Actress And Director Angelina Jolie
"Unbroken" director Angelina Jolie arrives at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California January 15, 2015. Reuters/Kevork Djansezian

While most Hollywood actresses shy away from aging, Angelina Jolie Pitt is one actress who is so looking forward to turning 50. The actress, who is currently 40-years-old, opened up about why she will be the happiest when she reaches that landmark age.

“Both of the women in my family, my mother and my grandmother started dying in their 40s,” Jolie Pitt, who graces Vogue's November issue, told the magazine. “I’m 40. I can’t wait to hit 50 and know I made it.”

Jolie Pitt has undergone two preventative surgeries-- a double mastectomy and the removal of her fallopian tubes and ovaries. She made the decision after learning that she is a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, which is responsible for causing cancers. Jolie Pitt’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, and her grandmother Lois Bertand, both died from ovarian cancer.

The actress now wishes both women in her life were provided with the choice to undergo preventive surgeries.

“I wish my mom had been able to make those choices,” she told Vogue. Her mother died of ovarian cancer in 2007, when she was 56. The actress said her doctor told her about the preventive surgeries "about a decade before the earliest onset of cancer in my female relatives."

The actress had no qualms about going public about her personal health details and said the decision actually helped her connect with other women facing the same issues. “I know my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer,’” she wrote about her decision in a New York Times op-ed earlier this year.

While the decision to undergo these surgeries to live longer might have been an easy choice for Jolie-Pitt, her mastectomy and hysterectomy took a toll on her health.

"It's hard. They are not easy surgeries. The ovaries are an easy surgery, but the hormone changes – interesting," she told Vogue.

However, the “Salt” actress said she found humour in it too and continued working throughout the tough times.

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