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Cannes Veterans React to Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Revelation

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Angelina Jolie at Cannes

“When I go up the steps to open the 66th Cannes Film Festival, I will be thinking in particular about Angelina Jolie,” festival director Thierry Fremaux tells THR.

Hollywood and Cannes on Tuesday were buzzing about Angelina Jolie’s revelation that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy after doctors found her to have a high risk of breast cancer. “I hope that other women can benefit from my experience,” she wrote in a New York Times op-ed.

The news that the 37-year-old underwent three months of procedures drew a heartfelt response from Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux. “When I go up the steps to open the 66th Cannes Film Festival, I will be thinking in particular about Angelina Jolie,” he tells THR.

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Adds Graham King, producer of In the Land of Blood and Honey and The Tourist: “Angelina’s bravery consistently shines through in every aspect of her life — not only in her career choices but in her personal life. I am so proud she has courageously shared her story.”

Sherry Lansing, the former studio head who now raises awareness for cancer research through The Sherry Lansing Foundation, said: "I think Angelina Jolie's comments today demonstrate what an incredibly brave, courageous and honest person she is. Her op-ed in today's New York Times shows how much she cares about others. It will raise awareness and help other women who have the same genetic mutation to take control of their health. In doing so, she has saved countless lives."

Meanwhile, Fruitvale Station’s Octavia Spencer tweeted: “Huge prayers for Angelina Jolie and her family as she convalesces and bravo for raising awareness.”