Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Actress, director
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Short biography

Angelina Jolie Voight was born in Los Angeles (USA, California), in the family of the famous American actor Jon Voight and French-Canadian actress Marcheline Bertrand.

Jolie has thus acquired the blood of several nations - Slovakian, German (by father) and French-Canadian, Dutch (by mother) and Mohawk. Angelina has an older brother, James Haven. Godparents were famous actors Maximilian Schell and Jacqueline Bisset.

Jolie's parents separated in 1976 (divorce formalized only in 1978), and Bertrand with a year old Angelina and her brother moved to New York. A year later, Voight won an Oscar for his role in "Homecoming," and Bertrand was forced to abandon his dreams of a successful acting career and devoted his time to raising children. She often took Angelina and James to the movies, which awakened her interest in acting. At least, this is what Jolie later explained in the press her choice in favor of filmmaking (rather than a successful career of her father).

When Angelina was 11 years old, the family moved back to Los Angeles, where Jolie spent two years in the film school Lee Strasberg, as well as at Beverly Hills High School. Angelina was far from the only student with acting ambitions, but always felt like an outsider because of its non-standard appearance, the habit of dressing in secondhand clothes and thinness. Her self-confidence suffered even more after all her attempts to become a model failed. Jolie later admitted that she felt very depressed and unhappy at the time, believed that she was useless, and as a result, began to inflict cuts and wounds on her body. Once, in an interview with CNN, she said the following: "I used to collect knives and always had things like that around me. For some reason, the ritual of wounding myself and feeling the pain of it, maybe feeling myself as a living being, feeling a kind of release was therapy for me." At that age Angelina wore exclusively black clothes, dyed her hair red and by her own admission, hated herself.

Angelina Jolie is also known for her dislike of her father, Jon Voight. Jolie has always blamed her father for cheating on his wife and leaving the family, but despite this, she tried to restore the relationship by inviting Voight to the filming of "Lara Croft - Tomb Raider" (2001), in which she played the title role. However, during the filming process between them there were several quarrels, after which Jolie basically refuses to mention him as a father. In mid-2002, Jolie applied to the official authorities asking for her name to be finalized as "Angelina Jolie," without "Voight." That same year, Jon Voight made a statement to the press that his daughter had "serious mental problems." In 2004, Jolie said in an interview with Premiere magazine that she was not interested in continuing her relationship with her father, but the reasons for her decision are still not known. Jon Voight has never met Angelina's children, because she does not allow him to do so; he was not invited to the family celebration of the birth of Angelina and Brad Pitt's daughter, Shilo Nouvelle. Angelina's father (Jon Voight) starred with her godmother (Jacqueline Bisset) in the movie "The Judge and His Executioner" (1975), which was directed by the actress' godfather Maximilian Schell.

Angelina Jolie's mother died of ovarian cancer on January 27, 2007 in a Los Angeles hospital. Marcheline died at the age of 56 after a seven and a half year battle with cancer.

Angelina is very close to her brother James Haven. He often accompanies her to various ceremonies. In one episode of Interrupted Life (1999), Jolie asks "Where's Jamie?" thereby mentioning her brother's name. In 2000, Jolie and her brother publicly denied false rumors that they were in an incestuous love affair.

Angelina Jolie is the niece of Chip Taylor.

Personal life

Angelina has been married twice, and both marriages fell apart. In 1996, at the age of 20, Jolie married her partner in the movie "Hackers" British actor Johnny Lee Miller, but a year later followed by a divorce (formalized only in February 1998). Both remained good friends, the breakup, however, by Jolie's own admission, was due to the fact that the two were too young and the marriage was a rash move.

In May 2000, the actress again began a relationship with a partner on the set: on the set of the movie "Air Control," she met and began a torrid affair with actor Billy Bob Thornton, who instantly became the object of intense public scrutiny thanks to very expressive expressions of love on both sides (among other things, the pair have exchanged their blood, stored in special vessels, jewelry). Jolie and Thornton divorced three years later (May 2003), after which both had to remove tattoos with each other's names from their bodies.

Scandal around Angelina's personal life added to her frank remarks on the subject of his own bisexuality. Widely known was the actress having an affair with her partner in the movie "False Fire" Jenny Shimizu, an American of Japanese descent.

The last time Angelina had an affair became the main target of the Hollywood paparazzi: not only because her partner was one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, Brad Pitt, but also because he was at that time married to the star of the television series "Friends" Jennifer Aniston. Despite the fact that both rejected all speculation that their romance began on the set of their joint box-office hit "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," the press declared Angelina the reason for the divorce, and the actress received a huge amount of negative feedback in his address. Brad and Angelina stubbornly refused to comment in public on the nature of their relationship, although all the world's tabloids and Internet sites about the celebrities were overflowing with photos of them together. Only January 11, 2006 Angelina Jolie in an interview said that she is pregnant with Brad Pitt, thus confirming their romance. Speaking of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the American media and especially the yellow press often refers to the couple as "Brangelina."


