Angelina Jolie Pitt Turns 40

Happy birthday to Angelina Jolie Pitt, who celebrates the big 4-0 today! The beautiful mother of six, who wed long-time partner Brad Pitt last August, had a challenging 39th year, having her ovaries preemptively removed. “A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene,” Jolie Pitt explained in her New York Times OpEd piece. “It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.” But AJ is healthy and gearing up to get back to work with the upcoming releases of Salt 2, By the Sea, and Kung Fu Panda 3. Above, Angelina attends a private reception for Disney's "Maleficent."

Click through the gallery to check out some of the most striking pictures of the birthday girl. (Getty)