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Angelina Jolie used disguises to keep surgery secret, sources say



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Updated: June 17, 2013 6:08AM

While Angelina Jolie certainly went global once she revealed her double mastectomy — and the reasons behind her surgery — those who know report that during her three-month-long medical journey, the actress made sure the process would be conducted with utmost secrecy.

“The CIA could take pointers from Angie and Brad [Pitt], ” quipped a close Jolie friend Wednesday.

Reportedly the star employed extensive and elaborate disguises and wigs to hide her identity as she went to and from the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills.

On top of that, Jolie used an alias on all of her records and documents, and only a tiny handful of medical professionals were aware of her true identity.

Those in the know were required to sign confidentiality agreements to ensure Jolie’s secret was kept, until she went public with her op-ed piece in the New York Times.

Pitt told USA Today he was amazed his partner kept commitments to visit the Congo and London for the G8 Summit — “just weeks after she’d had truly major surgery.”

BIG BABY BUCKS: Considering the Kardashian clan’s skill at self-promotion, it probably will come as no surprise that most of the glossy celebrity magazines are quietly engaged in a vigorous bidding war to publish the first “exclusive” photos of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby, expected to be born sometime next month.

While the couple is likely to donate a portion of the proceeds to charity, a good Kardashian source said Wednesday, “These photos [of the newborn] could break all records for the most spent for that kind of thing. … We’re talking mid-to-high six figures here.”

SUPERMAN SAGA: Dylan Sprayberry, who plays the young Clark Kent in the new Superman flick “Man of Steel,” will be at the Plano Walmart from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, handing out premiere night tickets that are part of a nationwide tie-in between Walmart and Warner Bros.

Sprayberry’s appearance in Plano is appropriate, as part of the film was shot there — when the town temporarily became the fictional Smallville during the summer of 2011.

VINCE’S NEW DIGS: Vince Vaughn and his wife, Kyla Weber, will continue to commute between homes in Los Angeles and Chicago — where they recently took their Streeterville penthouse, listed for $16.8 million, off the market. But Phoenix-based Kathy Shayna Shocket reports in AZ Insider that the couple recently purchased property in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where they plan to build a new home — expected to be completed near the end of 2014.Particularly happy about this latest development is Vince’s dad,

Vernon Vaughn, and his wife, Vicki. The Paradise Valley resident told Shocket, “It will give Vicki and I a chance to spend more time with Vince and Kyla and all my grandchildren.” In addition to Vernon Vaughn’s five grandchildren, he will soon have a sixth when the actor and his wife’s second child is born in August — joining their daughter, Locklyn, 2.

MOVIE SCHMOOZE: Bradley Cooper returns to the multiplexes May 23 with “The Hangover Part 3,” but he also has confirmed he’s going to star in “Chef,” directed by John Wells. The foodie-themed film will have Cooper playing a Paris-based superchef who has a total meltdown — later returning to France to redeem himself by launching a campaign to bring three Michelin stars to a top restaurant.

According to, Cooper’s decision to join “Chef” came after he screened Wells’ upcoming “August: Osage County,” based on Steppenwolf’s Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer and Tony-winning play.

Josh Gad has rebounded quickly from the cancellation of his low-rated NBC series “1600 Penn.” The young actor has joined the cast of Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded movie, “Wish I Was Here.” Braff directs, co-wrote and stars in the film about a struggling thirtysomething actor trying to find a purpose for his life. Gad will play Braff’s character’s brother. In real life, Braff’s screenplay co-author was his real brother, Adam Braff.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: On Friday, WTTW-Channel 11 will air “Check, Please! Host (Almost) Audition Special,” beginning at 8 p.m. The show will feature the five finalists vying to be Alpana Singh’s replacement on the popular weekly local restaurant review series. Sun-Times TV critic Lori Rackl will be seen as one of the tryout show test reviewers telling the would-be hosts about John’s Place in Chicago.

From the approximately 1,000 hopefuls, the final five still in the running are free-lance writer Senam Amegashie, Tavern at the Park owner Donny de Castro, Culinary Curator president Catherine De Orio, magazine editor and S. Levy Foods owner Sarah Levy and Ina’s chef/owner Ina Pinkney.

The new host of “Check, Please!” will be announced May 29.

RADIO RAMBLE: While taping Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano’s “Sunday Night Special” on WGN-AM (720), Mariel Hemingway chatted about talking to Woody Allen about being in another of his films. Hemingway, of course, famously co-starred in Allen’s “Manhattan” back when she was 15. Those digits are now reversed, given she’s now 51.

VINYL VORTEX: Kudos to my old pal Bob Craig, the force behind the Midwest Classical Record Show, taking place Saturday at the Holiday Inn North Shore in Skokie. It’s an event for anyone who loves classical music, and many of the records go for $1 to $5. This show is unique, as it’s the only one that focuses exclusively on classical music. For more information go to

SPECIAL BIRTHDAY: Remember what happened back in 1993? That was the year Prince changed his name to a symbol. “Jurassic Park” opened. A gallon of gas cost $1.16 and the Dow-Jones hit a record 3,793.49.It also was the year Catholic school products

Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan launched “Late Nite Catechism” — which went on to be one of the longest-running comedies not only in Chicago, but across the country.

A special 20th anniversary performance of “Late Nite Catechism,” starring Chicago actress

Liz Cloud, will be held at 8 p.m. May 29 at Royal George Theatre, where the show runs every weekend.

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