Angelina is a leading famous Hollywood actress, director, and humanitarian whose name is known around the world. She has made headlines for years; from her brief marriage to Billy Bob Thornton to her relationship and now impending divorce with Brad Pitt, the movie roles she plays to her humanitarian acts of kindness to her preventive mastectomy and ovary removal surgeries. Angelina Jolie is more than a Hollywood beauty that men drool over and women envy. She is intelligent, empowered, inspirational, a humanitarian, and a role model for the young girls and women of today.
Angelina Jolie- The Early Years
The infamous Angelina Jolie was born June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, California under the name Angelina Jolie Voight. Her parents separated before she was two years old and Angelina Jolie, her brother, and her mother moved to New York. Although her parents separated and she did not have a father figure while growing up, Angelina Jolie has claimed her childhood was a happy one. She was a Star Trek fan with a crush on Mr. Spock, she collected reptiles including snakes and lizards, and was part of the Kissy Girls gang. Her childhood dream was of becoming a famous actress and she often went to the movies with her mother and brother.
With both of her parents working in the acting industry, Oscar-winner Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand, it is only natural that Angelina Jolie would take to acting as well. After leaving New York and moving back to Los Angeles, she began studying at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute at the ripe, young age of eleven. However, due to high school bullying and teasing about her looks and weight, Angelina Jolie dropped out of school at the age of fourteen. She then dyed her hair purple and adopted a gothic dress code and lifestyle. She moved in with her boyfriend at this time as well. Her face and body still show faint signs of her self mutilation from this tumultuous time in her life.
At the age of sixteen leaving her boyfriend and this horrible time behind her, Angelina Jolie decided to reach for the stars and pursue her dream of acting. She began starring in her brother’s films, music videos, and other roles that she was offered. In the late 1990’s, it became clear to all that Angelina Jolie was a born actress; especially after her performance in the 1998 film Gia.
Angelina Jolie – Career Timeline
Angelina Jolie is most well known for her roles in films such as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Maleficent, Salt, and her role in the Lara Croft movies. However, these are only a few of the many roles she has taken on. For example, did you know that she had a small, uncredited part in the Meatloaf: Bat Out of Hell II – Picture Show music video for Rock and Roll Dreams Come True?
At the age of sixteen, Angelina Jolie’s career began with a modeling career and small roles in music videos. After taking a few small parts in videos and shorts, Angelina Jolie took a few small roles in movies that included Without Evidence, Hackers, Love is All There Is, and George Wallace. In 1998 came her big break. She starred in the tv movie Gia. After her outstanding performance in this dramatic movie, her career started to take off. She earned roles in the 1999 movies Pushing Tin, The Bone Collector, and Girl, Interrupted. Her role in Girl, Interrupted, where she played an emotionally disturbed teen with Winona Ryder, was another dramatic movie that helped to further Angelina Jolie’s career. She won several awards for this role and her career was catapulted after. She was also said to be the perfection of the 90s.
In the early 2000’s, Angelina Jolie’s career was on fire. From 2000’s Gone in Sixty Seconds to 2001’s Lara Croft: Tombraider, 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, and Beyond Borders, she was becoming a household name. 2004 was an especially busy year for the blossoming actress. She had roles in five movies that year – the thriller Taking Lives, the animated film Shark Tale, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Fever, and Alexander. By 2005, if you hadn’t already heard of Angelina Jolie, you knew who she was after the fan favorite film Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Since then, Angelina Jolie has starred in many more films. Some titles include all three kung Fu Panda films, The Changeling. Salt, The Tourist, and Maleficent. While her acting career has slightly slowed while building a family and working on her charities and humanitarian work, she has acted right along and her career is still thriving.
In 2007, Angelina Jolie tackled another career milestone and added directing to her repertoire. She directed the film A Place in Time. She has directed other films since then, including Unbroken and By the Sea.
Angelina Jolie – Awards
Angelina Jolie has been nominated for and awarded an impressive roster of awards throughout her mpressive acting career. Her first nomination came as early as 1997. She was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or movie for her role in the movie George Wallace. For the same movie, she was nominated for and won a Golden Globe Award. In 1998, Angelina Jolie was nominated for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the television movie Gia. For the same role, she was nominated for and won a Golden Globe Award as wellas a Screen Actors Guild Award.
The awards, nomination, and recognition have been rolling in since then. Angelina Jolie won an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Blockbuster Entertainments Award, Film Festival Award , Critics Choice Award, and Golden Globe for the movie Girl, Interrupted. She also won a BAFTA Award and Kids Choice Award for Maleficent, and an MTV Movie Award for Mr. & Mrs. Smith. She has received numerous other nominations and wins for other awards including People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Golden Globes, Film Festival Awards, and Oscars. Angelina Jolie has definitely left a lasting impression on the acting world.
