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.
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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Jolie's oophorectomy earlier this year inadvertently caused the early onset of menopause, but she insists that she's embraced the change.
Earlier this month, Angelina Jolie made the emotional revelation that undergoing surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes earlier this year had triggered the early onset of menopause. However, in a new interview she says that she’s coping well with the change in her life.
Speaking to Australian outlet The Daily Telegraph in an interview published on Sunday (November 22nd), the 40 year old actress said “I actually love being in menopause… I haven't had a terrible reaction to it, so I'm very fortunate. I feel older, and I feel settled being older.”
Angelina Jolie at the premiere of 'By The Sea'
‘By the Sea’ failed to find an audience at selected theatres this weekend, despite reuniting Brad and Angelina for the first time in 10 years.
By The Sea, the big screen reunion of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie failed to make an impact at the box office this weekend, during its limited release debut. The romantic drama sees the pair play a married couple trying to work through their issues before their relationship crumbles.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt play a married couple in By The Sea.
The drama opened in 10 theatres, taking just $95,000 in total, giving the movie a disappointing $9,544 per-screen average. According to The Wrap, this is about half of what a distributor would like to see from a film in so few locations.
Angelina Jolie has revealed that filming sex scenes with her husband Brad Pitt in her latest film By The Sea was "absurd". The actress, who also directs the 1970s set movie about a married couple trying to work through their troubles, explained during those particular scenes, the off-screen couple made "as many jokes as possible".
Angelina Jolie directed her husband Brad Pitt in their latest movie, By The Sea
The mum-of-six told Entertainment Weekly how bizarre it was for the two of them.
Here's eight December movies we're really looking forward to.
Once Christmas Day is over and done with, there's always that disappointing anti-climax. You can no longer fake enthusiasm for the unwanted gifts, and the kids have already broken all their new toys. What's more, the same films as last year plague the TV set until you want to gouge your eyes out at the sight of 'Gremlins'. So what better way to enjoy the post Yuletide season than with a trip to the movies?
Star Wars returns this December
We're not saying you need to stay in the Christmas spirit by catching up on the latest seasonal movie, but there's some pretty exciting new releases coming this winter to round off the year with a thrill.
Jolie wrote, directed and produced the film and stars alongside husband Brad Pitt.
A decade after they first shared the screen together in Mr and Mrs Smith, Angelina Jolie and husband Brad Pitt are back working alongside each other in new movie By The Sea. But unlike comedy Mr and Mrs Smith, By The Sea is a deeply emotional drama about a strained married couple, which Jolie has described as “very personal.”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the By the Sea premiere.
Speaking to E! News, Jolie said: "It's an unusual film. We tried to be very open and we hope we're allowed to do this kind of a film and people receive it and understand it.” The film sees the real life husband and wife as a couple who travel to a remote hotel in the South of France to try and save their crumbling marriage.
Angelina Jolie Pitt , Brad Pitt - World premiere gala screening of 'By the Sea' at TCL Chinese Theater - Red Carpet Arrivals at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 5th November 2015
The actress was called a "spoiled brat" in the emails that were made public
Angelina Jolie has revealed that she was "not bothered" by the insults she received during an email exchange between producer Scott Rudin and then Sony studio head Amy Pacal that was made public. The actress-turned-director has spoken about the incident for the first time while on the promotional trail for her latest film By The Sea.
Angelina Jolie has spoken out about leaked Sony emails in which she was mentioned
Talking to the New York Times, the mother-of-five said she "didn’t read any of the emails" but had been told about their contents - which included calling her a "spoiled brat" - and wasn’t bothered by them.
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This time he has a whole panda brood behind him.
Po is set to return with an all new gang of martial art anthropomorphic animals in 'Kung Fu Panda 3', but this time he's reunited with his own kind - or so it may seem. Jack Black reprises the titular role and Alessandro Carloni joins previous director Jennifer Yuh Nelson at the helm.
Po finally meets his father in 'Kung Fu Panda 3'
After successfully defeating two nemeses with his unorthodox kung fu style in the previous two films, Po faces his biggest challenge yet with 'Kung Fu Panda 3'; he has to teach a whole clan of useless pandas the art of kung fu - something that he himself had trouble enough grasping to begin with. On the other hand, he's finally reunited with his biological father, who sensed his survival at the end of 'Kung Fu Panda 2', even though Po has finally found peace in Mr. Ping the goose being his true father.
She's the queen of red carpet glamour.
Angelina Jolie looked positively stunning as per usual when she hit the proverbial red carpet with hubby Brad Pitt for the WSJ. Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Wearing a strapless floor-length gown in her staple colour of black, it got us thinking about all her best entrances.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the WSJ Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards
There's no arguing about the adorableness of that velvet bow at the back of her sheer-panelled dress. She had her hair pulled in an up-do for maximum effect, maintaining such elegance and grace that can only be achieved by a star of her calibre and experience. Of course, this is but one in a long line of jaw-dropping looks this 40-year-old has pulled off on the red carpet in recent years.
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Date of birth
4th June, 1974