Born June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, Angelina Jolie Voight comes from
a family rich with acting and fame. Jon Voight is her father and
actress Marcheline Bertrand is her mother. Her parents divorced
when she was just a baby and Angelina Jolie and her brother James
Haven (Voight) were raised mostly by their mother.
Despite the acting blood that flowed through her,
Angelina's lifelong goal was to be a funeral director. But, by the
time Angelina was 11, she had realized that acting was right up
her alley, too. She enrolled and began studying at the Lee Stratsberg
By age 16, Angelina moved out on her own and began modeling. She
grabbed a few spots, and also had parts in music videos, most notably
the Rolling Stones. She began film studies at the New York University.
She soon gave up on school and began working with the Met Theatre
Group in Los Angeles. Angelina was not yet certain that acting was
what she wanted out of life, but she definitely thought it sparked
By 1993, Angelina had decided to pursue acting full
time. A forgetable first role in Cyborg II: Glass Shadow followed,
but soon thereafter Angelina nabbed a role in Hackers, alongside
Matthew Lillard and Jonny Lee Miller. The film got good reviews
for Angelina, but incredibly bad reviews for the film. Regardless,
Angelina got her first husband. She and Jonny Lee hit it off, and
they married soon after. The wedding had Angelina wearing leather
pants and a white t-shirt with her husband's name written in blood
on her back. But, blood apparently wasn't thicker than water. Within
a year, the two were separated, but their divorce wasn't finalized
her role in Hackers, Angelina went on to star in the critically
praised HBO movie GIA. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award
for her portrayal of the bisexual and heroin addict supermodel Gia
Carangi who died of AIDS. At the time, it has been said that Jolie
who tends to absorb herself in her roles, may have gotten too much
into this one according to worried friends.
Pushing Tin, The Bone Collector, which also featured
Denzel Washington, and Playing By Heart followed each receiving
mixed reviews, but all coming back with one thing in common : Angelina
was excellent. But, it was Girl, Interrupted, a film that was supposed
to relaunch Winona Ryder, that in fact catapulted Angelina into
superstardom. She won an Oscar, stole the film out from under Winona,
and was quickly established as the actress in Hollywood.
Angelina's second marriage came when she met Billy
Bob Thornton while filming Pushing Tin. The two married in a small
Las Vegas wedding in 2000. It was reported that Angelina checked
herself into UCLA for psychological examination only four days prior
to the wedding. Shortly after adopting a baby boy from Cambodia
they divorced in 2003.
In early 2005, Jolie found herself in the middle of
a well-publicised Hollywood scandal when she was accused of being
the "other woman" in the marital break-up of Brad Pitt
and Jennifer Aniston. The allegation was that she and Pitt had started
an affair during filming of the spy comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
However, in several interviews she has denied starting an affair
with Pitt. In an interview with Marie Claire magazine recently she
stated that she could never have a relationship with a married man
because she has seen what relationships like that did to her mother.
Her father has acknowledged that he cheated on Jolie's mother when
they were married. Jolie stated that she "could not look herself
in the mirror" if she had an affair with a married man.
Thanks to a mixture of generally good reviews, advance
publicity and the rumours, Mr. & Mrs. Smith opened in the No.
1 position at the box-office on its release in early June 2005,
providing Jolie with her first box-office success in several years.
In late June 2005, the New York Post reported a claim
that Jolie was pregnant - a report republished on June 30 by Britain's
Sky TV, Sun Media Corporation in Canada, and the Asian Hindustan
Times, among others. Her publicist denied this report, which would
ultimately prove to be premature.
On July 5, 2005, People magazine reported that Jolie
was in the final stages of adopting a baby girl, who was thought
to be orphaned by AIDS, but her mother from Ethiopia didn't have
enough money to raise her, through the agency Wide Horizons for
Children. Jolie has named her daughter Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt.
Zahara was born on January 8, 2005. A woman in London has been claiming
she is Zahara's birth mother since August 2005. Ms. Jolie had a
lawyer in London to look into the matter, which proved to be false.
On September 28, 2005 while making an appearance to
discuss America's financial involvement in fighting AIDS globally
on CNN's "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer, Jolie
stated that her daughter is an "AIDS orphan." By that
she means her birth mother died from the disease but her daughter
does not have the disease. The birth father of Zahara is not known.
Her statement made it clear that the birth mother is indeed dead.
