Successful women: Angelina Jolie, the activist, actress and filmmaker who conquered the hearts of all people.
Mother of six and one of the most beautiful woman of our century, Angelina Jolie has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood’s highest-paid actress.
Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie Voight was born on June 4, 1975, in Los Angeles, California, to actor Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand. She began acting at a young age, studying at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute while in her early teens.
young Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie committed to acting professionally at the age of 16, but initially found it difficult to pass auditions, often being told that her demeanor was “too dark”. She appeared in five of her brother’s student films, made while he attended the USC School of Cinema-Television, as well as in several music videos, namely Lenny Kravitz‘s “Stand by My Woman” (1991), Antonello Venditti‘s “Alta Marea” (1991), The Lemonheads‘s “It’s About Time” (1993), and Meat Loaf‘s “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through” (1993).
Jolie began her professional film career in 1993, when she played her first leading role in the straight-to-video science-fiction sequel Cyborg 2, as a near-human robot designed for corporate espionage and assassination. She was so disappointed with the film that she did not audition again for a year.
Angelina Jolie Cyborg 2, 1993
Following a supporting role in the independent film Without Evidence (1995), she starred in her first Hollywood picture, Hackers (1995). The New York Times critic Janet Maslin wrote, “Kate stands out. That’s because she scowls even more sourly than [her co-stars] and is that rare female hacker who sits intently at her keyboard in a see-through top.” Hackers failed to make a profit at the box office, but developed a cult following after its video release.
She catapulted to fame as American supermodel, Gia Carangi, in the HBO blockbuster biographical film, Gia. After her stellar performance in Girl, Interrupted and the commercial blockbuster, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, she devoted her time and attention towards humanitarian efforts.
Angelina Jolie Lara Croft: Tomb Rider, 2001
Jolie had become renowned for her acting skills throughout the U.S. but with the release of the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) she became an international superstar. This film went on to gross $275 million and showed how a female artist carried such a huge film on her own shoulders so successfully. Her next big film was Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) which went on to gross nearly $470 million. This made her the queen of the box-office and one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 2005
In 2008 her performance in the movie Changeling got her the Academy Award for the Best Actress. Angelina Jolie achieved almost everything that an actor can achieve from critical acclaim to awards to commercial success.
Angelina Jolie Changeling, 2008
List of Angelina Jolie’s Films
Jolie’s movies include: Lookin’ to Get Out (1982); George Wallace (1997); Cyborg 2 (1993); Love is All there Is (1996); Mojave Moon (1996); Firefox (1996); Playing God (1997); True Woman (1997); Gia (1998); Hell’s Kitchen (1998); Playing by Heart (1998); The Gone Collector (1998); Girl, Interrupted (1999); Original Sin (2001); Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001); Life or Something Like It (2002); Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003); Beyond Borders (2003); Shark Tales (2004); Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004); The Fever (2004 TV); Alexander (2004); Taking Lives (2004); Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005); Gone in Sixty Seconds (2006); The Good Shepherd (2006); A Mighty Heart (2007); Beowolf (2007); Wanted (2008); Changeling (2008); Kung Fu Panda (2008); Wanted (2008). Salt (2010), Maleficent (2014)
Jolie first became personally aware of worldwide humanitarian crises while filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia. She eventually turned to The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide, for more information on international trouble spots.
Since 2001, Jolie has been on field missions around the world and met with refugees and internally displaced persons in more than 20 countries, including Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cambodia, Pakistan, Thailand, Ecuador, Kosovo, Kenya, Namibia, Sri Lanka, North Caucasus, Jordan, Egypt, New Delhi, Costa Rica, Chad, Syria, and Iraq, to name a few, and most recently visited earthquake victims in Haiti on her latest trip to help survivors of conflict and natural disaster.
Over time, Jolie has raised awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. She was an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum, an annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland which brings together top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world including health and the environment in 2005 and 2006. Jolie began lobbying humanitarian interests in the U.S. capital. She met with members of Congress at least 20 times from 2003.
Jolie also co-chairs the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. It helps fund education programs for children affected by conflict. Founded in 2006 at the Clinton Global Initiative, annual meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, 14 Nobel Peace Prize winners, hundreds of leading global CEOs, major philanthropists and foundation heads, directors of the most effective non-governmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. In 2007, 19 organizations made a commitment worth $148 million to educate 350,000 of the children out-of-school in conflict areas and help improve the quality of schooling for nearly 700,000 additional children.
The Jolie-Pitt Foundation, dedicated to eradicating extreme rural poverty, protecting natural resources and conserving wildlife, donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. The organization provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters, for emergency medical assistance to help victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Asked what she hoped to accomplish meeting with refugees and internally displaced persons in more than 20 countries, she stated, “Awareness of the plight of these people. I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon.”
Jolie was recognized and named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, to help educate the public not only about the plight of refugees, but also about the perseverance and courage they show in overcoming all odds to rebuild their lives.
In 2013, Angelina Jolie had a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer. She wrote about her experience and choices she made in a New York op-ed. Her doctors told her that her genes left her an 87% chance of developing breast cancer. Her mother, Marcheline died from Ovarian cancer. Jolie explained her decision to take preventative action.
“Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.”
She travelled to war-torn parts of the world and worked with refugees and others in need of help. Forbes Magazine voted her as one of the ‘highest-paid actresses’ with an estimated net worth of over $ 120 million. Many magazines like Vogue, Esquire, Vanity Fair and Hello voted her as the ‘most beautiful woman’.
We all love her for her talent, beauty and kindness!
“If being sane is thinking there’s something wrong with being different….I’d rather be completely fucking mental.”
― Angelina Jolie