Tuesday 23 September 2014

People Are Talking: Angelina's ugly youth 
is back to haunt her

Published 13/07/2014 | 00:00

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Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy
Victoria: Quiet on centre court.

Once upon a time, adults were able to blank out the errors of their youth until their own children grew up and started behaving appallingly, thus reminding the cringing adults of all the awful things they had done themselves.

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Now, thanks to social media, there is a generation of adults who can never forget, as their youthful transgressions are carefully catalogued on social media and it is they, last week, who should have felt sympathy for Angelina Jolie.

Last week, video footage surfaced of a 24-year-old Angelina, filmed in a messy apartment making a rambling telephone call and looking less than the soignee mother of six she is today. She seems distressed as she talks - allegedly to her father, actor Jon Voight - and scratches at her skin as she speaks. The footage was taken by convicted drug dealer Franklin Meyer, who claims that the actress had summoned him to her apartment to sell 
her cocaine and heroin.

Reaction to the footage was theatrically shocked. There was shock at how little she resembled "one half of Hollywood's most glamorous couples," and how she appeared utterly different to the respected humanitarian she is today. In other words, everyone imagined themselves shocked by the fact that Angelina today is not the Angelina of 1999, though it should be noted that she's just as skinny now as she was then.

Angelina Jolie has never denied that she had a wild youth, however. She has talked about: "heavier, darker times . . . and I survived them. I didn't die young, so I'm very lucky." That's hindsight plus maturity speaking, obviously, though even someone utterly honest might rather not see the evidence of their youthful stupidity on screen. And would much rather that their six kids didn't have to see it. But, then, these days, there's no escape from your past.


Sarah Caden

Sunday Indo Living

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