|Real Name: Angelina Jolie (Angelina Jolie Voight)|
|Birthday: June 4, 1975|
|Birth Place: Los Angeles, California|
|Eye Color: Blue|
|Hair Color: Brown|
falling in love with movie star Brad Pitt, Oscar winning actress
Angelina Jolie didn't have a problem making headlines by herself: She
shared a kiss with her brother, had a bisexual tryst with a Calvin
Klein model, and wore a vial of ex-husband Billy Bob Thorton's blood
around her neck.
A talented actress, Angelina Jolie broke on to the scene in the 1990's, building a reputation for her on-screen work as well as her off-camera stunts. Within ten years, she dropped her wild-girl image and managed to re-invent herself as an actress. In the mid-2000s, her profile exploded into another realm when she became romantically involved with the sexiest man alive, Brad Pitt – before and after he and his then wife, Jennifer Aniston called it quits. After the divorce, they slowly came out as a couple to the glee of the world’s media. Now one half of the “most gorgeous couple on earth,” Jolie used her high profile to bring attention to a number of meaningful causes – winning the respect of even the most skeptical of her critics.
The daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, Angelina Jolie was born on June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, California. Like her older brother by two years, director James Haven (Voight,) she seemed destined for a career in Hollywood. At the age of 11, she began studying at the famed Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City. Even before starting her formal training, she made her debut as a child in a small part in the Hal Ashby-directed comedy "Lookin' to Get Out" in 1980.
With two celebrity parents, it came as no surprise that Jolie inherited her dazzling good looks – most striking of all were the lips which made her a standout from all other young girls. Her beauty allowed her to move back into show business, first as a professional model, and later, as an actress in music videos. In addition to appearing in five student films directed by her older brother, she became a member of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Theatre Company, where she practiced her craft alongside such veteran players as Holly Hunter, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan.
Jolie made her return to the screen playing a heroic human machine in the sci-fi action film, "Cyborg II: Glass Shadows" (1993), but the film went unseen by critics. Luckily, her role as Kate in the thriller "Hackers" (1995) got her more attention and better reviews. Paired with British actor Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina played a young teen computer whiz battling an evil genius. “Hackers” did not do well at the box office, but the romantic leads were hot – both on-screen and off. She and Miller’s chemistry climaxed in their wedding in 1996. Though the two divorced just three years later, they remain close friends.
In "Foxfire" (1996), Jolie played a mysterious outsider named Legs Sadovsky, who helps other young teenage girls stand up for their rights. In the romantic comedy "Love Is All There Is" (1996), she showed an amusing and innocent role as half of a pair of lovers divided by their families' feud. That same year, the actress appeared in the suspense drama "Without Evidence,” playing a drug addicted young women, and then appeared in "Mojave Moon,” opposite Danny Aiello and Michael Biehn. Next came "Playing God" (1997), in which she played a woman torn between her gangster boyfriend (Timothy Hutton) and a washed-up doctor (David Duchovny) in his employment. While the films remained largely unseen by most moviegoers, she received good reviews for each of these projects.
In 1998, Jolie received attention for her role in the comedy "Playing By Heart" (1998) as Joan, a club kid struck with the gloomy Keenan (Ryan Phillippe). Vibrant and appealing, she easily held her own among an ensemble cast featuring such stars as Gena Rowlands and Sean Connery. The following year, the actress joined John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton in Mike Newell's New York set comedy about air traffic controllers, "Pushing Tin" (1999) with Cate Blanchett.
Jolie later appeared playing a rookie cop assisting a quadriplegic detective (Denzel Washington) in "The Bone Collector” (1999), an intense serial-killer thriller directed by Philip Noyce. Jolie wrapped the year by landing the role of the disturbed Lisa Rowe in "Girl, Interrupted.” Based on author Susanna Kaysen's best-selling book of her own two-year stay in a psychiatric hospital, Jolie’s role as the sociopath inmate won her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
But the tabloids were relentless with the star. Among the gossip was her exotic tattoos, huge collection of knives and her past “cutting” experiences, her stimulating revelations and her statements of a wild and edgy sex life. The tabloids went mad with her close relationship with her brother, James Haven – a relationship which raised eyebrows after she planted a passionate kiss on his lips in plain view of the press. It did not help matters when she declared she was “in love with her brother” upon accepting the Oscar. Media saturation would boil over, however, in mid 2000, when she became the fifth wife of her “Pushing Tin” co-star – the odd and older actor Billy Bob Thornton. A match made in tabloid heaven, the couple's constant display of love and erotic devotion to each other was topped by the weird revelation that the two wore vials of each others blood around their necks, and had sex in the car on the way to the “Pushing Tin” premiere.
Jolie continued being cast as tough young women. In the car heist thriller "Gone in 60 Seconds" (2000), she did well in scenes even opposite notorious scene-stealing star, Nicolas Cage. Her next role was as the flesh-and-blood picture of the lead adventuress in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001). Based on the wildly popular “Tomb Raider” video game, Lara Croft launched an Indiana Jones style adventure series that did well at the box office. The film also marked her first adult collaboration with her father, Jon Voight, who played her character's father in the film. Shortly after their on-screen work, however, Voight made a series of painful comments about his daughter’s mental and emotional stability to “Access Hollywood”.
