When I first heard the story of Angelina Jolie, I was inspired by her. She went through a tough childhood and faced a high risk of breast cancer. But still, she never gave up on her work. She delivered a message that women can be strong enough to conquer all frustrations with love and courage.
So I wanted to share her story to be an inspiration for many of you and let you all know how her life journey was.
Who is Angelina Jolie?
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress, who rose to fame through her title role in the film “Lara Croft”. She is also a movie director, humanitarian, and global celebrity. Recently she moved into film production as a writer and producer.
She is known for movies like ‘Girl, Interrupted (1999), ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith(2005) ‘Salt’ (2010) and ‘Maleficent’ (2014) and for high-profile relationships like her former marriage to actor Brad Pitt.
Angelina Jolie is prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees. She serves in a capacity as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR and appears on the list of most beautiful women apart from that she has a personal life covered by the tabloid press.
The early life of Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie fully known as Angelina Jolie Voight was born on June 4, 1975, in Los Angeles, California. She was born to an Academy Award-winning actor, Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She has a brother named James Haven.
Both of Angelina Jolie’s parents have always been very private people and have never sought out the spotlight, and they’ve raised their children to lead normal lives as much as possible.
Separation of her parents
Barely a year after Jolie’s birth, her parents separated in 1976. Her mother filed for divorce in 1978, and this was finalized in 1980.
After the divorce, her father did not stay in touch with the family and when her mother decided to relocate to New York everything changed. The family had to move often back then and they never owned a home but moved from small apartments to even smaller ones. They were always conscious of money and they had to rely on their father for financial support.
She had a difficult relationship with her father, Jon Voight, but she was extremely close and protective of her brother.
She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute at the age of 11 and then at the age of 14 years, she started modeling. At age 16, after she graduated from Beverly Hills High School, she majored in film at New York University. Her modeling and appearance in some music videos did not take off.
She had difficult periods in her childhood as she was being picked on by other children for being very thin and wearing glasses. As she was different, she wasn’t acceptable and was often mocked by her peers for being so. But still, Angelina Jolie did not give in to the pressure and stayed true to herself, doing stuff she liked such as wearing black clothes and experimenting with hair colors.
Jolie also decided to try modeling a shot to make some money like her classmates, but sadly she didn’t receive great feedback from agents. They criticized her and said things like she was too short, too fat, and so on. Jolie later admitted that she went through a tough period as a teenager.
The success of her career
In the year of 1999, she starred in the film “Girl, Interrupted,” both starred and produced by Winona Ryder, as Lisa Rowe. She received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the movie.
In the mid-1990s, she appeared in various small films and got good notice. The films included Hackers (1995) and Foxfire (1996). She played strong roles in the made-for-TV movies True Women (1997), and George Wallace (1997), and through that her critical acclaim increased and she won a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination.
A star-making performance was given by her in the 1998 television film Gia which was based on the short, tragic life of model Gia Marie Carangi, and she won the best actress Golden Globe for it. She continued doing movies like Girl, Interrupted (1999) as a rebellious member of a group of institutionalized teenagers, and her performance resulted in an Academy Award win for best-supporting actress.
Angelina Jolie is able to speak French and is known for her acting in some famous movies. Bone Collector (1999) and Gone in sixty seconds (2000) are some of her successful movies. Jolie is best known for her acting in a film based on the popular “Tomb Rider” (2001) video game series featuring her as its main character, Lara Croft. She gained more success in 2003, on the same video game series entitled “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life”.
She teamed with Brad Pitt to play Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) and then she played The Good Shepherd (2006), and Beowulf (2007). She also gave a brilliant performance as Mariane Pearl that year
In 2008, Angelina Jolie portrayed an assassin in Wanted and starred in the Clint Eastwood-directed thriller Changeling. She played the mother who investigates her son’s unusual disappearance and reappearance. The role led to her first Oscar nomination in the best actress category. She performed a lead role in the action-packed Salt (2010), and in the same year, she played the mysterious Elise Clifton-Ward in the espionage flick The Tourist, alongside Johnny Depp.
In 2014, Angelina Jolie was rewarded with a major blockbuster for both starring in and executive producing Disney’s Maleficent. She performed the title character and it was a woman-centered revisionist approach to the main villain from the animated classic Sleeping Beauty (1959). Domestically, it earned around $240 million and an additional $517 million overseas.
She made her feature-length directorial debut in 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, followed by 2014’s Unbroken which was a biopic that told the story of Olympian Louis Zamperini’s survival in a Japanese POW camp. It earned more than $163 million worldwide.
