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Angelina Jolie hires real-life Olivia Pope amid Brad Pitt divorce

By Sarah Mulé
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Angelina Jolie hires real-life Olivia Pope amid Brad Pitt divorce
Angelina Jolie, the voice of Tigress in "Kung Fu Panda 3" attends the premiere of the film at TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on January 16, 2016. Jolie recently hired Judy Smith, the woman who inspired Olivia Pope on "Scandal," in preparation for her divorce proceedings from Brad Pitt. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Angelina Jolie hired crisis manager Judy Smith -- who inspired Shonda Rhimes' Olivia Pope character on Scandal -- to help navigate her divorce from Brad Pitt.

"(Smith) is typically a calming, non-combative influence," a source told E! News. "Certainly seems like someone to give better advice than what she has apparently been getting."

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Smith, who also serves as a producer for Scandal, has worked with other celebrities like Michael Vick, Paula Dean, and Monica Lewinsky in the midst of their respective scandals.

Jolie has also hired celebrity divorce attorney Laura Wasser. Pitt has retained the services of Lance Spiegel in preparation for the upcoming battle.

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