Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Her Late Mother, Life After Death

Marcheline Bertrand and Angelina Jolie (AP)
Marcheline Bertrand and Angelina Jolie (AP)

Angelina Jolie is opening up about how motherhood has connected her even more to her mom, Marcheline Bertrand, who passed away in 2007 after a long battle with ovarian cancer at the age of 56.

"She was very soft but could move mountains for her kids," Jolie explained during an interview with French Marie Claire. "That's something I always admire in women: that mix of softness and strength. She was half Indian, and I remember that as a small girl, she took me to a dinner for Amnesty International.

"She always tried to understand the complexity of the world," the actress and mother of six continued. "She had a great heart, which was sensitive to the world's violence."

An emotional Angie added: "My mother was made to be a grandmother."

It's no wonder that Jolie made sure to keep Marcheline close on her wedding day on Aug. 23, when she and Brad Pitt tied the knot at their French estate, Château Miraval.

"Brad had a dedication to Marcheline engraved inside the chapel where we stood [as we exchanged vows]," Jolie told People.

The 39-year-old Maleficent actress and her brother, James Haven, also honored their mom by wearing pieces of her jewelry. "I also wore a little flower ring that was hers, and Jamie wore an angel pin from her jewelry box," Jolie revealed.

During Angelina's sit down with Marie Claire, she was also asked whether she believes in life after death.

"I'm not certain," she replied. "I feel in contact with my mother when I look at my children. I can feel her influence over me then. I see that my way of raising them resembles the way she raised my brother and I. It's more apparent with my daughters Shiloh and Vivienne. Therefore, yes, my mother is there, present in this influence, all the time."