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Elizabeth Edwards Finds Inspiration in Sandra Bullock

Originally posted 06/30/2010 09:15AM

Though they've never met, Elizabeth Edwards says she is inspired by Sandra Bullock's story and can relate to the actress's struggle to deal with a very public breakdown of a marriage with dignity and grace.

Asked in a Today show interview Wednesday whether she's bitter about the end of her marriage to John Edwards, Elizabeth said the hardest part now is being defined simply as a cuckolded wife.

"I think about Sandra Bullock, who I don't know at all, but what an incredible year she's had," Edwards said. "She won the Academy Award for an incredible performance … and yet the stories you hear are not about all of those great successes but about the failure of her marriage. And I thought, that's not who she is."

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Credit: Courtesy Cate Edwards
John Edwards's Daughter: Our Lives Were 'Savaged' | Elizabeth Edwards

John Edwards's Daughter: Our Lives Were 'Savaged'

Originally posted 06/25/2010 01:50PM

Elizabeth Edwards – and, for the first time, daughter Cate – are opening up about John Edwards's infidelity and the breakup of the marriage.

In PEOPLE's edition next week, Cate, 28, who lives in Washington and clerks for a federal judge, and her mother talk candidly about their relationships with John now, Elizabeth’s cancer and other issues.

"There are the things she taught without words," Cate writes about her mother in a bonus essay for PEOPLE. Like, "how to continue to live your life on your own terms when it somehow becomes savaged by people you never invited into it."

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