Angelina Jolie (Los AngelesJune 4, 1975) is an American actress. She won three Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an Oscar, for her roles in George Wallace (1997), Gia (1998), and Girl, Interrupted (1999). They gained international fame with her role as video-game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and established himself as one of the best paid actresses in Hollywood with the sequel Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life (2003). [1]

Jolie proved her status as a successful action movie star with Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and Wanted (2008)-her biggest blockbusters to date[2-and received rave reviews for her roles in A Mighty Heart (2007) and Changeling (2008), for which she won an Oscar nomination. Forbes appointed her to Hollywoods best paid actress in 2009 and 2011. [3[4]

In addition to her acting career, Jolie since 2001 active for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, first as Goodwill Ambassador and since 2012 as Special Envoy. She is several times voted the most beautiful and sexiest woman in the world. [5[6[7[8[9[10[11[12After marriages with actors Jonny Lee Miller (1996-1999) and Billy Bob Thornton (2000-2003), Jolie has since 2005 a relationship with actor Brad Pitt, with whom she had six children. In 2012, it was announced that they are engaged. [13]


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Youth and family[Edit]Edit

Jolie was born in Los AngelesCalifornia , the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She is a sister of Director James Haven, a niece of Chip Taylor, songwriter and a godchild of actors Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell. Jolie has German, Slovak, French Canadian and Dutch blood. About her family background is more visible in the International Museum of family history in Eijsden (Limburg), such as a schedule showing that it is through her mother, among other things, a second cousin of former Prime Minister Wim Kok as well as the founder of the museum. [14]

When Jolie was six months old her father left the family, and with her mother and brother moved to the State of New York . [15ten years later the family returned to Los Angeles, where eleven-year-old Jolie decided to become an actress and enrolled at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Although they had a happy childhood, hit Jolie in her teens depressed. [16in high school, she was bullied by her fellow students to her thin body and full lips, and to wearing second-hand clothes, glasses and a bracket. [17during this period cut themselves and just wore black clothing. [16at the age of 14, pulled them in at her first friend, stopped her acting classes, and dreamed of a career as a funeral director. [16two years later, after the relationship had ended, she rented an apartment near her mother's House and continued her acting training. [15]

Jolie for years had no personal contact with her father. [15In 2002 she left even the family name Voight of her name remove; Since then, "Angelina Jolie" her full legal name. [18Jolie and Voight recovered the contact after her mother, with whom Jolie had a very close bond, died of ovarian cancerin January 2007. [19[20]


Starting period, 1993-1997[Edit]Edit

After a short-lived career as a photo model began her film career in 1993 with Jolie a starring role in the low-budget film Cyborg 2. Some notable films from this period are her first Hollywood production, Hackers(1995), where she completed her first husband Jonny Lee Miller met, and Foxfire (1996), where she got a relationship with co-star Jenny Shimizu.

Breakthrough, 1998-2000[Edit]Edit

Jolie won a Golden Globe In 1998 for her role in the biographical TV movie George Wallace (1997). That same year, she played the tragic fashion model Gia Marie Carangi in the biographical television film Gia(1998). Critics have praised Jolie's performance as the lesbian, to heroin addict Carangi; She won a Golden Globe for the second consecutive year and her first Screen Actors Guild Award. After Gia Jolie moved to New York and stopped temporarily with acting, because they felt that they had nothing more to give. [16]

Jolie returned with Playing by Heart (1998), an ensemble production which will include Sean ConneryGillian AndersonRyan Phillippe and played. The movie in General and in particular were well received performance Jolies. After this appeared Jolie in Pushing Tin (1999) as the seductive wife of Billy Bob Thornton, with whom she would marry in real life the following year. Jolie then worked with Denzel Washington in the crime film The Bone Collector (1999). The film had a turnover of $ 151 million worldwide,[21but received bad reviews.

In 1999 shone Jolie as the psychopathic Lisa Rowe in the biographic film Girl, Interrupted. Although the film the comeback of lead actress Winona Ryder should have been, Girl, Interrupted , however, marked the great breakthrough of Jolie in Hollywood. [22In 2000 she won her third Golden Globe for her performance, her second Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Academy Award for best supporting actress. In the summer of that year she published her first blockbuster, Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), in which the ex-girlfriend of car thief Nicolas Cage played. The film grossed $ 237 million on international and was her most popular film until then. [21]

International success, 2001–present[Edit]Edit

[1][2]Jolie at the premiere of Alexander in 2004

Jolie reached the status of international superstar with her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Although Jolie was generally praised for her physical performance, the film received mainly negative reviews. The film was an international success nonetheless, earning $ 275 million,[21and launched her global reputation as a female action movie star.

