OSCAR-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden is determined to remain optimistic following the deaths of her niece and nephew in a house fire last month (DEC03).

The MYSTIC RIVER star - who is pregnant with twins - is finding it difficult to remain strong since the tragedy in Queens, New York, but prays every night with her five-year-old daughter, EULALA GRACE.

The 44-year-old tells website PAGESIX, "Maybe it's kind of a test. It doesn't shake my faith. I don't find comfort in my faith, but I'm trying."

23/01/2004 17:38