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Why Angelina Jolie went public with her double mastectomy

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Updated: June 16, 2013 6:04AM

One of Angelina Jolie’s oldest friends said Tuesday that despite the actress and filmmaker’s intense belief in privacy for public personalities when it comes to their families, health and homes, “Angie also understands how she can use her celebrity to bring attention to important issues.”

It was for that reason that the Oscar winner went public with her decision to have a double mastectomy after learning she possessed the BRCA1 defective gene — making her risk of developing breast cancer a 87 percent likelihood.

Another longtime associate of Jolie also was not surprised by her decision.

“Angie wants to not only be there to see her six kids grow up, she has the most supportive mate in

Brad [Pitt], who was totally behind both her decision to have the surgery and her decision to write that op-ed piece in the [New York]Times revealing it all.” In that essay, Jolie pointed to the loss of her beloved mother, Marcheline Bertrand, to ovarian cancer at age 56, as making her decision a no-brainer because she “will do anything to be with [her children] as long as I can.”

† My second source added that we will see Jolie continuing to bring attention to this issue. “She will work hard to bring about changes that will make it possible for the millions of women who don’t have her financial resources to be allowed to afford the testing and medical treatment she had.”

STAR POWER: George Wendt, who turned his Norm character on “Cheers” into an indelible TV memory, will lead the celebration toasting a remarkable decade at “A Salute to the MBC: Celebrating the Sights, Sounds & Stars of the ’80s,” a benefit gala for the Museum of Broadcast Communications. This walk down memory lane will kick off at the museum at 7 p.m. on June 22.

SPECIAL TRIBUTE: A very special golf tournament is being held Aug. 12. The “Tour of Duty Celebrity Golf Classic” at the Evanston-Wilmette Community Golf Course will include first responders from Boston, New York and Newtown, Conn., joining Chicago area police officers, firefighters and military personnel. Among the celebrities already signed on are the event’s host, Wilmette native Joel Murray, plus fellow actors Mike O’Malley, Mark Moses and Neil Flynn; comedians Finesse Mitchell and Tim Meadows, and Chicago sports legends Kerry Wood, Steve McMichael and Emery Moorehead.

Funds raised will go to aid charities benefitting first responders directly affected by the Boston bombings, Newtown school massacre and the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York.

HONORING HADIYA: The tragic killing of Hadiya Pendleton will be featured on CBS’ “48 Hours” Saturday (9 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2) — with her parents, Cleopatra Cowley Pendleton and Nathaniel Pendleton, interviewed for the program.

† By the way, a new website established in Hadiya’s memory — — has just been launched. And a powerful new video called “No Guns Allowed” that Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) made with Drake includes scenes from Hadiya’s funeral.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: While in town for the Rockies-Cubs series, Colorado’s pitcher Jhoulys Chacin was spied chowing down on a bit o’ bison while dining with his agent Paul Kinzer at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie.

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