Who was Marcheline Bertrand?
Marcheline Bertrand was an American actress and humanitarian. She appeared in several movies and TV shows in the 1970s and 1980s, including “Lookin’ to Get Out” and “The Man Who Loved Women”. Bertrand is the mother of actors Angelina Jolie and James Haven.
Marcheline Bertrand Wiki: age, childhood and education
Marcie Lynne Bertrand was born on May 9, 1950 in Blue Island, Illinois, USA, to parents Lois June (Gouwens) and Rolland F. Bertrand. Her mother was a model and her father was a French Canadian television journalist. Bertrand grew up with a brother Raleigh and a sister Debbie, both younger than her.
Bertrand attended Beverly Hills High School in California, where she was a cheerleader and participated in school plays. After graduating from high school, she studied acting with Lee Strasberg.
Marcheline Bertrand began her acting career in the early 1970s, appearing in several off-Broadway productions in New York City, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.
Bertrand made her television debut in 1974 with a guest appearance on the crime drama series “Police Woman”. She went on to appear in several other television series, including “Ironside”, “The Bionic Woman”, and “The Rockford Files”.
Bertrand made her screen debut in the 1983 comedy “The Man Who Loved Women” directed by Blake Edwards. She also starred in the films “Lookin’ to Get Out” (1983) and “The House of God” (1984).
Although Bertrand had a relatively short acting career, she was known for her talent and dedication to her craft. In the mid-1980s, she retired from acting to focus on her family and philanthropic work.
Bertrand was also actively involved in humanitarian work. With her partner, John Trudell, she founded the All Tribes Foundation to support the cultural and economic survival of Native American peoples. The foundation distributed more than $800,000 in grants to empower tribal ways of life in reservation-based programs and secure a future for indigenous communities.
In 2003, Bertrand and Trudell produced a benefit concert for Afghan women refugees on International Women’s Day, in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
In addition, Bertrand co-founded the Give Love Give Life organization with Trudell to raise public awareness of ovarian and other gynecological cancers through music. Give Love Give Life’s first concert took place in February 2004 at The Roxy in West Hollywood. Bertrand and Trudell worked to organize strategic support in the music and film community for Johanna’s Law, legislation to fund national outreach and education about the signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancers, which was signed into law on January 12, 2007.
To benefit the Women’s Cancer Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a second Give Love Give Life concert was held at Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheater in February 2007, one month after Bertrand died of ovarian cancer.
At the time of her death, Marcheline Bertrand’s net worth was estimated at $2 million.
Personal life, marriage, husband, partner
Marcheline was married to actor Jon Voight from 1971 to 1978, when she filed for divorce; according to reports, Jon’s adultery was the reason behind the end of their marriage. The divorce was finalized in 1980. After the end of their marriage, there have been several reports that Jon failed to pay monthly installments to Marcheline. This also strained his relationship with his children, and he did not speak to Jolie for many years.
She dated Bill Day from the late ’70s to the late ’80s. In addition, she was in a relationship with John Trudell and was married to Tom Bessamra from 2002 until her death.
Baby Angelina Jolie with her mother, Marcheline Bertrand. pic.twitter.com/wPN18GMOw7
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Cancer diagnosis, treatment and death
Marcheline Bertrand was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999, a disease that tragically killed her eight years later in 2007. She passed away on January 27 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, surrounded by her children. Her mother had breast cancer and died of ovarian cancer, and her maternal grandmother also died of ovarian cancer.
Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy to avoid the possibility of developing breast cancer. In addition, she underwent a preventive salpingo-oophorectomy to prevent ovarian cancer from developing, as she was at high risk of contracting the same disease that afflicted her mother and grandmother.
Marcheline Bertrand’s daughter, Angeline Jolie Short bio
Angeline Jolie was born on June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is now one of the top actresses in Hollywood and has gained fame by appearing in projects like ‘Girl, Interrupted’ for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, then ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’, ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, and “Maleficent”. Her performance in “Changeling” earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In recent years, Jolie has also become known for her work behind the camera, directing such films as “Unbroken” and “First They Killed My Father”.
In addition, Jolie is also known for her extensive humanitarian work. She has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2001, and has visited and advocated for refugees around the world. Jolie has also been involved in several human rights campaigns, including fighting against the use of child soldiers and promoting girls’ education.
Angelina Jolie.. (then & now) ❤ 🥰
Jolie is also known for her adoption advocacy. She has adopted three children from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam, and has spoken out about the need for more families to adopt children in need.
Jolie’s humanitarian work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2013.
Jolie has been in a number of high-profile relationships throughout her career. She was married to actor Jonny Lee Miller from 1996 to 1999 and then to actor Billy Bob Thornton from 2000 to 2003. However, Jolie’s most famous relationship was with actor Brad Pitt, with whom she began a romance while filming ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in 2004 – they married in 2014 but divorced in 2019.
According to reports, Angelina Jolie’s net worth is estimated to be $120 million as of mid-2023.