Angelina Jolie’s decision to not only have a preventive double mastectomy but to go public about was incredibly brave.
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.
“Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic," Pitt, 49, tells The London Evening Standard. “I thank our medical team for their care and focus. All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family.”
Between early February and late April Jolie completed three months of surgical procedures after learning she carried a gene (BRCA 1) that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.
Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die at 56 from ovarian cancer (Jolie has a 50 percent chance of getting that disease as well, but she will tackle that at another time).
She’s already empowered another woman. CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin announced Tuesday that she has breast cancer and is getting a double mastectomy.The Early Start star talked about her condition on the show: “It’s nice to hear somebody else talk about it and have that support of a lot of women around you.”
Comedian Wanda Sykes, 49, revealed in 2011 that after a diagnosis of precancerous DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) she opted for a double mastectomy. Last year, Sharon Osbourne underwent a double mastectomy when she learned she carried the gene mutation. She called it a “no brainer.”
In and out
Bill Hader isn’t the only TV shakeup news (the eight-year veteran is exiting Saturday Night Live when its season ends Saturday). Deadline reports Christina Aguilera is returning to NBC’s The Voice in the fall and Shakira is out after just one season.
Who is it?
After eight seasons, CBS finally revealed the mother’s identity during How I Met Your Mother’s season finale on Monday. The role of future Mrs. Ted Mosby went to a relative unknown: Cristin Milioti. The actress was revealed as “The Girl With the Yellow Umbrella,” which Josh Radnor’s character identified throughout the series as his future wife.