Angelina Jolie's Most Inspiring Moments

Look back at how the latest recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award has helped others over the years

HER PUBLIC HEALTH BATTLE

Angelina Jolie, 38, went public with her double mastectomy surgery in February after discovering she carried the "faulty" breast cancer gene, BRCA1, in the hopes "that other women can benefit from my experience," the actress wrote in the New York Times when she shared her news in May. "Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness." She went on to add, "On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."