Angelina Jolie

Actress, humanitarian. Born June 4, 1975, in Los Angeles, California. The daughter of actor Jon Voight and French actress Marcheline Bertrand, Angelina Jolie rose to stardom in the 1990s. She began acting at a young age, studying at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute while in her early teens. Jolie later attended at New York University.
In the 1990s, Angelina Jolie became a popular actress. She gave a star-making performance in the 1998 television film Gia based on the short, tragic life of model Gia Marie Carangi, which won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Another great dramatic role in Girl, Interrrupted (1999) brought Jolie her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has continued to take on a variety of interesting roles, such as an adventurer in the Lara Croft films, a FBI profiler in Taking Lives (2004), an assassin in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005), and a neglected, troubled socialite wife in The Good Shepherd (2006).

A devoted humanitarian, Angelina Jolie was made a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency in 2001. She has made headlines for her work to obtain aid for refugees in Cambodia, Darfur and Jordan, to name just a few. In 2005, Jolie received the Global Humanitarian Action Award from the United Nations Association of the USA for her activism on behalf of refugee rights. She continues to travel the world to drawing attention to global issues.

Famous for her off-screen romances, Angelina Jolie has been married twice. She married Hackers co-star Jonny Lee Miller in 1995. The couple divorced in 1999. The next year Jolie married Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton. That union lasted until 2003.

In 2002, Angelina Jolie adopted a son from Cambodia and named him Maddox. Three years later, she adopted a daughter, Zahara, and later in 2005, actor Brad Pitt filed paperwork to adopt both of Jolie’s children. Jolie and Pitt met during the making of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004. The couple’s first biological daughter, Shiloh, was born in the African country of Namibia in 2006. Jolie, Pitt, and their children had traveled there to avoid the media frenzy that seemed to follow them wherever they went. After the joy of welcoming her third child to the world came great sadness for Jolie. She experienced a great personal loss in the beginning of 2007—her mother died of cancer after fighting the disease for many years.

In March 2007, Angelina Jolie added a new member to her family. She adopted a three-year-old boy from a Vietnamese orphanage. Her son is named Pax Thien Jolie.

Filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
1982 Lookin' to Get Out Tosh
1993 Cyborg 2 Casella "Cash" Reese
1995 Hackers Kate "Acid Burn" Libby
1996 Mojave Moon Eleanor "Elie" Rigby
Love Is All There Is Gina Malacici
Foxfire Margret "Legs" Sadovsky
1997 Playing God Claire
True Women (TV) Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods
George Wallace (TV) Cornelia Wallace Golden Globe – Best Supporting Actress
1998 Gia (TV) Gia Marie Carangi Golden Globe, SAG Award – Best Leading Actress
Hell's Kitchen Gloria McNeary
Playing by Heart Joan National Board of Review Award – Breakthrough Performance Actress
Pushing Tin Mary Bell
1999 The Bone Collector Amelia Donaghy
Girl, Interrupted Lisa Rowe Golden Globe, SAG Award, Academy Award – Best Supporting Actress
2000 Gone in Sixty Seconds Sara 'Sway' Wayland
2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Lara Croft
Original Sin Julia Russell/Bonnie Castle
2002 Life or Something Like It Lanie Kerrigan
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Lara Croft
Beyond Borders Sarah Jordan
2004 Taking Lives Illeana Scott
Shark Tale Lola (voice)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Franky
Alexander Olympias
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Jane Smith
2006 The Good Shepherd Clover Wilson
2007 A Mighty Heart Mariane Pearl
Beowulf Grendel's mother
2008 Wanted The Fox
Kung Fu Panda Tigress (voice)
The Changeling
Awards
Preceded by
Kathy Bates
for The Late Shift
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
1997
for George Wallace
Succeeded by
Faye Dunaway
for Gia,
Camryn Manheim
for The Practice
Preceded by
Alfre Woodard
for Miss Evers' Boys
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
1998
for Gia
Succeeded by
Halle Berry
for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Preceded by
Alfre Woodard
for Miss Evers' Boys
Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Movie
1998
for Gia
Succeeded by
Halle Berry
for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Preceded by
Judi Dench
for Shakespeare in Love
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1999
for Girl, Interrupted
Succeeded by
Marcia Gay Harden
for Pollock
Preceded by
Lynn Redgrave
for Gods and Monsters
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1999
for Girl, Interrupted
Succeeded by
Kate Hudson
for Almost Famous
Preceded by
Kathy Bates
for Primary Colors
Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1999
for Girl, Interrupted
Succeeded by
Judi Dench
for Chocolat