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Angelina Jolie

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Jolie at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2014
Angelina Jolie Voight

June 4, 1975 (1975-06-04) (age 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • United States
  • Cambodia
  • Actress
  • filmmaker
  • activist
Years active 1982–present
Children 6
  • James Haven (brother)
  • Barry Voight (uncle)
  • Chip Taylor (uncle)

Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight, June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin' to Get Out (1982).

Her film career began a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993), followed by her first leading role in a major film, Hackers (1995). Jolie's starring role as the video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) established her as a leading Hollywood actress. Her biggest commercial success came with the fantasy picture Maleficent (2014). In the 2010s, Jolie expanded her career into directing, screenwriting, and producing.

In addition to her film career, Jolie is noted for her humanitarian efforts, for which she has received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and an honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), among other honors. She promotes various causes, including conservation, education, and women's rights, and is most noted for her advocacy on behalf of refugees as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

As a public figure, Jolie has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry. For a number of years, she was cited as the world's most beautiful woman by various media outlets, and her personal life is the subject of wide publicity. Divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, she separated from her third husband, actor Brad Pitt, in September 2016. They have six children together, three of whom were adopted internationally.

Early life and family

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Jon Voight at the Academy Awards in April 1988, where his children accompanied him

Born in Los Angeles, California, Jolie is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She is the sister of actor James Haven, and the niece of singer-songwriter Chip Taylor and geologist and volcanologist Barry Voight. Her godparents are actors Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell.

After her parents' separation in 1976, Jolie and her brother lived with their mother, When Jolie was six years old the family to Palisades, New York; they returned to Los Angeles five years later. Jolie then decided she wanted to act and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she trained for two years and appeared in several stage productions.

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Star for Lara Croft from Tomb Raider at the Walk of Game in the Metreon in San Francisco, California

Jolie first attended Beverly Hills High School, she then transferred to Moreno High School, an alternative school. She dropped out of her acting classes and aspired to become a funeral director, taking at-home courses to study embalming. At age 16 Jolie graduated from high school and rented her own apartment, before returning to theater studies.

Jolie committed to acting professionally at the age of 16, but initially found it difficult to pass auditions, often being told that her demeanor was "too dark." She appeared in five of her brother's student films, made while he attended the USC School of Cinema-Television, as well as in several music videos. She began to learn from her father, as she noticed his method of observing people to become like them.


Title Year Role(s) Director(s) Notes Ref.
Lookin' to Get Out 1982 Tosh Hal Ashby Credited as Angelina Jolie Voight
Cyborg 2 1993 Casella "Cash" Reese Michael Schroeder
Hackers 1995 Kate "Acid Burn" Libby Iain Softley
Without Evidence 1996 Jodie Swearingen Gill Dennis
Love Is All There Is Gina Malacici Joseph Bologna
Renée Taylor
Mojave Moon Ellie Kevin Dowling
Foxfire Legs Sadovsky Annette Haywood-Carter
Playing God 1997 Claire Andy Wilson
Hell's Kitchen 1998 Gloria McNeary Tony Cinciripini
Playing by Heart Joan Willard Carroll
Pushing Tin 1999 Mary Bell Mike Newell
The Bone Collector Amelia Donaghy Phillip Noyce
Girl, Interrupted Lisa James Mangold
Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 Sara "Sway" Wayland Dominic Sena
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 Lara Croft Simon West
Original Sin Julia Russell Michael Cristofer
Life, or Something Like It 2002 Lanie Kerrigan Stephen Herek
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life 2003 Lara Croft Jan de Bont
Beyond Borders Sarah Jordan Martin Campbell
Taking Lives 2004 Illeana Scott D. J. Caruso
Shark Tale Lola (voice) Bibo Bergeron
Rob Letterman
Vicky Jenson
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Franky Cook Kerry Conran
The Fever Revolutionary Carlo Gabriel Nero Cameo
Alexander Olympias Oliver Stone
Trudell 2005 Heather Rae Executive producer
Confessions of an Action Star Brad Martin Cameo
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Jane Smith Doug Liman
The Good Shepherd 2006 Margaret "Clover" Russell Wilson Robert De Niro
A Place in Time Documentary release 2007 Herself Also producer
Mighty Heart, AA Mighty Heart Mariane Pearl Michael Winterbottom
Beowulf Grendel's mother Robert Zemeckis
Kung Fu Panda 2008 Master Tigress (voice) Mark Osborne
John Stevenson
Wanted Fox Timur Bekmambetov
Changeling Christine Collins Clint Eastwood
Salt 2010 Evelyn Salt Phillip Noyce
The Tourist Elise Clifton-Ward Florian Henckel von
Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 Master Tigress (voice) Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters Tony Leondis
In the Land of Blood and Honey Herself Also writer and producer
Difret 2014 Zeresenay Berhane Mehari Executive producer
Maleficent Maleficent Robert Stromberg
Unbroken Herself Also producer
By the Sea 2015 Vanessa Credited as Angelina Jolie Pitt
Also writer and producer
Kung Fu Panda 3 2016 Master Tigress (voice) Alessandro Carloni
Jennifer Yuh Nelson
First They Killed My Father 2017 Herself Also writer and producer
The Breadwinner Nora Twomey Executive producer
The One and Only Ivan Indicates a film that has not yet been released TBA Stella (voice) Thea Sharrock Filming
Maleficent II Indicates a film that has not yet been released 2020 Maleficent Joachim Rønning Post-production
Come Away Indicates a film that has not yet been released TBA Rose Brenda Chapman Filming

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