Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood’s highest-paid actress. Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin’ to Get Out (1982). Her film career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993), followed by her first leading role in a major film, Hackers (1995). She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical cable films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted (1999).
Born in Los Angeles, California, Jolie is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She is the sister of actor James Haven and niece of singer-songwriter Chip Taylor. Her godparents are actors Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell. On her father’s side, Jolie is of German and Slovak descent, and on her mother’s side, she is of primarily French Canadian, Dutch, and German ancestry. Like her mother, Jolie has stated that she is part Iroquois, although her only known indigenous ancestors were 17th-century Hurons.
Jolie began her professional film career in 1993, when she played her first leading role in the straight-to-video science-fiction sequel Cyborg 2, as a near-human robot designed for corporate espionage and assassination. Although highly regarded for her acting abilities, Jolie had rarely found films that appealed to a wide audience, but Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) made her an international superstar. An adaptation of the popular Tomb Raider video games, the film required her to learn an English accent and undergo extensive martial arts training to play the archaeologist-adventurer Lara Croft. By 2008, Jolie was considered the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, earning $15–$20 million per film. Jolie made her feature directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), a love story between a Serb soldier and a Bosniak prisoner, set during the 1992–95 Bosnian War. She conceived the film to rekindle attention for the survivors, after twice visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina in her role as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.
Jolie does Humanitarian work in areas such as Conservation and community development, Child immigration and education, Human rights and women’s rights through out the world.
Jolie is noted for her humanitarian efforts, for which she has received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and an honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), among other honors. She promotes various causes, including conservation, education, and women's rights, and 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.
Jolie first witnessed the effects of a humanitarian crisis while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) in war-torn Cambodia, an experience she later credited with having brought her a greater understanding of the world. Upon her return home, Jolie contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for information on international trouble spots. To learn more about the conditions in these areas, she began visiting refugee camps around the world. In February 2001, she went on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed.
In the following months, Jolie returned to Cambodia for two weeks and met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan, where she donated $1 million in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal, the largest donation UNHCR had ever received from a private individual. She covered all costs related to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff on all of her visits. Jolie was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva on August 27, 2001.
Over the next decade, she went on more than 40 field missions, meeting with refugees and internally displaced persons in over 30 countries.
|Birth Name||Angelina Jolie Voight|
|Date of Birth||4 June, 1975|
|Age||42 years (as of 2017)|
|Place of Birth||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Currently living in||Unknown|
|Parents||Jon Voight, Marcheline Bertrand|
|Height||5 foot 6 inches or 169 cm or 1.69 m|
|Profession||Actress filmmaker activist|
|Education||Beverly Hills High School and Moreno High Schoo|
|Charity work||UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador,|
Special Envoy to High Commissioner António Guterres,
Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation (MJP)
|Recognition and honors||Citizen of the World Award,|
Humanitarian Award from the Church World Service's Immigration and Refugee Program,
Global Humanitarian Award by the UNA-USA,
Freedom Award from the International Rescue Committee,
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
|Star / Zodiac sign||Gemini|
|Relationships||Brad Pitt (m. 2014), Billy Bob Thornton (m. 2000–2003), Jonny Lee Miller (m. 1996–1999)|
|Best known for films||Mr. & Mrs. Smith|
By the Sea
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
|Awards||2000 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Supporting Female Actor,|
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture,
Academy Award Best Supporting Actress.
Honorary Dame Commander (DCMG), Order of St Michael and St George (2014)