Angelina Jolie was born on June 4, 1975 to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand in Los Angeles, She is an American actor who has won many laurels for her performances.
Angelina Jolie and her brother were brought up by their mother after she separated from her husband Jon in 1976. Her mother had to quit her acting career to bring them up and they moved to Palisades in New York. Acting was in she ’s genes and she was interested in acting since her childhood.
In order to realize her childhood dream, Angelina Jolie joined Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute at the young age of 11 and took training for two years. During this period, She also acted in some stage productions. However, She lost her self-confidence and self-esteem during her days at Beverly Hills High School where she was constantly ribbed by students from affluent families for her looks, her mother’s poor financial condition and for wearing glasses and braces.
Angelina Jolie further went into depression when she failed in her initial attempt at modeling. As a result, She started cutting herself with knives, which was ‘’therapeutic’’ for her, as claimed later on in an interview. She quit her acting classes when she was 14 and started living like a hippie, getting her hair dyed in purple color and started living in with her boyfriend. Two years later, better sense prevailed when her relationship with her boyfriend was over and she resumed her acting classes and graduated from high school.
Golden Globe Award and a nomination for Emmy Award.
Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of supermodel Gia Carangi in HBO’s GIA in 1998 got her recognition from all, especially the critics. The movie won her another Golden Globe Award, her first Screen Actors Guild Award and another nomination for an Emmy. She took a short break from acting after this movie and got admitted at New York University for studying film-making and attending writing classes. She was also praised for her role as a desperate club crawler in ‘Playing by Heart’ in 1998. She roles in comedy-drama ‘Pushing Train’ and ‘The Bone Collector’, however, could not impress the critics.
Then came her role as Lisa Rowe in ‘Girl Interrupted’ in 1999 which won Angelina Jolie first Academy Awardfor Best Supporting Actress, her third Golden Globe and her second Screen Actors Guild Award. She action role in ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ in 2001 in the title role won her acclaim worldwide. The movie was an international hit and her performance was also lauded. She also won acclaim for her roles in ‘Life or Something Like It’, Lara Croft’s sequel ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’, ‘Beyond Borders’, a film about aid workers in Africa and thriller ‘Taking Lives’, irrespective of the fate of the movies at the box
Action-Comedy ‘Mr & Mrs Smith’, in which Angelina Jolie starred opposite Brad Pitt, in 2005 turned out to be the biggest commercial hit film in her career. The movie, which was about a married couple who were secret assassins working for rival companies, was appreciated due to on-screen chemistry between the reel life couple amid speculations that both were seeing each other during the filming of the movie, which led to divorce between Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.
Angelina Jolie took over the directorial baton in 2007 with the documentary ‘A Place in Time’ which showcase life in 27 locations across the globe during a single week. She portrayal of Mariane Pearl, the widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan, in ‘A Mighty Heart’ based on the real-life incident got rave reviews for her ‘moving and intense’ performance. The movie fetched her a fourth Golden Globe nomination and third Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
Angelina Jolie has been involved with the UNHCR since February 1991 when she visited Sierra Leone and Tanzania on an 18-day mission. Since then, She has visited different refugee camps in different countries to know about the conditions in those areas. Seeing her dedication and sincerity, the UNHCR named her Goodwill Ambassador in August 2007. She has been to Thailand, Ecuador, Kosovo, Kenya, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Russia, Pakistan, Egypt and Sudan during her trips and has extended financial assistance too.
In 2005, Angelina Jolie founded the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children, which was aimed at providing free legal aid to children seeking asylum who had no legal representation. She provided the donation of 500,000 dollars for its first two years. The next year she found the Jolie-Pitt Foundation which donated one million dollar each to Global Action for Children and Doctors withoutBorders.
Angelina Jolie has received many awards for her humanitarian work. She became the first recipient of the Citizen of the World Award, instituted by UN Correspondents Association in 2003. She also received the Global Humanitarian Award by UNA-USA in 2005. The same year She was awarded Cambodian citizenship in recognition for the conservation work done by her in the country.
Angelina Jolie married actor Johnny Lee Miller on March 28, 1996, with whom She had acted in the film Hackers. However, a year later, they separated and got divorced in 1999. On May 5, 2000 she married actor Billy Bob Thornton but this marriage too didn’t last long as they got divorced in 2003.
In 2002, Angelina Jolie adopted her first child Maddox, who lived in an orphanage in Cambodia. Then came rumors about her relationship with Brad Pitt in 2005, which was rumored to have led to divorce between Pitt and Jennifer Aniston though they denied the relationship. On July 6, 2005, She adopted six-month-old Zahara from an orphanage in Ethiopia. Soon after her return to the US, Zahara was hospitalized for dehydration and malnutrition. In 2007, media reported that Zahara’s biological mother wanted her child back but later she denied the reports and said that her daughter was lucky to have been adopted by Jolie. Later, Pitt legally adopted Jolie’s children.
In 2006, Angelina Jolie confirmed that she was carrying Pitt’s child, who was born on May 27, 2006 in Namibia as Shiloh. She adopted another child, three-year-old boy Pax, from Vietnam on March 15, 2007.
On July 12, 2008, Angelina Jolie gave birth to twins – boy Knox and girl Vivienne – in Nice, France.