Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975) Angelina Jolie is an American film actor and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency.
Net worth: Angelina Jolie's earnings in June 2013 were $33 million (Forbes)
Childhood: Angelina Jolie was born in Los Angeles, California to father Jon Voight and mother Marcheline Bertrand, both of whom are actors. Jolie was inspired to act through watching films with her mother as a child. Jolie enrolled at the Lee Stasberg Theatre Institute, where she appeared in several stage productions. Jolie dropped out of acting class at the age of 14, wanting to become a funeral director. She began working as a model mainly in Los Angeles, New York and London. Jolie graduated high school and returned to acting classes two years later. In her teens and early twenties, she suffered depression and self-harmed due to being bullied and feeling isolated in high school. She also experimented with drugs around this time of her life, including heroin. Jolie has had a difficult relationship with her father, due to his infidelity that caused her parents to separate in 1976. After many years of not speaking to her father, Jolie reconciled with him when he appeared with Jolie in 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider'. They fell out again, before making up in 2007 in the wake of her mother's death from ovarian cancer.
Career: Though she made her screen debut as a child, Jolie's acting career really began a decade later with the low budget production Cyborg 2 (1993) and later with her first leading role in Hackers (1995). She then went on to star in the critically acclaimed biographical films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted (1999). Jolie achieved international fame playing videogame heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and the sequel in 2003, and since then has established herself as one of the best-known and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. One of her biggest commercial successes has been with the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) although Beowulf and The Good Shepherd also did well. In 2008, Jolie starred in the action film 'Wanted' alongside James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman, which was met with generally positive reviews. She then featured in the animated film 'Kung Fu Panda' voicing Master Tigress. Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Jackie Chan also featured in the film. The same year, Jolie starred in Clint Eastwood's 'Changeling', which earned her nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award. Jolie didn't feature in another film until starring in the 2010 thriller 'Salt'. She also starred alongside Johnny Depp in 'The Tourist' that year, which received negative reviews mostly, but Jolie did receive a Golden Globe nomination for the role. Jolie then reprised her role as Master Tigress in 'Kung Fu Panda 2', which went on to be the fourth highest grossing film of 2011. Jolie made her directional debut with the romantic drama film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey'. The film received mix reviews overall, but received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes. After a three year absence from film, in 2014 Jolie starred in the Disney film 'Maleficent' which tells the story of 'Sleeping Beauty' through antagonist Maleficent, Jolie's character. Angelina Jolie has donated a remarkable amount of money to charitable causes throughout her career as well as making many publicised visits to third world countries. In 2012, after being a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for more than a decade, Jolie was promoted to the rank of Special Envoy to High Commissioner António Guterres, the first to take on such a position in the organization. In this role, Jolie represents UNHCR and Guterres at the diplomatic level to facilitate lasting solutions for people harmed by crises.
Personal Life: In March, 1996, Jolie married British actor Jonny Lee Miller, her co-star in the film 'Hackers'. Not content with a wedding dress, she wore black rubber pants and a white shirt which featured Jonny's name written in blood. Jolie and Miller separated the following year and subsequently divorced in 1999. Jolie is bisexual and has previously had a relationship with Jenny Shimizu. She then married American actor Billy Bob Thornton in 2000. They were divorced in May 2003. In 2005, it was alleged that Jolie and Brad Pitt had begun an affair during 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith', despite Pitt being married to Jennifer Aniston. They denied that their relationship begun during that time and still insist they got together following Pitt and Aniston's divorce. Jolie and Pitt have six children, three of whom were adopted. Maddox Chivan was adopted in 2002 in Cambodia, Pax Thien in Vietnam in 2007 and Zahara Marley in Ethiopia in 2005. Their biological children are Shiloh Nouvel (b. 2007) and twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline (b. 2008). In 2013, Jolie underwent a double mastectomy after discovering she was at high risk of developing breast cancer due to her BRCA1 gene. The news was received with an enormous amount of respect from the media and fans alike. Jolie currently has around 13 known tattoos, among them the Tennessee Williams quote "A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages", which she got together with her mother.
