Tom Hanks' Wife Rita Wilson In First Performance Since Coronavirus Diagnosis

Curtis M. Wong

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After recovering from COVID-19, Rita Wilson is back in the spotlight. 

The actress delivered a soulful ― and socially distanced ― version of the national anthem to kick off a virtual NASCAR race on Sunday. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, regular NASCAR races have been postponed indefinitely. Drivers, however, have continued to take part in virtual races using motorsports simulation technology. 

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Wilson also performed virtually, filmed at her Los Angeles home by son Truman Hanks. 

Though Wilson is best known for her roles in films like “Sleepless in Seattle” and “It’s Complicated,” she’s also an accomplished singer-songwriter. Her most recent album was 2019’s “Halfway to Home.” 

Her performance Sunday came just weeks after she and husband Tom Hanks tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. They were briefly hospitalised in Australia, where Hanks was shooting Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming Elvis Presley biopic

Hanks and Wilson returned to the US on March 28 after being self-quarantined. True to form, the stars have found the subtle humor in the experience and have kept fans’ spirits high through quirky and uplifting posts on social media. 

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