"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," she wrote in the article. "We often speak of 'Mommy’s mommy,' and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us."
Angelina Jolie is one of the most famous and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. Recognized for her career acting and directing and for numerous awards like an Oscar, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and three Golden Globes, Jolie is also recognized for her work as humanitarian. In 2013, in a preventive move, Jolie underwent a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer. Jolie, 41, discovered three years ago she carries a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, which meant she had an 87 percent risk of getting breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. After already losing her mother, grandmother, and aunt to cancer, she decided to act. The actress underwent a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer, and she opened up about it three years ago in an intimate opinion piece in the The New York Times titled "My Medical Choice."