In late October 2005, an Ethiopian judge ruled that there is no
evidence to suggest that Ms. Jolie would have to file for re-adoption
of her daughter Zahara Marley Jolie. The judge ruled that the woman
claiming to be her mother is not the birth mother. Earlier in the
summer, another woman had come forward claiming to be the grandmother
of Zahara. That claim also proved to be false.
American magazine US Weekly indicated erroneously
that Jolie and Brad Pitt had adopted Zahara together. When the magazine
realised its error, the presses were stopped and an apology issued
to Jolie and Pitt; printing of the issue resumed with the correction
made, though a number of copies with the error were still released
to the public. Reportedly, however, Pitt was present when Jolie
signed the adoption papers. The agency later said Brad Pitt was
not present when Angelina Jolie picked up her daughter.
Speculation over the nature of Jolie and Pitt's relationship
continued throughout the summer of 2005. On August 22, the Calgary
Herald ran a front-page story with a photo of Jolie taken during
a surprise visit she made to Calgary, Alberta a couple of days earlier,
accompanied by her adopted daughter Zahara. Pitt was at that time
filming in Calgary, as was her father, Jon Voight. It was later
reported that Jolie and Pitt visited the Royal Tyrrell Museum of
Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta together, and sources reported
in September, 2005 that they had visited West Edmonton Mall together.
On September 30, the Calgary Sun reported that Pitt
and Jolie had rented a house together in the city of Spruce Grove,
Alberta, west of Edmonton where Pitt was filming; the same issue
printed a photograph of the couple, now dubbed "Brangelina",
leaving an Edmonton grocer's.
Rumors of the couple's pregnancy spread as what appeared
to be a "baby bump" was noticed by paparazzi and tabloids
in a variety of photographs taken from December 30th - January 7th.
On January 11, 2006, both Jolie's and Pitt's representatives confirmed,
through People, that the two were expecting their third child (first
biological child) in summer 2006, thus indirectly confirming for
the first time that they were in a relationship.
In December 2005 however, it was confirmed that Pitt
was seeking to legally adopt Jolie's two children. In support of
this bid (and as part of legal requirements), Jolie took out classified
advertisements in the Los Angeles paper, the Daily Commerce, announcing
the name change request, and on January 19, 2006, a judge in California
approved this request. The children's legal surnames were formally
changed to Jolie-Pitt
On May 27, Jolie gave birth to a girl, named Shiloh
Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, in Namibia, Africa.
On screen, Jolie was hard to miss in 2000. She starred in
a number of films, including the crime thriller Gone in Sixty
Seconds, in which she co-starred as a car thief alongside
Nicolas Cage, and Original Sin, a thriller that featured her
as the bad-seed bride of a Cuban tycoon (Antonio Banderas).
If she was hard to miss in 2000, Jolie was impossible to escape
in 2001 with her turn as shapely video-game adventuress Lara
Croft in the long anticipated film adaptation of the popular
Tomb Raider video-game franchise. This year saw Jolie star
again as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider2.
Besides her admitted affection towards death and the macabre,
Jolie sports several scars from playing with knives (including
an X on her arm, a slice on her stomach and a nick on her
neck), or as she puts it "You're young, you're drunk,
you're in bed, you have knives; shit happens". She also
has spoken of using knifes in sexual play. Jolie also has
admitted several times to being bisexual.
In addition to the scars, Angelina Jolie sports numerous
1. Five slash-like columns of Khmer Script writing
on her left shoulderblade
2. A dragon on her left arm
3. Billy Bob, above dragon tattoo, on left shoulder
4. A special custom design made by Angelina and Billy Bob Thornton
on her right forearm
5. Roman Numerals XIII on her left forearm
6. "A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages" Tennessee
Williams quote on left inside forearm
7. A rune shaped design resembling a small letter H on her inside
8. A black dragon with a blue tongue on her lower hip (covered by
the large black cross below)
9. "Quod me nutrit me destruit" Latin for "What nourishes
me also destroys me" Located on her lower stomach
10. A Large black crucifix on her lower hip which covers the blue-tongued
11. Energy waves located a little below her belly button
12. Japanese Kanji for death on her left shoulder (her first tattoo)
13. A dragon with tribal design on her lower back
14. A blue box - signifying a window on her lower back
15. Two black American Indian symbols on her lower back
16. "Courage, location unknown, now removed.
17. Billy Bob located in her pubic area.
Angelina Jolie is currently working on the Oliver
Stone movie "Alexander" and will play Olympias, Alexander's
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