In a very surprising revelation early today, Angelina Jolie told the New York Times that she has undergone a double mastectomy as a preventive measure.  

Jolie writes that she is a carrier of a "faulty" gene, which increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  As a result she decided to have the double mastectomy earlier this year.  Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand died of cancer in 2007 at age 56.   the 37-year-old actress notes that she is "fortunate" to have a partner, her fiance' Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive.

[New York Times]