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.
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.
Jolie revealed that the stress of her divorce led to her being diagnosed with Bell's Palsy and high blood pressure.
Brangelina split up after more than a decade together, and two years of marriage, in September 2016, since going through a number of legal wrangles including with child services getting involved, investigating an alleged row between Brad and their eldest son, Maddox, on a private jet that happened around the same time.
However, the 42 year old actress and philanthropist spoke to Vanity Fair in an article published Wednesday (July 26th) about how the stress of the situation 10 months ago led to her soon being diagnosed both with high blood pressure and Bell’s Palsy, a type of paralysis that causes a sufferer to lose control of their facial muscles, a condition from which she’s since recovered.
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The couple split in September 2016 after two years of marriage
When Hollywood super couple and parents of six Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt split in September 2016, fans of showbiz were devastated. Subsequently, when it appeared the break up was going to be acrimonious, fans of love were inconsolable. However, it seems there could still some feelings between the actors yet.
The couple split after over a decade together
HollywoodLife has reported that Jolie - who filed for the surprise divorce almost a year ago - has been "overwhelmed" with memories of her ex-husband during a recent trip to Africa with her brood.
Pitt also discussed his relationship to alcohol, something that was rumoured to have fueled the divorce from Jolie last September.
The demise of ‘Brangelina’ was one of the biggest celebrity stories of 2016, with many expressing shock at how quickly such a high-profile and seemingly stable marriage fell apart. Now, Brad Pitt has broken his silence about his separation from Angelina Jolie in a new interview with GQ Style magazine.
Speaking about his divorce for the first time, the 53 year old revealed that he has sought professional counselling to help him deal with the emotional fallout of his split from Jolie, his wife over two years but with whom he was in a relationship for over a decade. They had six children – Maddox (15), Pax (13), Zahara (12), Shiloh (10) and twins Knox and Vivienne (8).
“You know, I just started therapy. I love it, I love it. I went through two therapists to get to the right one,” he said.
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Brangelina are back on speaking terms, six months on from the announcement of their divorce, it has been reported.
Six months on from the announcement of their explosive divorce, it has been reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are on “cordial” speaking terms for the first time as the custody battle over their six children goes on.
Back in September last year, when the news broke that Jolie and Pitt were to disintegrate their two-year marriage and relationship that had lasted for over a decade, it looked as if the process would be ugly, with details played out in the press.
However, in January this year, both sides agreed that the details of the custody of children Maddox (15), Pax (13), Zahara (12), Shiloh (10) and twins Knox and Vivienne (8) would be kept private in sealed court documents.
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For some stars, aid work is their main purpose in life.
Part of being a celebrity means using your voice, your recognition and your wealth to make a difference in the world. It's almost an unspoken rule. But for some stars the likes of Angelina Jolie and Bob Geldof, humanitarian work almost becomes another career.
Whether it's poverty, disease, women's rights or climate change, there's always a major star out there using their popularity to raise awareness and money for it. Here are just a few of the world's most devoted celebrity humanitarians:
Angelina Jolie has visited some of the bleakest countries in the world
Pitt and Hudson had been romantically linked by more than one report earlier this week.
An article published by Australian magazine Woman’s Day on Monday (November 28th) claimed that: “Kate is Brad's mystery woman. They've been extremely close over the past few weeks, following several secret meet-ups.”
52 year old Pitt, of course, has been recovering from the shock of his divorce from Angelina Jolie, his partner of more than a decade and wife of two years, which was announced suddenly a little over two months ago.
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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
Angelina Jolie, Knox Jolie-Pitt and Pax Jolie-Pitt - Angelina Jolie takes her kids Knox and Pax Jolie-Pitt to a soccer match in Griffith Park at Los Feliz - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 16th May 2015
Date of birth
4th June, 1974
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