Although she can keep her poise on the red carpet and while delivering hands-on aide to refugees around the world, there's one subject that remains tender for Angelina Jolie: her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand.
Speaking to "60 Minutes" last night, Jolie says she and Brad Pitt avoid working at the same time so that one of them might always be with their six children. Even so, she insists her mothering skills are nothing compared to those of the woman who raised her.
"My mother was a full-time mother, she didn't have much of her own career or her own life: everything was for her children. I will never be as good a mother as she was," Jolie said of Bertrand, who died in 2007 of ovarian cancer. "She was grace incarnate, the most generous, loving … she's better than me," Jolie concluded, choking up a bit and holding in some tears. "That's my soft spot," she admitted.
Jolie also admitted that had she not turned into one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses, she had an alternative (to say the least) career in mind back in the '90s — directing funerals.
Acknowledging that she had actually taken courses in funeral directing, Jolie explained her odd, erstwhile passion.
"It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do, but in fact I had lost my grandfather and I was very upset with his funeral," Jolie explained. "We discussed maybe there are ways where this whole idea of how somebody passes and how the family deals with their passing and what death is should be addressed in different ways. If this acting thing didn't work out, that would be my backup plan."
We're guessing that Oscar win for "Girl, Interrupted" finally laid those funeral directing plans to rest.
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