She directed and co-starred with Brad Pitt in the art film By the Sea which was a slowly-paced Mediterranean tale set in the 1970s. She strictly focused on directing for First They Killed My Father the following year which was based on a Cambodian activist’s memoir of being trained as a child soldier.
The problems she went through
She has starred in five different movies, all of which were directed by her brother James Haven. But their close relationship has, many times, provoked public rumors that the two had an incest love affair (2000), but Jolie denied the issue and stated the speculation was absolutely false. That being so the show must go on.
In her late teens and early 20s, she suffered from depression and periods of self-harm. She struggled to be at peace and was trying to find the right answers to her questions. She used to cut herself or jump out of airplanes. She was trying to find something new to push up against and she said that she was searching for something deeper, something more.
She felt like she was trapped and needed a way out. Jolie spoke about what made her turn to self-harm. She felt that cutting herself made her feel the pain, and kind of release and it was therapeutic to her.
In 2010, a drug dealer said that he supplied drugs to Angelina Jolie and he said that she was high on cocaine when she was promoting her movie in the year 2000. He also said that she would end up spending around $100 on drugs whenever she met him.
Angelina Jolie was filming “Tomb Raider” and said yes to being tested for drugs while working on the film. The actress made the decision to be transparent in the interviews and she was into adding that her fans knew that she wasn’t perfect.
Angelina Jolie’s mother Marcheline Bertrand died in 2007 from Cancer. She was battling ovarian cancer for nearly 10 years and before she died, she makes it clear that she was grateful for the life she had lived. Angelina Jolie was heartbroken by her mother’s death.
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton spend time together while filming the 1999 movie “PushingTin”. They both fell in love and tied the knot in 2000. After the marriage, the actress decided to adopt her son, Maddox.
But a few years later the couple chose to end their relationship, cause they had different lifestyles.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
While shooting “Mr & Mrs. Smith” in 2005, both Jolie and Brad Pitt developed feelings for each other. she said that Brad Pitt was looking for similar things in life and they could relate to each other. Things seemed like going well and the actors were parents to six kids and even got married in 2014.
But unfortunately in September 2016, Jolie ended up filing for divorce and got involved in a legal battle with Pitt. She wanted custody of her kids, and at some point, they agreed to compromise and she was given full physical custody while Pitt was allowed visitation rights.
Jolie accused Brad Pitt of domestic abuse and said that she was worried about her family’s safety and they’re still fighting in court as of 2022 because they have been trying to figure out how to establish a healthy joint custody relationship.
She battled postpartum depression in 2008 after giving birth to her twins Vivienne and Knox. She was staying indoors in Provence, France with her kids. She was believed to have a condition called colic which causes repeated episodes of excessive and inconsolable crying. She often stayed up while looking after the twins and worried about their health.
She would often stay in bed and sleep whenever possible and tried to keep my emotions in check. She had to force herself to remember to eat because she was still breastfeeding. She was off sick because her then-husband, actor Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie decided to undergo surgery
The doctors added that because of her family history, she was at high risk and could develop breast or ovarian cancer. Because both her mother and grandmother were diagnosed with cancer at different points in their lives.
So she decided to have a double mastectomy as a preventive measure. After the surgery, her odds had greatly improved and she raised an urge on other women to get tested and stay proactive. Jolie underwent more procedures in 2015 to safeguard herself against the possibility of developing ovarian cancer.
Angelina Jolie’s social work
In May 2021, Jolie was named the “Godmother” of the Women for Bees initiative. It was a five-year program that was designed to train women across the world as beekeepers. In an effort to raise awareness about ongoing conservation efforts, she posed for a photo in National Geographic while covered with bees.
She has spent nearly two decades working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In order to help find solutions for people who were forced to flee their homes, she worked with the organization as a goodwill ambassador and traveled to Sierra Leone, Iraq, Thailand, and more.
She became a special envoy to the UNHCR in 2012 and has since continued her work with refugee populations around the world.
Jolie teamed up with former Foreign Secretary Lord William Hague of Richmond in 2012 and started The Preventing Sexual Violence In Conflict Initiative. It aimed to raise awareness of the extent of sexual violence against children and adults in situations of armed conflict.
She founded the Maddox Jolie-Pitt foundation which was a conservation group working to preserve Cambodia’s environment and endangered wildlife. They aimed to reduce extreme rural poverty in Cambodia and a landmine clearance program was instituted.
Angelina Jolie has been an ambassador of SOS Children’s Villages focusing to protect the interests and rights of orphaned and abandoned kids. She has visited many of the charity’s international outposts in Haiti, Jordan, Ethiopia, and more.
She has even given $200,000 to the charity set up by Malala Yousafzai as the teenager, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, announced her first grant for educating girls in Pakistan.
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