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.
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Even stars get starstruck!
As Amy Poehler and Tina Fey prepare to co-host the 2013 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 13, they’re just like any other fans — except for the fact that they each have their own shows on NBC, of course.
“The big thing is that television and film get to be together. So the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the horrible, disgusting people of television,” Poehler quips in a new teaser for the broadcast. “And that’s always nice to see.”
One “beautiful person of film” the Parks and Recreation actress can’t wait to meet? Brad Pitt’s better half. “I’m hoping to meet Angelina Jolie,” the comedienne says, joking with Fey that she’s already had plenty of “imaginary conversations” with the A-list movie star. “I’m hoping to have a real one onstage or on camera live at some point.”
Her co-host is less enthused. “I hate everyone,” the 30 Rock actress deadpans. “I don’t want to meet anyone.” So what does she want? “I personally would like to win Best Picture. Just me, as a person, winning Best Picture, I think would be unprecedented. Especially ’cause I didn’t even really make a movie this year,” she jests.
But seriously, folks. “We decided to host because the Golden Globes seem like they’re pretty fun,” Poehler says.
“Yes. We’ve been to them before, and it’s a very kind of sloppy, loud party,” Fey adds. “And that seemed like our kind of thing.”
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The Los Angeles Times reports Thorton has finally sold his Beverly Hills property that he once shared with Jolie. The 11,012-square-foot home was bought for a cool $8 million. The hacienda has nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a recording studio and gym.
According to TMZ, Thornton had originally asked for $10 million but since the ex-husband and wife couple purchased the home for just $3.75 million back in 2000, we’re going to assume Thornton didn’t mind accepting the low-ball offer.
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Angelina Jolie hosted a star-studded party on Sunday (18Nov12) to endorse her friend Ewan Mcgregor’s new film The Impossible.
The Salt star entertained an intimate crowd of 30 guests at the Soho Hotel in London with a private screening of the movie, which tells the story of a family caught up in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
The event was attended by actress Noomi Rapace and Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, alongside The Impossible’s 16-year-old star Tom Holland, screenwriter Sergio G. Sanchez, and composer Fernando Velazquez.
Speaking at the event, Jolie said, “Ewan, I’ve known you for years and you’re one of my favourite actors. But I watched this and I didn’t recognise you. It’s strange – to say it’s one of the best performances of the year doesn’t really give it credit. It doesn’t feel like a performance – it comes from such an honest place.”
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The couple that cries together, predicts Oscar picks together.
At least, that seems to be the case for A-list supernovas Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who, according to Ange, shared a tender moment together while watching Ewan McGregor’s performance in the upcoming film The Impossible.
Jolie hosted a special screening of the movie — which centers on a family dealing with the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami — in London Monday night where she gushed about McGregor.
His harrowing performance as a distraught father is gaining Oscar buzz, and a glowing endorsement from Jolie is sure to help his chances.
“I have known you for years and you are one of my favorite actors and I’ve always loved to watch you, but I watched this and I didn’t recognize you,” Jolie told the Scottish actor. “To say it is one of the best performances of the year, really doesn’t give it credit, because it doesn’t feel like a performance. It’s from such an honest place and so deeply emotional.”
She went on to say that McGregor was so good, in fact, that he moved both she and her fiancé Brad Pitt to tears.
“You rarely see this emotion from a man on screen and I called (McGregor) later to tell him how much he made me cry,” she added. “I was crying, and I looked over at Brad and he was crying. It’s just really, really powerful. As an actor, I’m in awe.”
The Impossible also stars Naomi Watts and is set to hit theaters Dec. 21.
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On November 20, toys, school uniforms and playground equipment donated by Angelina Jolie and the Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, were given to children in the Koda settlement for internally displaced persons (IDPs), in the Tetrtskaro region.
Encouraged by the NGO– “Coalition for Justice”, internally displaced children made colorful drawings for Angelina Jolie for World Refugee Day in June of this year. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Georgia sent all the drawings along with children’s messages to the world-famous actress.
“I am touched by the emotions and enthusiasm put into these drawings,” Angelina Jolie said and expressed her good will to the children residing in the Koda settlement.
“In exchange, I’m sending you school uniforms and toys. But most of all, I hope that one day we can meet, and I can come and see you,” says Angelina Jolie in her video message to the children in the Koda settlement.
The UNHCR addresses the protection and assistance needs of some 276,000 persons of concern in Georgia, which includes more than 270,000 internally displaced people, around 1,500 de-jure stateless persons and 450 refugees.