Who is Angelina Jolie? What has she contributed to the world? - You may know her but you may don't know what she has contributed to this world.
If you have heard about this name “Angelina Jolie”, then you must be very curious to know about her. First thing first comes to our mind when we heard the name is a very beautiful, graceful and talented actress of Hollywood with lots of striking and amazing movies. She is one of the most brilliant and all-time favorite actresses of Hollywood.
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Her performance in some of the blockbuster movies like Maleficent, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Wanted and Salt are just dazzling that it is said that no one could have acted like her if given the same role. She always justifies her roles with full devotion and sincerity. This is why she is always the ruler of the industry.
The full name of "Angelina Jolie" is "Angelina Jolie Voight"
Her Early Life:
Who is Angelina Jolie's father? Who is Angelina Jolie's mother?
Actress Angelina Jolie was born in Los Angeles, California, the U.S.A. in 1975, June 4. She is a star child of successful actor Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand. She is also the sister of actor James Haven. So acting was in her bloodstream. She and her brother were raised by her mother after their parents got separated in 1976. Her father left the family when she was less than a year old. Jolie’s mother was died due to ovarian cancer at the age of 56 in January 2007. She had a very poor relationship with her father throughout their lives.
During her teenage and young life period, she suffered many ups and downs and suffered self-destructive phases to overcome her loneliness as she was battling with herself. She even suffered from insomnia and eating disorder and also addicted to drugs. She struggled with depression and planned to commit suicide twice. Not only that but she also tried to hire a hitman to kill herself. She suffered a nervous breakdown and admitted to the psychiatric ward for 72 hours. She suffered many hurdles in life until she adopted her first child Maddox. After adopting him, Jolie was committed to her child and this brought stability to her life.
Her relationship: Brangelina - "Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie"
Her relationship with Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is equally famous and known fact to the world. But before that, she was in a live-in relationship when she was just 14 years old. And after the end of that relationship, she was married twice, first with actor Jonny Lee Miller in 1995 whom she met during the filming of Hackers and separated in 1999. Then she married actor Billy Bob Thornton in 2000 whom she met during the shooting of the film Pushing Tin but this relation also broke in 2003. Jolie was also in relationship with model-actress Jenny Shimizu prior marrying actor Miller and this continued for many years.
Actor Brad Pitt was also married to actress Jenifer Aniston before he met Jolie. But after that, he got divorced with Aniston to continue the relationship with Jolie.
Jolie met actor Brad Pitt in the shooting of movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004. They got closed during the making of this movie which resulted in the separation of Brad Pitt with his wife Jenifer Aniston in 2005 creating massive controversies and media eyes on it. After that, both the actors dated each other for a long time and were in a live-in relationship until they got married and the couple is one of the most happening and glamorous given the name “Brangelina”. They were engaged in 2012 and got married on August 23, 2014, in a private ceremony in France. After being in a relationship for a longer period, they separated in 2016.
Her Children: About all Angelina Jolie kids
Jolie first adopted a child in March 2002 from Cambodia and his name is Maddox Chivan. In July 2005, she adopted a second child named Zahara Marley from Ethiopia. Then the actor Brad Pitt adopted both children of Jolie later. In May 2006, Jolie gave biological birth to a baby girl Shiloh in Namibia. Jolie again adopted a boy Pax Thien from Vietnam in March 2007 and Pitt subsequently adopted Pax in February 2008. The same year in July 2008 she gave birth to twins, a girl and a boy, Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon in France.
They sold the rights for the first images of their twins for $14 million to People and Hello! magazines — making them the most expensive celebrity pictures ever taken. The money was donated to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
Jolie filed a divorce in September 2016 seeking sole physical custody of their all six children. The allegations were that actor Brad Pitt got verbally abusive and physical with their son Maddox after getting drunk in their private plane. But during the investigation, no evidence against Pitt was found and the couple released a joint statement about their effort in resolving their divorce. But in May 2017 Pitt opened up about their divorce. This whole incident created lots of buzz in the media as everybody was surprised to know the sudden separation of the most liked couple in the Hollywood.
Angelina Jolie Health issues
Since Jolie’s mother and grandmother died of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, Jolie removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes to further lower the risk of breast cancer at the age of 37. She had defective BRCA1gene due to which she has 87% risk of having breast cancer and after her preventive double mastectomy, the risk was lowered to under 5 %. She mentioned that she did this as she wants other women at risk to let know about the medical options for prevention. In an interview with Vanity Fair in September 2017, Jolie revealed that she was suffering from Bell’s palsy, the damage to the facial nerve which caused one side of her face to droop and with the help of acupuncture treatment, she fully recovered from the facial paralysis. In March 2015, she underwent a preventive oophorectomy to prevent the risk of developing ovarian cancer which may cause due to the same genetic anomaly. She mentioned that she did all those proactive measures keeping in mind her children. Later this issue was widely publicized and discussed to aware people about the same and her influential steps increase the BRCA gene testing all over the world.
