16 May 2013

Angelina Jolie: An Heroic Southpaw?

Angelina Jolie has been in the news lately since announcing that she has undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy. This does not diminish her left-handedness.
Leftie Angelina Jolie
Ms. Jolie carries the BRCA1 gene, which predisposes people to high risks of breast cancer (men, too). She took the difficult decision to undergo major surgery to reduce that high risk. Fortunately she is wealthy, so this option was open to her. (More about this issue at this Harvard Medical School site.)

She remains an acclaimed actor, film director, and screenwriter. Indeed, her decision may have avoided cancer that might have shortened her career. (Her mother died at 56 of ovarian cancer, and Ms. Jolie is already 38.) She also remains a Great Leftie.

(Brad Pitt is right handed. So are Ms. Jolie's previous husbands Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.)

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1 comment:

  1. Angelina Jolie, one of the most charming personalities of Hollywood. She is such a one of the left handed famous people who created an inspiring benchmark to other common left handed people. And now she is really doing a great job becoming a part of a community to reduce ill-effects of cancer like diseases.