She is just not a pretty face with luscious lips. Angelina Jolie is also a confident enough woman to go behind the camera and call the shots.
She did that in 2011 with In the Land of Blood and Honey, but this time round she’s taken up a bigger challenge. Angelina J is directing a film titled ‘Unbroken’.
It tells the story of Olympian Louis Zamperini who, during World War II, remained aboard a raft after his plane crashed, was captured by Japanese soldiers and taken into custody.
Apparently Angelina J has met Mr Zamperini on a few occasions and calls him her hero.
The former couple – who split 10 years ago – are still close and Angelina called Billy Bob to warn him that she was planning to undergo surgery after finding out she carried the BRCA1 cancer gene, which gave her an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a 50 per cent risk of ovarian cancer.
He is quoted by In Touch Weekly magazine as saying: “She told me she wanted to let me know before the public so I wouldn’t freak out. She’s an amazing person.”
While the actress turned to her former partner once she made the decision to have the surgery, it was her husband Brad Pitt’s mother who convinced her it was the right choice to make.
An insider previously revealed: “Basically, Brad’s mom helped save Angie’s life.
“When Angie told Jane that she was considering having genetic testing, Jane said to do whatever she thought was best for the children’s sake.
“That was all Angie had to hear. She made a decision right then and there to have it done!”
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Angelina Jolie didn’t have to tell the world why she had been out of the spotlight for months. She could have said that she was just spending time with her large family or taking a much-needed break after years of working nonstop.
Instead the actress chose to open up about her preventive double mastectomy. Jolie, who carries a gene that puts her at an elevated risk for breast cancer, explained her decision in a New York Times op-ed that sparked both support and controversy.
Jolie’s ability to shape a national conversation while earning one of the highest paychecks in Hollywood makes her the most powerful actress on our Celebrity 100 list. Jolie ranks 41st overall with $33 million in earnings. Much of that comes from her upfront pay for the movie Maleficent, Disney’s new take on the old Sleeping Beauty story. Jolie stars as the wicked queen in the movie, which is scheduled for release next summer.
Jon Voight learned Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy after reading about it online.
The 74-year-old actor did not know his daughter had gotten surgery, even though he saw her just days before her op-ed in The New York Times was published.
“My love and admiration for my daughter can’t be explained in words,” Voight told the New York Daily News about Jolie. “I saw her two days ago with my son Jamie. We all got together for his birthday, with her and Brad [Pitt]. But I didn’t know. It wasn’t obvious at all. I found out [Tuesday] morning. I was as surprised as anyone and deeply moved by the way she’s handled this.”
He “absolutely” understands why she kept him in the dark for three months. “I completely understand. I want the focus to be on the inspiration,” he added, saying that they spoke on Tuesday after the news went public.
Jolie and Voight have had a rocky relationship. The actor cheated on Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, with another woman in the 1970s. The two later got divorced and Bertrand raised Jolie and her brother, James Haven.
“I grew up fighting with him over things, usually regarding her [Bertrand],” the 37-year-old explained to “60 Minutes” last year. “There was a certain point where it just got to a breaking point. Things were said and things went too far. I decided that I felt it was an unhealthy relationship because it was making me feel sick, and making me feel and making me too emotional. So I stepped away and I called my mother and told her I would not be speaking with him anymore.”
In 2001, Voight went on “Access Hollywood” and tearfully pleaded for Jolie — whom he was already estranged from — to seek help for her “serious mental problems.” Seven years later, Voight and Jolie reconciled while she was pregnant with twins Knox and Vivienne in 2008.
Jolie began speaking to her father because it was best for her family. She again put her family first when she decided to get a double mastectomy after finding out she carries the breast cancer gene, BRCA1. She said she never wants her six children to be fearful of losing their mother, since she lost her own to cancer in 2007.
“We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer,” she wrote, referring to herself and fiance Brad Pitt. “And it has.”
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Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is echoing Brad Pitt’s response (and many others) to Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.
The celeb wrote a piece for Huffington Post, titled “Freedom of Choice, Freedom of Privacy,” where she not only praises the star’s bravery to undergo the procedure, but her ability to do it in private.
“Ms. Jolie is a heroine to many. Me included,” she wrote, adding that, “She is brave and bold and challenging. She challenges the world with her thoughts and actions and deeds. She tells stories that have meaning. She walks the walk, talks the talk and does so with jaw dropping beauty and admirable and seemingly effortless style.”
Curtis makes note that Jolie’s big revelation was done with “eloquence and dignity and grace,” giving women a positive message of pro-action.
The celeb goes on to admire that the mother of six had the opportunity to go through such a sensitive ordeal without the “tabloid machine” breathing down her neck.
“Surrounded by people she had to trust with this most delicate and sensitive of issues, she did it in the safety net of family and doctors and nurses and technicians who stuck with their original command: first, do no harm,” Curtis wrote. “They respected Ms. Jolie with her privacy and in doing so allowed her to share, if and when she wanted to, her journey with the public.”
The actress hopes that should a similar situation come her way, she will be able to “emulate Ms. Jolie as my guide and follow in her very strong and brave steps and her quiet dignity.”
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Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.
The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday’s New York Times under the headline, “My Medical Choice.” She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.
Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer.
“My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56,” Jolie writes. “She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.”
She writes that, “They have asked if the same could happen to me.”
Jolie said that after genetic testing she learned she carries the “faulty” BRCA1 gene and had an 87 per cent chance of getting the disease herself.
