- Occupation: actress
- Sign: Gemini
- Date of birth: Wednesday 04 June 1975 (age: 45)
- Country: United States
Angelina Jolie Voight was born on June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles. She was raised by her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who separated from her father, the actor Jon Voight, in 1976. At the age of 11, when her family moved to Los Angeles, young Angelina decided to become an actress and took her first acting lessons. But the girl’s adolescence is difficult. She self-mutilates and, mocked by her classmates for her looks, she ends up dropping out of acting classes. She then decides to take up modelling and also appears in numerous music videos. At the age of 16, she changed her mind and resumed her acting classes, then started working on the screen alongside her father, with whom she has a complicated relationship.
After several appearances in films by her brother, director James Haven, it was with a low-budget film, Glass Shadow, in 1993, that the actress’s career really got off to a flying start. In 1995, she got her first lead role in the film Hackers. Then with George Wallace in 1997 and Woman of Dreams in 1998, two critically acclaimed biographical films, Angelina Jolie’s career took a new turn. The actress, known for her many tattoos that compel filmmakers to be creative in love scenes, reached the height of her fame with 60 seconds stopwatch (2000) and her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Propelled to international stardom, the sultry Angie has since established herself as one of Hollywood’s most famous and best-paid actresses. In 2000, she won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress with James Mangold’s A Stolen Life.
The actress then undertook a radical change of image. The filming of Tomb Raider, in Cambodia, made her aware of humanitarian causes. In 2001, she became an ambassador for the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and carried out more than 40 missions in the field. She distinguished herself by visiting conflict zones on several occasions, notably in Iraq, the Darfur province of Sudan and Libya during the Arab revolutions of 2011. Her faithfulness to the cause of refugees for more than ten years earned her the appointment, in April 2012, of UNHCR Special Envoy. An exceptional position which notably allows her to represent the UNHCR at the diplomatic level.
Angelina Jolie’s greatest commercial successes include the comedy Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) and the animated film Kung Fu Panda (2008). In 2008, she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a dramatic role in Michael Winterbottom’s Unbeaten Heart. She then played Christine Collins, the lead role in Clint Eastwood’s film The Exchange, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2010, the actress moved to the other side of the camera and directed the film In the Land of Blood and Honey, a lucid fresco about sexual abuse as a weapon of war and racial cleansing. In 2015, she repeats the experience and directs Brad Pitt in the feature film Vue sur mer.
On the private side, Angelina Jolie married actor Jonny Lee Miller on March 28, 1996. But their story turns short and their divorce is pronounced in February 1999. Angelina Jolie met actor Billy Bob Thornton on the set of the film Les Aiguilleurs (1999), and married him on May 5, 2000. The couple divorced three years later. In 2004, on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith, Angelina Jolie met Brad Pitt. The actor fell in love at first sight. For her, he divorces actress Jennifer Aniston in October 2005, and adopts Maddox (born August 2001) and Zahara (born January 2005), children that the actress herself had adopted. The whole world calls them the Brangelinas. The couple expanded the tribe with the birth of their daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, on 27 May 2006 in Namibia and the adoption of a boy from Vietnam, Pax Thien (born in November 2003), in March 2007. On 12 July 2008, the actress gave birth to twins Knox and Vivienne in Nice. Two years after their engagement, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are getting married on their property at the Miraval estate in the south of France, on 23 August 2014. In September 2016, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce.