Angelina Jolie: biography
Hollywood star №1, who earns tens of millions of dollars for her work in the movies, Academic Awards and 3 Golden Globe owner, the sex-symbol of all times according to the British TV show ''The 100 Greatest Sex Symbols'', the most beautiful woman of the world according to ''Esquire'' and ''People'' in 2004 and in 2006. The American reporter ''Time'' gave her a place in the hundred of the most influential people on the planet.
Also, Angelina Jolie is a director, scriptwriter, Goodwill Ambassador of the UN and mother of six children, three of which are adopted. Every move she makes, every word and every appearance in public is presented by tabloids and accompanied with the camera flashing. Her personal life and career are the most searched and desired since the end of 90-s.
Childhood and young years
Angelina Jolie Voight was born on the 4 of June, 1975 in Los Angeles in the family of actors. On her mother’s Marcheline Bertrand side Angie is French Canadian, Dutch, German and Iroquois. From her father’s side John Voight she is of German and Slovak descent.
Angelina is the second child in her family. When she was born, her parents were already bringing up their 2-year son James Haven. The movie actress Jacqueline Bisset and the Oscar-winning American actor Maximilian Schell became the godparents of the girl.
These were the most pleasant facts about childhood and youth of Angelina Jolie. A year later after the birth of the girl, her parents separated because of the persistent infidelity of her father, whose career got better and better (a year after he left his wife, Voight was received Academic Awards for his role in the film ''Coming home'').
Marcheline moved to New York together with two little children and finished her career. That happened because she spent all her time raising her children. Though the winnable actress passed love to the cinematography and the most ambitious aspirations on to her children.
Her family returned to Los Angeles when Angie was 11. For two years Angelina Jolie Voight studied at the film school of Lee Strasberg. Though, these studies didn’t bring self-confidence and relaxedness to this skinny and freakishly tall girl.
Angelina hated her reflection in the mirror, also, she felt embarrassed because of her second-hand clothes. Her unsuccessful attempt to become a model aggravated her depression. The developing depression led to psychological problems/mental disorder: the girl cuts herself with the knives, which she collected, and dressed all in black.
When Angie was 14, she lost her virginity. She lived with her boyfriend for 2 years, but when she was 16, they separated. She jammed her problems and failure with alcohol and drugs.
Later the celebrity was honest in the interview for The Daily Mirror and told, that until she was 20 years, she experimented with all the possible drugs and it was a miracle, that saved her from the death in youth.
Psychological problems of the Hollywood star were exacerbated with her ill-feelings for her father. Looking ahead, her attempt to make up with her father during acting together with him in the movie ''Lara Croft: Tomb Raider'' failed. The daughter finally made enemies with her father and cut off Voight of her last name. John gave it right back: the actor claimed, that Angie had ''serious psychological problems''.
When Angelina Jolie was 14, she appeared at the podium and took part in the video clips of Lenny Kravitz and the Rolling Stones. In 16 she went on stage of the theater.
The closest people for Angelina are her mother and her brother. James Haven was so close to his sister, that in 2000 she had to deny the rumors about their incest.
Angelina Jolie began her movie career in 1982:7-year Angie played a role in the episode of the comedy ''Lookin to Get Out'', where the major parts were played by her father and Ann-Margaret Wilson, the American actress Sweden origin.
Angelina Jolie was back on the screen in 1993:18-year actress played a role of Casella Reese in the action movie ''Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow''.
This low-budget movie was a box office bomb, аnd the aspiring actress didn't like the results so much, that according to the information in the book ''Angelina Jolie: Unauthorized biography'' by Andrew Morton, she ordered a killer for herself. A professional killer proposed to postpone it for a month: happily, Angie changed her mind.
Two years later, in 1995, Angelina Jolie took major parts in the thriller ''Hackers'' with Jonny Lee Miller. The movie had a positive feedback from the critics and in a short time, it became iconic. ''New York Times'' wrote about the new star.
The directors discovered the actress and didn't lose sight of her anymore.
The movie '' Hackers'' marked her breakthrough to the peaks of the movie Olimp.
In 1997 the criminal drama ''Playing God" was released. In this movie, Angelina Jolie played with Timothy Dalton and David Duchovny.
