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.
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.
Angelina Jolie and Emma Stone have signed on to bring two classic Disney villains back to the big screen.
Jolie is officially returning to star as Maleficent in the sequel to the 2014 film, while Stone is set to portray 101 Dalmatians' Cruella de Vil in another Disney spin-off, titled Cruella.
Both A-listers have been circling the projects for months, and they were confirmed for the roles on Monday (25Apr16).
Filming schedules and release dates have not been announced, and little is known about the two movies, although Disney bosses have confirmed Linda Woolverton, who wrote the script for Malificent, will be back for the film's sequel.
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie & Emma Stone Confirmed As Disney Villains
Daisy Ridley can go on the Star Wars set unrecognised if she dresses in her regular clothes.
The British newcomer, who shot to fame playing Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, began filming the follow-up in February (16) and she enjoys the project so much that she visits the set even when she isn't due to film any scenes, and most of the team don't even realise it is her without her Rey costume.
“I go to the set even when I’m not wanted, just so people remember me," she tells London's Evening Standard. "When I walk onto the set in my civvies (civilian clothes) they don’t recognise me, but when I’m in costume they’re like, ‘There’s Rey,’ and it’s such a nice feeling.”
Daisy still feels like "little old me" despite her new found stardom, and she admits she never predicted how popular the new movie would be and finds it overwhelming if she thinks about it too much.
Continue reading: Daisy Ridley Goes Unrecognised On Star Wars Set
Brad Pitt stunned shoppers by popping up at a British hardware store on Monday (28Mar16).
The Ocean's Eleven star reportedly took time out of filming the World War Z sequel in the British capital to buy home improvement essentials at a branch of the British retail chain B&Q in Chiswick, London.
An employee at the store posted a picture of the actor near the till area wearing his usual flat cap and black winter coat, and wrote in the caption, "S**ttest photo ever, but Brad Pitt was at my work today.”
Brad reportedly brought along two of his six children, with wife Angelina Jolie, and tried to keep his appearance as low-key as possible.
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Angelina Jolie's brother James Haven is stepping behind the camera to direct his first feature film.
James has signed on to take charge of The Last Boy, which is based on Thomas M. Burby's novel The Last Boy on Earth, according to TheWrap.com. The film will centre on the story of a teenage boy, who is left to search for survivors after a deadly airborne virus kills off most of the world's population.
The movie will be James' second directorial effort following his 2015 short film Court of Conscience, which featured his father Jon Voight.
James' superstar sibling Angelina has also been active behind the camera in recent years. She made her feature film directorial debut in 2011 with In the Land of Blood and Honey and went on to helm Unbroken and By the Sea, which starred herself and her husband Brad Pitt.
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie's Brother Making Feature Film Directorial Debut
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.
Continue reading: Could Star Wars' Daisy Ridley Be The Next Lara Croft?
Angelina Jolie is helping Greek officials step up their response to Europe's refugee crisis.
Fresh from attending a press conference in Lebanon on Tuesday (15Mar16), when she addressed the international community and urged leaders to do more to help those who have fled war-torn Syria, she touched down in the Greek port of Piraeus and took some time to meet with displaced citizens.
The actress and activist, a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was photographed in the middle of a large crowd, greeting Syrian children seeking asylum in Europe, as she headed to the local UNHCR office, reports People.com.
"I am here to reinforce efforts by UNHCR and the Greek government to step up the emergency response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation," Angelina stated in a press release. "I look forward to meeting authorities, partners and volunteers working on the ground to improve conditions and ensure the vulnerable are protected."
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie Meets With Refugees In Greece
Angelina Jolie has urged the international community to do more for the people who have had to flee war-torn Syria.
The Hollywood actress and special envoy for the United Nation's refugee agency has pleaded with politicians to address the root causes of the global crisis.
"We cannot manage the world through aid relief in the place of diplomacy and political solutions," she said at a press conference on Tuesday (15Mar16) in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
Thousands of displaced people have sought refuge in Bekaa, with the nation hosting well over a million Syrian refugees in total.
Continue reading: Angelina Jolie: 'The World Has Failed Syria's Refugees'
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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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
Date of birth
4th June, 1974
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