Angelina Jolie has six children: sons Maddox Chivan, Pax Thien and Knox Leon and daughters Zahara Marley, Shiloh Nouvel and Vivienne Marcheline. All have the last name Jolie-Pitt, although only three - Shilo, Knox and Vivienne - are the biological children of Angelina and Brad Pitt. In December 2005, even though there was no official statement from either Angelina or Brad that they were a couple, Brad Pitt filed adoption papers for Maddox and Zahara, and a California court granted his petition on January 19, 2006.
Angelina Jolie in New York at the premiere of "A Strong Heart"

Maddox (born August 5, 2001) was adopted by Angelina in March 2002 in Cambodia, where Jolie was filming "Beyond the Edge" about Third World countries. The boy, born as Rat Vibol, was in an orphanage in a refugee camp. After her divorce from Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie gained sole custody of the child.

Zahara (born January 8, 2005) was orphaned by the death of her biological mother from AIDS (the daughter is not immunodeficiency syndrome) and was adopted by Angelina and Brad in July 2005 in Ethiopia, where Jolie was on a UN humanitarian mission. The girl suffered from malnutrition and dehydration, causing her to spend some time in an American hospital. The name "Zahara" means "flower" in Swahili; Angelina chose her middle name, Marley, after Bob Marley.

Shiloh (born May 27, 2006) was the first biological child of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Her birth was preceded by a real war between the Jolie-Pitt couple and the media, who tried to hunt them down for pictures; as a result, the couple won. Shiloh Nouvelle, whose name means "peaceful" in the Bible, was born in Namibia, where unprecedented security measures were put in place by official authorities for the entire time Angelina and Pitt were there. Angelina and Brad later sold pictures of their daughter for a record $10 million to People and Hello! magazines, making Shiloh Nouvelle Jolie-Pitt's photos the most expensive celebrity photos in world history.

On March 5, 2007, Angelina and Pitt adopted a three-year-old boy, Pax Thien (b. Nov. 29, 2003), from an orphanage in South Vietnam. His real name given at birth is Pham Quan. The name "Pax" is Latin for "peace" and was allegedly chosen by Angelina's mother before she died.

In February 2008, Angelina Jolie showed up at the 2008 Film Independent's Spirit Awards in a tight black dress that showed off the actress' second pregnancy not the first month. She later confirmed that she was expecting twins.

July 12, 2008, Angelina Jolie gave birth to twins - a boy, Knox Leon, and a girl, Vivienne Marcheline. The delivery took place in France, in a clinic in the resort town of Nice. Brad Pitt was by her side during the delivery. Doctors, as in the case of the birth of Jolie's first biological child, she had to do a cesarean section (it was originally expected that the birth will take place in August). The right to publish the first photos of the newborns were sold to an American magazine for $ 14 million, which Pitt and Jolie intend to donate to charity. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt transferred 8 million 400 thousand dollars to The Jolie-Pitt Foundation for the reconstruction of New Orleans, which was affected by Hurricane Katrina, help orphans. Also in the summer of 2008, Angelina and Brad donated $1 million to Human Rights Watch in Burma and Zimbabwe.


Early Years.

Jolie began modeling in fashion shows as early as age 14, mostly in New York, Los Angeles and London. She also appeared in several music videos, including Lenny Kravitz (Stand By My Woman video), the Rolling Stones (Anybody Seen My Baby) and Meat Loaf (Rock'n'Roll Dreams Come Through video) before returning to theater at age 16.

Around the same time her brother, James Haven, began attending film school (USC School of Cinematic Arts) and Angelina played in five of his experimental films. One way or another, her filmography, these films are not included, officially the first role of Angelina Jolie is played in 1993, she played a humanoid robot named Casella "Cash" Reese in a low-budget sci-fi action movie "Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow". Special glory of this film did not bring Angelina. But her next role in the movie "Hackers" was noted by critics, and, despite the financial failure, the picture became a cult after the release of video. The New York Times wrote of Jolie that "despite the moodiness of the role, Miss Jolie is as sweet as a cherub. On the set of the picture Jolie met with British actor Johnny Lee Miller, her future first husband.

New roles were not long in coming, and in the next few years, Jolie has played in a number of paintings that were not the event in the world of cinema, but in one way or another contributed to the growth of Angelina Jolie as an actress.

Breakthrough and recognition

Angelina Jolie is nominated for a television Emmy Award for her participation in the television film "George Wallace" (1997) and also receives a Golden Globe Award. The film was very warmly received by television critics and, among other things, won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Series/Movie Made for Television. Jolie played Cornelia, the second wife of Alabama Governor George Wallace, in it.

The following year another biographical film made for television - "Gia". In it Angelina played Gia Karangi, a top model, very popular in the 1970s. This role Jolie stubbornly rejected several times, explaining her rejections by saying that Gia looked too much like her. Gia was notorious for her addiction to drugs, bisexuality, and her untimely death from AIDS. Jolie won the Golden Globe for the second year in a row. Critics said of Angelina's performance in this role that if the film had been made for the box office rather than television, her "Gia" would have been a serious Oscar contender.