Two erotic scenes with Jolie and Duchovny were cut off of the end-version of the movie.
Angelina chooses roles of different genres: dramatic - in the movie ''George Wallace'', where Angelina played the wife of the seriously ill governor of Alabama, in ''Gia'', where she transformed into the model Gia, who was a drug addict and died from Aids. She also played severe roles in the movies ''The Bone Collector'' and "Gone in sixty seconds".
In 1999 Angelina Jolie took part in the biographical drama "Girl, Interrupted".
The actress played her character Susanna Kaysen, mentally ill person, who found herself at the mental hospital after she failed to commit a suicide.
For this role, Jolie was prized by the Academic Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe. Angie became the Hollywood star.
In 2001 the drama "Original sin" directed by Michael Christopher came out. The major parts were played by Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas. "Original Sin" – is the second screen adaptation of the novel written by William Irish ''Waltz in the dark". The first novel was a screen-adaptation by the French director François Truffaut.
The same year Angelina Jolie became the main heroine of the adventure movie "Lara Kroft: Tomb Raider".
The movie earned a gross of 270 million dollars, though movie critics accepted it with reticence. Its sequel, released in 2003, also had great gross, though the producers "frozen" the franchise about Lara Kroft.
Angelina Jolie earned 12 million dollars for her job in the second part of the movie and became the most-paid actress in the world. She did all the tricks in the movie without the understudy.
The Hollywood actress became extremely famous in 2015 when the comedy fiction movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith'' directed by Doug Liman came on screen.
The movie earned a gross of 480 million dollars. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt played major characters.
In 2006 the star took part in the projects, that didn't get to the top of the rates: she got main parts in the dramas "The Good Shepherd", "A Mighty Heart" and "Beowulf".
In 2008 Angie voiced-over the Tigress from the animated series "Kung Fu Panda". But the greatest event of that year was psychological thriller "Changeling" directed by Clint Eastwood. Angelina Jolie played the character of Christine Collins. Movie critics praised Jolie's talent in all the possible words. Angelina Jolie was in one step of getting the second Academy Awards, but it was Kate Winslet, who got it, for her role in the "Reader".
The actress marked the criminal action movie "Salt" as a milestone in her movie career. This movie and the action movie of the Russian director Timur Bekmambetov "Wanted", (the episode of which Konstantin Khabensky took part), strengthened her positions in Hollywood. But in 2010 Jolie departed from already habitual roles of the special agents, because she got bored with it.
In 2013 Angelina Jolie was at the top of the "Forbes" rate, as the most-paid Hollywood actress. According to the sources, it was evaluated, that since June 2012 until June 2013 the star earned 33 million dollars.
In 2014 the celebrity played role in the fantasy "Maleficent", directed by Robert Stromberg. This was a remake of the tale about the Sleeping Beauty, in which Angelina Jolie turned into evil, but a charismatic witch.
This was the biggest gross from the film distribution in Jolie's career: 758 million dollars. Movie critics consensually called her acting "enigmatic".
Angelina Jolie became famous both as an actress and a director. She had her debut in directing in 2007. Her documentary "A Place in Time" with the budget of half of million dollars came on the screen. In 2011 the star presents the second dramatic movie "In the Land of Blood and Honey". The events of the movie took place at the Balkans. The major characters were played by the Bosnian actors Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic and a Serbian actor Rade Servedzija.
In 2014 the war drama "Unbroken" came on the screen. Angelina Jolie entrusted Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund and Japanese singer Miyavi with the main parts. The movie was extremely successful: "Unbroken" received Saturn Awards, National Board of Review Awards, and was nominated for Academic Awards in three nominations.
The last movie of Angelina Jolie, both the director and actress in it came on the screen in 2015. This movie, directed by Angelina Jolie, had the title "By the sea" (in Russian translation "Azure Coast"). The star wrote the script for this movie and together with Bred Pitt they produced this movie. The movie critics met it with restraint, but the director announced, that the movie didn't claim to commercial success.
Shooting in the movie "Lara Kroft: Tomb Raider", which took place in Cambodia, made a start of Jolie's humanitarian work. Seeing with her own eyes all the terrible things going on in the third-world countries, she got in touch with the UN and became the Goodwill Ambassador of the UN. During her life, the star had been in dozens of humanitarian trips and she also adopted three children.
