Angelina Jolie with four of her kids, Shiloh, twins Knox and Vivienne and Zahara.

Angelina Jolie with four of her kids, Shiloh, twins Knox and Vivienne and Zahara.

Angelina Jolie remains awestruck by her late mother's "grace".

The 36-year-old actress' mother Marcheline Bertrand passed away from ovarian cancer in January 2007 at the age of 56.

Jolie, who cares for six children with her partner Brad Pitt, looks to her mother's memory for inspiration on parenthood.

"My mother was a full-time mother. She didn't have much of her own career, her own life, her own experiences... everything was for her children," Jolie explained in an interview on American news program 60 Minutes on Sunday.

"I will never be as good a mother as she was. She was just grace incarnate. She was the most generous, loving - she's better than me."

Jolie takes motherhood very seriously.

Jolie's mother Marcheline Bertrand passed away from ovarian cancer in January 2007 at the age of 56.

Although she and Pitt have hectic professional schedules, the couple ensures their children are properly looked after at all times.

"We never work at the same time," she revealed.

"[I enjoy it] when I'm home with the kids."

Jolie is making her directorial debut next month with her film In the Land of Blood and Honey.

Shooting the love story set in the backdrop of the Bosnian War in the 1990s was a transformative experience for the star.

"I prefer directing. I love having the spotlight on someone else. It's nice for all of that not to matter," she added.

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