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Also Known As: Angelina Jolie Voight Died:
Born: June 4, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, model

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From Hollywood wild child to Academy Award winner to U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, actress Angelina Jolie underwent a series of metamorphoses over the course of her much-storied life and career. Both strikingly beautiful and exceedingly talented, Jolie - who was the daughter of Jon Voight - earned her first acclaim in the television movie "Gia" (HBO, 1998). She quickly developed a reputation for her outrageous off-camera antics, leading to a tabloid fascination that blossomed with her high-profile marriage to Billy Bob Thornton. After winning the Oscar for "Girl, Interrupted" (1999) and starring in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001), Jolie transformed herself into a celebrity humanitarian, traveling to war-torn parts of the world like Cambodia and Darfur. Around that time, she adopted an orphaned child from Cambodia, setting a precedent for other high-profile adoptions from Ethiopia and Vietnam. After splitting with Thornton in 2005, she became a tabloid fixture after essentially breaking up the fabled marriage of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston while filming "Mrs. and Mrs. Smith" (2005) with Pitt, leading to his scandalous divorce and the perception of Jolie as a homewrecker. Soon dubbed "Brangelina," the...

From Hollywood wild child to Academy Award winner to U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, actress Angelina Jolie underwent a series of metamorphoses over the course of her much-storied life and career. Both strikingly beautiful and exceedingly talented, Jolie - who was the daughter of Jon Voight - earned her first acclaim in the television movie "Gia" (HBO, 1998). She quickly developed a reputation for her outrageous off-camera antics, leading to a tabloid fascination that blossomed with her high-profile marriage to Billy Bob Thornton. After winning the Oscar for "Girl, Interrupted" (1999) and starring in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001), Jolie transformed herself into a celebrity humanitarian, traveling to war-torn parts of the world like Cambodia and Darfur. Around that time, she adopted an orphaned child from Cambodia, setting a precedent for other high-profile adoptions from Ethiopia and Vietnam. After splitting with Thornton in 2005, she became a tabloid fixture after essentially breaking up the fabled marriage of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston while filming "Mrs. and Mrs. Smith" (2005) with Pitt, leading to his scandalous divorce and the perception of Jolie as a homewrecker. Soon dubbed "Brangelina," the ever-growing family - the couple had six children in total - were a constant fascination around the world. All throughout, Jolie continued to star in a wide variety of films like "The Good Shepherd" (2006), "A Mighty Heart" (2007), "Changeling" (2008), "Wanted" (2008) and "Salt" (2010). Despite critical debacles like "The Tourist" (2010), Jolie maintained her status as one of Hollywood's most bankable actresses, while moving into a respected career as a director with acclaimed efforts like "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (2011) and the arresting biopic "Unbroken" (2014).

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DIRECTOR:

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  By the Sea (2015)
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  Unbroken (2014)
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Kung Fu Panda 3 (2015)
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 By the Sea (2015)
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 Maleficent (2014)
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 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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 Salt (2010)
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 Tourist, The (2010)
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 Kung Fu Panda (2008)
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 Wanted (2008)
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 Changeling (2008)
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 BEOWULF (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

