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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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SHEILA MacRAE DIES
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- The second Alice Kramden has died. Actress Sheila MacRae died Thursday in Englewood, New Jersey, at the age of 92. Her daughter says MacRae died of old age. MacRae is probably best known for playing Alice on "The Jackie Gleason Show" from 1966 to 1970. Audrey Meadows played Alice in the 1950s version of "The Honeymooners." MacRae also played Madelyn Richmond on "General Hospital.'"'
Sound of Sheila MacRae and her then-husband Gordon MacRae, singing "Love is a Simple Thing." Sheila MacRae has died at 92.
MAX CHARLES - "MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The boy who voices Sherman in the film "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is just a regular kid. Ten-year-old Max Charles says he got a basketball hoop for Christmas, so he plays a lot of basketball. He also rides his bike and skateboards. Charles says he likes that Sherman sort of looks like him. He says the animators gave Sherman the same facial expressions he did when he was doing the voice.
Max Charles says he likes that Sherman looks a little bit like him.
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Max Charles says he has a favorite scene from "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."
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Max Charles says he's a normal 10-year-old.
WES ANDERSON USES ODD TECHNIQUES FOR NEW FILM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Film audiences who see "The Grand Budapest Hotel" directed by Wes Anderson might be struck at how old-fashioned some of his techniques are. Anderson mixes in miniatures and he filmed a chase scene with figurines. Anderson says he sees "a great deal of artificiality" in James Bond movies, and we accept that style of special effects as reality. Anderson says miniatures and animations are like magic tricks with a certain charm and he assumes that everyone knows his films are "a kind of a concoction."
NEW YORK (AP) -- The battle of the Persians versus the Greeks wins the battle of the box office. The film "300: Rise of an Empire" brought in $45.1 million in its opening weekend, putting it at number one. It's a sequel to the 2007 film "300." "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" made its debut in second with $32.5 million. Last week's number one, "Non-Stop," came in third with $15.4 million. "The Lego Movie" was fourth, "Son of God" was fifth and "The Monuments Men" was in sixth. Thanks to its best picture win at the Oscars, "12 Years A Slave" saw a resurgence, with $2.2 million in sales, even though it came out on DVD last week.
AP correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports the sequel to "300" outsold the movie remake of a 50's and '60s cartoon.
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Excerpt of Sullivan Stapleton in scene from "300: Rise of an Empire"
SCHOOL WILL STAGE MUSICAL VERSION OF "CARRIE"
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A suburban Detroit school is standing by its decision to stage a musical version of the Stephen King book "Carrie." Parents have complained that it's an inappropriate choice for a spring musical for North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. One parent calls it "arrogant" and "insensitive" to put on a show that ends with a mass murder in a high school. Principal Joe Greene says the musical is a way of looking at the impact of bullying and mental illness.
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