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Kate Winslet saved lives, but discarded bra in house blaze

Kate Winslet is a quick thinker: When Richard Branson's island home caught fire in August, she put down her bra and grabbed the children and his mother, helping in their escape.
/ Source: Us Weekly

In a disaster, it's important to make sure your assets are in order.

And that's exactly what Kate Winslet did right before she escaped a fire that ravaged 61-year-old British billionaire Sir Richard Branson's private home on Necker Island in August.

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"We woke up at 4:30 in the morning to yelling that there was a fire," the Oscar winner recapped on "The Graham Norton Show," which airs October 29. "I jumped up and ran immediately towards the fire but then realized we might die ... then thought 'Now what do I do?' so I ran into the bedroom and put on a bra!"

"In disastrous moments like that, you do the strangest things. I started to put on a bra and thought, 'No, that's going to take me too long,' so off came the bra, on came the T-shirt, then I grabbed the children and I picked up granny," Winslet said, referring to Branson's 90-year-old mother, Eve.

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But even months after the unfortunate event, the actress remains humble about her life-saving actions.

"No I didn't save her life. I carried her down the stairs is the truth of it," the 35-year-old "Contagion" star told the UK TV host. "I have to say Eve Branson is an extraordinary stoic, powerful lady and she could have totally made it out on her own, I just helped that tiny little bit."

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Winslet was one of 20 people staying at the Virgin Group CEO's home in the British Virgin Islands. She was vacationing with her two kids (Mia, 10, and Joe, 7) and her then boyfriend Louis Dowler. She's now dating Branson's nephew, Ned Rocknroll.