Angelina Jolie – Life, Kids, Marriage
With fame comes the attention of the press. For Angelina Jolie, this attention began in the 1990’s. There was a lot of talk and controversy surrounding her personal life. When she married Johnny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie had painter her husband’s name on the back of her shirt…..painted in her own blood! The press had a field day with this relationship, as Angelina Jolie did not attempt to keep any part of their relationship secret. Although her personal life still lacked any sense of stability, her career was taking off.After jumping a pool while fully clothed in order to celebrate winning a golden globe and her first marriage resulting in a divorce, Angelina Jolie admitted that she was bi-sexual and had a brief relationship with actress Jenny Shimizu.
In 2000, she became Billy Bob Thornton’s fifth wife. He was twenty years her senior and the two wore vials of each other’s blood while they were married. That marriage disintegrated as well, leading to divorce in 2002. There was also some speculation around this time into Angelina Jolie’s estranged relationship with her father Jon Voight, with whom she starred in the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie.
In 2002, Angelina Jolie started her family when she adopted a Cambodian refugee named Maddox. In 2005, she adopted an Ethiopian refugee named Zahara.
It was in 2004, while filming 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, that Angelina Jolie co-starred with Brad Pitt. He was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time, and Angelina Jolie insisted she did not participate in an affair with him. However, by the end of the year Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston had separated. Brad and Angelina were often spotted together, and by the end of 2005 Jennifer and Brad were officially divorced.
In 2006, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had their first child together; Shiloh. They adopted a Vietnamese child named Pax in 2007. The following year, in 2008, Angelina Jolie gave birth to twins her and Brad Pitt’s ,Knox and Vivienne. Finally, after seven years together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got engaged. In 2014, the two were married in France. The two have often been referred to as Brangelina. Most recently, in 2016, the media is in a frenzy about the separation and impending divorce between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
Angelina Jolie’s Contributions and Charity Projects
During her off-screen time, Angelina Jolie has become involved in many charitable projects. A majority of her charitable involvements have been those that involve helping refugees. She has visited refugee camps around the world has become the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees.
While filming the Lara Croft movies, Angelina Jolie travelled to Cambodia. It was here that she witnessed first hand the poverty of a naturally beautiful, culture filled country. This experience was eye-opening for her and led to humanitarian efforts.
In 2001, Angelina Jolie began going on field missions around the world; where she has met with refugees in more than twenty countries. She has donated millions to Doctors Without Borders, and one-third of Angelina Joile’s is purely dedicated to charity.
The Jolie-Pitt Foundation was created in order to help protect natural resources, conserve wildlife, and end extreme poverty in rural areas. She strives to raise awareness of the plight of the refugees around the world. She visited Afghan refugees in Pakistan, donating $1 million to help, and has visited countries such as Cambodia, Tanzania, and Haiti. Part of what sets Angelina Jolie apart from other celebrities is not only the extent to which she donates her time and money, but that she does not expect any special treatment. When travelling to these countries to visit the refugees, she lives and works in the same conditions as other UNHCR field staff that she is travelling with.
Angelina Jolie has attended Washington D.C.’s World Refugee Day, spoke at the World Economic Forum, and met with Congress many times concerning the refugees around the world. She is also a co-chair for the Education Partnerships for Children of Conflict, and on the Yele Haiti Foundation board of advisors. To mark her mother’s one year anniversary of death from ovarian cancer, Angelina Jolie and her brother made a donation to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in los Angeles.
There are many other charities and foundations that Angelina Jolie has supported, including Afghanistan Relief Organization, Care to Learn, Human Rights Watch, Peace One Day, Sophie’s Gift, UNICEF, and Women in the World Foundation. Angelina Jolie has received awards and recognition for her valiant efforts. In 2003, she was awarded the Citizen of the World Award by the United Nations Correspondents Association. Two years later, in 2005, she was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the United Nations Association of the USA.
Angelina Jolie’s Preventive Mastectomy and Ovary Removal
Angelina Jolie had medical testing performed and learned that she carries a BRCA1 gene mutation. this greatly increases her risk of developing both breast and ovarian cancers. In 2013, she underwent a surgery that has become a controversial issue. Although not yet diagnosed with breast cancer. as a preventive measure Angelina opted to go under the knife and had a double mastectomy. Although a difficult decision, she decided to be proactive after learning that according to her doctors estimations, she had an eighty-seven percent risk of breast cancer. Post surgery, Angelina Jolie’s risk of breast cancer has now dropped to only five percent. According to Angelina, her main reason for having this surgery is to stay alive for her kids. She wants to raise awareness to let others know there are options.
