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Angelina Jolie is an American film actress and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. She is often named as one of the world’s most beautiful and sexiest women. Though being young, Jolie has already received three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an Academy Award. Jolie’s personal life is always in the spotlight.
Angelina Jolie Voight was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 4, 1975 to Oscar-winning actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. Jolie has a brother James Haven. She’s the god-daughter of Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell. She’s of Slovak and German origin on her father’s side and of French Canadian on her mother’s side. She is said to be part Iroquois, though her farther once claimed Bertrand is “not seriously Iroquois,” and that they merely said it to enhance his ex-wife’s exotic background.
Her parents separated in 1976, and Jolie and her brother were raised by their mother in Palisades, New York. As a child Jolie regularly saw movies with her mother and later explained that this had inspired her interest in acting. When she was 11, the family moved back to Los Angeles and Jolie decided she wanted to act and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she trained for two years and appeared in several stage productions. Other alumni of the Lee Strasberg Institute are Frank Miranda, Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Sally Field.
Jolie went to Beverly Hills High School (later Moreno High School), and later she recalled her feeling of isolation among the children of some of the area’s more affluent families. Jolie’s mother survived on a more modest income, and Jolie often wore second-hand clothes.
At school Angelina Jolie was teased by other students for her distinctive features, for being extremely thin, and for wearing glasses and braces. As a teen Jolie was experimenting and trying to find herself. She tried herself at modeling. Her first attempts proved unsuccessful. She started to cut herself; later commenting, “I collected knives and always had certain things around. For some reason, the ritual of having cut myself and feeling the pain, maybe feeling alive, feeling some kind of release, it was somehow therapeutic to me.”
At 14, she dropped out of her acting classes and dreamed of becoming a funeral director. During this period, she wore black, dyed her hair purple and went out moshing with her live-in boyfriend. Two years later, after the relationship had ended, she rented an apartment above a garage a few blocks from her mother’s home, she returned to theatre studies and graduated from high school.
At the age of 16 Jolie gave her modeling career another try. She worked as a professional model in London, New York and Los Angeles, and has also appeared in numerous music videos for such artists as Meat Loaf (‘Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through’), Lenny Kravitz (‘Stand by My Woman’), Antonello Venditti (‘Alta Marea’) and The Lemonheads (‘It’s About Time’). In 1997 Jolie also played a stripper in the Rolling Stones music video for the song ‘Anybody Seen My Baby?’
Though Angelina Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father Jon Voight in the 1982 film Lookin’ to Get Out, Jolie’s acting career began in early 1990s with the low budget production of Cyborg 2 (1993). Angelina played Casella “Cash” Reese, a near-human robot, designed to seduce her way into a rival manufacturer’s headquarters and then self-detonate. Before doing Cyborg, Jolie had also acted in five student films for the USC School of Cinema, all directed by her brother, James Haven. Though being estranged from her father Jon Voight Angelina began to learn from him, as she noticed, his method of observing people to become like them. Their relationship during this time was less strained, with Jolie realizing that they were both “drama queens”.
Jolie’s most prominent role during early years of her career was as Kate “Acid Burn” Libby in her first Hollywood picture, Hackers (1995), where she met her first husband Jonny Lee Miller. The New York Times wrote, “Kate (Angelina Jolie) stands out. That’s because she scowls even more sourly than [her co-stars] and is that rare female hacker who sits intently at her keyboard in a see-through top. Despite her sullen posturing, which is all this role requires, Ms. Jolie has the sweetly cherubic looks of her father, Jon Voight.” The movie failed to make a profit at the box-office, but developed a cult after the release.
Her next film was 1996 comedy Love Is All There Is, a modern-day loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set among two rival Italian family restaurant owners in the Bronx, New York.
In the road movie Mojave Moon she was a youngster, named Eleanor Rigby, who falls for Danny Aiello (The Shoemaker), while he takes a shine to her mother, Anne Archer.
Another small movie that got her good notices was Foxfire (1996), Jolie played Margret “Legs” Sadovsky, one of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond in the film after they beat up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. The Los Angeles Times wrote about Jolie’s performance, “It took a lot of hogwash to develop this character, but Jolie has the presence to overcome the stereotype. Though the story is narrated by Maddy, Legs is the subject and the catalyst.”
In 1997, Jolie starred with David Duchovny (The X-Files) in the thriller Playing God, a film about a surgeon who lost his medical license and is hired by guys from criminal world to do operations on wounded Mafiosi. Jolie’s character, Claire, is girlfriend of one of the criminals. The movie was not received, and the reviews noted that “Angelina Jolie seems too nice to be [a criminal's] girlfriend”.
The same year she appeared in the TV movie True Women, a historical romantic drama set in the West, and based on the book by Janice Woods Windle.
George Wallace (1997) won Jolie a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination. George Wallace is a biopic highly praised by critics. Angelina Jolie played the second wife of the segregationist Governor of Alabama who was shot and paralyzed while running for President.
