Full Name: Angelina Jolie Voight
Nicknames: Angie, Jellybean, and Bunny
Date of Birth: June 4, 1975
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, Calif.
Sign: Sun in Gemini, Moon in Aries
Relations: Father: Jon Voight (actor); mother: Marcheline Bertrand (former actress); brother: James Haven Voight (director); husband: Billy Bob Thornton (actor, director, writer); ex-husband: Jonny Lee Miller (actor)
Education: Attended Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and New York University (majored in film)
Film Debut: "Lookin' to Get Out" at the age of seven.
1997: Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, George Wallace
1998: National Board of Review: Breakthrough Performance Award, Playing by Heart; cited with Billy Crudup (Without Limits)
1998: Golden Satellite: Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV, Gia
1998: Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV, Gia
1998: Screen Actors Guild: Female Actor (Television Movie or Miniseries), Gia
1999: Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Girl, Interrupted
1999: Screen Actors Guild: Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Theatrical Motion Picture), Girl, Interrupted
1999: Oscar: Best Supporting Actress, Girl, Interrupted
2000: ShoWest: Supporting Actress of the Year
Scars/Tattoos: She has a scar on her hand, and a faint one below her jaw line. She has several tattoos: a box design on her hip, a Chinese dragon on her left arm, a rune-shaped design on her left wrist, two tribal designs on her backside, the Japanese symbol for "death" on her shoulder, and the Latin words on her stomach meaning "What nourishes me also destroys me."
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Acting is not pretending or lying. Its finding a side of yourself thats the character and ignoring your other sides. And theres a side of me that wonders whats wrong with being completely honest."
This is how Angelina confronts acting. She is no stranger to the art as both her parents are actors. Her mother is actress Mircheline Bertrand and her father, the Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight. Her father although not entirely unbiased said in an interview Just look at the beautiful face and all the intelligence that it has and all the passion. Its quite extraordinary.
But Angelina is quite extraordinary as she made her first screen debut at the age of five, alongside her father in the Hal Ashby-directed comedy Looking to Get Out a very obscure film mirroring the very young but still obscure Angelina.
At the age of 11 she begun studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. During her time there she staged numerous productions but was also flirting with the idea of becoming a funeral director.
She says: Theres something about death that is comforting. The thought you could dies tomorrow frees you to appreciate your life now.
Age 16 she struck out on her own finding work as a professional model in London, New York and Los Angeles and appearing in music videos for the likes of Meatloaf, the Lemonheads, Lenny Kravitz and the Rolling Stones.
However her love for acting and theatre brought her back to New York where she followed film studies before she moved back to Los Angeles studying/acting in more formalized setting at the Met Theatre Group amongst esteemed actors such as Ed Harris and Holly Hunter.
Her inner search continued. I didnt know exactly what I wanted, but I knew I could know.
Angelina insists it was her mother, who influences her She loved taking us to the theatre. She also added about her rekindled interest in theatrics. I loved some kind of expressionI want[ed] so much to try to explain things to somebody. Im very good at trying to explore different emotions and listen to people and feel things. That is an actor I think.
Her first film was, to be put mildly, unremarkable; a supporting role as a human- machine hybrid in the 1993 Cyborg II: Glass Shadows.
Her second film in 1995 and first lead role could be described as a milestone for her not only because she got recognition in the film industry but also because the venture put her in the company of free-spirited British actor, Lonny Lee Miller. After a brief courtship, the co-stars got married. Angelina ignored the customary white wedding dress and made a statement by wearing black rubber pants and a shirt that had inscribed across it, in blood, the grooms name.
More films followed, such as the 1996 Legs a very dynamic and powerful adaptation of the Joyce Card Oates novel Foxfire, the also 1996 Love in all there is and in 1997 in Playing God alongside David Duchorny.
Her animated portrayal of Cornelia Wallace in the 1997 TV movie George Wallace garnered her a Best supporting Actress Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination.
But her stardom was truly set ablaze by another electrifying portrayal this time as a drug-addicted AIDS-afflicted model Gia Cavangi in the 1998 HBO produced Gia netted her a second Golden Globe statuette and another Emmy nomination.
As an acclaimed actress the offers for more challenging roles come flooding in. In 1999 she co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton (her current husband) in the comedy Pushing Tin and in the same year she tackled a headline role in The Bone Collector alongside Denzel Washington.
Angelina pushed emotional, physical and mental boundaries to the limits in her strong turn as a seductive sociopath in Girl, Interrupted a starring vehicle for Winona Ryder that was based on author Susanna Kaysens best selling account of her own two-year confinement in a psychiatric hospital. Perhaps not surprisingly Jolies full-tilt performance in the coveted supporting role was rewarded with a Golden Globe, not to mention a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
Now at the age of 24 and with three Golden Globes and an academy Award on the mantelpiece Angelina Jolie Voight makes headlines again as her followers await news about her transformation to the highly conspicuous Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, the Movie.