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Angelina Jolie

While Angelina Jolie's surprising announcement that she had a preventative double mastectomy in February was her most talked-about life event this year, she underwent the surgery in the middle of a busy 12 months. Following her big news, Angelina was featured on the cover of Time magazine, but before that, she focused more on her humanitarian work. She addressed the G8 Summit, spoke at the Women in the World Summit in London, and traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda to pay tribute to the genocide and speak to rape victims at refugee camps. She and partner Brad Pitt unveiled their own line of fine wine, Miraval, and fought rumors that they were planning a secret wedding. Angelina flew to Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq as part of a UNHCR special envoy. Though she announced she will be slowing down her film work, Angelina will take the big-screen spotlight next year when her fantasy-thriller Maleficent hits theaters.

Angelina Jolie ranked 3rd in the Game Changers category.

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