In a world where Hollywood starlets come and go, Angelina Jolie has stood the test of time. She is considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, but her beauty is only part of what makes her so unique. Jolie is also known for her humanitarian work, which has earned her numerous awards and accolades. She is a true icon, and this blog will explore why she is such an amazing woman.
Early Life and Life Background
Angelina Jolie was born in Los Angeles, California, on June 4, 1975. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, was an actress, and her father, Jon Voight, was also an actor. Jolie has one older brother, James Haven. When she was just a year old, her parents divorced. As a result, she spent much of her childhood moving around with her mother. Jolie has said she was a timid child and didn’t come out of her shell until she was in high school.
Jolie’s parents instilled a strong work ethic in their children. They encouraged them to pursue their dreams, and this is something that Jolie took to heart. After high school, she attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She dropped out after a semester but later returned to complete her degree.
Angelina Jolie’s acting career began in 1993 when she appeared in her first film, Cyborg II: Glass Shadow. However, her role in the 1995 film Hackers made her a household name. Since then, Jolie has appeared in a string of successful films, including Girl, Interrupted (1999), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), and Maleficent (2014). In addition to her work in front of the camera, Jolie has directed two films: In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) and First, They Killed My Father (2017).
Jolie has received praise for her work as an actress. She has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won one Golden Globe Award.
In addition to her work in film, Angelina Jolie is also known for her humanitarian work. She is a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and has worked with refugees worldwide. Jolie has also been involved with various other charities, such as the Make It Right Foundation and the ONE Campaign.
Jolie’s work as a humanitarian has earned her much respect. In 2007, she was awarded the Citizen of the World Award by the United Nations Correspondents Association. In 2010, she was given an honorary damehood by Queen Elizabeth II.
Jolie’s first screen appearance was in the low-budget science fiction film Cyberzone (1995). She subsequently appeared in Hackers (1995), playing the girlfriend of a computer hacker. She had originally auditioned for the lead role of Kate Libby, but Angelina Jolie was considered too young for it. The producers’ cast her in the supporting role of Iris, which required her to wear a Raphaelite wig. She felt Hackers was “a fun film about rebellious kids” and was proud of it.
In 1995, Jolie was cast as the lead in Oliver Stone’s historical drama Nixon, opposite Anthony Hopkins as Richard Nixon. The film received mixed reviews, but Jolie’s performance was praised. She next starred as a teen model in the 1996 television film Gia, based on the life of supermodel Gia Carangi. Jolie took on the role of challenging herself after reading the script and learning that Carangi had contracted HIV. To prepare for the film, she visited sex workers and HIV-positive patients in San Francisco. The film was screened at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, where Jolie won the Best Supporting Actress Award—the first time an actress had won in that category for a television film. She dedicated her win to “all the women who died of AIDS.”
In 2000, Jolie played Antonio Banderas as his wife, Elena Knapp, in the Anthony Minghella-directed drama The tour. Jolie’s character is an interpreter who becomes caught up in war politics. The film received mixed reviews and bombed at the box office; it was one of several high-profile films that underperformed that year. Jolie later admitted that making the film was “a big mistake.” She next starred in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), opposite Nicolas Cage. The action heist film was a critical and commercial failure, but Jolie’s performance earned her a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Female Newcomer.
In 2001, Jolie also take the role of video game programmer Lara Croft in the action-adventure film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The film was based on the popular video game series of the same name and grossed over $275 million worldwide. Jolie won an MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance and earned a Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress. She later said that she “felt like an object” during the production and that “Lara Croft is not a human being.” The following year, she starred opposite Ethan Hawke as his wife, Lisa Rowe, in the drama Training Day (2001). The film was a critical and commercial success, and Jolie’s performance earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
In 2002, Jolie starred in the biographical drama of Blood and Honey (2011) about the Bosnian War. She also directed In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), a love story set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War. The film was her first feature-length project as a director, and she said she was inspired to make it through her own experience as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. The film was released in December 2011 to mixed reviews, but Jolie’s performance was praised.
In 2012, Jolie was cast in the action thriller film Wanted (2008), opposite James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. She played an assassin who mentors a young man (McAvoy) in the trade. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Jolie’s performance earned her an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight. She next starred in the drama Salt (2010), opposite Liev Schreiber. The film was a box office hit, grossing over $293 million worldwide, and Jolie’s performance was praised.
In 2013, Jolie starred in World War Z’s disaster film (2013), opposite Brad Pitt. The film grossed over $540 million worldwide and was one of the year’s highest-grossing films. Jolie’s performance earned her a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She next starred in the historical drama Unbroken (2014), based on the life of Olympian and World War II prisoner of War Louis Zamperini. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $163 million worldwide, and Jolie’s performance earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2015, Jolie played in the thriller film By the Sea (2015), opposite Brad Pitt. The film was a critical and commercial failure, but Jolie’s performance earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress. She next starred in the drama First They Killed My Father (2017), based on the memoir of the same name by Cambodian human rights activist Loung Ung. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Jolie’s performance earned her a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress.
In 2018, Jolie starred as the titular character in the comedy-drama film Maleficent (2014). The film was a box office hit, grossing over $758 million worldwide, and Jolie’s performance earned her a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Villain. She next starred in the action thriller film The Equalizer (2014), opposite Denzel Washington. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $190 million worldwide, and Jolie’s performance earned her a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Jolie has received praise for her work as an actress and has been referred to as one of the best actresses of her generation. She has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three MTV Movie Awards. Jolie has also been honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and an honorary doctorate from the Sarajevo Film Festival. In 2019, she was inducted into the Hollywood Hall of Fame.
Angelina Jolie is a fantastic woman for many reasons. She is a talented actress, a dedicated humanitarian, and a true icon. Jolie has used her platform to make a difference in the world, and she is an inspiration to us all.