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.
Michelle Obama attended the Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony on Saturday 28th March and gave an impassioned speech encouraging education and self-confidence.
Michelle Obama continued spreading her message of education whilst attending the Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony on Saturday (28th March). The First Lady gave an impassioned speech at the event and encouraged the audience, which included many young black girls and women, to have self-confidence, ignore any discouraging voices and continue in their education.
Michelle Obama speaking at the Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony on Saturday.
Angelina Jolie delivered a powerful speech at the 2015 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on Sunday 29th March.
Angelina Jolie encouraged children to celebrate being different whilst delivering her speech at the 2015 Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards. Jolie was on stage to receive the award for Favourite Movie Villain for her role as Maleficent in the film of the same name.
Angelina Jolie encouraged children to celebrating being different.
Last night Nickelodeon held their 28th annual Kid’s Choice Awards, so you know what that means lots and lots of slime covered stars!
Of all the award shows, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards is most certainly the messiest. This year Nick Jonas was our master of ceremonies, as the singer and actor presided over a night of slime, orange blimps and a moving appearance by Angelina Jolie.
Your host for the evening, Nick Jonas
Host Nick Jonas opened the show, performing his songs ‘Chains’ and ‘Jealous’, before daring to poke fun at Zayn Malik’s exit from One Direction. Acknowledging how hard a week it had been for the group's legion of teenage fans as ‘One Direction became Two Direction’, Jonas asked “What's next, Fourth Harmony? Three Seconds of Summer? The Jonas Brother?”
How does Jolie manage to make every one of her appearances so endearing?
Apparently, Angelina Jolie wants her children to be part of most aspects of her life - case in point: the Kids Choice awards. The By the Sea director has been making the awards rounds this season either alone or accompanied by Brad Pitt, but the Kids' Choice are what marketer would call "fun for the whole family."
Angelina Jolie took the opportunity to dispense some sage advice.
Or at least some of it. According to Us Weekly Jolie hit up the seizure-inducing award ceremony alongside daughters Shiloh and Zahara. The girls cheered her on as Jolie took the stage to accept her Best Villain award. She delivered a sweet speech, encouraging her younger fans to embrace their differences and "cause a little trouble now and then."
The actress had the preventative surgery last week, two years after undergoing a double mastectomy.
Angelina Jolie has made the difficult and brave decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure against ovarian cancer. The actress explained her decision on Tuesday in an op-ed published by The New York Times entitled ‘Diary of a Surgery’.
Angelina Jolie elected to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed last week.
In the piece, Jolie described how she learnt she was at risk for ovarian cancer two weeks ago, after a simple test she has annually to measures the protein CA-125 in her blood, came back showing markers that could be a sign of early cancer.
The actress took to the Oscars to convince reporters to ask female celebrities more interesting questions.
Reese Witherspoon took to the 2015 Oscars to promote a new feminist campaign #AskHerMore, a movement created to encourage reporters to put more career centric questions to female celebrities on the red carpet, rather than just asking about their designer gowns.
Reese Witherspoon brings #AskHerMore campaign to the Oscars
We think we have a new favourite celebrity feminist. If it wasn't enough for Witherspoon to take on such an inspiring feminine role in her latest movie 'Wild'; a film based on the memoirs of Cheryl Strayed, a first time hiker who walked 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in a journey of self-discovery; she is now encouraging other actresses and celebrities to want more from their public appearances. The star took to Instagram with a list of questions she hoped to hear as she appeared on the red carpet at the Oscars, including 'What's the biggest risk you've taken that you feel has paid off?' and 'What accomplishment are you most proud of?'.
The 39-year-old actress recently opened up about her and Pitt's intimate French summer wedding, which included all their six children.
Last August Angelina Jolie tied the knot for a third time to her longtime partner, and father to their six children, Brad Pitt, and this will most likely be her last as she has finally found what all women want, a "real man."
Jolie says she found a "real man" in Pitt
During a recent interview with the French magazine Dandy, Jolie opened up about looking for 'Prince Charming,' her and the Hollywood actor's summer French wedding, and if she will let her children get inked like their mother.
The actress has lately been focussing on directing and her humanitarian work.
Angelina Jolie has revealed that she took the decision to turn away from acting following the death of her mother.
In an interview with French magazine Dandy, the 39 year old actress admitted that her real interests laid elsewhere after her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, passed away from ovarian cancer in 2007.
Angelina Jolie spoke to Dandy magazine about her plans for the future
Angelina Jolie, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt - Angelina Jolie and her children at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at Lax - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 11th February 2015
The Hollywood star joined the former U.K. Secretary of State William Hague in the opening the Centre of Women, Peace and Security, based at London's School of Economics, on Tuesday (Feb 10th).
Angelina Jolie travelled to London on Tuesday (Feb 10th) to join the former U.K. Secretary of State William Hague for the opening Europe's first centre that is dedicated to fight against the brutality women face during warzones.
Jolie opened a new centre that will help fight warzone violence against women
The Centre of Women, Peace and Security, based at London's School of Economics, will be a ground-breaking way of combatting the violence women are exposed to in war, just like the tens of thousands of families Jolie recently visited at a Kurdish refugee camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq.
Brad Pitt could team up with his wife Angelina Jolie for the third time.
Brad Pitt is in negotiations to play the famed archaeologist Richard Leakey in Angelina Jolie's drama Africa. It would be the third collaboration between the husband-and-wife pair after Mr & Mrs Smith and the yet-to-be-released By The Sea.
Brad Pitt could play Richard Leakey in Angelina Jolie's Africa
Africa, written by the Oscar winner Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) is a biopic of Leakey, who became a staunch defender of elephants against poachers in Kenya in the late 1980s.
Continue reading: Brad Pitt To Play Richard Leakey in Angelina Jolie's 'Africa'
The 39-year-old actress recalled her harrowing visit to the Iraqi refugee camp in an emotional op-ed piece.
This past weekend Angelina Jolie left Hollywood to meet some of the tens of thousands of families living in a Kurdish refugee camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq, and the 39-Year-old actress was left "speechless" after what she had witnessed.
Jolie was left "speechless" by her recent visit to an Iraqi refugee camp
Jolie, who is a special envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, recalled her traumatising journey to the Middle East in an eye-opening op-ed piece published in the New York Times.
The 38-year-old actress met with some of the tens of thousands of families who are in the refugee camp because their homes were invaded by the Islamic State.
Although Hollywood is currently in the midst of its annual movie award season, on Sunday (Jan 25th) Angelina Jolie has decided to trade the glamorous red carpet for a visit to a Kurdish refugee camp in Dohuk, northern Iraq.
Jolie visited a refugee camp in northern Iraq over the weekend
Since the 39-year-old actress is a special envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, she travelled to meet some of the tens of thousands of families who have had no choice but to flee their countries after they were invaded by the Islamic State.
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie Visits Iraqi Refuge Camp, Meets With ISIS Victims
Critics' awards in Los Angeles and London bring out local stars, while Johnny Depp's Mortdecai premieres in Berlin, London and L.A. Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe and Jesse Eisenberg are snapped on their film sets, and new trailers debut for Kidnapping Mr Heineken and Good Kill...
A-list celebrities turned out in Hollywood for the starry Critics' Choice Movie Awards last weekend, including Julianne Moore, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke, Rosamund Pike, Michael Keaton, Reese Witherspoon, Marion Cotillard, David Oyelowo, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Aniston, Amy Adams and Chris Hemsworth. Jared Leto even matched his outfit to the blue carpet.