Angelina Jolie doing well ahead of birth: doctor

Wed Jul 2, 2008 2:19pm EDT
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By Pierre Thebault

NICE, France (Reuters) - Pregnant Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is doing well in a French Riviera hospital and is expected to give birth to twins in "the coming weeks," her doctor said on Wednesday.

Doctor Michel Sussmann gave few details away during a brief news conference, declining to reveal the sex of the expected babies or give a clear indication of the likely birth date.

"What she needs now is simple surveillance by monitoring to ensure the good health of her babies in the weeks to come," Sussmann told reporters at the Lenval hospital in the southern French city of Nice.

Jolie, 33, arrived at the hospital on Sunday by helicopter and has a suite of rooms reserved for her and her partner Brad Pitt, which have been sealed off by bodyguards.

"Mrs. Angelina Jolie and ... Mr. Brad Pitt, told me to let you know that she is doing just fine at the moment," Sussmann said.

"She is a patient like any other ... very simple and for whom I have a great deal of respect," he added.

Jolie and Pitt, 44, already have four children, three of them adopted and the fourth, Shiloh, their biological daughter born in Namibia in 2006.

After months of speculation surrounding her pregnancy, Jolie finally confirmed she was expecting twins in an interview at the Cannes film festival in May.   Continued...

<p>Actor Brad Pitt (2nd R) carries his children Zahara (R) and Shiloh (2nd L) as they arrive at the Nice Lenval Hospital, southern France, where pregnant U.S. actress Angelina Jolie has been admitted, July 2, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Serrano</p>