Angelina Jolie's former nanny, Cis Rundle, has been talking to the press. About how she helped Marcheline Bertrand (Angelina Jolie's mom) take care of Angelina and James Haven when they were younger. About how she and Marcheline were friends.
My first thought was that if they were such good friends, why is she going to the press and talking about them now? I get the feeling that she wasn't all that close with Marcheline or Angelina and James, as time passed--otherwise she wouldn't be talking about them to the press. She'd be keeping her mouth shut (when tabloids called her), and continue on with whatever relationship that she has with Angelina and her family.
But what Ms. Rundle said was rather interesting. There's the typical 'Angelina was an anorexic cutter' stuff, which meh. We all know (well, those who read her interviews) that as a teenager, she self harmed quite a bit, and wasn't the happiest person. That is a standard Angelina Jolie story. But then it gets interesting.
Cis Rundle explains the infamous Oscar kiss between Angelina Jolie and James Haven, on the night that Angelina won Best Supporting Actress, for Girl, Interrupted. She says,
“The day she kissed Jamie at the Oscars, it was the first day Marcheline was treated for cancer. They left the hospital together and got ready together. Nobody in the world knew that they spent the day in the hospital. It was like, ‘Look where we’re at now. But the world saw something incestual. It was meant to be ‘Here we are.’ They only ever had each other. They had a very tight relationship with each other and their mother.”
So there it is, the kiss explained. Angelina and James were at an emotional high point that night. Not only was it one of the best nights of Angelina's career, and one of the lowest for her personally. Her mother had just started her treatments for the cancer that would ultimately kill her. Her father (as he would soon show), had a propensity for discussing her personal life to the media, and so they weren't very close. She and her brother only had each other. And their mother.
One of the thoughts passing through my head, as I read this was that it affirms just how much integrity Angelina really has. How easy would it have been for her to explain away the kiss with her brother, with an explanation of what was going on with her mother? Very easy. She could've said it in an interview, or dropped a line to a tabloid. But she didn't.