In 1998, Jolie starred in HBO’s Gia as supermodel Gia Carangi. This was the true life story of supermodel Gia Carangi, depicting a world of sex, drugs and emotional drama. Carangi became involved with drugs and because of her needle-using habits she became one of the first celebrities to die of AIDS at the age of 26. Vanessa Vance from Reel.com noted, “Angelina Jolie is fierce in her portrayal — filling the part with nerve, charm, and desperate.”
In accordance with Lee Strasberg’s method of acting Jolie reportedly preferred to stay in character in between scenes during many of her early films, and as a result had gained a reputation for being difficult to deal with. So while shooting Gia, she told her then-husband Jonny Lee Miller that she wouldn’t be able to phone him. “I’d tell him: ‘I’m alone; I’m dying; I’m gay; I’m not going to see you for weeks.”
Jolie stopped acting for a while after shooting Gia, because she felt that she had “nothing else to give.” During this time she enrolled at New York University to study filmmaking and attended writing classes.
Jolie returned as Gloria McNeary in the 1998 gangster movie Hell’s Kitchen, and later that year appeared in Playing by Heart, as part of an ensemble all-star cast that included Sean Connery, Gillian Anderson, Ryan Phillippe and Jon Stewart. The film received predominantly positive reviews and Jolie was praised in particular.
In 1998, she starred in the comedy-drama Pushing Tin, co-starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett. Jolie played Thornton’s seductive wife. The film received a lukewarm reception from critics, and Jolie’s character was particularly criticized. While shooting Pushing Tin, Jolie started dating her co-star Billy Bob Thornton and then married him on May 5, 2000.
Next year Jolie joined Denzel Washington (Training Day) in The Bone Collector, an adapted crime novel written by Jeffery Deaver. Jolie played Amelia Donaghy, a police officer haunted by her cop father’s suicide, who reluctantly helps Washington track down a serial killer. The movie grossed $151 million worldwide, but was a critical failure: “Jolie, while always delicious to look at, is simply and woefully miscast.” (Detroit Free Press)
Jolie starred in Girl, Interrupted (1999), a film that tells the story of mental patient Susanna Kaysen, and which was adapted from Kaysen’s original memoir Girl, Interrupted. Jolie played the sociopathic Lisa Rowe while Winona Ryder (Autumn in New York) played the main character. This film was a real triumph for Angelina and brought her an Oscar.
In 2000, Jolie appeared in her first summer blockbuster, Gone in 60 Seconds, in which she played Sarah “Sway” Wayland, ex-girlfriend of car-thief Randall “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage). The role was small, and Angelina later explained that the film was a welcome relief after the heavy role of Lisa Rowe. And Gone in 60 Seconds became her highest grossing movie up until then, earning $237 million internationally.
In 2001 Jolie starred alongside Antonio Banderas as the mail-order bride Julia Russell in the thriller Original Sin. The story was a major critical failure. “The story plunges more precipitously than Ms. Jolie’s neckline,” The New York Times noted about the film.
In 2000, Jolie was asked to star in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). At first, she expressed disinterest, but then decided that the required training for the athletic role was intriguing. The movie was an adaptation of the popular Tomb Raider videogame. Lara Croft was a female cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond. Jolie was required to master a British accent and undergo extensive martial arts training to play the title role of Lara Croft. Jolie performed all her own stunts in the film and even received cuts from the chandelier scene as a result. She also set fire to her silk pajamas on the chandelier while she was doing her “bungee jumps” in the house. She was taken to a hospital with minor burns but continued filming the next day.
Thanks to the flick, Jolie achieved international fame and since then has established herself as one of the best-known and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. Angelina was praised for her physical performance, but the movie received mostly negative reviews. Nonetheless, the movie was a huge international success, earning $275 million worldwide. Jolie reprised her role as Lara Croft in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003.
It wasn’t an easy period in Jolie’s life. The thing is that she’d been long estranged from her farther Oscar winning actor Jon Voight, though reconciliation was attempted, and he appeared with her in Lara Croft. In July 2002, Jolie filed a request to legally change her name to “Angelina Jolie”, dropping Voight as her surname; the name change was made official on September 12, 2002. Jolie later indicated that she no longer wished to pursue a relationship with her father, and said, “My father and I don’t speak. I don’t hold any anger toward him. I don’t believe that somebody’s family becomes their blood. Because my son’s adopted, and families are earned.”
However, the two reconciled almost completely in 2009. “We’re in touch, but not regularly,” Jon Voight told US Weekly. “We love each other and that’s the most important thing. Brad has been supportive – a key factor in her reaching out.” Their first apperance together was on February 21, 2010 while having a boat trip with Angie’s partner Brad Pitt and their kids along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
The only movie Jolie did in 2002 was Life or Something Like It. She played Lanie Kerrigan, an ambitious TV reporter who is told that she will die in a week. Jolie’s performance received positive reviews. “Jolie is excellent in her role. This Academy Award-winning actress is exceedingly believable in her journey towards self-discovery and the true meaning of fulfilling life,” CNN’s Paul Clinton wrote in his review.
In 2003 Jolie starred in Beyond Borders, a film about aid workers in Africa. The dramatic film parallels some of her real life humanitarian experiences although, despite the inclusion of a romance between two westerners, many of the movie’s images were too depressingly realistic making the film unpopular with critics and viewers.