1976:
Moved to Palisades, New York with mother and brother
1980:
Made her feature debut in Hal Ashby's "Lookin' to Get Out"; co-produced and co-written by her father; credited as Angelina Jolie Voight (released in 1982)
1986:
At age 11, began studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in NYC
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Made stage debut in "Room Service" playing a German dominatrix
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Briefly worked as a professional model
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Appeared in music videos by Meat Loaf, The Lemonheads, Rolling Stones and others
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Acted in five student films directed by her brother, James Haven Voight
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As part of the Met Theater group in Los Angeles, worked with such veteran actors as Holly Hunter, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan
1993:
Co-starred in the direct-to-video sci-fi film "Cyborg II: Glass Shadows"
1995:
Cast in first lead role in a theatrical release, "Hackers"; co-starred with future husband, British actor Jonny Lee Miller
1996:
Starred in the feature "Foxfire"
1997:
Portrayed the politician's first wife Cornelia Wallace in the TNT miniseries "George Wallace"; received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress
1998:
Earned raves reviews for her performance as Gia Carangi, a drug addicted, bisexual model who died of complications from AIDS, in the HBO film "Gia"; received an Emmy nomination for Best Actress
1998:
Had supporting role as a club kid in the ensemble comedy-drama "Playing By Heart"
1999:
Portrayed the wife of an air traffic controller (Billy Bob Thornton) in Mike Newell's "Pushing Tin"
1999:
Cast as a tough detective assisting a quadriplegic colleague (Denzel Washington) in tracking a serial killer in "The Bone Collector"
1999:
Won an Academy Award for her supporting role in "Girl, Interrupted" a drama based on the memoirs of a woman's two-year stay in a psychiatric hospital
2000:
Acted opposite Nicolas Cage in "Gone in 60 Seconds"
2001:
Achieved international fame playing the videogame heroine Lara Croft in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"
2001:
Starred opposite Antonio Banderas in "Original Sin"
2002:
Portrayed a TV reporter forced to question her choices in "Life or Something Like It"
2002:
Appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
2003:
Reprised her role as Lara Croft for "Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life: Tomb Raider 2"
2003:
Starred opposite Clive Owen in "Beyond Borders"
2004:
Starred as Special Agent Illeana Scott in the thriller "Taking Lives" opposite Ethan Hawke and Kiefer Sutherland
2004:
Portrayed Captain Franky Cook in the Sci-fi thriller "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" opposite Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow
2004:
Voiced Lola in the animated feature "Shark Tale "
2004:
Co-starred with Colin Farrell in Oliver Stone's "Alexander" playing Olympias, the mother of Alexander the Great
2005:
Starred opposite Brad Pitt, as a bored married couple that is surprised to learn that they are assassins hired to kill each other in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"
2005:
Appeared in the MTV special "The Diary of Angelina Jolie & Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Africa," which followed their trip to Sauri, a remote group of villages in western Kenya
2006:
Played a CIA agent's (Matt Damon) long-suffering wife in Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd"
2007:
Made directorial debut with the documentary "A Place in Time"
2007:
Starred in "A Mighty Heart," as Marianne Pearl, the wife of Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and killed in 2002 while reporting in Pakistan; produced by her partner Brad Pitt; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Actress; also received Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress
2007:
Portrayed Grendel's mother in Robert Zemeckis' big-budget film version of the epic poem "Beowulf"
2008:
Voiced Master Tigress in the animated feature "Kung Fu Panda"
2008:
Co-starred as an assassin in the comic book adaptation of "Wanted"
2008:
Potrayed Christine Collins, a woman fighting for her missing son, in Clint Eastwood's drama "Changeling"
2008:
Nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama ("Changeling")
2008:
Nominated for the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role ("Changeling")
2009:
Nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role ("Changeling")
2010:
Played the title role of a CIA officer accused of being a Russian spy in "Salt"
2010:
Teamed with Johnny Depp for the thriller "The Tourist"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ¿ Musical or Comedy ("The Tourist")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ¿ Musical or Comedy
2011:
Once again voiced the Master Tigress in "Kung Fu Panda 2"
2011:
Made her feature writing and directorial debut with the war drama "In the Land of Blood and Honey"; Jolie also co-produced the film
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: New York , New York -

Notes

"Mr. Voight and Angelina's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, deliberately gave their two children middle names that would work as last names so they could choose anonymity. 'It's kind of hard for the children of leading actors,' Mr. Voight says. 'If they say, 'Oh, you're Jon Voight's daughter,' then there are some expectations."---From "Following, Ambivalently, in Mom or Dad's Footsteps" by Alexandra Bandon, The New York Times, August 25, 1996.

