Angelina Jolie wishes she could still speak to her late mother.

The actress misses her mum MARCHELINE BERTRAND - who died in January 2007 aged 56 after an eight-year battle with ovarian cancer - and often wants to tell things about her six children, Maddox, 10, Pax, eight, Zahara, seven, Shiloh, five, and three-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

Angelina said: ''There are times when I want to talk to my mother about something the children do, and then I realise she is not there.''

The 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' director credits her late mother, who was an actress and producer, with instilling a loving nature within her which has never deserted her even when she went through a wild and rebellious stage in her 20s.

In an interview with The Times newspaper, the 36-year-old star - whose father is actor Jon Voight - revealed: ''She gave me a great sense of love. I might have been nutty (in my youth) but I was always loving.''

Just as Marcheline inspires her as a parent, Angelina says her partner Brad Pitt inspires her everyday and is The Rock in her life.

She said: ''He is my family ... Brad always says I'm so strong when I'm in the world. But then when I am asleep in my nightgown I'm just like everyone else. I'm not so strong.''