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Nicknames: "Angie"
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Birthdate: (39)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Occupation: American film actor and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency, Actress - Activist
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About Angelina Jolie Voight

From Hollywood wild-child to Academy Award winner to respected U.N. Goodwill Ambassador, actress Angelina Jolie underwent a series of metamorphic transformations over the course of her career. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted (1999) and achieved wider fame after her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and since then has established herself as one of the best-known and highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. She has had her biggest commercial successes with the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and the animated film Kung Fu Panda (2008). Jolie next plays a CIA officer in the feature film Salt to be released on July 23rd, 2010.

Born in Los Angeles, California to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, Jolie seemed destined for a career in the arts. At the age of 11, she began studying at the famed Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in NYC. Though she made her screen debut as a child alongside her father Jon Voight in the 1982 film Lookin' to Get Out, Jolie's acting career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993). Her first leading role in a major film was in Hackers (1995). She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998). Following Gia, Jolie moved to New York and stopped acting for a short time, because she felt that she had "nothing else to give". She enrolled at New York University to study filmmaking and attended writing classes.

Jolie returned to film as Gloria McNeary in the 1998 gangster movie Hell's Kitchen and starred in several other projects before taking on the role of Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted (1999) in which she won her third Golden Globe Award, her second Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2000, Jolie appeared in her first summer blockbuster, Gone In 60 Seconds, in which she played Sarah "Sway" Wayland, ex-girlfriend of car-thief Nicolas Cage. The became her highest grossing movie up until then, earning $237 million internationally.

Although highly regarded for her acting abilities, Jolie's films to date had often not appealed to a wide audience, but Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) made her an international superstar. An adaptation of the popular Tomb Raider videogame, Jolie was required to learn a British accent and undergo extensive martial arts training to play the title role of Lara Croft. She was generally praised for her physical performance, but the movie generated mostly negative reviews. The movie was an international success nonetheless, earning $275 million worldwide, and launched her global reputation as a female action star.

In 2005, Jolie's only movie was the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The film, directed by Doug Liman, tells the story of a bored married couple who find out that they are both secret assassins. Jolie starred as Jane Smith opposite Brad Pitt. The movie earned $478 million worldwide, one of the biggest hits of the year.

After Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jolie starred in several films which did not see the same success in the box office. Then in 2008, Jolie provided the voice of Master Tigress in the DreamWorks animated movie Kung Fu Panda which grossed $632 million internationally and it became her highest grossing film to date. Her next film Wanted, an adaptation of a graphic novel by Mark Millar, proved to be an international success, earning $342 million worldwide. She then took the lead in Clint Eastwood's drama Changeling, which had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Jolie received her second Academy Award nomination, and also was nominated for a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award. Jolie’s latest film, Salt, will be released on July 23, 2010. The actress plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent accused of being a KGB sleeper agent on the run to try to clear her name.

In addition to her work in films, Jolie is also the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador. Jolie first became personally aware of worldwide humanitarian crises while filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia. In February 2001, Jolie went on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed. In the coming months she returned to Cambodia for two weeks and later met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan where she donated $1 million for Afghan refugees in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal. She insisted on covering all costs related to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff on all of her visits. As a result of assistance rendered to their former subjects the Royal family of Swat (princely state) have awarded her the honor Khanum Sahiba the equivalent of being made a lady. Jolie was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on August 27, 2001 at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva.

Jolie has been on field missions around the world and met with refugees and internally displaced persons in more than 20 countries. Over time, Jolie became more involved in promoting humanitarian causes on a political level. In addition to her political involvement, Jolie began using her public profile to promote humanitarian causes through the mass media. She has received wide recognition for her humanitarian work. After she and Pitt donated $1 million to relief efforts in Haiti following a devastating 2010 earthquake, Jolie visited Haiti and the Dominican Republic to discuss the future of relief efforts.

She has been married twice, to British actor Jonny Lee Miller and American actor Billy Bob Thornton. Currently, Jolie lives with her partner Brad Pitt. Jolie and Pitt have three adopted children, Maddox, Pax, and Zahara, as well as three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.

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Angelina Jolie's Timeline

June 4, 1975
Los Angeles, CA, USA
March 28, 1996
Age 20
February 9, 1999
Age 23
May 5, 2000
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May 27, 2003
Age 27
November 29, 2003
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January 8, 2005
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July 6, 2005
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
May 27, 2006
Age 30