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BiographyAngelina Jolie is regarded as one of the most beautiful and generous women in Hollywood. But Jolie was far from the 'Sex Symbol of the Thinking Man' in her younger days. Born to Actor Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand on June 4, 1975, her real name is Jolie Voight. Jolie was born in Los Angeles, California and is currently one of the most acclaimed actors in Hollywood, a famous personality and a Goodwill ambassador.
Jolie had to go through an isolated childhood in school (Beverly Hills High School) and had to settle with wearing second-hand clothes. She suffered from low self-esteem as other students, constantly mocked at her due to her thin body frame, spectacles and braces.
Ladder to Fame
Jolie started modeling at the age 14 and was signed up by Finesse Model Management for modeling assignments in US and Europe. She featured in many music videos like "Rock'n'Roll Dreams Come Through" by Meat Loaf, "Alta Marea" by Antonello Venditti and "Stand by My Woman" by Lenny Kravitz . Jolie returned to theatre after this, at age 16 and she appeared as a German dominatrix in her very first theatrical performance.
The low budget 'Cyborg 2' (1993) was Jolie's first Hollywood movie. She went on to play a leading role, her first in 'Hackers' (1995). Soon, she landed roles in two critically acclaimed films, 'George Wallace' (1997) and 'Gia' (1998). In 'Gia,' Jolie played the real life role of Gia Carangi. The film revolved around the world of drugs, sex, and emotional drama. There was more to come. In 1999, Jolie won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 'Girl, Interrupted' (1999). Soon after, Jolie played a cameo role in 'Gone in 60 Seconds' opposite Nicholas Cage. But the biggest of them all is her portrayal of Lara Croft, of the video game fame. The first of the series was 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' (2001), and this catapulted her career to great height, overnight. The movie made $275 million worldwide.
Jolie came back as Lara Croft in 2003 for 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.' The sequel earned $156 million worldwide. 2004 saw Jolie alongside Ethan Hawke in a thriller called 'Taking Lives' where she played the role of a FBI Profiler. Jolie was suddenly the buzzword in Hollywood. She went from being an FBI profiler to playing the role of Olympias in 'Alexander.'
Her biggest commercial success till date came in 2005 with 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' opposite Brad Pitt. The movie earned a whopping $478 million worldwide. Right now she is touring Asia with Brad Pitt for shooting of the film 'A Mighty Heart.' This film is based on the life of Daniel Pearl, who was a Wall Street Journal reporter and was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan.
She has been divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
Currently she is living with actor Brad Pitt.
Jolie and Pitt have adopted two children, Maddox and Zahara.
Jolie who has spearheaded humanitarian causes is recognized for her work with UNHCR.
She has donated $1 million for Afghan refugees through a UNHCR emergency appeal.
Jolie is bisexual and said in an interview that she would have married her 'Foxfire' co-star Jenny Shimizu if hadn't married her husband.
Jolie also had a brief affair with Ann Scott, ex fashion model.
Academy Award: Best Supporting Actress 1999 for Girl, Interrupted.
ShoWest: Best Supporting Actress, 2000-for Girl, Interrupted.
Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress, 1999-for Girl, Interrupted.
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"Well we can do it my way, or we can all come back in time for the next alignment and you're welcome to try and kill me then, in oh, say, another 5,000 years" - Lara Croft
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