Actress Wendie Jo Sperber, Nov. 29 Actress Wendie Jo Sperber, who starred opposite Tom Hanks on TV's Bosom Buddies and who in his words became "a walking inspiration" after she contracted cancer, died at home Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, after an eight-year battle with breast cancer. She was in her 40s. A Los Angeles native, Sperber appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies, including all three Back to the Future films. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, she became an advocate for cancer care and in 2001 founded the weSPARK Cancer Support Center. In 1998, she helped unveil and promote a breast cancer stamp for the U.S. Postal Service.
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