In 2004, Jolie starred alongside Ethan Hawke in the thriller Taking Lives, as an FBI profiler summoned to help Montreal law enforcement hunt down a serial killer. The movie received mixed reviews and The Hollywood Reporter concluded, “Angelina Jolie plays a role that definitely feels like something she has already done, but she does add an unmistakable dash of excitement and glamour.”
Jolie also had a brief appearance in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, a science fiction adventure film, and then played Olympias in Alexander (2004), Oliver Stone’s biopic about the life of Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell). The film was a failure domestically but a success internationally.
This same year Jolie also provided the voice of Lola, an angelfish in the animated DreamWorks movie Shark Tale. The star-studded cast included Will Smith, Martin Scorsese, Renée Zellweger, Jack Black and Robert De Niro.
Jolie’s only movie of 2005, the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, is also her biggest commercial success to date that also made her the third actress to join the $20 Million Club (after Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz), as that’s the amount of money she got for the flick.
The film tells the story of a bored married couple who find out that they are both secret assassins. Jolie starred as Jane Smith, while Brad Pitt starred as John Smith. “While the story feels haphazard, the movie gets by on gregarious charm, galloping energy and the stars’ thermonuclear screen chemistry,” The Star Tribune wrote. The movie earned over $478 million worldwide, and became one of the biggest hits of 2005.
Jolie’s only film in 2006 was Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd, telling the early history of the CIA, as seen through the eyes of Edward Wilson (Matt Damon, The Bourne Ultimatum). Jolie played Wilson’s neglected wife.
In 2007, Jolie made her directorial debut with the documentary A Place in Time, which captures the life in 27 locations around the globe during a single week and features fellow actors such as Jude Law, Hilary Swank, Colin Farrell and Jonny Lee Miller. The film was intended to be distributed through the National Education Association, mainly in high schools.
Jolie also starred as Mariane Pearl in Michael Winterbottom’s documentary-style drama A Mighty Heart (2007), about the kidnap and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan. The movie is based on Mariane Pearl’s memoirs A Mighty Heart and had its premiere at the 2007 Cannes International Film Festival. Jolie’s performance was described as “well-measured and moving”.
Jolie also played in Robert Zemeckis’ animated epic Beowulf (2007), which was created through the motion capture technique. The film featured her as Grendel’s mother.
Year 2007 was a difficult one in Jolie’s life. There were good and bad things happening to her. The year started with a major family tragedy. Jolie’s mother Marcheline Bertrand died from ovarian cancer on January, 27, 2007 after more than 7 years of battle with the disease. Though having difficult times, Jolie didn’t give up her humanitarian missions and filming career.
Angelina says she’s really proud of Kung Fu Panda. It is basically the only one of her movies that her children have seen so far, and she says: “It’s a big hit in the house. Jack Black is like De Niro to the kids.”
When asked about her work in The Changeling Angelina said it was Clint Eastwood to help her get through the toughest scenes. “There have been so many times I’ve worked on films that required a lot of emotion, and the director didn’t understand. They’d do 10 takes in a wide shot and you’re crying and crying. And then they’d do close-ups and you’re still trying to emote with the same honesty. Clint doesn’t exhaust you like that. He knows when to move on. And so you feel safe enough to just lay yourself bare and expose everything.”
“Working with someone like Angelina Jolie is a great privilege, because you get to look on that gorgeous beauty every day, And she’s a great talent,” Eastwood said, adding that Jolie “is an actress hampered by her gorgeous face, I think the most beautiful face on the planet. People sometimes can’t see past that, to her talent.” Clint Eastwood compared Angie’s work ethic to that of Meryl Streep: “Actors know with me they aren’t going to be allowed to rehearse a scene for a couple of hours and then get away with doing 25 takes before we get it right, so they come with their full bag of tricks. Angelina is a lot like Meryl Streep in that respect.”
Angelina compares her role as a devastated mother to her role as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart saying The Changeling as a film was “really really painful.” “Certainly, Mariane Pearl lost her husband in the most horrific way. But I think even she might agree that the loss of a child and not knowing where they are or what is happening to them is probably the absolute worst thing in the world. As a mother, it was harder for me imagining that somebody was abusing my child while they were wondering why mommy wasn’t coming to save them. As a mother, that’s just the worst possible scenario,” the actress revealed in her interview for Parade magazine.
“When I first read the script [of The Changeling] I just couldn’t put it down, but then I said no, I’m leaving it,” Angelina Jolie said during the press conference in London on November 17, 2008. “I didn’t want to get involved with the project because it was too upsetting. But then I couldn’t stop talking about her [character]. I found myself sitting with people and wanting them to know about this extraordinary woman.”
Angie also revealed she doesn’t really watch her movies. “I like the process of doing them more than watching them. No, I just, I don’t really like to watch movies. I love to watch Brad’s movies.”
In Feb. 2009 it was reported that Angie will be serving at the executive producer of Resilient, a film that tells the stories of strong women from different countries. Her friend Mariane Pearl will interview five women who have overcome tough odds to bring about change in their communities.
