Angelina Jolie, an ‘interrupted girl’ turned star
Angelina Jolie Voight was born on June 4, 1975. As a child she experienced the separation of her parents with great pain (which took place in 1978) and was almost morbidly linked to her mother (who died prematurely) and her older brother James Haven.
She soon began her artistic career playing at a very young age, close to her father, “Trying to go out” (1982). At the age of 11 she entered the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and later she worked as both an actress and a model. However, her adolescence does not flow smoothly: problematic girl, dark-looking, self-defeating, lover of knives, so much so that she gets to collect them, intolerant of authority and denigrated by her classmates, she is quite marginalized during the period spent at Beverly Hills High School.
In 1995 he starred in Iain Softley’s “ Hackers ”. In this period he falls in love with the model Jenny Shimizu, he talks about her flirtation with her, but in the end he decides to marry the actor Jonny Lee Miller, met on the set. Their marriage, celebrated in 1995 (she was wearing a black leather dress and a white shirt on which she had written her husband’s name in blood), ended in 1999. After being Cornelia, the second wife of the governor of Alabama George Fallace, in the homonymous TV miniseries, is the protagonist in “Gia” (also for TV) with the role of the top model Gia Carangi, who lived the eighties ruining herself with sex and drugs, only to die still young from AIDS. With these two interpretations you win two Golden Globes.
A career on the rise and a private life in the spotlight
He later enrolled at the USC School of Cinema in New York, where he graduated sometime later. Charming, elegant, sensual and mysterious woman, on the one hand transgressive with her provocations (see tattoos, sapphic kisses, extreme statements, etc.) on the other very feminine, maternal and philanthropist. Her private affairs of her are of great interest to the world press because everything she does about her seems to be special and new. And acting does not suffer from this image so much evoked by the tabloids. Angelina manages to express herself best in films such as Phillip Noyce’s “The Bone Collector” (1999) alongside Denzel Washington and James Mangold’s “Interrupted Girls” (1999), where she plays the sociopath Lisa Rowe and wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress .
In May 2000 she remarried with Oscar-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton and in 2002 she adopted Maddox, a Cambodian child. Their bizarre union draws the attention of the tabloids above all for the strangeness that characterizes it: once again, in fact, the actress seals her love for her with her blood (both, in fact, carry a vial with plasma around their neck. partner’s). She is professionally featured in Dominic Sena’s “Out in 60 Seconds” (2000); “Original Sin” (2001); “An almost perfect life” (2002) and the saga “Tomb Raider” (2001) and “Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” (2003) in which she plays the character Lara Croft, based on the video game of the same name. During the filming of “Lara Croft” in Cambodia, she becomes aware of the disastrous situation of the place and comes into contact with the United Nations. A new film – “Love Without Borders” (2003) – will take her to Sierra Leone, another country tormented by poverty. Here she will offer her help together with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, to later become UN ambassador.
The encounter with the man who will change his life forever
After being publicly defined by her father as disturbed and suffering from mental problems, she ends all relations with him (but the two later return to talk to each other) and in 2003 she also divorces her second husband. In 2004 on the set of “Mr & Mrs Smith” (2005) she meets the man who will change her destiny, Brad Pitt. After adopting Zahara Marley in Ethiopia, the two conceive Shiloh Nouvel. Another adoption will follow this time it is the little Vietnamese Pax Thien.
Meanwhile Angelina makes other films: “The Good Shepherd” (The Shadow of Power) directed by Robert De Niro in 2006, “A Mighty Heart” (2007) in which she plays the wife of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped. and killed in Pakistan and Robert Zemeckis’ The Legend of Beowulf (2007), an adaptation of the epic poem.
In 2007 Angelina’s mother died of cancer at the age of fifty-seven. This sorrow will bring her such suffering that she will appear thinner and on the verge of stress. But the actress recovers enough to conceive with her partner two new lives that she gives birth to in 2008, making her turn the spotlight on himself again. The same year she appeared at the Cannes Film Festival to present “Kung Fu Panda”, a funny animated film in which she voices Tigre, a strong and courageous warrior, and “Changeling” where she stars directed by Clint Eastwood, a role for which she is nominated. Oscar for Best Actress.
The commitment as a director and the divorce from Brad Pitt
After a period of absence, he returned to work in 2010 starring alongside Johnny Deep in “The Tourist”, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, a film shot in part in Venice. At the same time, he plays the role of the CIA agent accused of being a Russian spy in Phillip Noyce’s “Salt” (2010). In 2011 he got behind the camera for his directorial debut in ” In the Land of Blood and Honey “, a film about the Balkan war and for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film.
