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Hollywood applauds Jolie for going public with surgery

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
May 14, 2013 -- Updated 2043 GMT (0443 HKT)
When "The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon learned that he had terminal colon cancer in 2013, he knew right away what he would do with the rest of his life: <a href='http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/29/facing-cancer-simpsons-co-creator-aims-to-give-away-fortune/' target='_blank'>give away his fortune in support of good causes</a>. In November 2014, <a href='http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/maria-shriver/simpsons-sam-simon-gives-away-his-fortune-n245136' target='_blank'>Simon said</a> he's still fighting his health battle and is actively giving back through the Sam Simon Foundation. When "The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon learned that he had terminal colon cancer in 2013, he knew right away what he would do with the rest of his life: give away his fortune in support of good causes. In November 2014, Simon said he's still fighting his health battle and is actively giving back through the Sam Simon Foundation.
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(CNN) -- Actress Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed article on Tuesday that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which doctors told her greatly increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Hollywood responded with a virtual standing ovation as several celebrities hailed Jolie for her bravery in both having the surgery and sharing her story to benefit others. Her partner of many years and father of her children, Brad Pitt, released a statement in part saying "Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as many others like her, absolutely heroic."

He also thanked her medical team and said, "All I want is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family."

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