In February 2009, Angelina was getting ready to film her new movie, spy thriller Salt. The film originally cast Tom Cruise in the starring role, but it was reworked to star a female lead after Angie showed interest in the project. The filming started in March 2009 in Washington, D.C.
When the Salt script was couriered round to the Jolie residence, she was “at home in my nightgown feeling very maternal with my new babies. I remember I was with them in my bedroom and I flipped through the script. It was all about getting out there and attacking and being very physical and I did feel really funny, thinking, “If I can do this it would be a nice balance: the being soft at home and then going to work and filming this hard, physical role.” It seemed like a real challenge. And I like a challenge.”
Angie did all her stunts in the movie. “Doing a few stunts is a great part of the job; it’s wonderful therapy,” she laughs. “I wasn’t scared. I get a kick out of it. I love that kind of thing. But I am fearless to the point of stupidity sometimes. Maybe I should have a little more fear.”
In April 2009 it was reported Angelina had signed on to portray beautiful and hard-charging medical examiner named Dr. Kay Scarpetta for a forthcoming movie Untitled Kay Scarpetta Project that’s based on the best-selling novel series of the same name by Patricia Cornwell.
In May Angie was named The Most Beautiful Woman In The World by the Vanity Fair poll and came 4th in Glamour‘s Top 5 Most Glamorous Women 2009. “Last year’s number one has a style uniform that works: simple, classic, modern. She stands out without wearing a look-at-me dress,” the mag stated.
Angelina was also named the highest-paid actress 2008 on Forbes‘ annual Celebrity 100 list released in July 2009.
To prove her international success and recognition, in late June 2009 it was revealed Angie was chosen the new spokesperson for Armani’s next fragrance. In April 2011 she was named the new face of Louis Vuitton.
In October 2009 it was confirmed Angelina would replace Charlize Theron in the thriller The Tourist. The film is about an Interpol agent (Jolie) in Europe who manipulates an American tourist (Sam Worthington,Terminator Salvation, Avatar) in an attempt to flush out an elusive criminal who was her former lover. Eventually, Sam Worthington was replaced by Johnny Depp. Jolie started the principal photography of the movie in late February 2010 in Paris, France.
Before the filming of The Tourist begins Angie will star in Gucci, the drama movie about the fashion design empire. Angelina will reportedly star as Gucci’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) ex wife who plotted his murmer and then was sentenced for 29 years in jail.
Other reports claim Angie may star in the film adaptation of Serena: A Novel, the story of a couple that creates a timber empire in the late 1920s. Darren Aronofsky who directed The Wrestler is said to helm the project.
In August 2010 Angelina revealed her new project and debut as a director and screenplay writer, In The Land Of Blood And Honey, a love story set during the Bosnian War. “The film is a love story, not a political statement,” Jolie said in a statement. “I would like to involve as many local people as possible and learn as much as I can.” It was revealed Jolie would write, direct and produce the new movie. The movie was set to be released on December 23, 2011.
Around the same time it was confirmed Angie would star in Unforgiven based on the aponymous TV series. In the movie Jolie plays the lead Ruth Slater, a fresh out of prison woman who’s served 15 years for the murder of two policemen.
In October 2010 James Cameron confirmed he and Angelina were going to do Cleopatra together. Jolie was to play Cleopatra in the historical movie set for release in 3D. The movie, based on Stacy Schiff’s book entitled “Cleopatra: A Life”, explores Cleopatra’s lethal political struggle with her brother, her romance with Julius Caesar, her nine-year affair with Mark Antony and her demise.
George Wallace (1997) won Jolie a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination. The film, among other awards, received the Golden Globe for Best Miniseries/Motion Picture made for TV.
In 1998 Jolie won another Golden Globe award and another Emmy nomination for her performance in Gia, and she additionally earned a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Girl, Interrupted (1999), besides fame and recognition, brought Angelina her third Golden Globe, her second Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Variety noted, “Jolie is excellent as the flamboyant, irresponsible girl who turns out to be far more instrumental than the doctors in Susanna’s rehabilitation.” Jolie’s role is said to be reminiscent of Jack Nicholson’s character in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), the role which won Nicholson his first Oscar.
Girl, Interrupted made Jolie one of the first actresses to win 3 consecutive Golden Globes in 3 different categories: “Best Supporting Actress in a Mini Series”: George Wallace (1997), “Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini Series”: Gia (1998), “Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture”: Girl, Interrupted (1999). Coincidentally, all her roles were based on real people.
A Mighty Heart (2007) based on Mariane Pearl’s memoirs, earned Jolie her fourth Golden Globe and her third Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
In 2009 Angelina won Favorite Femal Action Star award at the 35th People’s Choice Awards. She was also nominated for Golden Globe, Crititcs’ Choice Awards and SAG Awards in the category Best Actress in Motion Picture for The Changeling. Her outstanding performance in the movie also brought her a nod for Best Leading Actress at 2009 Oscars and British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA), which are considered Britain’s version of the Oscar. “I feel very very lucky that I have won in the past. Listen, it’s lovely to be nominated. But I’m hoping Benjamin Button does really good on the night…. I’m rooting for Brad [Pitt],” Jolie said during her interview for Good Morning America on February 3, 2009.