In 2004 the prime-minister of Cambodia conferred honorary citizenship on Angelina Jolie as for her humanitarian mission. In 2005 the Hollywood celebrity received the UN Humanitarian Awards.
The actress established a couple of charity organizations: Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of the environment and community development in the Battambang province, Maddox Chivan Children’s Center for the HIV-positive children in Phnom Penh, Education Partnership for Children of Conflict for the children, affected by natural and technogenic disasters.
In November 2013 Angelina Jolie was prized by Academic Awards for volunteer humanitarian activities. Next Year Queen Elizabeth II gave Jolie the title of the Same and awarded her by the Order of Saint Gregory and the Order of Saint Michael for her participation in the campaign against sexual abuse in the areas of military conflicts and also for her service in interests of British foreign policy.
Angelina Jolie got acquainted with her British colleague Jonny Lee Miller on a movie set of the "Hackers". In 1996 they got married, but in a year they separated. Jonny Lee Miller went to England and Angie left in the USA. They officially divorced in 1999. They stayed friends and called their early marriage the mistake of youth.
Being Miller's wife, Angelina had an affair with Timothy Hutton, her partner in the movie "Playing God". During this period of time, the actress was viewed as having an affair with Jenny Shimizu, her partner in the movie "Foxfire".
For the second time, Angie was married to Billy Bob Thornton. They got married in 2000, but it had the fate of the former marriage. After 3 years of being together, they had to remove the tattoos with each other's names. Their relationship was accompanied by the bold tricks: Angie and Bob exchanged jewels with vessels containing the partner's blood.
In 2004 during the filming of the project "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" Angelina Jolie, who was divorced and Bred Pitt, who was married to Jennifer Aniston, met each other and fell in love.
The couple kept their feeling from the journalists and their fans, but all the tabloids had tons of their photos together.
In 2005 Pitt divorced Jennifer Aniston, calling "irresolvable contradictions" the reason of their divorce. Since this moment, lovers stopped hiding from the paparazzi and the public invented them one name for both of them - "Brangelina".
At the beginning of 2006, Angelina Jolie gave an interview to the "People" in which she confessed that she was pregnant from Pitt. In spring Brad adopted Angie's foster children - son Maddox and daughter Zahara. Since then they got their last name - Jolie-Pitt.
In May 2006 Angie gave birth to their daughter with Brad Pitt - Shiloh Nouvelle. The girl was born at the maternity home of Namibia. Her parents spelled her first photos to "People!" and "Hello!" for the record 10 million dollars.
In 3-4 years their fans noticed, that little Shiloh dresses as a boy. The parents confessed, that their daughter hates dresses and bows and chooses only boys' clothes.
In 2014 Angie and Brad claimed, that Shiloh considered herself a transgender boy John. The parents accepted the child's choice.
In March 2007 they adopted a Pakistan boy Pax Thien. And in February of the next year, Jolie appeared at the public event in a tight dress, which didn't hide her pregnancy. In summer 2008 Jolie gave birth to the twins – Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline in the clinic in Nizza. The doctors made Angie a caesarean section again.
American magazines paid the couple 14 million dollars for the right to publish first photos of their children. 9,5 million dollars of this sum on charity.
In 2012 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married and celebrated the wedding at the will of their children. The wedding ceremony took place in August in the French mansion of the couple Chateau Miraval. Versace modeler Luigi Massi designed the wedding dress for the celebrity. The bottom of the bride's dress was decorated with the children's drawings.
The Hollywood star has more than ten tattoos her body. Angie has a cross above her left hip, below by button she has a Latin phrase, on her left wrist she has a letter "H" in honor of her brother James Haven.
Down her back, she has a tiger and a dragon - a Buddhist amulet of protection. On her neck, she has a phrase "Know your rights". On her left shoulder, Jolie has geographic coordinates of the places, where her children were born.
In winter 2016 Jolie got three new tattoos in Cambodia.
Fight against cancer
Angelina Jolie's mother died of cancer. The oncology took lives of some other relatives if the actress. Angie was tested and was informed about the risk of breast and ovaries cancer. Jolie made bilateral mastectomy (removal) and had reconstructive surgery on her breast. In spring 2015 Jolie had her ovaries removed.
