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Selma Blair takes Emmy stage with a cane to present award

The actress, best known for her roles in movies such as “Cruel Intentions,” “Legally Blonde” and “Hellboy,” was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018.
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Selma Blair receives a standing ovation as she presents the Emmy for outstanding drama series at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — At the 74th Primetime Emmys, Selma Blair was tapped to present the final award of the night, best drama series.

People stood as the actress walked out sporting a black-and-gold dress and cane. Blair presented the award to "Succession" who once again took the title for best drama.

“Succession” beat out competitors “Better Call Saul,” “Euphoria,” “Ozark,” “Severance,” “Squid Game,” “Stranger Things” and “Yellowjackets.”

The actress and recently announced “Dancing With the Stars” contestant has been public about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis, raising awareness with a 2019 intimate documentary directed by Rachel Fleit and this year’s memoir, “Mean Baby.”  

In August 2021, Blair announced that she had been in remission from multiple sclerosis as a result of undergoing a stem cell transplant. She underwent hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation which uses stem cells derived from bone marrow, peripheral blood or umbilical cord blood.

The actress, best known for her roles in movies such as “Cruel Intentions,” “Legally Blonde” and “Hellboy,” was diagnosed with the disease in 2018.

Blair said she had been experiencing symptoms for years before she was officially diagnosed. 

“I’ve been carrying around some sort of chronic illness, either building up or had for a long time, so it wasn’t a surprise to me,” she said at the time. “Just the name was a surprise.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the protective myelin sheath that covers nerve fibers. It can cause vision loss, pain, fatigue and impaired coordination. Its cause is unknown.

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