In May 2009 she was also named hottest Femme Fatale at 2009 Spike TV’s 2009 Guys Choice Awards.
Angelina’s film The Tourist brought her the Best Actress in a Comedy Or Musical nomination at 2011 Golden Globe.
“You should never help somebody out of pity, or to get Brownie points in heaven. You should genuinely find joy in making somebody else’s life better,” the actress said in one of her recent interviews.
Angelina Jolie’s humanitarian activities started in 2001 during filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in poverty-stricken and widely mined Cambodia. Jolie considered being there an eye opening experience, and so began the humanitarian chapter of her life. She turned to UNHCR for more information on international trouble spots. Jolie began visiting refugee camps around the world. In February 2001, Jolie went on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed. In the coming months she returned to Cambodia for two weeks and later met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan where she donated $1 million for Afghan refugees in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal. She insisted on covering all costs related to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff on all of her visits.
Later that year, on August 27, Angelina Jolie was formally appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Some of her experiences were written and published in her popular book Notes from My Travels (2003) whose profits go to UNHCR.
In a press conference Jolie explained her motives for joining the refugee agency: “We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don’t believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.”
Jolie has stated that she now plans to spend most of her time in humanitarian efforts, to be financed by her actress salary. According to her own words, she devotes one third of her income to savings, one third to living expenses and one third to charity.
Later in 2003 Jolie was the first recipient of the Citizen of the World Award from the UN’s Correspondents’ Association for her work as a Goodwill Ambassador with the UNHCR. In August 2005 Jolie was made an official citizen of Cambodia by the King for her ongoing efforts to help the environment there. Angelina’s first adopted child, Maddox, comes from Cambodia.
She started spending more time on her humanitarian missions. As a Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie visited Tham Hin refugee camp in Thailand and Colombian refugees in Ecuador to take a closer look at the “Western Hemisphere’s most severe humanitarian crisis” in 2002. She also went to various UNHCR facilities in Kosovo as well as to Sudan refugee camp in Kenya.
Angelina got back to Ecuador in June 2010. “It’s been eight years since I was last here and UNHCR’s presence has grown considerably. I am so happy to be able to reconnect with some familiar faces, refugees I had met with during my 2002 trip,” she said.
While filming Beyond Borders (2003) in Namibia she met with Angolan refugees as a UNHCR Ambassador. This year the star also visited Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Russia’s North Caucasus, Jordan to visit Iraqi refugees there, and Egypt to meet Sudanese refugees.
Also in 2004, Jolie had her first U.N. trip within the United States. She went to Arizona to visit detained asylum seekers and unaccompanied children in Phoenix. She also flew to Chad in June, and then four months later she returned to the region, this time going directly into West Darfur.
In 2005, Jolie visited Pakistani camps containing Afghan refugees, and met with Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz as a part of her Goodwill Ambassador mission. She visited Pakistan twice that year, coming with Brad Pitt during the Thanksgiving weekend.
In 2005 she also took part at a National Press Club luncheon, where she announced the founding of the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children, an organization that provides free legal-aid to asylum-seeking children with no legal representation, which Jolie personally funded with a donation of $500,000 for its first two years. Jolie also spoke for several bills to aid refugees and vulnerable children in the Third World.
In addition to her political involvement, Jolie began using her public profile to promote humanitarian causes through the mass media. She filmed a MTV special, The Diary of Angelina Jolie & Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Africa, portraying her and noted economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs on a trip to a remote group of villages in Western Kenya.
Jolie kept on receiving wide recognition for her humanitarian work. In 2005 she was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the UNA-USA (The United Nations Association of the United States of America). Jolie has pledged $5 million to set up a wildlife sanctuary in the north-western province of Battambang.
In 2006, Jolie announced the founding of the Jolie/Pitt Foundation which made initial donations to Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders of $1 million each. Jolie also co-chairs the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, founded at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2006, which helps fund education programs for children affected by conflict.
In 2008 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Jolie-Pitt Foundation donated $100,000 to Global Action for Children. “We hope the generous gift from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation inspires others to give and focus on assisting orphans and highly vulnerable children around the world,” the charity’s executive director said.
Jolie continued the tradition of spending holidays on humanitarian trips and spent Christmas Day 2006 with Colombian refugees in San José, Costa Rica where she handed out presents. Besides, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt donated all the money they gained for daughter Shiloh’s first pictures to charity. And Shiloh’s pics total rights sale earned up to $10 million worldwide – making them the most expensive celebrity images of all time.
In 2007, Jolie returned to Chad for a two-day mission to assess the deteriorating security situation for refugees from Darfur; Jolie and Pitt subsequently donated $1 million to three relief organizations in Chad and Darfur. Jolie also made her first visit to Syria and Iraq, where she met with Iraqi refugees as well as multi-national forces and U.S. troops.
In 2008 Jolie became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she received the Freedom Award by the International Rescue Committee. With increasing experience, Jolie became more involved in promoting humanitarian causes on a political level.
