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The sexy Ocar-winning actress was born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975 to actor Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand.

Inheriting her parents' striking Hollywood looks, Jolie began a modeling career while still in her teens and later enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

She also attended New York University where she began acting in school productions.

Her soon-forgotten first film, Cyborg 2, was followed by a more memorable performance as a computer hacker in the 1995 film, Hackers. Jolie finally won real recognition in 1997, and with it a Golden Globe for her performance as George Wallace's wife in the TV movie George Wallace, followed shortly with an Emmy-nominated performance in Gia.


Angelina Jolie as Lara Craft, Mrs. Smith, Evelyn Salt and Maleficent
Iconic Hollywood film roles played by actress Angelina Jolie include (from left to right) Lara Croft in
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
(2001); the title role co-starring with future-husband Brad Pitt in Mr. and
Mrs. Smith
(2005); as spy Evelyn Salt in Salt (2010); and as the evil fairy Maleficent (2014).


Her star continued to rise when, in 2000, the actress won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Girl, Interrupted and in 2001 Jolie's career skyrocketed with a star turn in the role of Tomb Raider's Lara Croft in the video-game-inspired movie that was an instant hit with audiences.

Other starring roles followed, including Beyond Borders, Sky Captain: The World of Tomorrow and as the voice of the femme fatale Lola in Shark Tale.


Brad & Angelina

As Jolie attended the London premiere of Alexander in 2004, rumors swirled back home linking her to the much-reported marriage breakup of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. At the time, Star magazine published a candid photo of Jolie and Pitt in what is reported to be a cozy moment near Naples where they had been shooting a scene for the Mr. and Mrs. Smith, released in June 2005.

Remaining good friends following the film, Pitt and Jolie both steadfastly denied having an affair, but rumors and gossip continued to swirl until news was confirmed that the couple - now dubbed "Brangelina" - were expecting their first child.

Angelina Jolie breastfeeding on the cover of W Magazine
Angelina on a 2008
cover of W Magzine in a
photo taken by Brad Pitt.

Following one of the most anticipated announcements of the year, Jolie finally gave birth to her first child in Namibia, a baby girl named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt.

In a surprise move in early 2007, Jolie and Pitt were rumored to be moving to New Orleans and planning to send their three children to school there. The movie star couple moved to the Big Easy on January 11 and have purchased a multi-million dollar, six-bed mansion in the city's French Quarter.

Off the set, the Hollywood star couple also set in motion the adoption of yet another child, a reported 3-4-year old Vietnamese boy, whom the couple renamed Pax Thien Jolie.

Otherwise, Angelina Jolie fans were hotly anticipating the actress' next movie role, playing the seductive mother of the demon Grendul in the Dark Ages epic Beowulf which opened in November 2007. However, an earlier dramtic performance in A Mighty Heart garnered Jolie even more critical notice.

Jolie's personal life yet again became he subject of tabloid attention with news of expectant twins - fathered by husband Brad Pitt - which arrived after much worldwide anticipation on July 12, 2008.

The happy news brought Jolie's burgeoning family with partner Brad Pitt to six. The couple have three adopted children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, and a biological child, Shiloh, born in May 2006.

The following year, Jolie was at the center of early Oscar buzz for her dramatic starring role in The Changeling and again wowed audiences with her return to the action genre in Salt. Next up, Jolie starred oppostie Johnny Depp in the comedy thriller The Tourist (2010) to mixed reviews. Jolie most recently starred in Maleficent, the "Sleeping Beauty" tale told from the perspective of the princess' evil nemesis, Maleficent, in 2014.

Jolie is said to be currently working on reboot of her role of spy Evelyn Salt in Salt 2.


Wedding to Pitt

Long rumored to be planning to tie the knot, Jolie and Brad Pitt finally announced definite plans to wed in April 2012 with no official date set. Two years later, in August 2014, the couple announced their secret wedding had taken place at their multi-million dollar estate Chateau Miraval estate in France attended by "family and friends."

A couple for nine years, Jolie and Pitt finally tied the knot in a wedding ceremony in which their four children also took part. Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons Maddox and Pax, 13 and 10 - while her daughters Zahara, nine, and Vivienne, six, threw flower petals. Eight-year-old Shiloh and six-year-old Knox served as ring bearers.


More about Angelina Jolie around the Web:



Angelina Jolie - Wikipedia
- Detailed biography covering Jolie's personal life, career highlights, philanthropic work and more with related photos, references and resources.

Angelina Jolie IMDB - Biography, photos, film clips and complete list of movie and TV appearances, from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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