Jolie then appeared as the sensual, but rogue mail order bride of Antonio Banderas in Original Sin (2001). In 2002 she played an ambitious journalist who being told that they will die within a week in Life or Something Like It. Both films received bad reviews, but were again positive Jolies performance received by critics.

In 2003 repeated Jolie her role as Lara Croft in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. The sequel, while not as lucrative as the original, had a international sales of $ 156 million. [21Later that year, she appeared in Beyond Borders (2003), a film about aid workers in Africa. The film reflected Jolies interest in development aid, but was critically and financially unsuccessful.

Jolie appeared In 2004 in addition to Ethan Hawke as an FBI agent in the thriller Taking Lives. They also provided the voice of the fish Lola in the DreamWorks animated film Shark Tale (2004), and had a small role in the science fiction adventure film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004). The same year, Jolie the role of Olympias inAlexander (2004), a biographical film about the life of Alexander the great. The film was in America bad visited, which attributed to the Director Oliver Stone image of Alexander's bisexuality, but was a success internationally with sales of $ 139 million. [21]

Jolie starred in only one film in 2005, the action comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, where she met her current partner Brad Pitt . The film, which tells the story of a bored couple who discover that they are both assassins, was with a turnover of $ 478 million worldwide one of the greatest successes of 2005. [21Jolie then appeared in Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd (2006) as the neglected wife of a CIA agent played by Matt Damon.

In 2007, Jolie in A Mighty Heart as Mariane Pearl, the widow of the murdered journalist Daniel Pearl. For her performance a fourth Golden Globe nomination and a third Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. The same year, Jolie also played Grendel's mother in the created with motion capture epic film Beowulf (2007).

In the action movie Wanted (2008) played Jolie alongside James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. The film was well received by critics and was an international success with sales of $ 342 million. [21She also provided the voice of Tigress in the DreamWorks animated film Kung Fu Panda (2008), with sales of $ 632 million worldwide to date was its best visited film. [21the same year, Jolie appeared in Clint Eastwoods on truth-based drama Changeling (2008); Jolies character Christine Collins was reunited with her kidnapped son in order to realize later that the boy was an impostor. Jolie for her role received a second Academy Awardnomination, a fifth and a fourth Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. [23]

Humanitarian work[Edit]Edit

[3][4]Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the World Economic Forum (2006)

While filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia for the first time at the end of 2000 was Jolie personally aware of worldwide humanitarian crises. They contacted UNHCR, theUnited Nationsrefugee agency, to learn more about international problem areas. [24In February 2001, Jolie on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone andTanzania. [24In the following months she returned for two weeks back to Cambodia and later met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan to whom she donated $ 1 million in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal[25On 27 August 2001, Jolie appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva. [26]

Jolie has visited reception centres for refugees and displaced persons in more than 20 countries. [27In 2002 she visited the Tham Hin refugee camp in Thailand andColombian refugees in Ecuador. [28Later that year Jolie visited various UNHCR facilities in Kosovo and paid a visit to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya where mainly refugees from Sudan resided. They also met Angolan refugees while filming Beyond Borders in Namibia.

In 2003, Jolie on a six-day mission to Tanzania where she visited camps for Congolese refugees and spent a week with displaced persons in Sri Lanka. Later that year she went on a four-day mission to Russiain Ciskaukasië . In conjunction with the release of the film, Beyond Bordersshe published Notes from My Travels, a collection of diary notes about her field missions in 2001 and 2002. During a private stay in Jordan in december 2003 she visited Iraqi refugees and later that month she departed to Egyptto meet Sudanese refugees.

She flew to Chad In June 2004 to visit refugees from the Darfur region in Western Sudan. Four months later she returned to the area for a visit to West Darfur. Later that year Jolie met Afghan refugees in Thailand, and during a private stay in Lebanon in the Christmas holidays she visited UNHCR's regional office in Beirut, as well as some young refugees and cancer patients in the Lebanese capital. [29]

In 2005, Jolie visited Afghan refugees in Pakistan; during the trip she met Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. In november, she returned to Pakistan with Brad Pitt to the consequences of the Kashmir earthquake fix. While filming A Mighty Heart in India in 2006 met Jolie Afghan and Burmese refugees in New Delhi. She spent Christmas day with Colombian refugees in San José, Costa Rica, where they would hand out gifts. In 2007, Jolie returned to Chad for a two-day mission to the deteriorating security situation for refugees from Darfur to determine; Then Jolie and Pitt donated $ 1 million to three relief organizations in Chad and Darfur. [30In 2008 brought Jolie her first visit to Syria and went twice to Iraq, where they met Iraqi refugees and American troops. [31In 2012 along with António Guterres, Jolie visited the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey who have fled during the rebellion in Syria . [32[33]

