Sep 212016

Unhappy Ending Of Brangelina

Both, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were already mega stars when they co-starred in the 2005 “Mr. And Mrs. Smith”. The high-voltage encounter generated heat that interrupted Angelina’s single motherhood and Brad’s marriage to Jennifer Aniston. Shortly after divorce papers were filed, the unbridled passion of Brangelina was reported from different ends of the world.

There was love and romance. The couple had three biological children and adopted two children together. (In addition to Maddox 16 whom Angelina adopted before she and Brad became a couple. Brad adopted Maddox later.) As a couple they dealt with the death of Angelina Jolie’s mother. As a couple they have collaborated on movie projects and done a lot of humanitarian and charitable work. Finally, they confronted Angelina’s inherited cancer-prone genes and decided on a radical approach to protecting her from a potential cancer threat, together. Only the few highlights indicate that Brangelina had a strong and resilient relationship. They were happy as a couple and as a family. At the insistence of their children and after nearly 10 years of being together, they got married in 2014.

Only two years after officially tying the knot in France, Angelina Jolie filed for a divorce from Brad Pitt on September 19th 2016 in Los Angeles. Brangelina, one of the most talked about entertainment industry’s love stories has come to a sudden end. In the divorce filing Angelina cited irreconcilable differences and the need to preserve the family’s health as the main reasons. She’s asking for sole custody of their six children with a shared legal custody and visitation rights for Brad.

We all want to know what happened and considering the couple’s high visibility there is plenty of rumors surrounding the divorce. Most of us will never know the actual reason. In the context of today’s Brangelina divorce announcement, one has to wonder what inspired the movie “By the Sea” written and directed by Angelina Jolie which tells the story of a marriage in crisis…

I don’t know any more than you do, but to an uninvolved observer the divorce isn’t a surprise. Of the two spouses, it is Angelina who experienced the most dramatic changes: death of her mother, giving birth to three children, several radical surgeries. Having such powerful experiences changes a person and her priorities. It makes one feel like a survivor. It makes life more precious. It brings the importance of life, family and compassion to the forefront.

Personally, I believe that Angelina is ready for the next chapter of her life as a writer and director, but mainly as a humanitarian (perhaps even, a politician?) while Brad is set to continue his career as a movie star and a part-time humanitarian / environmentalist.

Angelina was born and raised in actors’ family. She became an actress herself early on. She spent much of her life “making pretend”. Especially over the last 10-12 years however she’s discovered not only the realm of the “real” but her power in it. She used her financial and star power to limit suffering, to help children and people in need as well as to preserve natural environment. She’s knows that she can have an impact as an individual, an artist and a role model. (She may have lost her passion for “make pretend” in the process…)

Unhappy Ending Of Brangelina

For Brangelina to survive would have taken two people equally committed to making a difference in the real world, away from the acting profession, Hollywood lime lights, glitz and glamour, and award ceremonies. But there are transformative experiences in every person’s life that can’t be shared even with the person we truly love. Angelina’s experiences transformed and made her ready for the next stage of life. Brad witnessed her experiences and watched Angelina undergo significant transformation while he himself remained… a movie star. There is, of course, nothing wrong with that. But magic survives only if and when two people are willing to transform and change their priorities, TOGETHER.

(There are rumors that Brad Pitt had an affair. Did he have an affair with Marion Cotillard – his “Allied’’ co-star – while filming in London? Marion Cotillard, who is expecting a second child with her partner, denies it. Whether there was an affair – with whom? – or not, isn’t relevant. A couple’s bond isn’t limited to the bedroom. The bond can’t be threatened by an outsider. The bond dies at home. Whether or not there is / was an affair, the breakup still boils down to irreconcilable differences. Once shared priorities aren’t shared anymore, the “magical” bond is broken.

New rumors imply that Brad Pitt has been an unfit father. It’s hard to believe that Angelina would have tolerated his alleged “child abuse” for so many years…

These are rumors, nothing more.)

Brangelina was a fairytale to Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and to us. It may be an unhappy ending of Brangelina, the artificial construct. It is a new era of power for a woman of substance.

And what are your thoughts?

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm


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Aug 282014

After nine years, the fairytale romance of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt culminated in a long anticipated wedding. The setting was Chateau Miraval in France. The ceremony took place on Saturday August 23rd 2014. All six of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s children participated in the wedding ceremony. The wedding was an intimate affair attended by family and friends of the couple.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married! (The photo is believed to be public domain and is published with no intent of disrespecting anyone’s rights, including possibly copyrights.)

The sparks between Angelina Jolie and – then married – Brad Pitt flew when they costarred in “Mr And Mrs Smith” in 2005. Apparently, the sparks evolved into a fire with a staying power as the pair’s romance remained strong in a relationship which included elements of a fairytale as well as Angelina’s preventive mastectomy.

So, as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married, says congratulations to the newlyweds! We’ve been following your love story from the sidelines and it affirmed our belief that a fairytale can come true. Many blessings to you and your family!

May 152013

Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy

to prevent breast cancer

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie / Anything L.A.

Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.

The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday’s New York Times under the headline, “My Medical Choice.” She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.

Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer.

“My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56,” Jolie writes. “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 writes that, “They have asked if the same could happen to me.”

Jolie said that after genetic testing she learned she carries the “faulty” BRCA1 gene and had an 87 percent chance of getting the disease herself.

She said she has kept the process private so far, but wrote about it with hopes of helping other women.

“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made,” Jolie writes. “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”

Phone and email messages left by The Associated Press late Monday night seeking comment from Jolie representatives were not immediately returned.

She is anything but private in the details she provides, giving a description of the procedures.

“My own process began on Feb. 2 with a procedure known as a ‘nipple delay,'” she writes, “which rules out disease in the breast ducts behind the nipple and draws extra blood flow to the area.”

She then describes the major surgery two weeks later where breast tissue was removed, saying it felt “like a scene out of a science-fiction film,” then writes that nine weeks later she had a third surgery to reconstruct the breasts and receive implants.”

Many women have chosen preventive mastectomy since genetic screening for breast cancer was developed, but the move and public announcement is unprecedented from a star so young and widely known as Jolie.

She briefly addresses the effects of the surgery on the idealized sexuality and iconic womanhood that have fueled her fame.

“I do not feel any less of a woman,” Jolie writes. “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

She also wrote that Brad Pitt, her partner of eight years, was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Southern California for “every minute of the surgeries.”

Bertrand, Jolie’s mother, died in January 2007. She had small roles in the movies “Lookin’ to Get Out” in 1982 and “The Man Who Loved Women” in 1983. She raised Jolie and her brother after divorcing their father, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, when Jolie was a toddler.

Jolie has appeared in dozens of films including 2010’s “The Tourist” and “Salt,” the “Tomb Raider” films, and 1999’s “Girl, Interrupted,” for which she won an Academy Award.

But she has appeared more often in the news in recent years for her power coupling with Pitt and her charitable work with refugees as a United Nations ambassador.

Meanwhile, CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin announced Tuesday she has breast cancer and is getting a double mastectomy.

Sambolin, who anchors CNN’s “Early Start” morning show, talked about her condition on the show Tuesday while discussing Jolie’s decision.