Angelina has had a lot of her career clouded in controversy. She has received three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an Academy Award. When she was eleven years old, she decided she wanted to act and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Jolie trained there for two years and appeared in several stage productions.
Jolie’s childhood often saw her feeling isolated. She was bullied at school and after her attempts at modelling proved unsuccessful she began to cut herself. At fourteen years of age, she had dyed her hair black, wore black clothes, and dropped out her acting classes. Eventually, she found her way back to theatre classes and by 1993 she was starring in her first leading role in Cyborg 2.
Her breakthrough role in film was not until 1997 when she starred in George Wallace and won herself a Golden Globe award for her performance, as well as being nominated for an Emmy. It was Girl, Interrupted though that won Jolie a huge amount of praise and critical acclaim. She won her third Golden Globe, her second Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.
In 2001, Lara Croft turned Jolie into a worldwide superstar and sex symbol. The role was exceptionally physically demanding and launched her as an action superstar. Throughout the 2000s, Jolie starred in numerous popular films such as Taking Lives, Shark Tale, Alexander, Mr and Mrs Smith, The Good Shepherd, Wanted, Kung Fu Panda, and Changeling.
Jolie is notably known for her humanitarian work; she has been an UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador since August 27, 2001, and is constantly visiting poverty stricken countries and trying to raise awareness throughout the world.
Jolie’s personal life has always received a lot of attention. She is estranged from her father – actor Jon Voight. Jolie married Billy Bob Thorton in 2000, and has admitted to being bisexual. In 2005, Jolie caused a stir when rumours emerged that she was responsible for the breakdown of Brad Pitt’s and Jennifer Aniston’s marriage.
Jolie and Pitt have been together since, and the pair are parents to six children – Maddox, Zahara, Pax (adopted), Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox (biological).