Angelina Jolie was reduced to tears when a caller phoned her on French radio to commend her for speaking about her double mastectomy.
The actress underwent the preventative surgery in February 2013 after learning had an 87 per cent chance of getting breast cancer.
Jolie went public with the news via an emotive self-penned piece in the New York Times called “My Medical Choice”.
During an appearance on RTL radio, the caller said: ''I want to thank Angelina Jolie for having found the courage to say it. And to support this fight with all those we have lost, those who fought and who are real heroines facing the disease.
''By this act of courage and bravery, by announcing her choice by assuming, she helps to demystify and popularise a subject that was taboo in France.
''She is not only an extraordinary woman, but also an extraordinary mom.''
Angelina Jolie on screen
Angelina Jolie on screen
1/11 Changeling -2008
Angelina Jolie plays a grief-stricken mother in this 2008 period drama
2/11 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - 2001
Jolie stars in the blockbuster film based on the video game adventurer
3/11 Hackers - 1995
Jolie stars alongside Johnny Lee Miller in the 1995 film about a computer hacker who writes a computer virus
4/11 Girl, Interrupted - 1999
Jolie won an Oscar in 2000 for her supporting role as diagnosed sociopath Lisa, alongside Winona Ryder
5/11 The Tourist - 2010
Jolie stars alongside Johnny Depp, who plays an American tourist visiting Italy in a bid to mend a broken heart
6/11 Maleficent - 2014
Jolie stars in the lead as the vengeful fairy Maleficent, who is driven to curse the young princess in Sleeping Beauty
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7/11 Mr & Mrs Smith - 2005
Jolie stars as assassin Jane Smith alongside Brad Pitt. The two met and began an affair while filming the movie
8/11 The Bone Collector - 1999
Jolie plays Denzel Washington's detective partner as the two hunt down a serial killer
9/11 Wanted - 2008
The actress plays a second in command assassin alongside James McAvoy
10/11 Salt - 2010
Jolie stars as CIA agent Evelyn
11/11 Unbroken - 2014 (director)
Jolie with the late Louis Zamperini in her new film Unbroken about the Olympian turned World War II prisoner's life
''Oh my god," Jolie responded as she audibly became emotional.
"Thank you for this wonderful message. We are all together in this fight. Not only women, but the fathers, the sons who support us in this fight. I was myself inspired by so many women in my life that if I can in any way contribute to help others, I will.
''I hope we can continue this discussion. Not only ovarian cancer or breast cancer, but all the health problems that women face. As the young woman said, talking about it removes the taboo. I think we should be proud to talk about it.''Reuse content