Cannes Supports Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Ahead Of Film Festival

Category: Daily Promo / May 14, 2013 2:12PM EDT


The news of Angelina Jolie’s preventative double mastectomy has made headlines around the world, and it hit Cannes on Tuesday ahead of the grand opening of the famous film festival.

Jolie spoke to the New York Times about the procedure, and said she wanted to be there for her six children after the death of her mother from cancer at 56 and the discovery that she carried the gene for breast cancer.

Her doctors estimated that she had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer, the same that killed her mother.

The artistic director of the Cannes film festival Thierry Fremaux said this decision proved how big-hearted Jolie was.

"What she wrote, what she said is enough for her own situation and for what she wanted to do. I mean that she's devoted to life and to the happiness of people and it's another proof of that. It's another proof of her beautiful statement as usual. There is no difference for me between the star Angelina Jolie we are used to welcome here and the woman Angelina Jolie, she is great," he told Reuters Television.

A film critic at Variety international magazine believes the double mastectomy will boost her profile home and abroad.

"I think Angelina Jolie's case is going to boost her profile in a very positive way. It sounds very cynical to say that and of course it's not her reason for coming forward like this and for writing the article but a think there is going to be a great deal of sympathy towards her," he said, adding: "she's struggled very hard and succeeded in her struggle to develop her carrier, develop herself as a serious actress and a serious role model, more than simply an actress and I think because she has pushed that idea of the public figure having responsibility to the public, I think the fact that she has decided to do this double mastectomy and also talk about it come forward be a spokesperson for it, it's only going to help her in Hollywood and help her outside of Hollywood as well,” Jay Weissberg, film critic at Variety international magazine.

Jolie is raising six children with fiancé Brad Pitt and won an Oscar for best supporting actress for “Girl, Interrupted” in 1999.

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