10 Most Beautiful 2012
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Charity: The Ellis Fund
With bright eyes and blonde hair, the energetic woman is more than meets the eye. After losing her son Ellis Beam in 1994 to cancer, Catt witnessed the giving nature of others first-hand. In a pay-it-forward fashion, she decided to pass along hope to families treading through similar trials by starting the Ellis Fund. From giving much of her income to families impacted by cancer for non-medical expenses to helping women through the recovery process, Catt is consistently selfless. She finds beauty in kind treatment of others and the ability to spark laughter. Catt is inspired by the outdoors but a homebody at heart, and she can often be found curled up with a good biography, cooking or spending time with her husband, Larry. So what has Catt taken away from her emotional rearrangements and helping others? “Let go of the petty, and don’t take yourself so seriously,” she says. —D.D.
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