October 17, 2008 Angelina Jolie was out speaking during a symposium on international law and justice at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. She announced her “teaming up with Microsoft Corp., law firms and corporate law departments to create a legal system for children of parents involved in U.S. immigration proceedings.” The new initiative, The Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) will provide pro bono legal defense for unaccompanied children. “These children often have nothing; no money, no support and no family, yet they come to America seeking its promises of a better life. But many end up becoming lost, traumatized, and ultimately forgotten,” Angelina said.
During one of the recent interviews Jolie confessed “it was only when I came out of my shell and started taking care of others that I found the real Angelina.”
Jolie had her first post pregnancy trip to Afghanistan as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on October 21 – 23, 2008. The trip’s aim was to support refugees who are returning home. The actress was brought to tears witnessing the refugees’ poor living conditions in the country, saying that though “they have suffered so much, the Afghan people remain gracious, open and have a quiet dignity.”
In early February 2009 Angelina Jolie visited Thailand and called on the Thai government to grant Myanmar refugees in northern Thailand greater freedom of movement. “I was saddened to meet a 21-year-old woman who was born in a refugee camp, who has never even been out of the camp and is now raising her own child in a camp,” Jolie said. “With no foreseeable chance that these refugees will soon be able to return to Burma (Myanmar), we must find some way to help them work and become self reliant. I hope we can work with the Thai authorities to speed up the government admissions process and that you will not be forced to go back to Burma if danger remains.”
In support of Angelina Jolie’s eight-year relationship with the UN Refugee Agency, in June 2009 the Jolie-Pitt Foundation has given $1 million to help displaced people in Pakistan. The same month, Angelina and Brad donated $1 million to St. John’s Children’s Hospital for the creation of the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center (named after Brad’s mother) in his hometown of Springfield, MO.
On July 23, 2009 Angelina had her third trip to Iraq. It was a day trip to bring attention to the plight of displaced people within the country and outside of Iraq. She spent time with four families who were displaced from Abu Ghraib. “This is a moment where things seem to be improving on the ground, but Iraqis need a lot of support and help to rebuild their lives,” the actress said of the trip. “I want to come back and find you in a better place and in a different situation. We hope that UNHCR and the government will support you in getting a piece of land. You need help not because you are poor, but because you are the future of Iraq,” she added when talking to the locals.
In November 2009 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt teamed up with upmarket jeweler Asprey to create a pricey fashion jewelry collection called The Protector with all proceeds going to the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict.
Celebrating Christmas 2009 Brad and Angelina donated $100,000 to support the American SOS Children’s Villages for Christmas. “We have seen first-hand the remarkable job SOS does to raise orphaned and abandoned children and keep families together. No one ‘ages out’ of an SOS Village: vocational training, advanced education, living assistance and moral support are there forever,” Jolie said in her message.
On January 12, 2010 Angelina and Brad said they donated $1 million to Haiti Quake Relief Efforts after the island was struck by 7.0 magnitude earthquake the same day. “It is incredibly horrible to see a catastrophe of this size hit a people who have been suffering from extreme poverty, violence and unrest for so many decades,” Jolie said. On February 8, 2010 Angie visited the Dominican Republic to meet with Haitian children that were treated there after the natural disaster, and then headed to Haiti on Feb. 9th to meet with other children victims. Performing her UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador duties she visited the SOS NGO Village for children and the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to learn more about the scale of relief operations and the challenges that still remained.
In March 2010 a girls school for 800 students was opened in Afghanistan. The school was costructed thanks to Angie’s help who donated $75,000 for the school in 2008 after visting the coutry and seeing that parents were reluctant to send their daughters to mixed schools for cultural reasons. The school was opened on March 15, 2010 after Jolie’s visit.
In early April 2010 Angie and Brad visited Bosnia in their continuing efforts to highlight the plight of over one hundred thousands people who hadn’t been able to return to their homes after the end of the Bosnian war 15 years ago.
In August 2010 Angie visited Pakistan with the flood releif effort. She also donated $100,000 to UNHCR’s Pakistani flood relief work and starred in the flood relief PSA.
In late December 2010 the Jolie-Pitts donated $2 million to the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia, the country where Shiloh was born. “We want [Shiloh] to grow up with an understanding of her country of birth,” Angelina said.
Jolie met her first husband Jonny Lee Miller while doing Hackers in 1995. It’s worth noting that Jolie’s marriage to Miller was anything but ordinary. They married on March 28, 1996. She attended her wedding in black leather pants and a white shirt, upon which she had written the groom’s name in her blood. The couple separated the following year and divorced on February 3, 1999. Jolie and Miller still remain on good terms. “It comes down to timing. I think he’s the greatest husband a girl could ask for. I’ll always love him, we were simply too young.” Jolie said on her ex husband later.
In 1998, she starred in the comedy-drama Pushing Tin, co-starring Billy Bob Thornton. Jolie played his seductive wife. While shooting Pushing Tin, Jolie started dating Billy Bob and then married him on May 5, 2000. She became his fifth wife, and he was 20 years her senior. The couple publicly declared their love and passion to one another most famously wearing one another’s blood in vials around their necks. They were the most popular high-profile couple those days. Jolie and Thornton divorced on May 27, 2003.