Jennifer's mother tragically passed away in May at the age of 79
In case anyone was unaware, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt used to be a couple before becoming an two parts of an odd triangle of ramped up drama when Angelina Jolie came on the scene. That is a status quo that has not changed, despite Brad and Angelina’s marriage and six kids and Jennifer’s new life with handsome husband, Justin Theroux.
The famous couple have reportedly argued over Brad's contact with ex-wife, Jennifer
However, this week there has allegedly been more drama between the trio when Angelina, 41, found out Brad, 52, had reached out to his ex-wife to offer his condolences on the death of her mother, Nancy Dow.
Jolie will be a guest lecturer and researcher at the London School of Economics, for a Masters course entitled 'Women, Peace and Security' from 2017.
Angelina Jolie has been appointed as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics to teach a new course about the impact of war and security issues on women as of next year.
The prestigious British university announced on Monday (May 23rd) that the A-list actress and director has been appointed as a ‘professor in practice’ alongside former foreign secretary William Hague on a new MSc course titled ‘Women, Peace and Security’, a one year course that will begin in 2017 and for which students can apply from this autumn.
The 40 year old star will give guest lectures, participate in workshops and undertake her own research, taking part in teaching at least once in the academic year and on further occasions as her schedule will allow.
Jolie described Trump's comments about 'the wall' and Muslims "hard to hear", and called for much greater international co-operation to tackle the crisis on Europe's borders.
Angelina Jolie has warned that a “politics of fear” has been allowed to proliferate over the current refugee crisis on Europe’s borders, because of inaction by individual states and a lack of international co-operation.
The 40 year old actress, a special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), spoke to the BBC as part of a day dedicated to issues that cause, and arise from, the mass movement of people around the world. She described the challenge as a “once-in-a-generation moment when nations have to pull together.”
Angelina Jolie called for urgent action to tackle the European refugee crisis
She's edged out rumoured favourite Daisy Ridley to land the role of the archaeologist-adventurer in the re-boot, tipped for late 2017.
The Swedish star, 27, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in last year’s critically acclaimed The Danish Girl, is to follow in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie in what The Hollywood Reporter describes as an origin story that tracks the computer game heroine’s first adventure.
Alicia Vikander is to take the role of Lara Croft in an upcoming 'Tomb Raider' re-boot
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The studio announced nine upcoming live-action features, based on classic tales.
Disney has confirmed a slew of exciting upcoming films, including sequels for The Jungle Book and Maleficent, as well as stand-alone movies based on Cruella de Vil and Tinkerbell. The announcement comes as Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book continues its reign on the top of the US box office, so far taking over $500 million worldwide.
Emma Stone will star as Cruella de Vil in a new Disney movie.
The studio did not specify release dates for any of the upcoming films, but did reveal the prime release dates they have set aside for the next three years. The dates Disney has claimed are: July 28, 2017 (instead of Dec. 22, 2017); April 6, 2018; Aug. 3, 2018; Dec. 25, 2018; and Dec. 20, 2019.
The actress has confirmed she’s had ‘conversations’ about the role and ‘Star Wars’ co-star John Boyega approves.
Fresh off making her big screen debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Rey, Daisy Ridley is eying a role as another heroine. The 23-year-old has confirmed there have been talks about her starring as Lara Croft in a Tomb Raider reboot, and Ridley is super excited about the prospect.
Daisy Ridley in eyeing a role in the Tomb Raider reboot.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Empire Awards in London, Ridley said there “have been conversations” about her taking over the role, which was originally played by Angelina Jolie, however she hasn't had a formal offer.
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This animated trilogy concludes on a very high note with this smart, involving and often hilarious adventure. Both the writing and the animation are especially strong this time around, drawing in bigger themes while still keeping things both thrilling and very silly. But it's the endearing central characters who make it resonate.
