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Angelina Jolie Discusses Directing Movies…and Funerals

PRNewsFoto/D'Orazio and Associates(NEW YORK) -- In her interview with CBS' 60 Minutes that aired Sunday night, Angelina Jolie revealed that she once had plans to be a funeral director.

"It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do but in fact I lost my grandfather and was very upset with his funeral," she tells interviewer Bob Simon.  "How somebody passes and how family deals with this passing and what death is should be addressed in a different way.  If this whole acting thing didn't work out that was going to be my path."

Instead of directing funerals, the Oscar-winning actress has directed a movie.  She made her directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey, set for release on Dec. 23.

"I am nervous that people are not going to understand it," she said, though she's not concerned about being involved with a film that has someone else as the star.  "I prefer directing.  I love having the spotlight on someone else....It's nice for all of that not to matter."  The film is a love story set during the Bosnian War.

Jolie also discussed her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand, in the interview, saying, “My mother was a full-time mother.  She didn't have much of her own career, her own life, her own experiences ... everything was for her children."

Choking up, she added, "I will never be as good a mother as she was.  She was just grace incarnate.  She was the most generous, loving -- she's better than me."

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Angelina Jolie: I Am Lucky I Didn't Die Young

PRNewsFoto/D'Orazio and Associates(NEW YORK) -- Angelina Jolie considers herself a bad girl who's mostly been tamed.

In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes airing Sunday night, the actress says she's "very lucky" to be alive today.

She says, "I went through heavier, darker times and I survived them.  I didn't die young."

Jolie -- who in her more wild days kissed her brother in public and wore a vial of then-husband Billy Bob Thornton's blood around her neck, among other eyebrow-raising moves -- said there are many reasons why she feels that way, though she didn't elaborate.

Jolie, a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador who travels the world on relief missions, tells 60 Minutes she's still a "bad girl," but she only shares that side of herself with her partner, Brad Pitt.  They have six kids together.

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Andy Rooney Hospitalized After Suffering Complications from Surgery

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- CBS says longtime 60 Minutes personality Andy Rooney is in stable condition at a hospital after suffering "serious complications" following minor surgery performed last week.

CBS did not offer any other details regarding the 92-year-old Rooney's medical condition.  The network also did not disclose where he is hospitalized.

Early this month, Rooney delivered his 1,097th and final essay for 60 Minutes.  He'd been with the program for 33 years.

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Andy Rooney Signs Off from '60 Minutes'

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After 33 years with 60 Minutes, Andy Rooney said goodbye to the CBS news program on Sunday night with his 1,097th essay.

The 92-year-old Rooney said that while he is leaving 60 Minutes, "writers don't retire and I'll always be a writer."

Rooney said of his job, "I probably haven't said anything here that you didn't already know or have already thought.  That's what a writer does.  There aren't too many original thoughts in the world."

He added, "A writer's job is to tell the truth.  I believe that if all the truth were known about everything in the world it would be a better place to live.  I know I've been terribly wrong sometimes, but I think I've been right more than I've been wrong."

Rooney ended his essay in his typical cantankerous manner.  He thanked the viewers for their support through the years, but then cautioned that if they see him in a restaurant, "Please, just let me eat my dinner."

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Andy Rooney to End Regular ’60 Minutes’ Segment on Sunday

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Andy Rooney is slated to end his regular 60 Minutes segment on Sunday after more than 33 years with the news program.

CBS announced Tuesday that the veteran television personality will deliver his last original essay for the news magazine on Sunday, Oct. 2. It will be his final regular appearance on the broadcast and it will be preceded by a segment in which Rooney looks back on his career in an interview with Morley Safer.

“There’s nobody like Andy and there never will be,” Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of 60 Minutes, said in a statement Tuesday. “He’ll hate hearing this, but he’s an American original. His contributions to 60 Minutes are immeasurable; he’s also a great friend.  It’s harder for him to do it every week, but he will always have the ability to speak his mind on 60 Minutes when the urge hits him.”

Rooney, 92, has delivered 1,096 original essays for 60 Minutes since July 1978.

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