Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie's humanitarian work has already been an inspiration to many, and now her dignified honesty about her health has earned the unbridled respect of many more.

On Tuesday, the Oscar winner revealed in a New York Times op-ed that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy in February after learning that she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer due to her genetic predisposition.

"I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer," the 37-year-old mother of six writes. "It is my hope that they, too, will be will able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options."

Jolie's courage and openness (she also called out her "loving and supportive" partner, Brad Pitt) have left many in awe, as celebs—including those who've survived their own battles with breast cancer—took to Twitter to share their reactions.

Sheryl Crow: "I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave! Ladies, please check out Angelina Jolie's story today, especially if you have breast cancer in your family history."

Giuliana Rancic: "Angelina Jolie reveals double mastectomy. Proud of her for using her incredible platform to educate women."

Elizabeth Banks: "Much respect & for sharing in classy way: Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy & how it can save lives."

David Krumholtz: "Now, Angelina Jolie truly is the most beautiful woman in the world."

Nia Vardalos: "A moment of quiet respect for Angelina Jolie's candor and all women's bravery in facing this choice."

Marlee Matlin: "Brave, honest, strong. Angelina Jolie gets a double mastectomy. Agree with @niavardalos - quiet respect for her."

Dr. Drew: "Very courageous RT Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy."

Kristen Bell: "An admirable op ed by Angelina Jolie"

Jackie Collins: "Anjelina incredible woman. Smart & brave."

Questlove: "wow. Brave & Considerate move on Angelina Jolie's behalf"

Amanda de Cadenet: "Brave decision. @nytopinion: Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy, and how it can save lives."

Soleil Moon Frye: "My Medical Choice by Angelina Jolie. Read this,re-tweet it, share it with friends & family. Awareness can save lives."

Mindy Kaling: "@nytopinion: Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy, and how it can save lives: a must-read for women!"

Alyssa Milano: "Angelina Jolie on why she had a double mastectomy:  #brave"

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