“It took me by surprise, too, because overnight, we totally changed. I think one day we had just nothing in common. And it’s scary but… I think it can happen when you get involved and you don’t know yourself yet.” Jolie stated in Vogue about the divorce. When still married to Thornton, Jolie adopted a Cambodian baby boy, named Maddox, now 6. He was her first adopted child.
In her interview for Parade magazine Angelina said: “I have two divorces behind me but I’m still good friends with both my exes, Billy Bob [Thorton] and Jonny Lee [Miller]. I’ve never had to deal with secrets from the men in my life because I’ve always married artists and they’re a very talkative and expressive bunch. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Jolie met her present partner Brad Pitt while shooting Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. The film was well received and was generally lauded for the chemistry between the two leads. There were rumors that Pitt and Jolie had an affair while filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Jolie insisted that because her mother had been hurt by adultery, she herself could never participate in an affair with a married man, therefore there had been no affair with Pitt at that time. “To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn’t be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife,” the actress commented on the rumors.
During the press conference on October 16, 2008 Angelina Jolie has admitted that she and Brad Pitt fell in love on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston. “Not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love,” she said in excitement about her children being able to see the movie some day.
Nonetheless, Pitt separated from his wife Jennifer Aniston (Friends) in January 2005 and was frequently seen in public with Jolie the following months. Pitt’s divorce was finalized later in 2005. But neither Jolie, nor Pitt made any official statement about their relationship up to January 2006 when Angelina Jolie announced they would have a child together. Jolie gave birth to a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt on May 27, 2006 in Namibia, Africa. The government in Namibia has offered citizenship to her daughter.
The name “Brangelina”, referring to Jolie and Pitt, was created by entertainment media in 2005 when they were often seen together but still didn’t confirm their relationship.
“I don’t want to spend my life pretending to be somebody else, and I don’t want the person next to me to have to pretend ever, because we have a long life ahead of us. So you just want to be able to be who you are in every moment, and that’s the only way you’ll ever be truly happy,” Angelina said of relationship with Brad Pitt.
In her interview for Italian Vanity Fair in November 2008, Jolie said it was possible she’d marry Brad Pitt some day soon. “Usually people fall in love and everything revolves around the ritual of marriage, children are an afterthought. We did everything backwards. But sooner or later it will be the kids who ask us [to get married]. You know, they see films and start asking questions. Such as, ‘Why are Shrek and Fiona married and you’re not?’”
Angelina adds that it’s Brad and children who help her stay positive. “How can I complain about anything when I wake up in the morning and I’m surrounded by so much love with Brad and our children and the feeling that comes from sharing my life with them?” she said in her interview for Australia’s Herald Sun in November.
However, in late March 2009 there was a rumor Angie and Brad were having issues and rowing constantly. Reports in April claimed Angelina was angry and jealous cause Natalie Portman asked Brad to play her older lover in the next movie. “Angelina worries about karma. It’s eating her up and we’re sure the cause of a lot of the rows is her not quite trusting Brad,” a source reported. Angelina is particularly worried because she and Brad started their relationship after meeting on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston, and she fears a case of history repeating itself, the source added.
The break-up rumors surfaced in January 2010. In February Angelina and Brad said they would sue any media source that continued spreading false allegations.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have six children together. Jolie adopted her first son Maddox, now 6, in 2002 in Cambodia.
In June 2005 Jolie adopted a baby girl from Ethiopia. First the girl was thought to be orphaned by AIDS, but it wasn’t true. It was later revealed that the child’s mother did not have the money to care for her. Jolie named the girl Zahara Marley Jolie, now 4. The girl’s real mom said later Zahara was a “very fortunate human being to be adopted by a world famous lady.”
Later that year Jolie said that she and Pitt made the decision to adopt Zahara together. In December 2005 it was confirmed that Pitt was seeking to legally adopt Jolie’s two children, and on January 19, 2006, a judge in California approved this request. The children’s legal surnames were formally changed to “Jolie-Pitt”.
Jolie gave birth to a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt on May 27, 2006.
In 2007 the Brangelina expanded their rainbow family by adopting a three-year-old Vietnamese boy, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, now 4.
Their family is still growing. Jolie and Pitt confirmed her second pregnancy in spring 2008. Soon Angelina confirmed multiple rumors saying she was expecting twins.
Jolie and Pitt moved to France in spring 2008. Jolie was admitted to the Santa Maria maternity clinic of a seafront Lenval French hospital in Nice on July 1, 2008. She gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl, named Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, on July 12, 2008. Brad Pitt was present during the delivery and even cut the babies’ umbilical cords. The twins are the 5th and 6th child in Jolie – Pitt family.
Later it was revealed the babies were conceived using in-vitro fertilization as both Angelina and Brad desperately wanted more babies soon, and with in-vitro procedures Jolie “wouldn’t have to deal with the stress of trying to get pregnant. She could just knock it out.”
