Angelina Jolie revealed to The New York Times that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy back in April after she learned that she was at high risk for both breast and ovarian cancer. Now, Hollywood is standing behind the 37-year-old mother-of-six, with everyone from Giuliana Rancic to Elizabeth Banks speaking out in support of Jolie.
Having lost her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, to breast cancer and knowing the pain of such a loss, Jolie said she did not want her kids to ever have to suffer like she did. "My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. 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," Jolie writes in an op-ed piece.
"We often speak of mommy's mommy, and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a faulty gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer."
Jolie said she decided to open up about the surgery because she wanted to educate and empower other women who might be at risk to do the same. The Girl, Interrupted actress will be joining the likes of Christina Applegate, Sharon Osbourne, Wanda Sykes, Kathy Bates, Montel Williams and Giuliana Rancic who all have undergone double mastectomies.
As word spread of the actress' decision to have the preventive surgery, celebrities took to Twitter to show their support. Among the tweets includes TV host Giuliana Rancic, 38, who underwent a double mastectomy in December 2012 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2011.
The E! beauty opened up to Glamour magazine about her recovery shortly after the surgery.
"At first I didn't want to look in the mirror, because I felt like, 'I'm getting better every day and this is about my health, so I shouldn't get bogged down by what I see in the mirror,'" she told the magazine. "I knew I wasn't going to look like a bikini model, so why look? Why even put the image in my head."
Here's what a number of other celebs had to say:
I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave!— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) May 14, 2013
Kristen Bell: "An admirable op ed by Angelina Jolie."
An admirable op ed by Angelina Jolie: nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opi…— Kristen Bell(@IMKristenBell) May 14, 2013
Mindy Kaling: "@nytopinion: Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy, and how it can save lives, a must-read for women!"
Giuliana Rancic: "Angelina Jolie reveals double mastectomy. Proud of her for using her incredible platform to educate women: http://nyti.ms/19l8bbZ."
Angelina Jolie reveals double mastectomy. Proud of her for using her incredible platform to educate women: nyti.ms/19l8bbZ— Giuliana Rancic (@GiulianaRancic) May 14, 2013
Amanda de Cadenet: "Brave decision. @nytopinion: Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy, and how it can save lives: http://nyti.ms/19l8bbZ"
Sheryl Crow: "I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave!"
Rosie O'Donnell: "bravo Angelina for sharing ur truth!"
Ann Curry simply tweeted the word "Bravery," with a link to Jolie's NYT piece.
Richard Roeper: "Support and prayers for Angelina and all women faced with that unimaginably tough choice. #brave"
Rob Delaney: "My friend did this too. RT @nytopinion: Angelina Jolie on why she had double mastectomy & how it can save lives: http://nyti.ms/19l8bbZ"
Nia Vardalos: "A moment of quiet respect for Angelina Jolie's candor and all women's bravery in facing this choice."
Marlee Matlin: "Brave, honest, strong. Angelina Jolie gets a double mastectomy. Agree with @niavardalos - quiet respect for her."
Dr Drew: Very courageous RT @MicahNR: @drdrew @Loveline @MikeCatherwood MT Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy."
Soleil Moon Frye: "My Medical Choice by Angelina Jolie. Read this,re-tweet it, share it with friends & family. Awareness can save lives."
Bret Hedican: "Wow, Angelina Jolie, beautiful & brave! #inspirational."
David Krumholtz: "Now, Angelina Jolie truly is the most beautiful woman in the world."
Adam Shankman: "Beautiful and brave article by #angelinajolie #cancerprevention My Medical Choice."
Much respect & for sharing in classy way: Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy & how it can save lives: nyti.ms/19l8bbZ— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) May 14, 2013
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