Angelina is an actor, filmmaker, and humanitarian from the United States. She has won several awards, including an Academy Award and three Golden Globes, and has been voted Hollywood’s highest-paid actress several times.
Jolie made her film debut as a kid in Lookin’ to Get Out (1982), co-starring with her father, Jon Voight, and her film career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget movie Cyborg 2 (1993), followed by her first main part in a big picture, Hackers (1995). She appeared in the critically acclaimed biographical television films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1999 drama Girl, Interrupted. Her main role in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) as video game heroine Lara Croft established her as a famous Hollywood actress. She resumed her action-star career with Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and Wanted (2008, respectively).
In contrast to her film career, Jolie is well-known for her humanitarian activities, for which she has earned the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and been named an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), among other distinctions. She advocates for a variety of issues, including conservation, education, and women’s rights, but she is most known for her work as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Jolie has visited over a dozen refugee camps and conflict zones throughout the world, including Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Sudan.
Early life of Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie Voight was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 4, 1975, to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She is the niece of singer-songwriter Chip Taylor and scientist and volcanologist Barry Voight, as well as the sister of actor James Haven. Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell, both actors, are her godparents. Jolie has German and Slovak ancestors on her father’s side, and French Canadian, Dutch, and German ancestors on her mother’s side. Jolie has stated that she is of Iroquois descent via a 17th-century Huron ancestor.
Jolie began acting professionally at the age of 16, but initially struggled to pass auditions, frequently being told that her manner was “too gloomy.” She appeared in five of her brother’s student films while he was a student at the USC School of Cinema-Television, as well as several music videos, including Lenny Kravitz’s “Stand by My Woman” (1991), Antonello Venditti’s “Alta Marea” (1991), The Lemonheads’ “It’s About Time” (1993), and Meat Loaf’s “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through” (1993 (1993). She began to learn from her father after witnessing his approach of observing others in order to become like them. During this time, their connection was less tense, with Jolie understanding that they were in a relationship.
Jolie made her professional film debut in 1993, portraying a near-human robot created for corporate espionage and assassination in the direct-to-video science-fiction sequel Cyborg 2. She was so dissatisfied with the picture that she did not audition for another year. After appearing in the indie film Without Evidence (1995), she featured in her first Hollywood blockbuster, Hackers (1995). Angelina Jolie’s character Kate, according to New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin, “distincts itself That’s because she scowls even more than [her co-stars] and is the unusual female hacker who sits diligently at her laptop in a see-through top.” Hackers were unable to create.
Following her appearance in the modern-day Romeo and Juliet adaptation Love Is All There Is (1996), Jolie appeared in the road movie Mojave Moon (1996), about which The Hollywood Reporter said, “Jolie, an actress whom the camera truly adores, reveals a comic flair and the kind of blatant sexuality that makes it entirely credible that Danny Aiello’s character would drop everything just for the chance of being wowed.” She starred in Foxfire (1996) as a wanderer who rallies four young girls against a teacher who has sexually abused them. The Los Angeles Times’ Jack Mathews said of her performance, “It took a lot of hogwash to build this character, but Jolie, Jon Voight’s stunning daughter, has the precocious talent.”
In 1997, Jolie co-starred with David Duchovny in the thriller Playing God, which was set in the underbelly of Los Angeles. Critics were critical of the picture; Chicago Sun-Times reviewer Roger Ebert stated that Jolie “finds a certain tenderness in a type of character that is typically harsh and violent; she appears too sweet to be [a mobster’s] girlfriend, and maybe she is.” Her second role, as a frontierswoman in the CBS miniseries True Women (1997), was even less successful; in an article for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Robert Strauss called her “horrid, a fourth-rate Scarlett O’Hara” who depends on “gnashed teeth and excessively pouted lips.” Jolie also appeared in the Rolling Stones’ “Anybody Seen” music video.
Jolie’s professional prospects improved after she won a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal in TNT’s George Wallace (1997), which is based on the life of segregationist Alabama Governor and presidential contender George Wallace, portrayed by Gary Sinise. Jolie played Wallace’s second wife, Cornelia, and her performance was praised by Lee Winfrey of The Philadelphia Inquirer as a highlight of the picture. The Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film went to George Wallace, who was highly appreciated by reviewers. Jolie was also nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance.
Jolie first experienced the impact of a humanitarian catastrophe while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) in war-torn Cambodia, an event she subsequently acknowledged with broadening her perspective on the world. Jolie returned home and called the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for information on international hotspots. She began touring refugee camps across the world to learn more about the situation in these regions. She embarked on her first field tour in February 2001, an 18-day expedition to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she subsequently expressed her amazement at what she saw.
In the months that followed, Jolie went to Cambodia for two weeks and visited with Afghan refugees in Pakistan, where she gave $1 million in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal, the biggest gift from a single individual ever received by UNHCR. On all of her travels, she covered all mission costs and shared the same primitive working and housing circumstances as UNHCR field employees. On August 27, 2001, Jolie was designated a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva.
Jolie has earned much acclaim for her humanitarian efforts. In August 2002, she won the inaugural Humanitarian Award from the Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program, and in October 2003, she became the first winner of the United Nations Correspondents Association’s Citizen of the World Award. In October 2005, she won the UNA-USA Global Humanitarian Award, and in November 2007, she got the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award. In appreciation of her decade as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres awarded Jolie with a gold pin designated for the most long-serving personnel in October 2011.
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Jolie with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Academy Award, in November 2013. She was named an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in June 2014 for her contributions to UK foreign policy and fighting to eliminate sexual assault in conflict zones. During a private ceremony the following October, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the badge of her honorary damehood on Jolie.