Angelina Jolie facts for kids
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
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.
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.
|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
|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
|Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow||Franky Cook||Kerry Conran|
|The Fever||Revolutionary||Carlo Gabriel Nero||Cameo|
|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||2007||—||Herself||Also producer|
|A Mighty Heart||Mariane Pearl||Michael Winterbottom|
|Beowulf||Grendel's mother||Robert Zemeckis|
|Kung Fu Panda||2008||Master Tigress (voice)||Mark Osborne
|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|
|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||TBA||Stella (voice)||Thea Sharrock||Filming
|Maleficent II||2020||Maleficent||Joachim Rønning||Post-production
|Come Away||TBA||Rose||Brenda Chapman||Filming
Images for kids
Jolie with her husband Brad Pitt, at the Cannes premiere of A Mighty Heart in May 2007
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Jolie at a UNHCR celebration of World Refugee Day in June 2005
Jolie at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in January 2005
Jolie with her husband Brad Pitt, at the Academy Awards in February 2009, where both were nominated for a leading performance
A pregnant Jolie with director Clint Eastwood at the Cannes premiere of Changeling in May 2008
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