Meanwhile, Angelina starred opposite Antonio Banderas in “Original Sin" (2001), about a young man who is plunged into a life of subterfuge, deceit and mistaken identity in pursuit of a femme fatale whose heart is never quite within his grasp. Her follow-up, the dramatic "Life or Something Like It" (2002) also fizzled quickly. She next took a long vacation from show business, but continued to make news in her personal life, divorcing Billy Bob Thornton in 2003 amid rumors of his infidelity. It was also rumored that her recent adoption of a baby boy from a Cambodian orphanage whom she named Maddox, did not help matters.
Jolie returned to the movies for her comeback screen project, the sequel "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" (2003), a follow-up to the first film. Reflecting their off-screen anxiety, Jon Voight, did not reprise his role in this second follow-up. “Cradle of Life” was followed by a role in the drama "Beyond Borders" (2003). After this came a dangerous venture into Ashley Judd territory with a starring role in the thriller "Taking Lives" (2004) with Kiefer Sutherland, in which she played an FBI profiler caught up in dangerous and erotic intrigue. Jolie adopted another heavy accent as she played the eye patch wearing Captain Frankie Cook, the leader of an all-female attack squadron, in the action adventure "Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow" (2004) cast opposite Jude Law, Bai Ling and fellow Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow.
Jolie then lent her voice to the finny Lola, in DreamWorks' CGI animated underwater film "Shark Tale" (2004) working with an all-star cast of voices including Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Jack Black and Renee Zellweger. Finally, she ended the year with a sexually seductive role as Alexander's mother, Olympias, who raises her son to believe in his impressive destiny, in Oliver Stone's epic historical "Alexander” (2004) starring Colin Farrell and Val Kilmer.
Her profile rose even higher when she co-starred with Pitt in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (2005) with Adam Brody. In the film, the actors played a dull married couple who are actually rival assassins, each hired to kill the other. Almost from the start, rumors started of an on-set romance between Angelina and Brad – that contributed to his split from his high-profile marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston. Both initially denied the rumors – the two later changed their tune after being photographed together many times post-Aniston separation. The extreme interest in their possible romance shot “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” to huge box office returns, thanks in large part to their hot on-screen chemistry.
Jolie began using her celebrity status to bring attention to such humanitarian causes as the troubles of violence-torn nations. As their relationship gradually emerged in the public eye, Pitt began to accompany her on her missions to third world nations and grow ever more attached to her son, Maddox. She expressed a commitment and responsibility to increasing awareness and aid to counties devastated by internal and external struggles, disease and poor conditions.
In 2001, after Angelina made several trips to the war-torn nations of Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Pakistan, she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. It was during one of these trips that in 2005, she adopted an infant daughter from an Ethiopian orphanage whom she named Zahara. Later that year, surprising the world at large, Brad petitioned to adopt the two children as his own. A year later, on May 27, 2006, the couple welcomed their biological firstborn child into the world – a daughter named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. Clearly serious about starting a family, in March 2007 – they made news again by adopting a fourth child – a three-year-old boy from Vietnam named Pax.
Jolie returned to making movies and starred as Marianne Pearl, the wife of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, in the gripping drama “A Mighty Heart” (2007). Though her role sparked a debate among minority groups, much of the complaints dissipated upon the film’s release. Unfortunately, the serious film was released during the summer box office season, leaving it lost among all the big-budget special effect movies. Next up was the dramatic thriller "The Good Shepherd" (2006) with Matt Damon and Robert De Niro, about the tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency and how it is viewed through the prism of one man's life. Angelina had one film in 2007, "Beowulf" (2007) about a warrior who must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge.
The next year, Jolie started by lending her voice to the animated comedy "Kung Fu Panda" (2008) with Lucy Liu and Jack Black, about Po the Panda who is the laziest animals in all of the Valley of Peace, but unwittingly becomes the chosen one when enemies threaten their way of life. Next was the action thriller "Wanted" (2008) starring Morgan Freeman, about the tale of one apathetic nobody's transformation into an unparalleled enforcer of justice.
Jolie followed up with the
independent mystery film "Changeling" (2008) about a mother's
prayer for her kidnapped son to return home is answered, though it doesn't
take long for her to suspect the boy who comes back is not hers. She ended
the year with the dramatic "Atlas Shrugged" (2008), about a powerful railroad executive who struggles
to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her.
And finally that year, Jolie was cast in the historical romantic adventure film "The Mercenary: Love and Honor" (2009), a look at the life of Russian empress Catherine the Great's reign during the years of the American revolutionary war.
In 2010 Jolie returned to her roots with the crime thriller “Salt” (2010) taking the starring role of Evelyn Salt - a CIA agent who goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Jolie wrapped the year working with Johnny Depp in the romance mystery “The Tourist” (2010) – a movie that Revolves around Frank (Johnny Depp), an American tourist who is visiting Italy to mend a broken heart and Elise, an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.
Angelina’s only movie project in 2011 was the animated sequel “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011) reuniting with most of the original cast including Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, and Seth Rogen. In this sequel, Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past.
Jolie then jumped back to the fantasy genre with “Maleficent”
(2013). Directed by Robert Stromberg, Maleficent is a The "Sleeping
Beauty" story told from the perspective of the princess' evil nemesis,
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