in Los Angeles, California, Jolie is the daughter of
actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She is the
niece of Chip Taylor, sister of James Haven and the
goddaughter of Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell.
In a 2004 article in Vogue she stated that her mother is
from Chicago. At the Premiere Magazine "Women in
Hollywood" Awards, she said her mother was born in a
bowling alley and has stated that because of her name
people often assume that her mother is French. Jolie's
grandparents were French-Canadian. Her paternal
grandfather was from Czech Republic. She is of Czech and
English descent on her father's side, and
French-Canadian and Iroquois on her mother's side. As a
teenager, Jolie dreamed of becoming a funeral
director. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre
Institute from the age of 11, later attending Beverly
Hills High School. Her mother also studied with Lee
Strasberg. Though she enrolled at the film school at New
York University after finishing Gia, she did not
complete her studies.
Jolie has been long estranged from her father, though a
reconciliation was attempted by his appearing with her
in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. In the October 2004 issue of
Premiere Magazine, Jolie indicated that she was no
longer interested in pursuing a relationship with her
father, but that she did not hate him because she
realized that "...we only have so much energy in this
life". Soon afterwards, he claimed that she has "serious
emotional problems" on Access Hollywood, and she legally
dropped Voight as her last name, taking "Angelina Jolie"
as her legal name. She stated that she didn't want to
publicize her reasons for not having a relationship with
her father, but since she had just adopted her son
Maddox, that she didn't think it was healthy for her to
be around him. Voight has yet to meet any of his three
she began a career as an actress, she was a model who
was signed with Finesse Model Management. She modeled in
both the United States and Europe. She also appeared in
numerous music videos, including those of Korn, Meat
Loaf, Lenny Kravitz, and The Rolling Stones.
Her film debut came in 1982 with "Lookin' to Get Out".
Her first starring role came in the 1995 film Hackers.
In 1998 she achieved a major critical success, starring
in the TV film Gia, the true story of 1970-80s
supermodel Gia Carangi, who died of AIDS. Jolie won
Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Satmifie
awards, and was nominated for an Emmy.
She had roles in several box-office flops until 1999,
when she co-starred in The Bone Collector with Denzel
Washington and won an Oscar for Girl, Interrupted. Her
first headlining blockbuster role came from 2001's
video-game-based Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Several of her subsequent films, such as Life or
Something Like It, Alexander, and Sky Captain and the
World of Tomorrow, were box-office disappointments,
although Jolie herself usually received good notices.
She did provide the voice of the fish Lola in the
successful animated film Shark Tale. Nonetheless, she
has become one of Hollywood's most "in-demand"
Thanks to a mixture of generally good reviews and
advance publicity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith opened in the No. 1
position at the box-office on its release in early June
2005, providing Jolie with her first box-office success
in several years. Following the success of Mr. & Mrs.
Smith, Jolie is set to earn up to $15 million to star in
the film The Good Shepherd, alongside Robert De Niro and
Angelina Jolie Relationships
On March 28, 1996 she married British actor Jonny Lee
Miller, her co-star in the film Hackers. Jolie attended
her wedding in black leather trousers and a white shirt,
which had her groom's name painted in her blood on the
back. Jolie and Miller subsequently divorced on February
3, 1999. Jolie then married American actor Billy Bob
Thornton on May 5, 2000. As a result of their frequent
public declarations of passion and gestures of love
(most famously wearing one anothers' blood in vials
around their necks), their relationship became a
favorite topic of the entertainment media. Jolie and
Thornton divorced on May 27, 2003.
