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.
Power couple Brangelina split in 2016
It was one of the biggest showbiz shocks of 2016 - the split of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt after a decade and six children together. Rumours and speculation abound, there has been very little confirmation from the pair of the reasons behind the separation of Brangelina.
The former power couple worked together in By The Sea the year before their split
However, the actress-turned-director has since spoken candidly about the split on Hollywood Reporter’s podcast Awards Chatter and revealed she thought working together could save their marriage.
The actress-turned-director is a UN special ambassador
As the conversation surrounding Hollywood culture towards women and around sexual violence and female mistreatment worldwide continues to spread, actress and UN ambassador Angelina Jolie has given an impassioned keynote speech at the United Nations Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial in Vancouver.
Angelina Jolie has spoken about mistreatment towrds women
The 42-year-old - who is a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - spoke about preventing sexual violence in armed conflict at the event.
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In the wake of the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct being levelled at Weinstein, BAFTA has announced that it has suspended his membership.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has taken the step of suspending Harvey Weinstein’s membership, in the wake of mounting allegations of sexual assault and harassment against the movie mogul going back decades.
High-profile female stars have come forward in recent days alleging instances where Weinstein acted inappropriately toward them, including Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow, following an explosive expose piece in the New York Times last Thursday (October 5th) late last week. A report in the New Yorker this week also detailed testimony from three other actresses, all alleging historical cases of sexual harassment.
Making the move via a press release on Wednesday (October 11th), BAFTA said that while they have “previously been a beneficiary of Mr Weinstein's support for its charitable work, it considers the reported alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA's values."
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The director and producer has had a fractured relationship with her father, Jon Voight
It seems while Angelina Jolie has lost one man in the form of her estranged husband, Brad Pitt, she has reconnected with another - her estranged father, actor Jon Voight. She was joined by her famous father at the New York premiere of her latest film, First They Killed My Father.
Angelina Jolie has had a difficult relationship with her father in the past
The star co-wrote and directed the film - which will appear on Netflix - based on the book of the same name about events surrounding the Khmer Rogue’s brutal regime in Cambodia in the 1970s.
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The actress says she has had a difficult year, dealing with her split from husband Brad Pitt.
Angelina Jolie has admitted she doesn’t like the single life.
Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, the actress opened up about the difficult year she has had, including her health problems and adjusting to being single following her split from husband Brad Pitt.
Angelina Jolie has said she doesn’t enjoy being single
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In 2005 were you Team Angelina or Team Jen?
That’s according to In Touch Weekly, who earlier this week reported that the actor reached out to his ex-wife and made amends, after a period of reflection following his split from Angelina Jolie.
Brad Pitt is said to have apologised to ex Jennifer Aniston
Brangelina is reportedly back on - or at least no longer off - after Pitt quit drinking.
The world was shocked in September last year when it was revealed that Brangelina, seemingly one of the most stable Hollywood romances around, announced their split after two years of marriage and more than a decade together, with Jolie filing for divorce after an altercation between Pitt and their teenage son Maddox on a transatlantic flight.
An acrimonious split ensued, with Jolie filing for sole custody of their six children - Maddox, 15; Pax, 13; Shiloh, 11; Zahara, 12; and nine year old twins Vivienne and Knox – and leaving the family home.
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The publication has hit back at her claims the story was taken out of context.
The story of Angelina Jolie's allegedly cruel audition exercise for poor Cambodian children in her new film has taken a rather dramatic turn as the publication which first released the 'disturbing' information is standing by their interpretation of what the director explained about the process.
Angelina Jolie at the premiere of 'By The Sea'
The 42-year-old actress turned director was recently under fire for the unusual and frankly exploitative casting methods for her forthcoming movie 'First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers' as described in an interview piece with Vanity Fair. Angelina Jolie has since dismissed the article as 'false' and claimed that the process was all improvisation and the children were aware that they were auditioning for a movie.
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All those who auditioned for a role in the film were aware that it was all acting.
Angelina Jolie is devastated over 'misconstrued' reports that the casting process for her new film was a cruel exercise for underprivileged Cambodian children. The controversy arose after an interview left people believing that the children involved were not fully aware that the events in the audition were not real.
Angelina Jolie at 'Kung Fu Panda 3' premiere
The 42-year-old actress and filmmaker is denying allegations that she and producers for 'First They Killed My Father' allowed poor children auditioning to take some money from a table before having the director catch them and demand to know why they wanted the money. It was, in fact, all part of an improvisational routine based on a real scene in the forthcoming movie about the Khmer Rouge regime.
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The actress is promoting First They Killed My Father - a biographical thriller based on the Khmer Rogue regime
Angelina Jolie has long been a fan of Cambodia having adopted her eldest child, Maddox, from the country. Following repeated trips to his South East Asian birthplace, the actress and director recently embarked on a biographical thriller based on the Khmer Rogue‘s brutal regime - First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.
Angelina Jolie has come under fire for the casting of orphans in her new film
However, the star, and the film's casting directors have come under recent fire for the "traumatic" audition process for orphans cast in the film.
General view - The front gates of the $95,000-a-month Malibu mansion rented by Angelina Jolie in the wake of her divorce from Brad Pitt. - Malibu, California, United States - Saturday 24th September 2016
Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt - Angelina Jolie takes her two daughters Shiloh and Vivienne shopping at Barnes & Noble in Studio City at Studio City - Los Angeles, Califorina, United Kingdom - Sunday 19th July 2015
Date of birth
4th June, 1974
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