Get To Know Your Celebrity Blabbermouth: Mary Ann Lanier
Being the world’s biggest superstar isn’t easy.
So when you’re jet-setting all over the world like Brad Pitt, it’s not always convenient to get back to where it all began.
But that’s no excuse, according to Pitt’s aunt, who had a little chat with the U.K.’s Sun newspaper urging her nephew to visit once in a while, especially his elderly granny.
Mary Ann Lanier told the tabloid in March 2012 that the World War Z star hadn’t seen his now 91-year-old grandmother in four years.
And to make the read even more dramatic, the newspaper said Betty Russell (below) is living in a less-than-stellar nursing home, surrounded by photos of Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their six children.
“Betty misses him. He doesn’t write, he doesn’t seem to stay in contact with her,” said Lanier from her Shawnee, Oklahoma home where Pitt was born in 1963.
“I’m sure he’s busy, but I don’t know why he doesn’t stay in contact with his grandmother. He used to send her flowers every month and call her once in a while,” she added.
“She used to hear from him a lot but not any more.”
Since the 49-year-old actor hooked up with the Jolie after starring in 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the future Mrs. and Mrs. Pitt adopted three kids and have three biological children — 12-year-old Maddox, 9-year-old Pax, 8-year-old Zahara, 7-year-old Shiloh, and 5-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. The family man’s obviously been a little bit busy, so his elderly auntie is trying to take it easy on him.
“Brad has a big family and that comes first. I don’t begrudge him that at all. His immediate family is more important than any of the rest,” said Lanier.
“I just wish he would get in touch with his grandmother more often.
But apparently there are no real hard feelings because the extended family loves Pitt’s U.N. ambassador, humanitarian, activist, actress, director, and overall Renaissance woman better half.
“I think he’s doing a great job taking care of the kids,” she said.
“The last time he came to Shawnee, Angelina was very pregnant. She was just great, just like a member of the family. There was no put-on airs or anything like that. She is a beautiful person. I’m pleased she is with Brad and pleased she’s so concerned with children, that both of them are.”
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