Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

“I’m never concerned about going too far because I have never seen anybody do that. I have never seen anybody try and be brave to fall over. I have never thought that it wasn’t brilliant. It was always amazing to me when I see people just be free.”- Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie Pitt was born on June 4, 1975  in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. Her sibling James Haven is an actor. Jolie and her brother lived with their mother after her parents separated in 1976. Jolie’s mother abandoned her acting ambitions to focus on raising her children. As a child, she often watched films with her mother and it was this, rather than her father’s successful career, that inspired her interest in acting.

Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father at the young age of five,  she had a minor part in Voight’s “Lookin’ to Get Out” in 1982. The next year, when Jolie turned six years old, Bertrand and her live-in partner, filmmaker Bill Day, moved 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 Theater Institute, where she was trained for two years. She appeared in several stage productions. Jolie attended Beverly Hills High School, where she felt isolated among the children of some of the area’s affluent families. She was teased by other students, for being extremely thin and for wearing glasses and braces. She then transferred to Moreno High School, an alternative school, where she became a “punk outsider.” 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, though in 2004 she referred to this period with the observation, “I am still at heart—and always will be—just a punk kid with tattoos”. By age 20, she had used just about every drug possible!

After her debut at the age of 5, her film career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production “Cyborg 2” in 1993. This was followed by her first leading role in a major film, “Hackers” in 1995. She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical cable films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998). She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama “Girl, Interrupted in 1999.”
Jolie’s starring role as the video game heroine Lara Croft in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” in the year 2001 was the turning point. This movie established her as a leading Hollywood actress. She continued her successful action-star career with “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in 2005, “Wanted” in 2008 and “Salt” in 2010. She received critical acclaim for her performances in the dramas “A Mighty Heart” in 2007 and “Changeling” in 2008, which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Beginning in the 2010s,
she expanded her career into directing, screenwriting, and producing, starting with the wartime dramas “In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)” and “Unbroken (2014).” Her biggest commercial success came with the fantasy picture Maleficent in 2014.

Jolie had a live in relation with her first boyfriend for two years from the age of 14. Breakup compelled her to dedicate herself to her acting career at the age of 16. She suffered episodes of depression and twice planned to commit suicide—at age 19 and again at 22, when she attempted to hire a hit-man to kill her. At the age of 24, she experienced a nervous breakdown and was admitted for 72 hours to UCLA Medical Center’s psychiatric ward. Two years later, after adopting her first child, Jolie found stability in her life, later stating, “I knew once I committed to Maddox, I would never be self-destructive again.”

Jolie has been open about being a bisexual. Jolie had a romance with British actor Jonny Lee Miller and married him on March 28, 1996. They separated in September 1997 and divorced on February 3, 1999. They remained on good terms Jolie began a relationship with model-actress Jenny Shimizu but it had ended by 2005. After a two-month courtship, Jolie married actor Billy Bob Thornton on May 5, 2000, in Las Vegas. Jolie and Thornton announced the adoption of a child from Cambodia in March 2002, but abruptly separated three months later and divorced on May 27, 2003. In early 2005, Jolie was accused of being the reason for the divorce of actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. She was also quoted as “home-wrecker” in many instances. She and Pitt were alleged to have started an affair during filming
of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Jolie denied on several occasions, but eventually she said that they “fell in love” on the set when Jolie confirmed that she was pregnant with Pitt’s child on January 2006. They announced their engagement in April 2012, after seven years together, and married on August 23, 2014, at their estate Château Miraval in Correns, France. Jolie took on Pitt’s name following their marriage. They are branded “Brangelina” by the entertainment media, and are the subject of worldwide media coverage. Unfortunately, on september 15th 2016, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. Jolie is seeking physical custody of their six children asking the court to grant Pitt visitation.

On March 10, 2002, Jolie adopted her first child, seven-month-old Maddox Chivan, from an orphanage in Battambang, Cambodia and  raised him as a single parent after three months following her separation with Thornton. Jolie adopted a daughter, six-month-old Zahara Marley, from an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After Pitt announced his intention to adopt her children, she filed a petition to legally change their surname from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt, which was granted on January 19, 2006. Pitt adopted Maddox and Zahara soon after. On May 27, 2006, she gave birth to a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel in Namibia Hospital, Swakopmund. On March 15, 2007, Jolie adopted a son, three-year-old Pax Thien, from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Pitt subsequently adopted Pax on February 21, 2008. She also gave birth to twin in 2008. People’s magazine paid a record breaking sum of $ 14 million for the exclusive right to publish first picture of the children. This money went to the Jolie-pitt foundation.

On February 16, 2013, at age 37, Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. Following the mastectomy, which lowered her chances of developing breast cancer to under 5 %, Jolie had reconstructive surgery involving implants and allografts. Two years later, in March 2015, after annual test results indicated possible signs of early ovarian cancer, she underwent a preventive oophorectomy. Despite hormone replacement therapy, the surgery brought on premature menopause. Jolie wrote  in op-eds published by The New York Times, “She detailed her diagnosis, surgeries, and personal experiences, and described her decision to undergo preventive surgery as a proactive measure for the sake of her six children.
On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”
In her first op-ed, Jolie had advocated wider accessibility of BRCA gene testing and acknowledged the high costs, which were greatly reduced after the U.S. Supreme Court, in a June 2013 ruling, invalidated BRCA gene patents held by Myriad Genetics.

In addition to her film career, Jolie is noted for her humanitarian efforts. She has received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and an honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG). She promotes various causes which includes conservation, education, women’s rights. She 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, as well as the world’s most beautiful woman, by various media outlets. Forbes additionally cited her as Hollywood’s highest-paid actress in 2009, 2011, and 2013, with estimated annual earnings of $27 million, $30 million, and $33 million respectively. Being an Oscar winning American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian she has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards.

This magnetic, hypnotic, full lip Hollywood queen is not just an amazing actress but a great humanitarian and a responsible mother with goddess image!!!

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