Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975) is an American film actor and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency.
She is often cited by the media as one of the world's most beautiful women and her off-screen life is widely reported. She has received three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an Academy Award.
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.
To date her biggest commercial success has been with the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) although Beowulf and The Good Shepherd also did well.
Jolie currently lives with actor Brad Pitt, in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. Jolie and Pitt have three adopted children, as well as a biological daughter.
As well as the acting Jolie has promoted humanitarian causes throughout the world, and is noted for her work with refugees through UNHCR.
In March, 1996, Jolie married British actor Jonny Lee Miller, her co-star in the film Hackers. She attended her wedding in black leather pants and a white shirt, upon which she had written the groom's name in her blood. Jolie and Miller separated the following year and subsequently divorced in February, 1999.
She then married American actor Billy Bob Thornton, whom she had met on the set of Pushing Tin, in May, 2000. As a result of their frequent public declarations of love (most famously wearing one another's blood in vials around their necks), their relationship became a favourite topic of the entertainment media. Jolie and Thornton divorced on May, 2003.
In early 2005, Jolie was involved in a well-publicized Hollywood scandal when she was accused of being the "other woman" in the divorce of actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.
The allegation was that she and Pitt had started an affair during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith; however, she has denied this in several interviews.
While Jolie and Pitt never publicly commented on the nature of their relationship, speculations continued throughout 2005 and then in January 2006 Jolie confirmed she was pregnant with Pitt's child and thereby confirmed their relationship for the first time in public.
Jolie currently has 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.
The Arabic phrase (strength of will), the Latin proverb "quod me nutrit me destruit" (what nourishes me destroys me), and a Yantra prayer written in the ancient Khmer and Pali scripts for her son Maddox.
She also has four sets of geographical coordinates on her upper left arm indicating the birthplaces of her children.
Over time she covered several of her tattoos, including "Billy Bob", the name of her former husband Billy Bob Thornton, a Chinese character for death and a window on her lower back; she explained that she removed the window, because, while she used to spend all of her time looking out through windows wishing to be outside, she now lives there all of the time.