After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018, the Legally Blonde actress shared her health journey with the world when she joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars‘ 31st season.
“This is a new chapter of growing my stamina and really healing,” Blair told E! News of joining the Disney+ competition series in September. “Not just healing, but finding strength and support.”
She added, “It is for the viewer, because that is what’s given me support. In dark times in my life, there have been people that came forward—strangers on the street or Instagram… I’m doing it for them.”
Though she was forced to exit the competition early per her doctors’ recommendations, noting she could risk extensive damage to her body if she continued, Blair delivered one last “beautiful dance” with her partner, Sasha Farber, fittingly set to “What the World Needs Now.”
And in December, Blair won Competition Contestant of 2022 at the People’s Choice Awards, where she delivered an emotional speech.
“This is kind of a huge deal for me,” the 50-year-old said. “I have been in this town a long time. I have so many amazing friends that win things like this. This feels so amazing and I can’t believe the people gave me something after giving me so much the last few years of learning how to connect and to feel supported by people. It means so much.”