It was also reported that the couple have already chosen godparents for their newborns. U2 Bono and model Jenny Shimizu, Jolie’s alleged ex-lover, are said to be chosen as Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline’s godfather and godmother.
First pictures of the newborn twins cost Hello! Magazine $14 million to get the international rights for publication. People magazine got the exclusive North American rights. This incredible price makes Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt’s pics the most expensive baby pictures ever.
Jolie appeared on W Magazine November 2008 cover apparently breastfeeding one of her twins. The photo depicted the smiling actress in a sleeveless top, which has been opened to reveal part of her left breast and a tiny hand obviously belonging to one of her twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. The black-and-white picture was taken by Brad Pitt in mid August in their French mansion.
In her interview for German Vanity Fair October 2008 issue Jolie said the flowing about her twins: “They’re totally sweet. They already have completely different personalities. Knox is more the quiet one, very relaxed, while Viv is a little more aggressive and loud. It’s funny. Knox looks more like Brad and Viv more like me.”
“We have so many kids that we just have year-round birthdays. It’s a lot of fun now ’cause the older kids are old enough to help plan the birthdays for the younger kids. So it’s one of the great pleasures of life, the birthdays,” Angelina said during her speech at the National Geographic Society in June 2009.
“[Brad] is just so happy and having twins is something neither of us ever expected and I think that makes it all the more special for us both. When I see how much love is in Brad’s eyes for the twins and for all our children — it’s a very moving experience for me,” Angelina said in her interview for Herald Sun.
On October 16, 2008 Angelina Jolie said she planed to put her movie career on hold for another full year to spend all her time with her family, thus putting her children first. “As long as I can still be with my family, it’s fun. But I only want to do that, and I’m not looking for anything else,” she stated.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have a great career and a lot of success. But I wake up every day just the happiest mommy… I don’t want to wake up one day and say I had my career that expanded so much longer and I did that many more films and miss out on all those other things in life,” she added in February 2009.
Angelina Jolie confessed she’s worried about the day their children are old enough to research their parents’ backgrounds – and will easily stumble across the good and the bad. “There’s a lot we’re going to have to explain to them about how public their family is.”
On the other hand, she says it’s going to be funny when her children think “Mom and Dad are a little bit cool, because right now, we’re not cool Mum and Dad.” “Oh, they all think I can’t do anything, that I’m just there to snuggle with. But the other day Madd said, ‘Can you do a cartwheel?’And I said, ‘Yeah, I can.’ And he was like, ‘Wow, Mum.’ And I thought: ‘Oh, yeah. I can do some things. You wait. You’ll find out. I’m capable.’”
Jolie makes no secret of the desire to expend their family. “I mean, I know we seem crazy, just bringing them in one after the other, but we do plan,” she confessed adding, “We make sure one is absorbed completely into the family before we add another. There are moments when we look at everyone around the dinner table, and it’s just crazy, but our family is the greatest thing we’ve done in our lives.”
“The kids are my priority, so it’s possible that from now on I will make fewer movies. I may even stop altogether. I no longer have the ambition I had in my 20s,” Jolie told the Italian Vanity Fair November 2008 edition. “In reality my life is a lot more chaotic and adventurous now. Brad and I pilot airplanes, we travel non-stop, we go to difficult places and we have chosen to do it taking all of the kids with us. I feel a lot braver now than when I was an angry young woman.”
Angelina added she wanted her children to be cosmopolitan. “I want them to be able to walk through a marketplace in Adis Ababa and not bat an eye, not think it is dirty and ugly, but that it just represents another part of the world and humanity.”
“Our kids are always packing,” Angelina Jolie has said. “They like to pack; it’s a game in our house. It can get very hard trying to find 20 minutes to close your eyes if you’ve been up since four in the morning. We travel so much, we never have to adjust. We change school time to four in the afternoon if we have to!”
In June 2009 there was a rumor twins Knox and Vivienne had serious health problems. Since their birth in July 2009 they were only seen once in January 2009. Accodring to Life&Style, “Knox has trouble holding down his food. He spits up nearly every meal,” while Vivienne has food and environmental allergies and is “on a lactose and gluten-free diet, and she’s still underweight.” “Because of their delicate state, Knox and Vivienne need to be kept away from anything they could possibly be allergic to,” the mag continues. “That’s a lot easier to do when they’re home and in a controlled environment.”
|1982||Lookin’ to Get Out||Tosh|
|1993||Cyborg 2||Casella “Cash” Reese|
|1995||Hackers||Kate “Acid Burn” Libby|
Love Is All There Is
|Eleanor “Elie” Rigby
Margret “Legs” Sadovsky
True Women (TV)
George Wallace (TV)
Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods
Playing by Heart
|Gia Marie Carangi
|1999||The Bone Collector
|2000||Gone in Sixty Seconds||Sarah “Sway” Wayland|
|2001||Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
|2002||Life or Something Like It||Lanie Kerrigan|
|2003||Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Francesca “Franky” Cook
|2005||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Jane Smith|
|2006||The Good Shepherd||Margaret Russell|
|2007||A Mighty Heart
A Place in Time (director)
|2008||Kung Fu Panda
|Master Tigress (voice)