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Angelina Jolie

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Jolie in 2014
Angelina Jolie Voight

June 4, 1975 (1975-06-04) (age 46)
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 Actress Producer Director Writer Role Notes
Lookin' to Get Out 1982 Yes Tosh Credited as Angelina Jolie Voight
Cyborg 2 1993 Yes Casella "Cash" Reese
Angela & Viril 1993 Yes Angela Short film
Alice & Viril 1993 Yes Alice Short film
Hackers 1995 Yes Kate Libby
Without Evidence 1996 Yes Jodie Swearingen
Love Is All There Is 1996 Yes Gina Malacici
Mojave Moon 1996 Yes Ellie
Foxfire 1996 Yes Legs Sadovsky
Playing God 1997 Yes Claire
Hell's Kitchen 1998 Yes Gloria McNeary
Playing by Heart 1998 Yes Joan
Pushing Tin 1999 Yes Mary Bell
The Bone Collector 1999 Yes Amelia Donaghy
Girl, Interrupted 1999 Yes Lisa Rowe
Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 Yes Sara "Sway" Wayland
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 Yes Lara Croft
Original Sin 2001 Yes Julia Russell
Life or Something Like It 2002 Yes Lanie Kerrigan
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life 2003 Yes Lara Croft
Beyond Borders 2003 Yes Sarah Jordan
Taking Lives 2004 Yes Illeana Scott
Shark Tale 2004 Yes Lola (voice)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004 Yes Franky Cook
The Fever 2004 Yes Revolutionary Cameo
Alexander 2004 Yes Olympias
Trudell 2005 Executive
Confessions of an Action Star 2005 Yes Cameo
Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005 Yes Jane Smith
The Good Shepherd 2006 Yes Margaret "Clover" Russell Wilson
A Place in Time Documentary release 2007 Yes Yes
Mighty Heart, AA Mighty Heart 2007 Yes Mariane Pearl
Beowulf 2007 Yes Grendel's mother
Kung Fu Panda 2008 Yes Master Tigress (voice)
Wanted 2008 Yes Fox
Changeling 2008 Yes Christine Collins
Salt 2010 Yes Evelyn Salt
The Tourist 2010 Yes Elise Clifton-Ward
Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 Yes Master Tigress (voice)
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters 2011 Yes Master Tigress (voice)
In the Land of Blood and Honey 2011 Yes Yes Yes
Difret 2014 Executive
Maleficent 2014 Yes Executive Maleficent
Unbroken 2014 Yes Yes
By the Sea 2015 Yes Yes Yes Yes Vanessa Credited as Angelina Jolie Pitt
Kung Fu Panda 3 2016 Yes Master Tigress (voice)
First They Killed My Father 2017 Yes Yes Yes
The Breadwinner 2017 Executive
Serendipity documentary released 2019 Executive
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 2019 Yes Yes Maleficent
The One and Only Ivan Indicates a film that has not yet been released 2020 Yes Yes Stella (voice) Post-production
The Eternals Indicates a film that has not yet been released 2020 Yes Thena Filming
Those Who Wish Me Dead Indicates a film that has not yet been released 2020 Yes Hannah Faber Post-production
Come Away Indicates a film that has not yet been released TBA Yes Yes Rose Post-production

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