She said she has kept the process private so far, but wrote about with hopes of helping other women.
“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made,” Jolie writes. “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 per cent to under 5 per cent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”
Phone and email messages left by The Associated Press late Monday night seeking comment from Jolie representatives were not immediately returned.
She is anything but private in the details she provides, giving a description of the procedures.
“My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a ‘nipple delay,’” she writes, “which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area.”
She then describes the major surgery two weeks later where breast tissue was removed, saying it felt “like a scene out of a science-fiction film,” then writes that nine weeks later she had a third surgery to reconstruct the breasts and receive implants.”
Many women have chosen preventive mastectomy since genetic screening for breast cancer was developed, but the move and public announcement is unprecedented from a star so young and widely known as Jolie.
She briefly addresses the effects of the surgery on the idealized sexuality and iconic womanhood that have fuelled her fame.
“I do not feel any less of a woman,” Jolie writes. “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”
She also wrote that Brad Pitt, her partner of eight years, was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Southern California for “every minute of the surgeries.”
Bertrand, Jolie’s mother, died in January 2007. She had small roles in the movies “Lookin’ to Get Out” in 1982 and “The Man Who Loved Women” in 1983. She raised Jolie and her brother after divorcing their father, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, when Jolie was a toddler.
Jolie has appeared in dozens of films including 2010’s “The Tourist” and “Salt,” the “Tomb Raider” films, and 1999’s “Girl, Interrupted,” for which she won an Academy Award.
But she has appeared more often in the news in recent years for her power coupling with Pitt and her charitable work with refugees as a United Nations ambassador.
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Angelina Jolie has paid glowing tribute to the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for advocating for girls’ education, telling the girl’s story to a high-profile women’s conference and committing $200,000 to a new fund to promote her cause.
Jolie introduced Malala Yousafzai, 15, to the crowd at the Women in the World summit on Thursday via a new video from Britain, in which the girl spoke about the new “Malala’s Fund” for girls’ education in Pakistan.
“Today I’m going to announce the happiest moment of my life,” the teenager said in the brief video, wearing a bright red headscarf and at one point shyly covering her face with her hands. She said that a new school in her homeland would be built, for 40 girls. “Let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls,” she said.
Malala has garnered huge global attention since she was shot in the head in October by Taliban attackers angered by her activism. She was brought to Britain for treatment, including skull reconstruction and cochlear implant surgeries. She is now attending school there. She recently signed a deal to write her memoir, and was also shortlisted for Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2012.
Jolie gave an emotional rendition of her story. “Here’s what they accomplished,” she said of Malala’s attackers. “They shot her point blank range in the head — and made her stronger. The brutal attempt to silence her voice made it stronger.”
A never-before-seen photo of a topless Angelina Jolie posing with a horse is up for auction at Christie’s.
The 2001 photo titled “Horseplay’ is an outtake from a David LaChapelle shoot for Rolling Stone, and is expected to fetch between $38,325 and $53,655.
According to the Daily Mail, the photo of Jolie will go on sale alongside a black and white print of the 37-year-old actress and Brad Pitt posing as husband and wife for photographer Steven Klein, which ran in W magazine in 2005. That photo is expected to go for approximately $15,000, reports E! News.
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Angelina Jolie brought her star power to London on Thursday to back an urgent cause: fighting sexual violence in military conflicts.
The actress joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague in announcing $36 million in additional funding from G-8 nations to go toward a series of measures for preventing sexual violence and ensuring justice for its survivors.
For too long, Jolie said, survivors of sexual violence have been “the forgotten victims” of wars in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.
“Today, I believe that their voices have been heard,” she said alongside Hague, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and others at a meeting of foreign ministers from G-8 nations.
The British foreign secretary called sexual violence in conflict “one of the greatest and most persistent injustices” in the world and said the time had come to eradicate the scourge of rape in war.
“This in my mind is the slave trade of our generation,” Hague said. “Now that we have put war-zone rape on the international agenda, it must never slip off it again and it must be given even greater prominence.”
He said the G-8 ministers meeting in London have made the “historic” declaration that rape and serious sexual violence in conflicts constitute war crimes and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions — putting responsibility on nations to search for and prosecute anyone accused of such crimes.
Jolie, who serves as a special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, welcomed the “long overdue stand” on sexual violence, saying that for too long international political will to prevent it has been “sorely lacking.”
Sexual violence has been used as a weapon of war in several conflicts, including in Syria, Libya, Bosnia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hague said some funding will go toward training military personnel on how to respond to sexual violence, since they are often the first to encounter survivors.
Ministers also pledged to set out international standards for the investigation of rape and sexual violence, as well as to ensure there is no amnesty for sexual violence in peace agreements.
Jolie, a longtime humanitarian, also traveled recently to the Democratic Republic of Congo to campaign against sexual violence in war zones. She also opened a school for girls in Afghanistan, and plans to fund more with proceeds from her jewelry line.
Source: CBS News
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have partnered with renowned vintner to make wines on their $60-million French estate. And the couple is not just using their name to sell the rosé wine produced on their 1,200-acre French estate.
The Hollywood stars reportedly participated in the hard work of harvesting the grapes that went into the organic wine, dubbed ‘Miraval Cotes de Provence,’ which is expected to hit stores next month.
The fruit grew on vines on the couple’s property, Chateau Miraval, in Provence, France. The huge tract has a moat and a forest and already yields grapes that produce 150,000 bottles of rosé, red and white wine.
Source: DNA India