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Angelina Jolie

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie, born on June 4th, 1975 in Los Angeles, California is an American actress, film director, screenwriter and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and was named Hollywood's highest-paid actress by Forbes in 2009 and 2011. Jolie is tireless in promoting humanitarian causes, and is noted for her work with refugees as a Special Envoy and former Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has also been given honarary citizenship in Sarajevo and in Camobodia. Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father Jon Voight in Lookin' to Get Out back in 1982, but her film career actually began in earnest almost a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 in 1993. Her first leading role in a major film was in the cyber-thriller Hackers released in 1995. She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical television films George Wallace in 1997, Gia in 1998 and then won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted in 1999.

Jolie really achieved wide recognition after her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001, and established herself among the highest paid actresses in Hollywood with the sequel The Cradle of Life in 2003. She continued her action star career with Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005 and Wanted in 2008, which were her biggest non-animated commercial successes to date. She received further critical acclaim for her performances in the dramas A Mighty Heart in 2007 and Changeling in 2008, which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Jolie made her directorial debut with the wartime drama In the Land of Blood and Honey in 2011. Divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie now lives with actor Brad Pitt and they have three biological children as well as having adopted 3 children.

Angelina JolieWhen asked about her Humanitarian work, Jolie stated:

"We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don't believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us."

Jolie went on to say that she first became personally aware of worldwide humanitarian crises while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001 in Cambodia. She contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for information on international trouble spots, and to learn more about the conditions in these areas, Jolie began visiting refugee camps around the world. In February 2001, she went on her first field visit - an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania and she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed. In the following months, she returned to Cambodia for two weeks and met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan. She covered all costs related to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff on all of her visits. Jolie was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva on August 27, 2001 and since then has been on field missions around the world and met with refugees and internally displaced persons in more than 30 countries.

Angelina JolieWhen asked what she hoped to accomplish, she stated:

"An awareness of the plight of these people. I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon."

Jolie aims to visit what she terms "forgotten emergencies," crises that media attention has shifted away from. She is noted for not shying away from traveling to areas that are at war: She visited the Darfur region of Sudan during the Darfur conflict in 2004; Pakistan with Brad Pitt to see the impact of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in 2005; Chad during its civil war in 2007; Iraq during the Second Gulf War in 2007 and 2009; Afghanistan during the ongoing war in 2008 and 2011; Libya during the Libyan revolution in 2011 and the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey. At the Women in the World Summit 2013, Jolie pledged $200,000 to The Malala Fund. The organization was established by 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an education activist and the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Jolie's donation will help educate young girls in Pakistan. The teenager, who is recovering from an assassination attempt by the Taliban, accepted the donation via video feed at the event.

After more than a decade of service as Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie was promoted to the rank of Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres on April 17, 2012. As Special Envoy, she represents the UNHCR and High Commissioner António Guterres at the diplomatic level and works to facilitate long-term solutions for people displaced by large-scale crises, such as Afghanistan and Somalia:

"This is an exceptional position which reflects the exceptional role she has played for us," said a UNHCR spokesman.

Angelina JolieIn addition to her work with the UNHCR, Jolie uses her public profile to promote humanitarian causes through the mass media. Her early field visits were chronicled in her book "Notes from My Travels", which was published in conjunction with the release of her film Beyond Borders in 2003. She filmed a 2005 MTV special, The Diary of Angelina Jolie & Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Africa, portraying her and noted economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs on a trip to a remote group of villages in Western Kenya. Jolie has also regularly released public service announcements promoting World Refugee Day and other causes. Over time, Jolie became more involved in promoting humanitarian causes on a political level. She has regularly attended World Refugee Day in Washington, D.C., and she was an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2005 and 2006. She also began lobbying humanitarian interests in the U.S. capital, where she met with members of Congress at least 20 times between 2003 and 2006, during which she pushed for several bills to aid refugees and vulnerable children in the Third World and the United States. As she explained in 2006:

"As much as I would love to never have to visit Washington, that's the way to move the ball."

In 2007, she became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has established several charitable organizations. In 2003, she founded the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation which is named the Maddox Jolie Project until 2007. It is dedicated to community development and environmental conservation in Cambodia's northwestern province Battambang. In 2006, she partnered with the Global Health Committee to establish the Maddox Chivan Children's Center, a daycare facility for children afflicted and affected by HIV in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. That same year, she and her partner Brad Pitt founded the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to aid humanitarian causes worldwide. In 2007, Jolie and noted economist Dr. Gene Sperling founded the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which funds education programs for children affected by man-made or natural disasters. In 2008, she collaborated with the Microsoft Corporation to establish Kids in Need of Defense, a pro bono movement of law firms, corporate law departments, NGOs and volunteers committed to providing legal counsel to unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S.

Angelina JolieIn 2010, she established the Jolie Legal Fellows Programme, which recruits lawyers to support governmental child protection efforts in Haiti. Jolie has received wide recognition for her humanitarian work. In 2002, she received the inaugural Humanitarian Award by the Church World Service's Immigration and Refugee Program. In 2003, she was the first recipient of the Citizen of the World Award by the United Nations Correspondents Association. In 2005, she was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the UNA-USA. On July 31, 2005, King Norodom Sihamoni awarded Jolie Cambodian citizenship for her conservation work in the country. In 2007, Jolie received the Freedom Award by the International Rescue Committee. In 2011, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres presented Jolie with a gold pin reserved for the most long-serving staff, in recognition of her decade as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. She has been named the world's most beautiful or sexiest woman by various media outlets, including Vogue in 2002, Esquire in 2004, American FHM and British Harper's Bazaar in 2005, People and Hello! in 2006, Empire in 2007, and Vanity Fair in 2009.

