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Article updated: 5/15/2013 9:15 AM

Jolie: From girl with tattoos to girl with a cause

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The way Angelina Jolie went public with her medical story on her own terms, in her own time -- with a New York Times op-ed piece Tuesday that caught the media fishbowl of Hollywood completely by surprise -- reveals a woman who once seemed out of control to be one of Hollywood's most forceful and compassionate stars, using her fame with surgical precision to promote matters dear to her.

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In her bad girl days, Angelina Jolie's body was a billboard for tattoos. Now she's sharing intimate details of her anatomy to help women at risk, going public with her preventive double mastectomy to greatly reduce her high odds of breast cancer. It's the latest peak in Jolie's turnaround from hedonist to humanitarian, party girl to inspirational poster girl.
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