Angelina Jolie's fanbase and popularity:
No doubt Jolie has an immense fan base all over the world. She is known for being bold and beautiful, kind and intelligent. In one way she is perceived for her beauty and sex appeal whereas in another part she is highly acknowledged for her contributions and roles in the society as an activist.
Either it is her full lips or her feline eyes, her various tattoos all over the body or her physical attribute, everything about her is well appreciated by the audiences. She had been praised by many media outlets like Vogue, Vanity Fair, People, New York Times, Time, Forbes etc. and titled her as the world’s most beautiful woman or the world’s sexiest woman alive, the most influential people, the most powerful celebrity in the world, the most powerful actress etc. during the time intervals. Jolie was found to be the most admired woman in the world in global surveys conducted by YouGov in 2015 and 2016. She is always in media’s eyes and people’s heart. Her acting in some of her movies is also appraised by critics and audiences as an unconventional piece of art.
Time and again we hear the news about her crazy and die heart fans trying to look like her doing so many plastic or cosmetic surgeries and using modern technologies.
Angelina Jolie's career background:
She was very young when her acting career started. She first studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute for two years and later joined New York University to study direction and screenwriting. When she was in Theater Institute, she played different theater productions. In early days, she was rejected in many auditions. Her first film in a lead role was science-fiction sequel Cyborg 2 in 1993 and her first Hollywood film was Hackers in 1995.
Reaching to late 1990s, she got fame with her acting career after several fails. Her first success was a TNT’s Television film “George Wallace” where she played the role of second wife Cornelia of George Wallace, the segregationist Alabama Governor as well as the presidential candidate played by actor Gary Sinise. This TV film won Golden Globe Award for Best Miniserial or Television Film. Jolie also got nominated for her performance in Emmy Awards. Then she starred in a television biopic film Gia in 1998 with TV Channel HBO. This biopic film of model Marie Carangi made her a famous star with her rocking performance and she also won Golden Globe Award for this role in 1999 and also got the nomination for Emmy Award.
Then she was starred in a movie “Girl, Interrupted” in 1999 which made her an established actress in the Hollywood film industry. She won Academy Award in “Best Supporting Actress” from this movie. This film provided the breakthrough to her acting career. Another release “Lara Croft: Tom Rider” (2001 and 2003) gave her international fame and then after getting worldwide recognition there was no turning back in her career and she continued to give her best performances with some of the best Hollywood movies in her name. She is always in limelight for her life and career. Till date, she is known for her excellent performance with a dynamic personality.
Angelina Jolie movies list:
Some of her acted movies are: Hackers (1995), Love Is All There Is (1996), Mojave Moon (1996), Foxfire (1996), Playing God (1997), True Women (1997), Hell's Kitchen (1998), Playing by Heart (1998), Pushing Tin (1999), Girl, Interrupted (1999), The Bone Collector (1999), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), Original Sin (2001), Life or Something Like It (2002), Beyond Borders (2003), Lara Croft: Tom Rider (2001 and 2003), Taking Lives (2004), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), Alexander (2004), The Fever (2004), Shark Tale (2004), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005), The Good Shepherd (2006), A Mighty Heart (2007), Beowulf (2007), A Place In Time (2007), Changeling (2008), Wanted (2008), Kung Fu Panda (2008, 2010 and 2011), The Day After Peace (2008), Salt (2010), The Tourist (2010), In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), Maleficent (2014), Unbroken (2014), By the Sea (2015), First They Killed My Father (2017) etc. She played different and challenging characters in all these movies and gave her magnificent performances without counting the success or failure of the movies. She also starred in many music videos with renowned singers like Lenny Kravitz, Meat Loaf, and the Rolling Stones.
Jolie along with acting career also put herself in directing the films. Her directorial debut was a movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey” in 2011 and this continues with “Unbroken” in 2014 and “By the Sea” in 2015 co-starring fellow actor and husband Brad Pitt. Jolie is not only starred but also an executive producer of Disney's Maleficent which is an international Mega-blockbuster under her Jolie Pas banner.
Angelina Jolie best movies:
A Mighty Heart
Mr.& Mrs. Smith
Playing By Heart
The Good Shepherd
Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow
Gone in 60 Seconds
Lara Croft: Raider (Series)
The Bone Collector
Interesting Facts about Angelina Jolie and her hobbies:
She is a pet lover especially reptiles and includes two snakes in her list among several others. Her favorite pet is Bulldog.
She likes to collect the first edition books and daggers.
She wanted to become a funeral director in childhood.
She is a licensed pilot and owns a single-engine Cirrus SR22 aircraft.
She is a child lover and so proved from her actions.
