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Someone Very Close To Angelina Jolie’s Heart Has Passed Away…

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So sad!

We first introduced you to Louis Zamperini last year. His inspirational true-life story is being turned into a movie, thanks to Angelina Jolie who is directing and producing the project!

But this week, the 97-year-old passed away after a 40-day battle with pneumonia.

Angie and Louis became very close after she heard his harrowing tale of survival. Zamperini, a former Olympian, spent 47 days lost at sea during World War II. He was then captured by the Japanese and spent 2 years in a POW camp!

If that’s not an AH-Mazing movie plot, we don’t know what is!

Before he died, Louis spoke about his famous friend, calling Miz Jolie:

“A human dynamo!”

He also said he was certain that she would tell his story the right way.

The Zamperini family issued their own statement after losing Louis, which read:

"Having overcome insurmountable odds at every turn in his life, Olympic runner and World War II hero Louis Zamperini has never broken down from a challenge. He recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives. His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days.”

Unbroken, the film based on Louis’s incredible life, is due in theaters on Christmas Day. You better believe we’re gonna see it!

Rest in peace, Louis!

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A Surprising Twist Of Fate Led Angelina Jolie To The "Hardest Thing" She's Ever Done & A Friendship With A 97-Year-Old Hero

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Angelina Jolie spent years searching for a story inspiring enough to make into a film. Little did she know, she had an AH-Mazing movie just waiting to be told right in her own backyard!

Her upcoming flick Unbroken is the A-lister’s second shot at directing and will be released later this year. It tells the story of former Olympic champion and World War II hero Louis Zamperini who survived the unthinkable while stranded at sea off the coast of Asia!

But it wasn’t until after she heard about Louis’ harrowing tale that Angie also discovered her 97-year-old subject happened to be her neighbor!

Jolie explained:

"I've been sitting in my room laying there thinking, 'What am I supposed to be doing with my life? I wanna do something important. I need some help. I need some guidance. Where is it?' And it was right outside my window."

What a coincidence!

The two are now as close as can be, greeting each other with hugs, kisses and, ‘I love yous.’

Aw!

They both sat down with Tom Brokaw to discuss Unbroken and the incredible life that Louis has had, which includes meeting Adolf Hitler AND escaping from a Japanese POW prison!

It sounds like Angelina found the story she was looking for!

Ch-ch-check out their adorable interview together on the Today show…AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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Angelina Jolie Directing Sophomore Film Unbroken! Surprise! It's Not A Comedy!

Awww she's not directing herself and future hubby Brad Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith: Part II?! LOLz!

Even though Angelina Jolie recently expressed that she may soon give up show business to focus on motherhood and her UN work concerning international humanitarian issues, it seems she's decided to postpone retirement…

In favor of bringing Laura Hillenbrand best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption to the big screen!

Jolie will direct the true story of 1936 Olympian Louis Zamperini who survived a plane crash as a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber during World War II, only to then be captured by Japanese forces and imprisoned for the remainder of the war.

Angie recently expressed:

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