Veteran actress Jacqueline Bisset has lavished praise on her goddaughter Angelina Jolie for overcoming so many difficulties in her life, including a double mastectomy last year (13). Jolie had both her breasts removed in 2013 after discovering she was at high risk of developing cancer and is facing more surgery in the future to reduce her chances of falling ill.
Her godmother Bisset, who was close friends with Jolie's late mother Marcheline Bertrand, admits the Hollywood star has overcome many troubles and she is impressed with her "strength".
Bisset tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "Angelina is incredibly self-contained, but she's had a hard life; she's had a difficult life; she is carrying a lot of baggage from her life and she is very strong... She is very powerful, though she doesn't show this aspect particularly now. She is also very gentle and peaceful."
Bisset and Jolie previously shared the screen together in 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Angelina Jolie's personal doctor has heaped praise on the private Hollywood star for opting to go public with news of her double mastectomy. The Tomb Raider beauty hit headlines in May (13) when she revealed she had undergone the drastic surgery as a preventative measure after doctors warned her she was at high risk of developing breast cancer.
Now Dr. Kristi Funk tells Los Angeles magazine Jolie had decided early on she would make an announcement about the procedures, but "waited to find the perfect timing in her personal and professional life, but, I think most importantly, in her soul".
Funk has applauded Jolie for inspiring others, telling the September (13) issue of the publication, "When someone who is arguably the most beautiful woman in the world removes the part of her body that is symbolic of femininity and sexuality, you have to say, 'Why would she do that?'
"She is intensely private, but she calculated the moment when she would be ready to reveal something so personal... She knew always that in her philanthropic core she couldn't keep this a secret and be who she is. She always knew."
Jolie, whose mother Marcheline Bertrand lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2007, underwent almost three months of medical procedures in secret, beginning 2 February (13) and ending on 27 April (13).
Angelina Jolie's delicate relationship with her actor father Jon Voight is set to be put to the test again by the publication of extracts from letters the actress' late mother sent to a friend after her husband walked out on her. Marcheline Bertrand shared her grief in correspondence she sent to her best pal, Martha, and now the late actress' goddaughter has opened up about the heart-wrenching letters in the pages of U.S. tabloid the Globe.
Marie Miles, who is Martha's daughter, also shares Christmas cards her godmother, who she affectionately called Marcia, sent her mum. The pile of correspondence details how Bertrand really felt about her split from Voight.
One 1977 letter, obtained by the Globe, reads: "I almost feel like I died and was reborn again, but somehow I know deep in my heart that is how I'm supposed to be feeling.
"Jon and I are still separated, but at this moment in time it's for the best. I am much stronger now and the children and I are going to survive and be just fine. I'm trying to eliminate all confusion and negativity in my life, accept any changes and grow from them."
In a note in a Christmas card later that same year (77), Bertrand revealed, "This has been a very difficult year for me, and I am just now beginning to come out of it with the necessary courage and strength to go forward."
She adds, "I'm not worrying anymore because I have accepted this is all part of God's plan for me."
Cooing about Jolie, who was two at the time, the actress writes, "She's beautiful and funny and very, very cunning."
Bertrand and Voight divorced in 1978 and the actor's relationship with his daughter has always been difficult - she once cut him out of her life after he went public with his fears for the Tomb Raider star's mental health.
Daughter and father appear to have patched up their relationship in recent years, but Miles fears they will never be truly close, telling the Globe, "Even though Angie has allowed Jon back into her life, she'll never fully forgive him for abandoning her mother."
Angelina Jolie made her debut appearance since her double mastectomy Sunday night when she worked the red carpet at the London premiere of her beau Brad Pitt's upcoming zombie film World War Z.A few weeks ago, Jolie revealed in a New York Times editorial that she carries a "faulty" gene which motivated her to have a double mastectomy to slim the risk of her contracting breast cancer. Jolie was especially driven to have mastectomy surgeries since her mother Marcheline Bertrand passed away due to cancer in 2007.At the premiere, Jolie sported a slick, curves-hugging black Saint Laurent dress and in an interview with BBC, she vibrantly exclaimed that she "feels great and wonderful" and shared how thankful she is for all the support she's received through this process. The Oscar-winning actress also spoke about being grateful for the increased emphasis on women's health in the media.Although Jolie swiftly directed the interview back to the focus of the night, her man and his new apocalyptic flick, Pitt commented on Jolie's perseverance. He shared that "life will go on" and, despite everything, they are still together on the red carpet taking care of their movie-making business.So... can I have a supportive man like Brad Pitt all to myself?
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Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since revealing she underwent a double mastectomy, at partner Brad Pitt's London film premiere for new movie World War Z on Sunday (02Jun13). The Hollywood couple wowed fans in Leicester Square and signed autographs and posed for pictures before joining Pitt's co-stars Mireille Enos and Peter Capaldi and director Marc Forster for the film launch, which marked the first time Jolie had been seen in public since sharing the news of her preventive cancer surgery in a New York Times article last month (May13).
The smiling actress also stopped for a brief chat with the BBC before entering the cinema, stating she felt "great" and "wonderful", adding, "I'm very, very grateful for all the support. It's meant a lot to me.
"I've been very happy just to see the discussion about women's health expanded, and that means the world to me."
Asked about fiance Pitt's support throughout her surgery and recovery, Jolie said, "He's been extraordinary... He's such a wonderful man."
She also had a critical appreciation for her man's new zombie apocalypse movie, telling reporters, "It's a really fun film."
Following the premiere for World War Z, rockers Muse, who contributed a song to the film's soundtrack, performed live at London's Horse Guards Parade.
Jolie missed the funeral of her aunt, Debbie Martin, to attend the premiere. Martin, who lost her battle with breast cancer a week ago (26May13), was the sister of the Salt star's late mother Marcheline Bertrand.