Jolie is involved in the promotion of humanitarian aid in the politics. Since 2003 she regularly meets members of the US Congress to lobby for Humanitarian Affairs,[26and she was a driving force behind legislation to promote the situation of refugees and vulnerable children in the developing world. [26Jolie has attended several times the world refugee day in Washington, D.C., and she was a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 she became a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations. [34]

In 2012, she was Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees. [35]. Since October 2013 she works together with the British Foreign Secretary William Hague to a program to put an end to the frequent rapes in war zones. Hague took that step after seeing her film Land of blood and honey. Their cooperation has yielded a training program for "Blue Helmets", the peacekeepers of the United Nations, which often inaction at rapes and sometimes (Eastern Congo) itself to guilty of. Next cue point is promotion of criminal prosecution of rapists. [36]

Private Life[Edit]Edit

[5][6]Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at theCannes Film festival (2007)

On the set of Hackers (1995) got Jolie a relationship with the British actor Jonny Lee Miller, her first friend since the relationship in her early teens. They were married on 28 March 1996; during the wedding ceremony wore Jolie a black rubber pants and a white t-shirt on which she had written the groom's name in her blood. [37Jolie and Miller separated from each other and went 18 months later on 3 February 1999. Jolie knows the separation to the fact that they both were too young.

During the filming of Foxfire (1996) was temporarily disconnected at the time, whose relationship with Jolie Miller,[16was in love with her co-star Jenny Shimizu. The openlybisexual Jolie stated In interviews that the Japanese-American Shimizu had her do realize that they also falls on women. [16]

On the set of Pushing Tin (1999) met Jolie Billy Bob Thornton20 years older, who at the time was engaged to actress Laura Dern and all was divorced four times. They were married on 5 May 2000 and the marriage quickly became a favorite subject of the tabloid press thanks to bizarre public expressions of love like wearing each other's blood in a vial on a chain. [16Jolie and Thornton went in June 2002 — only three months after adoption of a Cambodian baby Jolies — and divorced on May 27, 2003. [38]Jolie stated about the separation that they very suddenly had grown apart.

In 2005 was Jolie involved in a Hollywood scandal when she was accused of being the reason of the separation between actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston to be. Jolie and Pitt would have started an affair during filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). Jolie denied this several times, but admitted that she had become in love during filming. [39]until January 2006 Jolie confirmed for the first time their relationship by announcing that she was pregnant with Pitts child. Jolie and Pitt have three adopted children and three natural children. In 2012, it was announced that they are engaged. [13]

On May 14, 2013 made Jolie on an op-ed in The New York Times announced that she had let her breasts preemptively amputate to reduce the risk of breast cancer. By a mutation in the BRCA1gene they had a chance of 87% to get breast cancer, after the mastectomy is this sunk to below 5%. [40]


Year Title Role Comments
2014 Maleficent Maleficent
2011 In the Land of Blood and Honey written and directed by Angelina Jolie
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Tigress Voice
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special Tigress Voice
2010 The Tourist Elise Clifton-Ward
2010 Salt Evelyn Salt
2008 Changeling Christine Collins
2008 Wanted Fox
2008 Kung Fu Panda Tigress Voice
2007 Beowulf Grendel's mother Voice
2007 A Mighty Heart Mariane Pearl
2006 The Good Shepherd Margaret "Clover" Russell
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Jane Smith
2004 Alexander Olympias
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Franky Cook
2004 Shark Tale Lola Voice
2004 Taking Lives Illeana Scott
2003 Beyond Borders Sarah Jordan
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Lara Croft
2002 Life or Something Like It Lanie Kerrigan
2001 Original Sin Julia Russell/Baker Castle
2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Lara Croft
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Sara "Sway" Wayland
1999 Girl, Interrupted Lisa Rowe
1999 The Bone Collector Amelia Donaghy
1999 Pushing Tin Mary Bell
1998 Playing by Heart Joan
1998 Hell's Kitchen Gloria McNeary
1998 Gia Gia Marie Carangi Television film
1997 George Wallace Cornelia Wallace Television film
1997 True Women Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods Television film
1997 Playing God Claire
1996 Foxfire Margret "Legs" Sadovsky
1996 Love Is All There Is Gina Malacici
1995 Mojave Moon Eleanor "Elie" Rigby
1995 Without Evidence Jodie Swearingen
1995 Hackers Kate "Acid Burn" Libby
1993 Cyborg 2 Casella "Cash" Reese
1982 Lookin' to Get Out Tosh

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