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Winston Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie breaks auction record

Winston Churchill painting owned by Angelina Jolie breaks auction record

World
March 2 (UPI) -- A painting by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and once owned by Angelina Jolie broke auction records in London this week, selling for $ 11.59 million. The artwork, Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque, completed in 1943, fetched some four times its auction estimate of between $ 2.1 million and $ 3.5 million, Christie's London said. The landscape is of Marrakesh, Morocco, a favorite subject of Churchill's. Advertisement The previous record for a Churchill painting was set in 2014, when a painting of a pond -- The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell, sold for $ 2.82 million as part of a Sotheby's auction. It was part of a sale of personal possessions owned by Mary Soames, the last-surviving daughter of Churchill who died earlier that year. Churchill gifted the Mosque painti...
Angelina Jolie relates to ‘Maleficent’ motherhood issues

Angelina Jolie relates to ‘Maleficent’ motherhood issues

Entertainment
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- In Maleficent, Disney made the evil queen from Sleeping Beauty the heroine of her own story. In the sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, she struggles with insecurities in her new role as a surrogate mother. And Angelina Jolie is back in the lead role. In the first film, Maleficent (Jolie) took revenge on Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) because her father stole Maleficent's wings. Jolie related to that film's theme, in which Aurora's love redeemed Maleficent in the end. "Maleficent was harmed in her life and she had lost herself and lost her ability to, I think, be soft or feel loved," Jolie said at a press conference in Los Angeles. "The love of a child in my life, being a mother, brought out something in me that completely transformed me." The first film p...
Angelina: Strong women ‘learn from men around them’

Angelina: Strong women ‘learn from men around them’

Entertainment
Angelina Jolie has championed the role men can play in shaping the personalities of young girls.The actress, who stars in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, also said female characters in films should not have to be portrayed as physically tough in order to be considered strong."I think that, so often, when a story's told which says 'this is a strong woman', she has to beat the man, or she has to be like the man, or she has to somehow not need the man," Jolie told journalists at the film's launch.Referring to her own character in the film and Princess Aurora, played by Elle Fanning, Jolie said: "We both very much need and love and learn from the men. "And so I think that's also an important message for young girls, to find their own p...
Angelina Jolie's new diagnosis: What to know about Bell's palsy

Angelina Jolie's new diagnosis: What to know about Bell's palsy

Health
In a newly released interview with Vanity Fair, actress Angelina Jolie opens up about her struggle with Bell’s palsy, a rare and often mysterious neurologic condition. The Oscar-winning actress, who split from longtime husband Brad Pitt in late 2016, expressed concern that in caring for her six children post-divorce, she let her own health decline. Jolie reported turning to acupuncture for relief from Bell’s palsy and noted that she has since made a full recovery. Here's what you need to know about the rare neurologic disease. Bell’s palsy is a condition that leads to paralysis of the facial nerve, the peripheral nerve responsible for facial movement. Sufferers develop one-sided facial weakness -- generally over a matter of hours or days -- that can result in eyebrow sagging, inability...
Angelina Jolie on Brad Pitt divorce: 'It's just been the hardest time'

Angelina Jolie on Brad Pitt divorce: 'It's just been the hardest time'

Entertainment
July 26 (UPI) --Angelina Jolie says she's had "the hardest time" since filing for divorce from Brad Pitt.The 42-year-old actress said in the September issue of Vogue that she and her children are doing their best to heal following her highly-publicized split from the 53-year-old actor in the fall."It's just been the hardest time, and we're just kind of coming up for air," she told the magazine from her new home in Los Feliz. "[This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we're all trying to do our best to heal our family."Jolie called it quits with Pitt in September after two years of marriage and a decade together. She confessed "things became 'difficult'" with the actor before their split, but denied her family's nomadic lifestyle was a factor."That was not the problem. That is and will...