Angelina Jolie will miss the funeral of her aunt on Sunday (02Jun13) to support her fiance Brad Pitt at the London premiere of his new film. Debbie Martin, the sister of the Salt star's late mother Marcheline Bertrand, lost her battle with breast cancer at a hospital in California on Sunday (26May13), and family members are now preparing to pay their final respects at a service this weekend.
But Jolie will be absent from the ceremony as she has decided to fly to England to attend a screening of World War Z, her first red carpet appearance since she revealed the news about her double mastectomy in a New York Times article earlier this month (May13).
Martin's widower Ron tells E! News, "We are making the final arrangements for the funeral as we speak... Angelina will be in London on Sunday so she won't be able to attend but she has been in touch with us and with various other members of the family, which has obviously been lovely and has meant a lot to us."
Jolie underwent her double mastectomy surgery in February (13) after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene, which increases a woman's likelihood of contracting breast and ovarian cancer, and Ron Martin reveals his family are planning to raise money in his late wife's name for females to undergo the same test.
He adds, "We are currently in the process of setting up a foundation in Debbie's memory and we are hoping to raise money for women who can't afford to get BRCA testing.
"We are hoping to work with a charity called the Clearity Foundation so that every woman in America will have access to BRCA testing that could save her life - no matter how much money she has."
Angelina Jolie's aunt died of breast cancer on Sunday (26May13), less than two weeks after the actress went public with her decision to undergo a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing the disease. Debbie Martin, the sister of the Salt star's late mother Marcheline Bertrand, passed away at Palomar Hospital in Escondido, California.
Martin's husband Ron tells E! News, "Angelina has been in touch throughout the week and her brother Jamie has been with us, giving his support day by day. They both loved Debbie very much and although Angie is not able to come right now she has sent her love and support which was very nice.
"We have seen Angelina a number of times since Debbie was diagnosed with breast cancer and Debbie and I were both very proud of her recent decision to have the double mastectomy and to do everything she can to keep her family from having to go through what we've been through. Angelina's father Jon Voight has also been tremendously supportive - he came down to see Debbie last Sunday and spent the whole day, talking with her and sharing his love and I know Debbie really enjoyed seeing him and talking with him."
Jolie underwent the preventative surgery in February (13) after she tested positive for the "faulty" BRCA1 gene, which increases a woman's likelihood of contracting breast and ovarian cancer, and went public with news of her operation in an article for the New York Times on 14 May (13).
Bertrand died in 2007 at the age of 56 after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer.
Angelina Jolie had extra reason to undergo a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer - her aunt is currently battling the disease. The Salt star underwent the preventative surgery in February (13) after she tested positive for the "faulty" BRCA1 gene, which increases a woman's likelihood of contracting breast and ovarian cancer, the latter of which claimed the life of her mother Marcheline Bertrand in 2007.
Jolie recently admitted she completed the procedure out of fear of following in her mum's footsteps, and now Bertrand's younger sister, Debra Martin, reveals she too pushed the actress to take action after she was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.
The 61 year old underwent a lumpectomy following her stage four breast cancer diagnosis in 2004, but that didn't stop the disease from returning stronger than ever last year (12).
She is currently seeking out a clinical trial to help improve her chances of survival, and now Martin is applauding her niece for being so proactive about her health.
She tells the National Enquirer, "I believe this was the right thing to do. I think it has reduced her chances of getting breast cancer dramatically. If I had informed myself better before I got breast cancer, I would have made the same decision."
And Bertrand's former partner, documentary filmmaker Bill Day, insists he's glad the Oscar winner has such an amazing role model in Martin. He adds, "Debra is the unsung heroine of this story because she was the first woman in the Bertrand family to attempt preventative surgery. She has been a shining example to Angelina."
Angelina Jolie is set to celebrate the life of her late mother Marcheline Bertrand by portraying her onscreen in a planned biopic, according to U.K. reports. The Hollywood beauty is working on the project with her fiance Brad Pitt, who is said to be producing the film through his company Plan B next year (14), reports the Sunday Express.
Details surrounding the movie are scarce, but it is likely to detail Bertrand's decision to turn her back on acting and dedicate her time to humanitarian causes, such as her work with female refugees in Afghanistan and her efforts to launch the Give Love Give Life organisation to fight gynaecological cancers.
Bertrand died in 2007 at the age of 56 after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer.
Jolie, who has continued her mother's charity efforts, recently revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy after learning she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, which doctors estimated gave her an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer.
Angelina Jolie impressed her doctor with her remarkable recovery after returning to work just days after undergoing a double mastectomy. The movie beauty went public with her health news in Tuesday's (14May13) edition of the New York Times, revealing she underwent the preventative surgery at Los Angeles' Pink Lotus Breast Center in February (13) in a bid to keep cancer at bay.
She had reconstructive surgery immediately after the mastectomy, and spent time recuperating at her Hollywood home, where Dr. Kristi Funk stopped by to check up on her recovery process.
Funk has now opened up about her famous patient's treatment and recovery in a lengthy blog post on the medical centre's website, and she admits she was pleasantly surprised by Jolie's determination to bounce back from the operation.
The doctor writes, "To a large extent, I believe recovery reflects expectation. On day four after her mastectomies, I was pleased to find her not only in good spirits with bountiful energy, but with two walls in her house covered with freshly assembled storyboards for the next project she is directing."
Dr. Funk has also praised Jolie's fiance, Brad Pitt, for his unwavering support, adding, "Her partner was on hand to greet her as soon as she came around from the anesthetic, as he was during each of the operations."
Jolie opted to have the surgery and reconstruction after learning she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, which doctors estimated gave her an 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died in 2007 at the age of 56 after battling ovarian cancer for almost a decade.