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Actress, Celebrity Angelina Jolie had Double Mastectomy
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 percent 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 percent to under 5 percent. 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 fueled 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.
Photo by Associated Press: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles.
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"NON-STOP" - JULIANNE MOORE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here's something you may not have known about Julianne Moore: she's scared of the devil -- or as she puts it, "VERY scared of the devil." Moore says really good movies will play on fears like that, which is how her latest movie, "Non-Stop," works. It's about an air marshal who is trying to stay one step ahead of a killer on an airplane. Moore says the film's makers have turned ordinary circumstances and turned it into something Hitchcockian. Moore says "Non-Stop" reminds her of the classic disaster movies like "The Poseidon Adventure" or "Towering Inferno" that she loved as a kid.
Julianne Moore says the director of "Non-Stop" made a film that had what she used to love about watching movies.
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Julianne Moore says she found "Non-Stop" appealing because the characters had layers to them.
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Julianne Moore says when she gets recognized in an airport, she doesn't try to hide.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Only four slots are left on this season of "The Voice." Each of the coaches has just a single opening to fill on their teams as the blind auditions continue tonight. Last night, Team Adam picked up Josh Kaufman, a soulful college prep tutor from Indianapolis. He had three of the coaches turning their chairs. But Adam Levine didn't stand a chance with the country duo Alaska and Madi. They're from Blake Shelton's home state of Oklahoma. They also won the same state singing competition that started Shelton on his career. Shelton says they were just meant to be together.
Adam Levine knows he has no chance, when he learns that Alaska and Madi are from Blake Shelton's home state. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Blake Shelton tells Alaska and Madi they have common roots in a singing competition in their home state. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Josh Kaufman, performing "One More Try"
Josh Kaufman, performing "One More Try." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Josh Kaufman
The coaches give Josh high marks on a difficult song. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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The coaches and Josh Kaufman
Adam Levine has a convincing argument for Josh. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
"THE BACHELOR" FINALE
UNDATED (AP) -- There was no ring and no proposal on last night's finale of "The Bachelor." Juan Pablo told Nikki he had a ring, but wasn't going to give it to her. He gave her the final rose instead. Nikki says she loves Juan Pablo but all he would say is that he likes her a lot and didn't want to let her go. Earlier Juan Pablo told Clare she wasn't the one. Clare fired back that she had no respect for Juan Pablo. She said she would never want her children to have a father like Juan Pablo.
Clare tells Juan Pablo she has no respect for him. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Juan Pablo Galavis
Juan Pablo Galavis tells Nikki he won't propose. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell
Juan Pablo won't say that he loves Nikki. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
"THE BACHELOR"-LIVE REUNION
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- So, does Juan Pablo love Nikki? We still don't know. Last night, on "The Bachelor" live reunion show host Chris Harrison pressed Juan Pablo on his feelings toward Nikki. Juan Pablo said he wouldn't answer the question. Nikki says she loves Juan Pablo but isn't sure how he feels about her. They both say they're happy they can continue their relationship in public now the season is over.
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Clare says Juan Pablo played her. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Nikki Ferrell and Chris Harrison
Nikki tells host Chris Harrison she's happy her relationship with Juan Pablo can now be out in the open. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Juan Pablo Galavis and Chris Harrison
Juan Pablo won't say if he loves Nikki. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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