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Jolie, Angelina 1975 --
Angelina JolieActress. Born Angelina Jolie Voight, on June 4, 1975, in Los Angeles, California. Her father, actor Jon Voight—best known for Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Coming Home (1978), for which he won an Oscar—separated from her mother, the former model/actress Marcheline Bertrand, when Jolie was just a year old. Raised by her mother along with her older brother, James Haven, in Palisades, New York, Jolie made her feature film debut with a bit role in the poorly received 1982 film Lookin’ to Get Out, co-produced and co-written by Voight, who also starred.

Jolie began formally studying acting at the renowned Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City at age 11. Five years later, she began living on her own, working as a professional model and appearing in music videos for artists including the Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, Meat Loaf, and the Lemonheads. Moving back to Los Angeles, Jolie acted in several student films directed by her brother, who was then attending the University of Southern California film school; she also joined the Met Theater Group and performed alongside fellow members like Ed Harris and Holly Hunter.

After a couple forgettable films (including the direct-to-video Cyborg II: Glass Shadows), Jolie landed her first starring role in the 1995 cyber-thriller Hackers. Though the film met with a generally poor reception, Jolie earned praise for her performance; she also fell in love with co-star Jonny Lee Miller. At the couple’s wedding ceremony in March 1996, the unconventional bride wore black rubber pants and a shirt on which she had written the groom’s name in her own blood. Jolie and Miller separated less than a year later; they were divorced in 1999.

Over the next several years, Jolie’s reputation as Hollywood’s newest “bad girl” grew steadily, even as a number of highly acclaimed performances established her as a talented A-list actress. In 1997, she earned an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe Award for her supporting turn in the TNT biopic George Wallace, starring Gary Sinise. She achieved the same feats—this time as Best Actress—the following year, for her emotionally-charged performance at the center of HBO’s Gia, based on the true story of Gia Carangi, a rebellious, heroin-addicted model who died of AIDS in the mid-1980s.

On the big screen, Jolie initially had less success, starring in several poorly received films, most notably Foxfire (1996) and Playing God (1997), co-starring Timothy Hutton and David Duchovny. She had more luck with the ensemble comedy-drama Playing By Heart (1998), appearing alongside such heavy-hitters as Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands. In 1999, Jolie appeared in three major films: the disappointing comedy Pushing Tin, co-starring John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett; The Bone Collector, a thriller co-starring Denzel Washington; and Girl, Interrupted, co-starring Winona Ryder. In the latter film, Jolie’s performance as Lisa, a charismatic sociopathic inmate in a psychiatric hospital, earned her rave reviews, a third straight Golden Globe, and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2000, Jolie starred with Nicolas Cage in the action-packed Gone in Sixty Seconds. In the summer of 2001, she made a serious bid for action stardom in the title role of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and starred with Antonio Banderas in the steamy period drama Original Sin.

After her divorce from Miller, Jolie was romantically linked to her Playing God co-star and veteran “bad boy” Hutton; they reportedly broke up in 1999. In the spring of 2000, she began dating her Pushing Tin co-star and fellow Oscar winner (Best Adapted Screenplay for 1997's Sling Blade) Thornton. The couple were married (she for the second time, he for the fifth) on May 5, 2000, in Las Vegas.

In August 2001, Jolie was appointed as an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She has made visits to refugee camps in such conflict-ridden countries as Pakistan, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone.

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Production Year Character
Beyond Borders (DVD) (VHS) 2002 Sarah Jennings
Life or Something Like It (DVD) (VHS) 2002 Lanie Kerigan
Original Sin (DVD) (VHS) 2001 Julia Russel
Tomb Raider (DVD) (VHS) 2001 Lara Croft
Gone in Sixty Seconds (DVD) (VHS) 2000 Sarah 'Sway' Wayland
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (TV) 1999 Herself
Girl, Interrupted (DVD) (VHS) 1999 Lisa Rowe
Bone Collector, The (DVD) (VHS) 1999 Amelia Donaghy
Pushing Tin (DVD) (VHS) 1999 Mary Bell
Playing by Heart (DVD) (VHS) 1998 Joan
Hell's Kitchen (DVD) (VHS) 1998 Gloria McNeary
Gia (TV) (DVD) (VHS) 1998 Gia Marie Carangi
Playing God (DVD) (VHS) 1997 Claire
George Wallace (TV) (DVD) (VHS) 1997 Cornelia Wallace
True Women (TV) (DVD) (VHS) 1997 Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods
Mojave Moon (DVD) (VHS) 1996 Eleanor "Elie" Rigby
Love Is All There Is (DVD) (VHS) 1996 Gina Malacici
Foxfire (DVD) (VHS) 1996 Margret "Legs" Sadovsky
Without Evidence (DVD) (VHS) 1995 Jodie Swearingen
Hackers (DVD) (VHS) 1995 Kate Libby ('Acid Burn')
Cyborg 2 (DVD) (VHS) 1993 Casella "Cash" Reese
Lookin' to Get Out (DVD) (VHS) 1982 Tosh

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