After this difficult, by her own admission, role, the actress needed some time off from filming; Jolie moved to New York, where she attended screenwriting classes at New York University. Angelina then starred in several films that have had success at the box office (above all, this is "Love Deformities" and "The Power of Fear" with Denzel Washington, which gathered 151 million dollars in worldwide box office).

Among the roles rejected by Angelina was the role of the cyborg in "Alien: Resurrection" (1997, played by Winona Ryder), as well as the role in "Charlie's Angels.

And finally, in 1999, the U.S. screens come out James Mangold's "Interrupted Life", which, by all accounts, was supposed to be a movie comeback Winona Ryder, but it turned out a real triumph for Angelina Jolie, who for the role of unbridled rebel Lisa Rowe (again, a biographical role) received her third "Golden Globe", the U.S. Screen Actors Guild Award and, finally, the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. All major critics applauded Angelina Jolie, who instantly gained star status in Hollywood.

After the tremendous success with "A Life Interrupted," Jolie allowed herself to star in a typical summer blockbuster called "Catch in 60 Seconds," where she did not have much opportunity to shine her dramatic talent, but the film at least became very successful financially, collecting more than 230 million dollars at the box office.

The 2000s

For the actress, the 2000s were marked by her participation in two film adaptations of the game Tomb Raider with varying degrees of success. In 2001, Jolie starred in the first series of Lara Croft - "Lara Croft - Tomb Raider": the film grossed more than $ 270 million at the worldwide box office, but despite the universal admiration of the excellent physical shape of Jolie in the role of superheroine Lara Croft (the actress herself performed tricks), was destroyed by critics. Followed by a sequel in 2003, "Lara Croft - Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life", in addition to the negative criticism was also financially unsuccessful: fees did not exceed $ 160 million. The Lara Croft franchise was "frozen" by the producers, although Jolie has repeatedly stated her willingness to return to the superheroine image for the third time. It is noteworthy that for the second series the actress has received a fee of $ 12 million, thus becoming one of the highest paid actresses in the world. During the filming of "Lara Croft," Angelina was found special guns for the left-handed so that she could easily and quickly reload them in the movie.

In between two series about the adventures of Lara Croft and a lot of long trips to a number of third world countries as part of the humanitarian mission of the UN Angelina starred with a number of famous Hollywood actors in several commercial films, among which "Seduction", "Life or something like that", "Taking Life", "Beyond" have not gained success among the audience or critics. Despite the cold reception of these films Angelina has consistently impressed by her acting or, if the role did not allow to show their dramatic talents, no less impressive appearance. Before filming "Taking Life" (2004), the actress consulted with a real profiler FBI Robert K. Ressler.

2004 was for Angelina Jolie most fruitful for the screen presence: at the box office were four paintings with her participation. Rich in voice Hollywood stars (Robert De Niro, Rene Zellweger, Will Smith), an animated film "Underwater Bratva", in which Angelina voiced a very similar to her fish Lola, has become an absolute box office hit (box office receipts - over 363 million dollars). The other films were less successful commercially: "Alexander" by Oliver Stone, in which Jolie played the queen of Olympia, generally turned out to be one of the biggest financial crashes of 2004; commercially unsuccessful "Sky Captain and the Future World," where Angelina appeared in a small, but very memorable role as the former lover of Jude Law's character one-eyed aircraft squadron commander Frankie Cook, became a cult among fans of science fiction because of the vivid characters and unique retro special effects design. Became the third actress (after Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz) to "join" the club of actresses receiving more than $20 million per film, after signing a contract to star in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005).
Angelina Jolie at the premiere of "Salt" in Moscow on July 25, 2010

However, after a series of commercial failures followed the main box office success of the actress - the film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," which was released in the summer of 2005 and brought together at the global box office no one predicted 480 million dollars. In this comedy, Jolie played Jane Smith, a professional hitman who covers up her occupation in every way possible with a boring marriage to John Smith, played by Brad Pitt. During the filming of the movie, both actors, repeatedly recognized as the most beautiful and sexiest people of their gender, were subjected to a flurry of media and public attention. That's when rumors began to circulate about Jolie and Pitt's secret affair, later confirmed by Pitt's divorce from actress Jennifer Aniston and Pitt's adoption of Angelina's children.

The actress was nominated for "Golden Raspberry" as "Worst Actress" four years in a row (from 2002 to 2005), but each time she was passed over by another nominee.

Current projects

In 2006, after a year and a half absence from the cinema, Angelina Jolie appeared in the film "False Temptation" by Robert De Niro, where she played the wife of the CIA spy played by Matt Damon.

The first project for Angelina Jolie after the birth of her daughter was a biographical drama by Michael Winterbottom's "Stronghearted," in which she played Marian Pearl, wife of infamous journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed in Pakistan in 2002. She was shot in Pakistan and India in August 2006 and the film premiered in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

In July 2010 the film "Salt" was released, in January 2011 - "The Tourist", in May 2011 the computer animated film "Kung Fu Panda 2". At the end of 2011, Angelina made her debut as a director with the film "In the land of blood and honey", the film tells the story of the relationship between a Serb and a Bosnian Muslim woman a few days before the war in Bosnia. The film premiered in the U.S. on December 23.

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