar winner, and Wilson, the actor-producer-singer-songwriter.