After three years of absence he returned to the cinema in 2014 with “Maleficent”, a live action version of the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” narrated from Maleficent’s point of view. In her cast with her are Elle Fanning and her daughter Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt.
In 2016 she is director, producer and co-writer of the film “First They Killed My Father”, based on the life of Loung Ung, a woman who survived the Cambodian genocide of the dictator Pol Pot between 1977 and 1979. The film will be distributed directly on the platform Netflix.
After 12 years of love, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie officially separate, in great secrecy, on September 15, 2016 but the event is made public by the same actors only on January 9, 2017. After the heavy accusations of Jolie on the alleged violence suffered over the years by her husband, the two parties have undertaken to heal the wounds resulting from divorce to try to keep the family together and provide for the good of their children.
Angelina Jolie Filmography – Cinema
- Trying to Get Out, by Hal Ashby (1982)
- High Tide – Antonello Venditti (Music Video) (1991)
- Stand By My Woman – Lenny Kravitz (Music Video) (1991)
- It’s About Time – The Lemonheads (Music Video) (1993)
- Cyborg 2, by Michael Schroeder (1993)
- Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through – Meat Loaf (Music Video) (1994)
- Without Evidence, by Gill Dennis (1995)
- Hackers, by Iain Softley (1995)
- Desert Moon, directed by Kevin Dowling (1996)
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith, by Scott Bakula (1996)
- It Is Only Love That Matters, directed by Joseph Bologna and Renée Taylor (1996)
- Foxfire, by Annette Haywood-Carter (1996)
- Playing God, by Andy Wilson (1997)
- Anybody Seen My Baby? – Rolling Stones (Music Video) (1997)
- True Women – Beyond the West, by Karen Arthur (Film TV) (1997)
- George Wallace, directed by John Frankenheimer (Film TV) (1997)
- Gia – A Woman Beyond All Limits (Gia), directed by Michael Cristofer (Film TV) (1998)
- Hell’s Kitchen – The streets of hell, directed by Tony Cinciripini (1998)
- Jokes of the Heart, by Willard Carroll (1998)
- False Track, by Mike Newell (1999)
- The Bone Collector, by Phillip Noyce (1999)
- Interrupted Girls, by James Mangold (1999)
- Out in 60 Seconds, by Dominic Sena (2000)
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, directed by Simon West (2001)
- Elevation – U2 (Music Video) (2001)
- Original Sin, directed by Michael Cristofer (2001)
- An Almost Perfect Life, by Stephen Herek (2002)
- Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, directed by Jan de Bont (2003)
- Beyond Borders – Love without borders, directed by Martin Campbell (2003)
- Did my time – Korn (Music Video) (2003)
- Identità violate, directed by DJ Caruso (2004)
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, by Kerry Conran (2004)
- The Fever, directed by Carlo Gabriel Nero (2004)
- Alexander, directed by Oliver Stone (2004)
- Shark Tale, by Bibo Bergeron and Vicky Jenson (Voice) (2004)
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith, directed by Doug Liman (2005)
- The Good Shepherd – The Shadow of Power, directed by Robert De Niro (2006)
- A Mighty Heart, directed by Michael Winterbottom (2007)
- The Legend of Beowulf, directed by Robert Zemeckis (2007)
- Wanted – Choose Your Destiny, directed by Timur Bekmambetov (2008)
- Kung Fu Panda, by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson (Vocals) (2008)
- Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood (2008)
- Jane’s Journey, by Lorenz Knauer (2010)
- Salt, directed by Phillip Noyce (2010)
- Smash His Camera, directed by Leon Gast (Documentary) (2010)
- The Tourist, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2010)
- The festival of Kung Fu Panda, by Tim Johnson (V0ce) (2010)
- Kung Fu Panda 2, directed by Jennifer Yuh (Voice) (2011)
- The Secrets of the Masters, by Anthony Leondis (Vocals) (2011)
- The biopic on Gertrude Bell, by Ridley Scott (2014)
- Maleficent, by Robert Stromberg (2014)
- Kung Fu Panda 3, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Vocals) (2015)
- By the Sea, directed by Angelina Jolie (2015)
Angelina Jolie Filmography – Director
- A Place in Time (2007) – Documentary
- In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)
- Unbroken (2014)
- By the Sea (2015)
- First They Killed My Father (2016)