Jolie has said in interviews that she is bisexual. In an
interview with Barbara Walters, Jolie said "If I fell in
love with a woman tomorrow, would I feel that it's okay
to want to kiss and touch her? If I fell in love with
her? Absolutely! Yes!" In a 2005 television
interview, model Jenny Shimizu claimed to have had a
sexual relationship with Jolie as teenagers around the
time of the Foxfire filming.. In 2006, a British
tabloid reported that Jennie continued to enjoy a
long-standing and ongoing romantic and sexual
relationship with her former Foxfire co-star.. Within
a week Shimizu gave a special interview on the Q
Television Network to specifically deny having a current
romantic or sexual relationship with Angelina although
they remain good friends. . She claimed that the
tabloid information was false and that they had not
In early 2005, Jolie found herself in the middle of a
well-publicized Hollywood scandal when she was accused
of being the "other woman" in the divorce of actors Brad
Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. The allegation was that she
and Pitt had started an affair during filming of Mr. &
Mrs. Smith. However, in several interviews she has
denied starting an affair with Pitt. In an interview
with Marie Claire recently, she stated that she could
never have a relationship with a married man because she
has seen what relationships like that did to her mother.
Her father has acknowledged that he cheated on Jolie's
mother when they were married. Jolie stated that she
"could not look at herself in the mirror" if she had an
affair with a married man.
Speculation over the nature of Jolie and Pitt's
relationship continued throughout the summer of 2005. On
August 22, the Calgary Herald ran a front-page story
with a photo of Jolie taken during a surprise visit she
made to Calgary, Alberta a couple of days earlier,
accompanied by her adopted daughter Zahara. Pitt was at
that time filming in Calgary, as was her father, Jon
Voight. It was later reported that Jolie and Pitt
visited the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in
Drumheller, Alberta together, and sources reported in
September of 2005 that they had visited the West
Edmonton Mall together.
On September 30, the Calgary Sun reported that Pitt and
Jolie had rented a house together in the city of Spruce
Grove, Alberta, west of Edmonton where Pitt was filming;
the same issue printed a photograph of the couple, now
dubbed "Brangelina," leaving an Edmonton grocer's.
inventory of tattoos has become the subject of much
media attention, and she frequently adds or even changes
existing tattoos. She has said that all the tattoos she
possesses have a special meaning. Her tattoos include:
2. the letter
H (for her brother James Haven) on the inside of her
3. "A prayer
for the wild at heart, kept in cages" (Tennessee
Williams) on her left forearm.
4. A large
prayer for her son Maddox on her left shoulder which
covers up the Chinese "death" tattoo.
5. two pointy
black tribals on the lower parts of her back.
6. Quod me
nutrit me destruit (Latin for "What nourishes me also
destroys me") several inches below her navel, became
prominent after her pregnancy announcement.
7. a tilted
Latin cross on the lower left of her abdomen.
8. a large
Asian tiger on her back.
9. a dragon
under the tiger.
(number 13 in Roman numerals) on her left forearm.
for "strength of will." (العزيمة) on her right forearm.
your rights" just under her neck between her shoulders.
coordinates representing the locations where she adopted
Maddox (N11� 33' 00" E104� 51' 00") and Zahara (N09� 02'
00" E038� 45' 00") on her left arm, which cover up her
"Billy Bob" tattoo.
Previous Tatoos now covered or removed
Lasered/Covered: a dragon on her left arm (she has
been lasering it for some months now but it can still be
"Billy Bob", the name of her former husband Billy
Bob Thornton, on her left arm (like the dragon, it is
still somewhat visible despite having been in the
process of removal for a long time).
a Chinese character for courage now covered by the
Tennessee Williams quote.
a Chinese character for death (死) now covered by the
prayer for her son.
a tattoo both Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina had a
copy of. It was on her right forearm, now covered by the
"strength of will" tattoo.
a dragon she got in Amsterdam while drunk, now
covered by the Latin cross.
a window on her lower back. On Inside the Actors
Studio, she explained that she covered this tattoo,
because, while she used to spend all of her time looking
out through windows wishing to be outside, she now lives
there all of the time.
Jolie has gone on record as saying that a positive
effect resulting from the large number of tattoos on her
body is that, while she is not opposed to film nudity,
filmmakers have been forced to become more creative when
plotting any nude or love scenes involving her. Make-up
has been used to cover up the tattoos in productions
such as the Tomb Raider films, Original Sin,
Taking Lives, Alexander, and Mr. & Mrs.