Marcheline Bertrand

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Marcheline Bertrand
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Bertrand in 2001
Born Marcia Lynne Bertrand
(1950-05-09)May 9, 1950
Blue Island, Illinois, U.S.
Died January 27, 2007(2007-01-27) (aged 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Ovarian cancer
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1971–2007
Spouse(s) Jon Voight (1971–1980)
Partner(s) Bill Day (1978–1989)
John Trudell (–2007)
Children James Haven
Angelina Jolie

Marcia Lynne "Marcheline" Bertrand[1] (May 9, 1950 – January 27, 2007) was the former wife of actor Jon Voight and the mother of actress Angelina Jolie and actor James Haven. She died of ovarian cancer at the age of 56.[2]

She co-founded the All Tribes Foundation, to provide cultural and economic benefits to Native Americans; and the Give Love Give Life organization, to raise public awareness of women's cancers.

She was an American actress and producer.

Early life[edit]

Born at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island, Illinois, Bertrand was brought up in the nearby small town of Riverdale.[3] Her parents were Lois June (née Gouwens; 1928–1973) and Rolland F. Bertrand (1923–1985).[1] She had two younger siblings: a sister Debbie and brother Raleigh.[4] Her father was of French Canadian descent, and her mother was of Dutch and German ancestry, with ancestors who had immigrated to the US in the mid-19th century.[1] Bertrand claimed to be of Iroquois ancestry through her father's line,[5][6] although her only known Native American ancestor is a Huron woman born in 1649 in present-day Quebec.[1] According to her daughter Angelina Jolie, Bertrand was often wrongly identified as a French actress because of her name. Jolie said, "My mom is as far from French Parisian as you can get. She grew up in a bowling alley that my grandparents owned."[6] In 1965, Bertrand's family moved from the Chicago area to Beverly Hills, California, where she attended Beverly Hills High School from sophomore year through graduation.[7]

Film career[edit]

During her early years as an actress, Bertrand studied with Lee Strasberg.[8] In 1971, she played Connie in the episode "Love, Peace, Brotherhood and Murder" on the fourth season of the television show Ironside. In 1982, she appeared in a minor role in Lookin' to Get Out, a film co-written by and starring her former husband, Jon Voight. The following year, Bertrand played her final film role in the 1983 comedy, The Man Who Loved Women, a remake of the 1977 French film of the same name.

Bertrand turned her attention toward producing. In 1983, she founded Woods Road Productions with her partner Bill Day. In 2005, Bertrand was the executive producer of the documentary, Trudell, which chronicles the life and work of John Trudell, Santee Sioux musician and activist. Trudell was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival, and it won the Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival.[9]

Humanitarian work[edit]

Bertrand and her partner John Trudell founded the All Tribes Foundation, to support the cultural and economic survival of Native peoples.[10] By 2007, the foundation had issued over $800,000 in grants to reservation-based programs that strengthen tribal ways of life and safeguard a future for Native communities.[10]

On International Women's Day in 2003, Bertrand and Trudell produced a benefit concert for Afghan women refugees in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.[10]

Bertrand, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999,[11] also founded the Give Love Give Life organization with Trudell; their objective was to raise public consciousness about ovarian and other gynecological cancers through the use of music.[12] The first Give Love Give Life concert was held in February 2004 at The Roxy in West Hollywood.[12] 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 gynecological cancers, which was signed into law on January 12, 2007.[12] To benefit the Women's Cancer Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a second Give Love Give Life concert was held at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles in February 2007, a month after Bertrand died from cancer.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Bertrand married actor Jon Voight on December 12, 1971.[1] Following a miscarriage in 1972,[3] they had two children, James Haven (born May 11, 1973) and Angelina Jolie (born June 4, 1975). Both children became actors; Jolie credits her mother with getting her involved in acting.[13] Bertrand and Voight separated in 1976 as a result of Voight's adultery.[8][14] She filed for divorce in 1978,[11] which was finalized in 1980.[14]

Following her legal separation from Voight, Bertrand began a relationship with documentary-filmmaker Bill Day.[15] They lived together for eleven years, but never married.[16] During her later life, Bertrand had a relationship with John Trudell, a Santee Sioux activist and musician.[17]

At the time of her death, Bertrand had three grandchildren by her daughter: Maddox, Zahara, and Shiloh.[11] She chose the name Pax for her fourth grandchild, who was adopted by her daughter shortly after Bertrand's death.[18] Her granddaughter Vivienne, who was born the following year, was given the middle name Marcheline in her honor.[19]

Death[edit]

Toward the end of her life, Bertrand preferred her privacy and did not grant interviews.[11] She died at the age of 56 on January 27, 2007 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a nearly eight-year battle with ovarian cancer and breast cancer.[11][20] Her children were with her at the time of her death.[11][21] Her daughter, Angelina Jolie, said that her mother's side of the family tended not to be long-lived, saying, "My grandmother also died young so my mother always thought it could happen to her."[22] Bertrand's mother died at the age of 45,[1] and had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Ironside 1971 Connie TV series
Episode: "Love, Peace, Brotherhood and Murder"
Lookin' to Get Out 1982 Girl in Jeep
Man Who Loved Women, TheThe Man Who Loved Women 1983 Girl

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Native American Film Festival Planned". Jamestown Community College. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  10. ^ a b c "February 22 Concert for Ovarian Cancer Research and Education To Honor Marcheline Bertrand, Give Love Give Life Creator and Producer". Gibson.com. Retrieved 2011-04-22. [dead link]
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  20. ^ a b Funk, Kristi (May 14, 2013). "A Patient’s Journey: Angelina Jolie". Pink Lotus Breast Center. Retrieved May 16, 2013. "Given the high likelihood of getting breast or ovarian cancer with BRCA mutations, family history usually triggers testing for the gene. Angelina's mother had breast cancer, and sadly passed away from ovarian cancer. Her maternal grandmother was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer." 
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  22. ^ Junod, Tom (2007-07-20). "Angelina Jolie Dies For Our Sins". Esquire (Hearst Communications, Inc). ISSN 0014-0791. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 

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