She believes that your earning should be equally given to needy people, saved for future and spend for your and others requirements. Spend 1/3 of what you earn, give away 1/3 of your earnings and finally save the remaining 1/3 of earnings.
She was in a lesbian relationship with model-actress Jenny Shimizu, for several years.
Her favorite color is black and she can be seen in black outfits on several occasions.
Her zodiac sign is Gemini.
Growing up, she didn’t like being hugged by others even by her own mother.
Her obsessive crush is Dr. Spock, a fictional character of TV program Star Treck of 1970’s.
Her godparents are actor Jacqueline Bisset and actor Maximilian Schell.
Jolie is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood till the date. She was ranked on the top of the Hollywood’s most paid actresses during the years 2009 and 2011.
Angelina Jolie career achievements:
She had been nominated for her best performances in several movies and had won many of them as well. But the fact is that though she won the awards or not, we always observe her performance graph going up.
Awards received By Angelina Jolie:
- 1998 - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film - "George Wallace"
- 1999 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film - "Gia"
- 1999 - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Female Actor – Miniseries or Television Movie - "Gia"
- 2000 - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress - "Girl, Interrupted"
- 2000 - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture - "Girl, Interrupted"
- 2000 - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Supporting Female Actor - "Girl, Interrupted"
- 2018 - ASC Governors Award for Director - "First They Killed My Father"
Angelina Jolie was nominated for:
- 1998 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or Movie - "George Wallace"
- 1998 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or Movie - "Gia"
- 2008 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama - "A Mighty Heart"
- 2008 - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Leading Female Actor - "A Mighty Heart"
- 2009 - Academy Award for Best Actress - "Changeling"
- 2009 - BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actress - "Changeling"
- 2009 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama - "Changeling"
- 2009 - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Leading Female Actor - "Changeling"
- 2011 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy - "The Tourist"
- 2012 - Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film (as producer) - "In the Land of Blood and Honey"
and so on.
Angelina Jolie was also nominated and awarded for:
Honorary Dame Commander (DCMG), Order of St Michael and St George (2014)
Awarded an honorary citizen of Sarajevo.
Awarded Cambodian citizenship on July 31, 2005.
Awarded by the UN Correspondents Association with “Citizen of the World Award”.
Awarded Global Humanitarian Award by UNA-USA in 2005.
Another part of her life, As a humanitarian/activist - Angelina Jolie contribution:
Angelina Jolie charity foundation - Angelina Jolie donations
On August 27, 2001, Angelina Jolie was given a title “UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador” by the UNHCR. She donated $1 million to UNHCR for their emergency appeal to aid refugees. She was inspired to do so when she saw the humanitarian crisis in Cambodia during the shooting of her movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and she herself visited different refugees’ camps around the world. During her tenure and over the next decade, she actively participated in the programs to obtain aid and provide advocacy to the refugees and internally displaced persons all over the world in countries like Cambodia, Jordan, Syrian-Iraqi border, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Syria, Afghanistan’s Kabul, Sudan’s Darfur, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq etc. Due to her works for refugee rights, she also received Global Humanitarian Action Award in 2005, awarded by the United Nations Association of the USA. In 2012, she was promoted to the rank of Special Envoy to High Commissioner António Guterres, the first to take on such an honorary position within the organization.
She is also equally active in Human Rights and Women's Rights. She joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in June 2007 and funded several CFR special reports. She also established the Jolie Legal Fellowship in 2011 to advocate the human right development in different countries. She launched the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) with Foreign Secretary William Hague in 2012. PSVI was established to complement wider UK government work by raising awareness and promoting international co-operation. Jolie co-chaired the four-day Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in 2014, the largest-ever meeting on the subject, which resulted in a protocol endorsed by 151 nations.
Jolie is actively involved in child issues like their immigration and education. She is involved in “Kids in Need of Defense” (KIND), which was established to provide free legal aid to unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings across the U.S. She has also funded many school and boarding facility to support child education in different refugees’ camps. She has opened and funded Children’s Center to provide a medical and educational facility for children suffering HIV in Cambodia through her Maddox Chivan Children’s Center.
Jolie is endowing remarkable efforts in Wild Life Conservation and Community Development projects. She established Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation (MJP) in Cambodia to create Asia's first Millennium Village, in accordance with UN development goals. Jolie became a patron of the Harnas Wildlife Foundation in 2003. Jolie and Pitt have funded large-animal conservation projects as well as a free health clinic, housing, and a school for the San Bushmen community at Naankuse. Jolie-Pitt Foundation was established in September 2006 which supports various other causes around the world. Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Foundation was established in December 2010 to support conservation work.
These are only a few pieces of evidence of her social works and involvements in different required sectors and all these contributions of her are worth admiring and counting. She seems very much committed from her soul and heart to do something good to the world by different means.
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