updated 05/14/2013 AT 10:05 AM ET
•originally published 05/14/2013 AT 10:55 AM ET
She wanted to live – but not die – just the way her mother did.
Not much is known about the details of Marcheline Bertrand’s seven-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was an intensely private person. But the actress’s death in January 2007 was clearly a catalyst for her daughter Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a double mastectomy.
Tellingly, Jolie began Tuesday’s New York Times op-ed, in which she revealed and explained her course of preventive treatment, by invoking her beloved mother, who was 56 when she died.