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Kate Winslet to pen book on autism

New York: Actress Kate Winslet will author a book of celebrity self-portrait photos to support autism.

Publisher Simon and Schuster said that the actress would author a book of celebrity self-portrait photos by Ben Stiller, Jude Law and Meryl Streep. The book will be released later this year.

Winslet organized the collection of self-portrait photos for the book titled "The Golden Hat" after becoming inspired by an HBO documentary she narrated called "A Mother`s Courage: Talking Back To Autism" that aired last year, reports the New York Daily News.

The film shows Keli Ericsdottir, an Icelandic boy who suffered from severe non-verbal autism, eventually being able to communicate. He now composes poems, including one describing a magical hat that enables an autistic boy to communicate. The documentary derives its name from Ericsdottir`s work.

Winslet asked more than two dozen celebrities to take a self-portrait photo wearing one special hat that was passed along. Other well-known figures in the book include comedian Ricky Gervais, tennis player Maria Sharapova, singer Christina Aguilera and actresses Naomi Watts and Julianne Moore.

Proceeds from the book`s profits will benefit Winslet`s autism charity "The Golden Hat Foundation."

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