In 2015, two years after her mastectomy, Angelina Jolie had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as well. Her mother died from ovarian cancer in 2007 and there is a family history of cancer in family. including her grandmother and aunt.. According to her test results and doctors estimations, Angelina Jolie’s risk of ovarian cancer was fifty percent at the time of the BRCA1 testing she had done. She had already decided to have the surgery done, when follow up testing revealed worrying markers that sped up the process. Tests revealed there were no tumors, there was a chance of early stage cancer, and that she was still able to have her ovary and fallopian tubes removed. Angelina Jolie opted to have the surgery done.
She has been very open and honest about her surgeries. She has honestly stated that it was not easy making the decisions to have these surgeries. Jolie has spoken to others that are in the process of making this decision, as well as their family members such as husbands and fathers. She does not believe that everyone with this genetic mutation should rush to surgery. These are major surgeries that can have emotional, psychological, and physical side effects. For example, the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes forces a woman’s body into instant menopause. She does feel that everyone in this situation should research and explore all of their options, and not feel alone.
2016 – Latest News Surrounding Angelina Jolie
For years, Angelina Jolie has been in the headlines. She has been criticized for her weight, accused of being anorexic, rumored to be taking drugs, and accused of having mental issues in the tabloids. Her relationships and marriages have made front page news. She was made into a home wrecker when Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt split and the media blamed Angelina Jolie. Her humanitarian efforts have also made the news, as well as her travels to the less fortunate with her family. 2016 is no exception; especially with recent headlines. Every day there is something new to read about her. Angelina Jolie’s relationship with Brad Pitt is ending and they are in the midst of an extremely messy and public divorce and custody battle.
2016 began with the exciting announcement that Angelina Jolie will be starring in a Disney movie sequel – Maleficent 2. During an interview with CTV News, she admitted that she never wanted to be a mother. These comments most likely were taken out of context and were her feelings prior to having any children. However, the mother of six is now on record saying that she didn’t want to be a mom. Also making headlines was the news of another, long-awaited Lara Croft sequel. The only probem with this third movie installment is that Angelina Jolie will not be starring in this one. She made headlines yet again in 2016 with a trip to Jordan and a trip to visit Syrian refugees.
In recent Angelina Jolie news, we are reading that she not only is divorcing Brad Pitt, but she is in love with a married Middle Eastern billionaire. According to the rumors that are currently circulating, she fell in love with this billionaire behind Brad Pitt’s back, had secret meetings with him, and kept her feelings secret for a long time before admitting them to him. This seems to be a logical explanation as to why she suddenly asked for a divorce and is not willing to fight for their marriage. However, there are also many issues that they do not see eye to eye on and there have previously been rumors about Brad Pitt’s possible infidelities and anger issues as well.
Shortly after celebrating two years of marriage, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce in late September of 2016. The termination of this twelve year relationship came only a few days after an issue occurred on her and Brad Pitt’s private plane. The reason for divorce that was listed on the divorce papers was irreconcilable differences. The most recent news concerning Angelina Jolie is centered on her divorce from Brad Pitt and their custody battle for the six kids they share. Due to the tragic divorce of their parents, all six children are currently in therapy to learn to cope with the situation and their feelings.It is also said that the children are begging them to reunite.
Angelina is requesting sole physical custody of the children with visitation only for Brad Pitt. Rumors have been circulating about this situation. There are rumors of Brad Pitt being investigated by the FBI and child welfare services after an alleged blow up on a plane in which he was drunk and verbally abused one of their children. There is also the rumor that Brad possibly struck one of their children during this plane ride. (In the divorce paperwork, Angelina Jolie listed the day after this alleged event as the date they separated). There are rumors that Brad Pitt has drug and alcohol dependency and use problems.
There are also the rumors that Brad Pitt cheated on Angelina Jolie with a co-star, as well as that Jolie is in love with a mysterious billionaire. Another circulating rumor is that Angelina Jolie has taken on a lesbian lover. Currently, it seems that the two have reached a temporary arrangement and Brad Pitt has just recently been allowed to visit the children. Angelina Jolie is still currently seeking sole custody of all six children.
Another new headline about Angelina Jolie is concerning Perez Hilton, a popular blogger. Apparently, Angelina Jolie sent him letters online telling him to change a story that he wrote and published on his website. She threatened to sue him, but has since sent a letter of apology.
She is a strong and beautiful woman from the inside out. She helps others that are less fortunate, is a role model for other women, and is not afraid to speak about issues that can be controversial. While her personal life is currently a work in progress yet again, she always pulls through. She is a loving mother of six children that remain by her side and she puts them first. We look forward to seeing her in Maleficent 2 and any other up and coming movies she chooses to star in.
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