Bertrand in 2001
|Born||Marcia Lynne Bertrand
May 9, 1950
Blue Island, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||January 27, 2007
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Spouse(s)||Jon Voight (1971–1980)|
|Partner(s)||Bill Day (1978–1989)
John Trudell (–2007)
Marcia Lynne "Marcheline" Bertrand (May 9, 1950 – January 27, 2007) was an American actress and producer. She also co-founded the All Tribes Foundation, to culturally and economically benefit Native Americans, and the Give Love Give Life organization, to raise public awareness of women's cancers. Bertrand 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.
Born at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island, Illinois, Bertrand was brought up in the nearby small town of Riverdale. Her parents were Lois June (née Gouwens; 1928–1973) and Rolland F. Bertrand (1923–1985). She had two younger siblings: a sister, Debbie, and a brother, Raleigh. Her father was of French Canadian descent, while her mother was of Dutch and German ancestry. She also claimed to be of Iroquois ancestry, although her only known Native American ancestor was a Huron woman born in 1649. According to her daughter, actress Angelina Jolie, Bertrand was often wrongly identified as a French actress, with Jolie saying, "My mom is as far from French Parisian as you can get. She grew up in a bowling alley that my grandparents owned." 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.
During her early years as an actress, Bertrand studied with Lee Strasberg. 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 comedy The Man Who Loved Women, a remake of the French film of the same name.
Bertrand then turned her attention toward producing. In 1983, she founded Woods Road Productions with her then-partner Bill Day. In 2005, Bertrand was the executive producer of the documentary Trudell, which chronicles the life and work of Santee Sioux musician and activist John Trudell. Trudell was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival, and won the Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival.
Bertrand and her partner John Trudell founded the All Tribes Foundation, to support the cultural and economic survival of Native peoples. 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.
Bertrand, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999, 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. The first Give Love Give Life concert was held 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 gynecological 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 the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles in February 2007, a month after Bertrand died from cancer.
Bertrand married actor Jon Voight on December 12, 1971. Following a miscarriage in 1972, they had two children, James Haven (born May 11, 1973) and Angelina Jolie (born June 4, 1975). Both their children are actors; Jolie credits her mother rather than her famous father with getting her involved in acting. Bertrand and Voight separated in 1976 as a result of Voight's adultery. She filed for divorce in 1978, which was finalized in 1980. Following her legal separation from Voight, Bertrand began a relationship with documentary-filmmaker Bill Day. They lived together for eleven years, but never married. During her later life, she was in a relationship with musician and activist John Trudell.
At the time of her death, Bertrand had three grandchildren by her daughter, Maddox, Zahara, and Shiloh. She chose the name Pax for her fourth grandchild, who was adopted by her daughter shortly after Bertrand's death. Her granddaughter Vivienne, who was born the following year, received the middle name Marcheline in honor of Bertrand.
Toward the end of her life, Bertrand preferred to keep a low profile and did not grant interviews. She died at the age of 56 on January 27, 2007 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after an almost eight-year battle with ovarian cancer and breast cancer. Her children were with her at the time of her death. Bertrand's daughter, Angelina Jolie, stated 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." Bertrand's mother died at the age of 45, and was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
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|
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