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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Angelina Joli

Angelina Joli (born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975) is an Oscar-winning American actress.< Angelina Joli is known for her exotic looks, her tumultuous off-screen life, and her humanitarian work with refugees. She has received three Golden Globes as well as an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film Girl, Interrupted.

Angelina Joli Biography

Angelina Jolie was born in Los Angeles, California, to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She is the niece of Chip Taylor and the goddaughter of Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell. She is also the sister of James Haven. In a 2004 article in Vogue she stated that her mother is from Chicago. At the Premiere Magazine "Women in Hollywood" Awards she said her mom was born in a bowling alley and has stated that because of her name people often assume that her mother is French. Jolie's grandparents were French Canadian. Her paternal grandfather was from Czechoslovakia. Her mother also studied with Lee Strasberg. She is of Czech, French Canadian, English, and Iroquois descent. As a teenager, Jolie dreamed of becoming a funeral director.[1] She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute from the age of 11, later attending Beverly Hills High School. Though she enrolled at the film school at New York University after finishing Gia, she did not complete her studies.

Angelina Joli has been long estranged from her father, though a reconciliation was attempted by his appearing with her in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. In the October 2004 issue of Premiere Magazine, Jolie indicated that she was no longer interested in pursuing a relationship with her father, but that she did not hate him but that she realized that "...we only have so much energy in this life." Soon after, he claimed that she has "serious emotional problems" on Access Hollywood, and she legally dropped Voight as her last name, taking "Angelina Jolie" as her legal name.


Her first starring role came in the 1995 movie Hackers.

In 1998 she achieved a major critical success, starring in the TV movie "Gia," the true tale of a '70s supermodel who died of AIDS. Jolie won Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Satellite awards, and was nominated for an Emmy. She also was honored at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival for her role as the bisexual model.

Angelna Joli had roles in several box office flops until 1999, when she co-starred in The Bone Collector with Denzel Washington and won an Oscar for Girl, Interrupted. Her first headlining blockbuster role came from 2001's video game based Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Several of her subsequent movies, such as Life or Something Like It, Alexander, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow , were major box office disappointments, although Jolie herself usually received good notices. She did provide the voice of Lola in the successful animated film, Shark Tale. Nonetheless she has become one of Hollywood's most "in-demand" actresses. Following the success of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, she's set to earn up to $15 million to star in the film The Good Shepherd.

Besides her acting and humanitarian endeavors, Jolie has also worked as a professional model in London, New York and Los Angeles and appeared in numerous music videos including those of Korn, Meat Loaf, Lenny Kravitz, and The Rolling Stones.

Angelina Joli is preparing for the next Sin City movie


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