Angelina's health is the long-standing anxiety of her relatives. Her sickly thinness of the beauty with full lips led to conclusions about anorexia. But since young years Jolie was fragile and on the verge of the exhaustion. The actress admits that had always been so thin and she could do nothing with it. Having the height of 170 cm she weights 47 kg.
The Hollywood celebrity is a style icon. Her fans watch her evolution in clothes from ting two decades. Twenty years ago she liked to wear black skin trousers, had black brows and did bold tricks: a kiss with her brother made a splash. But with each year Angelina's style was changing towards reserved classy style.
The actress added to her wardrobe different dresses: elegant, long dresses with low cleavage. In the first decade of 2000-s Jolie preferred femininity and softness.
Last news of her style transformation is captured and followed up by her fans in the social networks.
Divorce with Brad Pitt
In autumn 2016 the fans of the couple were shocked by the news: "Brangelina" doesn't exist anymore. Angie applied documents to get a divorce and accused Brad Pitt of ill-treatment of their son Maddox. According to her words, Pitt hit the boy on the front of the other children. The couple separated and moved to different houses, and their divorce was at the top of all the world's Mass Media.
At the end of 2016, the couple signed the temporary agreement, according to which Pitt could see children at the appointed time and in the presence of the psychologist. In 2017 the rules were changed. The insiders of the magazine InTouch told, that Jolie let her children go to the father without psychologists and let them stay overnight at his house. The spouses are preparing for the forthcoming trial.
Angelina Jolie at present
In spring 2016 the agents of Angelina Jolie told that she was invited to teach at London School of Economics. In British University the celebrity would give master-classes, in which she would share her working experience with the UN, she would tell about the women's rights and volunteer and humanitarian activities.
In spring 2017 the fans of the celebrity were shocked again by the news: 41-year Angelina Jolie was going to finish her movie career and dedicate herself to her children. Instead of working as an actress, she will spend her time on charity and social activities. Alongside with this, Angie will write scripts and direct films, as a director and professional producer.
For February 2017 the premiere of the biographical drama "First They Killed My Father: Memories of Cambodia's Daughter" was announced. The movie was directed by Angelina Jolie. This is a tragic story of Cambodian writer and human rights defender Long Ung, who looks back on experienced horrors during the ruling of the Khmer Rouge.
In 2017 the style icon Angelina Jolie surprised the fancy girls from all over the world: she presented the new fragrance from the Guerlain House. Earlier the actress didn't cooperate with perfume brands: the contract with Guerlain House is the first in her career. Angie became the face of Guerlain's fragrance.
She had a warm attitude towards this brand since her childhood: her favorite mother's powder was from Guerlain. Angelina Jolie passed her retainer from her cooperation with Guerlain for charity.
Thierry Wasser created this fragrance. This scent, advertised by the celebrity, combines Provence lavender notes, Indian jasmine, white Australian sandal and Tahitian vanilla. An octagonal bottle with the stopper in the four-leaf form was created on the design of Gabriel Guerlain.
In 2017 tabloids wrote about romantic dates of Jolie with her ex-lover Jared Leto. Paparazzi captured them having dinner in the hotel Chateau Marmot. Insiders admit, that during long years some "chemistry" remained in their relations. It was Jared, who was first to know about the divorce of Angie with Pitt. By another information of the insiders, the renewed love affair with Leto is fake.
- 1993 – "Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow"
- 1995 – "Hackers"
- 1997 – "Playing God"
- 1998 –"Gia"
- 1999 – "Interrupted"
- 2000 – "Gone in 60 seconds"
- 2001 – "Original Sin"
- 2001 – "Lara Kroft: Tomb Raider"
- 2003 – "Lara Kroft: Tomb Raider. The Cradle of a life"
- 2005 – "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"
- 2007 – "Beowulf"
- 2010 – "Salt"
- 2010 – "Tourist"
- 2014 –"Maleficent"
- 2015 – "By the Sea"
- 2007 –"A Place in Time"
- 2011 – In the Land of Blood and Honey "
- 2014 – "Unbroken"
- 2015 – "By the Sea"
- 2017 – "First They Killed My Father: Memories of the Cambodians Daughter "