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Kate Winslet

Rescues Richard Branson's Mom

As His House BURNS DOWN

8/22/2011 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Mogul Richard Branson had his home on a private island in the Caribbean burn to the ground this morning, and his 90-year-old mother might have died in the blaze ... if not for the help of Kate Winslet.

Branson recanted the harrowing tale on his blog this morning, saying that 20 people were inside the home at the time of the fire ... but they all managed to get out fine. He said the main house -- on Necker Island -- was completely destroyed.

Branson cited a tropical storm as the cause, saying a lightning storm hit the house around 4:00 AM.

As for the dramatic rescue of his elderly mother, Branson wrote, "... many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90 year mum out of the main house to safety wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!"

Wonder who'll play Kate when Branson sells the movie rights?

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some guy    

Can't that fail of a fake celebrity couple he tried to create play Kate's role?

1125 days ago
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Stiletto    

Wow...I am very impressed with Kate. I just might allow her to have sex with me.

1125 days ago
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whatevs    

Kate is a stud!

1125 days ago
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Camille_Grammer    

Tell me, is Mr. Branson single, and does he enjoy playing in the Grand Canyon?

1125 days ago
5.

kake79    

Recount, not recant.

1125 days ago
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PG    

Too bad that bolt didn't hit the fake KockROACH wedding.

1125 days ago
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John    

I hardly thing that Sir Richard recanted his story, but he may have recounted it. Try to do gooder, TMZ.

1125 days ago
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L-LOFAN    

Lindsay would be a great choice to star as Kate. She is a master at her craft and easy to work with. Lindsay works only with the biggest stars and would be a natural.

1125 days ago
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northern gypsy    

wow...what a wonderful act of compassion...KUDOS TO YOU K.W.

1125 days ago
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Zippy T. Pinhead    

Branson recanted the harrowing tale? Yes and I'll be moving this fall. I'm relactating to New York. Looks like the proof readers at TMZ are working overtime!!!!

1125 days ago
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wasted days and wasted nights    

Glad to hear that all got out safely and kudos to Kate. And Richard Branson is one cool cat.

1124 days ago
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Heather    

Isn't this the place where Nick & Vanessa just got married?

1124 days ago
13.

Ali    

Recant means to take back. I think you mean recounted, idiots.

1124 days ago
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Jimbo    

. re·cant·ed, re·cant·ing, re·cants. v.tr. To make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed

1124 days ago
15.

Philip    

Recant? Really?

1124 days ago
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