Angelina Jolie's Most Inspiring Moments

On her 40th birthday, look back at how the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award has helped others over the years


Angelina Jolie Pitt, who turns 40 today, went public with her double mastectomy surgery in 2013 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. "Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness." In 2015, she revealed she'd had her ovaries removed for the same reasons. "I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family," she wrote. "I know my children will never have to say, 'Mom died of ovarian cancer.'"