As the Dragon Warrior, the panda Po (voiced by Jack Black) is struggling to rise to the challenge to become a teacher, coaxed by his master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). He'd rather be out fighting battles with his five warrior pals Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper and Crane (Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross). Then he meets his long-lost father Li (Bryan Cranston), who tells him of a secret homeland for pandas, where Po might be able to find himself. Meanwhile, the power-mad warlord Kai (J.K. Simmons) has broken through from the spirit realm, determined to collect the chi of every master in the mortal world. So it's rather urgent that Po discovers his own chi before Kai finds him.
This is far more than the usual story about discovering your place in life. It's a complex exploration of how our backgrounds and communities contribute to who we are, and why each of us has a distinct role to play. These themes emerge naturally through the snappy, sometimes exhilarating story and characters. In voicing Po, Black finds the perfect balance between goofiness and honest emotion that often eludes him in live-action roles. His interaction with all of the surrounding characters bristles with humour and insight, with sharply funny one-liners peppering every scene. Most of the side roles are spread very thinly, but both Cranston and Simmons register strongly, while Jolie and Hoffman get some solid scenes all their own. And Hudson's riotously flirtatious ribbon-dancing panda easily steals her scenes.
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The family of eight is renting a sprawling mansion in leafy Surrey for the next six months.
Us Weekly reports that the A-list power couple and their family have taken up residence in an eight-bedroom ‘mansion’ in affluent Surrey, which they’re renting for $21,000 per month (or £14,700) in an area popular with London commuters.
In addition to the multiple bedrooms, the spacious property is described as a “beautiful, White House-style home” and is close to the River Thames. It has a massive garden, an indoor pool and a gym, and is apparently only 40 minutes away from George Clooney’s new house.
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Angelina Jolie - DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox present the world premiere of 'Kung Fu Panda 3' at TCL Chinese Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 16th January 2016
For their first on-screen partnership since Mr & Mrs Smith a decade ago, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie team up for this period drama about a strained marriage, written and directed by Mrs Jolie Pitt herself. It's made on a lavish scale, with achingly beautiful locations and costumes, plus references to classics from Plein Soleil to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. But none of that can hide the fact that this is a stilted, contrived movie about two loathsome people we wouldn't want to spend five minutes with, let alone two very long hours.
It's the mid-1970s on the Mediterranean coast in southern France, and Americans Roland and Vanessa (Pitt and Jolie) descend into an isolated cove for a getaway to rescue their collapsing relationship. A novelist, Roland is also trying to snap out of writer's block, so he explores local village and chats with cafe owner Michel (Niels Arestrup) for inspiration. Meanwhile, Vanessa prowls around their vast suite in a grand villa perched on the edge of the sea, latching onto the newlywed couple (Melvil Poupaud and Melanie Laurent) in the room next door. But something deeply damaging has happened between Roland and Vanessa, and spying on this couple through a hole in the wall only offers a vague sense of mutual gratification. What they really need to do is confront the elephant in their own room.
Pitt and Jolie always seem aware that a camera is on them, striking poses and blurting their dialogue in ways that never feel remotely honest. Their simplistic reactions to whatever happened in their past (Roland's booze and Vanessa's rage) are never properly explored, so the characters wind up being utterly superficial. And this leaves everything from their big mood swings to their moments of quiet tenderness feeling rather pointless. By contrast, the French actors invest an easy authenticity to their much smaller roles, grounding the setting with an earthiness that only makes Roland and Vanessa look even more alien.
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Stars just love opening their hearts to the less fortunate.
Sandra Bullock welcomes a new addition to her family in the form of her 3-year-old adopted daughter Laila; a little girl from Louisiana who was previously living in foster care. And it seems she has fit in with Bullock and her new brother Louis just fine.
Sandra Bullock has adopted her second child
Bullock, who has no biological children, embarked on her first adoption venture in New Orleans with baby Louis who is now 5. And it seems that she can't get enough of life as a single parent because now she's added a little girl to her brood. Adoption is not uncommon amongst celebrities, who choose to use their privilege to help out the disadvantaged in society (whether it be local or overseas). To name just a few star parents...
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Date of birth
4th June, 1974
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