Cate Blanchett Suffers Head Injury on Stage

Celebrity News Sep. 2, 2009 AT 9:59PM
Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton Cate Blanchett attends the after party for the 2008 Helpmann Awards at Star City Casino on July 28, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Credit: Gaye Gerard/Getty Images

Cate Blanchett suffered a head injury Wednesday during a live performance in her native Australia, according toreports.

The actress, 40, was performing in A Streetcar Named Desire at The Sydney Theatre Company when she was hit by a prop, Tim McKeough, the theatre's spokesman, tells the Australian Associated Press. He denied a report that cast member Joel Edgerton threw a radio at her, as had been previously reported.

"There was a minor incident on stage that unfortunately did injure Cate," he said. "There is no point in the show in which the radio is thrown at her. There was a moment when another actor lifted the prop above his head and she somehow sustained a minor blow to the head."

She was not taken to the hospital.

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An audience member tells the Sydney Morning Heraldthat "she had blood streaming down the back of her head and blood on the back of her neck."

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Adds the witness, "She acted for about another 30 seconds, then ran into what we thought was the next scene, but before we knew it the lights were turned on and we were told there were technical difficulties and everyone had to evacuate the Sydney Theatre Company."

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Said McKeogh, "Everyone is fine. Cate was injured, she got a bump on the head, but we're confident she will be on stage [tomorrow night]."

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