"In March Ms. Jolie married the English actor Jonny Lee Miller ("Trainspotting"), whom she met on the set of 'Hackers'. The wedding, a small civil ceremony attended only by her mother and Mr. Miller's best friend, was a testament to Ms. Jolie's offbeat approach to life. Mr. Miller wore black leather, while the bride donned black rubber pants and a white shirt with the groom's name written in her blood across the back. Why, you ask? 'It's your husband,' she answers with a sly grin. 'You're about to marry him. You can sacrifice a little to make it really special.' [She drew the blood herself, 'very carefully,' she says 'with a clean surgical needle.']"---From The New York Times, August 25, 1996.

"There was a time when I was really going to give up on acting, right after 'Foxfire'. I was trying to find characters with a certain strength and things going on, but I was always disappointed. '[George] Wallace' was the first thing I did where I felt their ideas were better than mine."---Jolie quoted in GQ, December 1998.

"When people talk about me they talk about my intensity. Angie has that same intensity."---Jon Voight quoted in Premiere, January 1999

"... my daughter [Angelina Jolie] just has an incredible talent. The camera loves her. Of course I've always loved looking at Angie's face; that's the best scenery I can be around. That's my happiness and now it's the happiness of other people as well. Just look at that beautiful face and all the intelligence that it has and all the passion. It's quite extraordinary"---Jon Voight quoted in Time Out New York, January 14-21, 1999.

"You're young, you're drunk, you're in bed, you have knives, shit happens." -Jolie

"I was distressed when this desperate situation was brought to my attention. I hope to encourage other people to make themselves aware of this crisis facing the Western Saharan refugees and do what they can to help."---Jolie after donating $100k to the Western Saharan Refugees statement.

Angelina legally changed her last name from Voight to Jolie on September 12, 2002.

As of Fall 2003, another adoption process (second child) has begun for Jolie

"My life belongs to him," Jolie says now. "That thing I used to have when something would go wrong, that place of self-destruction or addiction or craziness, when you have a child you can't afford that and you just don't. When your world falls apart or you're feeling really depressed, you pick yourself up and smile so they don't worry."---Jolie talking about her adopted son Maddox Rolling Stones Magazine July 24, 2003

Jolie was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004

"The most gorgeous creature in the world. Her lips, her eyes, her hair, her body are, like, insane. She's a goddess."---Paris Hilton quoted in People May 10, 2004

"If I ever have a relationship again, I don't think he'll be an actor. It'll be somebody who can teach me, somebody who's already been inspired in their life to do a lot of things that I haven't even thought of yet, who can make me better as a person."---Jolie quoted to theage.com, April 16, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Jonny Lee Miller. Actor. British; met during filming of "Hackers"; married in March 1996; separated in 1997; divorced in February 1999; rumored to be dating in November 2002; rumored to be dating again February 2004.
companion:
Timothy Hutton. Actor. Dated in 1998 and 1999; co-starred together in "Playing God"; Jolie was reportedly tattooed with an "H"; no longer together.
husband:
Billy Bob Thornton. Actor, director, screenwriter. Acted together in "Pushing Tin" (1999); eloped to Las Vegas on May 5, 2000; Jolie has a tatoo on her arm that reads "Billy Bob;" reportedly split in June 2002; Jolie filed for divorce on July 17, 2002; divorce finalized in May 2003.
companion:
Colin Farrell. Actor. Rumored to have dated for a brief period during the filming of "Alexander".
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Jon Voight. Actor. Separated from Jolie's mother when Angelina was one-year-old.
mother:
Marcheline Bertrand. Former actor. Born c. 1950; part-Iroquois; separated from Jolie's father when Angelina was one-year-old.
brother:
James Haven. Director. Born c. 1973; studied filmmaking at USC; directed sister in five student films.
son:
Maddox Thornton. Adopted at age seven-and-one-half months in 2002 with Billy Bob Thornton; Cambodian.
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"Angelina Jolie" ECW Press

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