Jolie's extensive collection of tattoos has often been addressed by interviewers. She has fourteen known tattoos, among which the Latin proverb "quod me nutrit me destruit" -what nourishes me destroys me, the Tennessee Williams quote "A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages," two sak yant designs featuring a prayer of protection and a twelve-inch-by-eight-inch tiger, and six sets of geographical coordinates indicating the origins of her children. Over time she has covered or lasered several of her tattoos, including the name of her second husband, "Billy Bob", and the Chinese characters "死" (death) and "勇" (courage). Jolie holds a private pilot license and owns a single-engine Cirrus SR22 aircraft.

Angelina JolieToday, Jolie is one of the best-known celebrities around the world. According to the Q Score, in 2000, subsequent to her Oscar win, 31% of respondents in the United States said Jolie was familiar to them; by 2006 she was familiar to 81% of Americans. In a 2006 global industry survey by ACNielsen in 42 international markets, Jolie, together with her partner Brad Pitt, was found to be the favorite celebrity endorser for brands and products worldwide. She was the face of St. John and Shiseido from 2006 to 2008, and in 2011 had an endorsement deal with Louis Vuitton reportedly worth $10 million — a record for a single advertising campaign. She was among the Time 100, a list of the most influential people in the world as assembled by Time, in 2006 and 2008. Forbes named her Hollywood's highest-paid actress in 2009 and 2011, with estimated annual earnings of $27 million and $30 million respectively, and she topped the magazine's Celebrity 100, a ranking of the world's most powerful celebrities, in 2009. People named her one of 2012's Most Beautiful at Every Age.

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Filmography

Actor
Title Year Role Notes
Lookin' to Get Out 1982 Tosh As Angelina Jolie Voight
Cyborg 2 1993 Casella "Cash" Reese Direct-to-video film
Without Evidence 1995 Jodie Swearingen
Hackers 1995 Kate "Acid Burn" Libby
Love Is All There Is 1996 Gina Malacici
Mojave Moon 1996 Eleanor "Elie" Rigby
Foxfire 1996 Margret "Legs" Sadovsky
True Women 1997 Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods TV film
George Wallace 1997 Cornelia Wallace TV film
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or Movie
Playing God 1997 Claire
Gia 1998 Gia Carangi TV film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Female Actor – Miniseries or Television Movie
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or Movie
Hell's Kitchen 1998 Gloria McNeary
Playing by Heart 1998 Joan National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award for Breakthrough Performance
Pushing Tin 1999 Mary Bell
The Bone Collector 1999 Amelia Donaghy
Girl, Interrupted 1999 Lisa Rowe Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Supporting Female Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 Sara "Sway" Wayland
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 Lara Croft Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
Original Sin 2001 Julia Russell/Bonny Castle
Life or Something Like It 2002 Lanie Kerrigan
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 2003 Lara Croft
Beyond Borders 2003 Sarah Jordan
Taking Lives 2004 Illeana Scott
Shark Tale 2004 Lola Voice
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004 Francesca "Franky" Cook People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Action Star
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Alexander 2004 Olympias
Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005 Jane Smith Nominated — People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Action Star
Nominated — People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Movie Star
The Good Shepherd 2006 Margaret "Clover" Russell
A Mighty Heart 2007 Mariane Pearl Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Leading Female Actor
Beowulf 2007 Grendel's mother
Kung Fu Panda 2008 Master Tigress Voice
Wanted 2008 Fox People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Action Star
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated — People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Movie Star
Changeling 2008 Christine Collins Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Leading Female Actor
Salt 2010 Evelyn Salt Nominated — People's Choice Award for Favorite Action Star
Nominated — People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Movie Star
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
The Tourist 2010 Elise Clifton-Ward Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 Master Tigress Voice
Maleficent 2014 Maleficent
Director
Title Year Notes
A Place in Time 2007 Documentary
In the Land of Blood and Honey 2011 Also writer and producer
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
Producers Guild of America Stanley Kramer Award
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing – Motion Picture

Selected Awards

Year Award Category Film Result
1998 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or Movie George Wallace Nominated
1998 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film George Wallace Won
1998 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award Breakthrough Performance Playing by Heart Won
1998 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or Movie Gia Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Gia Won
1999 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Female Actor – Miniseries or Television Movie Gia Won
2000 Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Girl, Interrupted Won
2000 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Girl, Interrupted Won
2000 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Supporting Female Actor Girl, Interrupted Won
2008 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama A Mighty Heart Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Leading Female Actor A Mighty Heart Nominated
2009 Academy Award Best Actress Changeling Nominated
2009 BAFTA Award Best Leading Actress Changeling Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Changeling Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Leading Female Actor Changeling Nominated
2011 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy The Tourist Nominated
2012 Golden Globe Award Best Foreign Film - as producer In the Land of Blood and Honey Nominated
2012 Producers Guild of America Award Stanley Kramer Award - as producer In the Land of Blood and Honey Won

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