Unveiling the Life of Angelina Jolie’s Beloved Mother, Marcheline Bertrand

Marcheline Bertrand, the late mother of Angelina Jolie, stood as both her closest confidante and staunchest advocate throughout her life.

Born in 1950 and raised in Chicago, Bertrand’s journey significantly changed when her family moved to Los Angeles during her teenage years.

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In this bustling city, she crossed paths with actor Jon Voight, sparking a romance that led to marriage in 1971. Together, they welcomed two children into the world — Jolie and her brother James Haven.

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Despite the dissolution of her marriage to Voight in 1978, Bertrand remained a pillar of strength for her children, fostering a deeply bonded relationship that endured until her passing.

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Tragically, Bertrand battled ovarian and breast cancer, succumbing to the illness on January 27, 2007, at the age of 56. In the wake of her mother’s death, Jolie reflected on the profound impact it had on her, reshaping her perspectives on motherhood and familial devotion.

Bertrand’s early years were rooted in Chicago’s Catholic community, where her family ran a bowling alley. Her adventurous spirit found expression in her teenage years in Los Angeles, where she reveled in the vibrant counterculture of the Sunset Strip and nurtured her love for acting.

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Bertrand’s foray into the acting world intersected with her romance with Voight, leading to their marriage in 1971. Despite the challenges they faced, including a miscarriage, their family expanded with the births of James Haven in 1973 and Angelina Jolie in 1975.

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Beyond her roles as a wife and mother, Bertrand ventured into the realm of production, establishing Woods Road Production and contributing to projects like the documentary “Trudell,” reflecting her commitment to social causes alongside her partner, Native American activist John Trudell.

Bertrand’s philanthropic endeavors extended to the founding of the All Tribes Foundation, aimed at supporting Indigenous communities, and the Give Love, Give Life organization, dedicated to raising awareness about gynecological cancers.

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Jolie credits her mother as the inspiration behind her humanitarian efforts, echoing Bertrand’s belief in leading a life of service to others. Bertrand’s legacy continues to resonate through Jolie’s advocacy and charitable work.

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Despite the pain of her mother’s absence, Jolie honors Bertrand’s memory in various ways, including integrating her presence into significant life events like her wedding to Brad Pitt in 2014 and finding solace in her enduring influence as a mother figure to her children.

Marcheline Bertrand’s life serves as a testament to the enduring power of love, resilience, and devotion, leaving an indelible mark on those she touched and inspiring future generations to embrace compassion and activism in their own lives.

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