Before Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy after learning she had the BRCA1 gene mutation known to cause breast and ovarian cancer, a woman named Annie Parker paved the way for that theoretical research to become scientific fact.
The cancer survivor is played by Samantha Morton in the upcoming drama, “Decoding Annie Parker,” which co-stars Aaron Paul as her husband, and Helent Hunt as the doctor struggling to convince her colleagues that certain breast cancers are inherited.
“I’m the Angelina Jolie of 30 years ago,” Parker, the real life 63-year-old cancer survivor, told Yahoo Movies for the release of the film’s first trailer (above). “I know I’m alive today to tell this story, to tell people to be tested for the BRCA gene. I don’t want anyone to suffer the way I had to suffer.”