Angelina Jolie Bio
Angelina Jolie's Biography
Angelina Jolie Voight was born on June 4, 1975, the daughter of actor Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. On her father's side, Jolie is of Czechoslovak and German descent, and on her mother's side she is French Canadian.
separated when she was only a year old, and she and her elder brother
were raised by their mother, who moved to Palisades, New York.
When she was 14, however, she quit acting classes, and became, by her own admission, a punk kid with tattoos. She became a fashion model, working in Los Angeles, New York and London. She appeared in music videos, and on stage. Her earnings allowed her to move out, although the apartment she rented was only a few blocks from her mother's home.
Angelina and her brother were always very close. Indeed, she appeared in several films he made while he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts. On the other hand, she and her father have always had a strained relationship, and they do not speak.
Angelinas professional movie career began when she was 18, in 1993. She had the leading role in the low-budget film Cyborg 2. Shortly thereafter, she began appearing steadily in movies, although it would be some years before she achieved a breakout role.
In 1996, she married her first husband, Jonny Lee Miller. They separated after a year, and were divorced in 1999, although they remain on good terms. Angelina says she was too young at the time.
Her break out role is considered to be her 1999 supporting role in the Winona Ryder-starring film Girl, Interrupted. (1999). She won her third Golden Globe Award for this role as well as her second Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2000, she married
actor Billy Bob Thornton, and they would divorce in 2003.
It was while making
this movie in Cambodia that Angelina came face to face with grinding poverty
for the first time. So struck by it was she that she soon began to visit
refugee camps around the world, such as those in Sierra Leone and Tanzania.
In 2005, Angelina
founded of the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children, an
organization that provides free legal-aid to asylum-seeking children with
no legal representation. In 2006, she and Brad Pitt founded the Jolie/Pitt
In 2010, she and Brad
Pitt donated $1 million to relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating
earthquake there which destroyed the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Although
Angelina has continued to make movies, she averages only one a year, and
spends most of her time with her humanitarian activities.