Angelina Jolie will be closely involved with a foundation set up in memory of her mom.
The actress lost her mother Marcheline Bertrand to ovarian cancer in 2007. Since her death, Angelina has regularly expressed her wish to use her fame for good and does a lot of charity work. Angelina’s uncle Ron Martin and her cousin Francis Bertrand have been involved in setting up the Marcheline Debra and Raleigh Foundation – named after family members who died of cancer – to educate people about the disease.
“Jon Voight [Angelina’s father] will be involved, her brother James will be on-board. Angelina will help,” Ron told British magazine Grazia. “She and Brad are humanitarians. It’s something so close to home.”
Angelina was recently recognized for her charity work and presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Awards in Los Angeles.
Her cousin Francis was thrilled to see the 38-year-old honored for her good deeds.
“It’s great that she uses her star power in the right way. Her mother believed that life was meaningful if you gave back. She would have been very proud of her receiving that award,” Francis explained. “I hope Angelina inspires with the messages she gives. It means a lot to her to be acknowledged. She speaks from the heart.”
Angelina made an emotional acceptance speech while accepting the award. She thanked her fiancé Brad Pitt and their children, including son Maddox who accompanied her to the ceremony.
“Your support and guidance makes everything I do possible. Mad, I’m not going to cry, I promise. I’m not going to embarrass you. You and your brothers and sisters are my happiness…,” Angelina said, before paying tribute to her mother. “Above all, she was very clear that nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others. And I didn’t know what that meant for a long time. It was only when I began to travel and look and live beyond my home that I understand my responsibility to others.”
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