Angelina Jolie at Her First Red Carpet Event Since Double Mastectomy
Angelina Jolie will be at her first red carpet event since her double mastectomy when she joins partner Brad Pitt at the London premiere of World War Z on June 2. The star has constantly been in the public eye since she underwent her double mastectomy. So much so that she has overshadowed Pitt and the rest of the family.
The 37 year-old mother of six will be joining Brad at the premiere of his post apocalyptic zombie film World War Z taken from the book by Max Brooks titled, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. The book was a follow-up to his 2003 book, The Zombie Survival Guide. E! News learned of the news today and how Jolie is planning to make the premiere her first red carpet appearance since her operation.
Angelina wrote about her decision and the effect it had on her for the New York Times where she detailed her double mastectomy after being tested for the “faulty” BRCA1 gene which increased her chances of contracting breast cancer by around 87 percent.
The 37-year-old Jolie said in her op-ed that her doctors estimated that she had a 50 percent risk of getting ovarian cancer but an 87 percent risk of breast cancer. She had her breasts removed first, reducing her likelihood to a mere 5 percent. She described the three-step surgical process in detail in the op-ed “because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience.”
This will be the first time that Angelina Jolie has been to a public event like the red carpet premiere since her double mastectomy and since she lost her aunt to cancer over the weekend.
Just two weeks after the mother of six underwent the operation, in which she had both of her breasts removed, her aunt Debbie Martin died after a prolonged battle with cancer.
The 37 year-old star is also reportedly planning to have her ovaries removed as another preventive surgery, which is intended to drastically reduce her risk of ovarian cancer. Angelina lost her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, to ovarian cancer in 2007.
Jolie decided to have the genetic testing done because of the high rate of cancer in her family history. With the death of her mother in 2007 and her aunt at the weekend it would appear that she has acted bravely and courageously to increase her chances of not contracting the desease.
Partner Brad has been supportive and told the world about how brave he thinks she is. He has said that this whole thing has made them a tighter couple and family. In a recent interview for Esquire magazine Pitt showed unequivocally that he is still madly in love with her.
In the run up to his new film’s premiere, his attention will be focused on the prerequisite publicity that is part of any movie opening and he has been very intent on publicising the film as much as possible. In New Jersey, he surprised a film audience who were attending an early screening. The fans were very excited to see that Brad was there and they apparently loved World War Z as well.
The crowd will no doubt be pleased to see Brad Pitt, the star of the film with his partner Angelina. Jolie will no doubt be relying on him to see that the red carpet event goes smoothly for her. It will be interesting to see if the press want to talk about his work in the film or if they will focus on her recent double mastectomy and her possible ovarian surgery.
By Michael Smith