The Fascinating Rise of Angelina Jolie to Hollywood Stardom

Angelina Jolie

The news of Angelina Jolie filing for divorce from Brad Pitt after two years of marriage has shocked Hollywood. TMZ reports that the reason behind their separation is Jolie’s dissatisfaction with Pitt’s parenting methods, while Page Six alleges that Pitt had an affair with his “Allied” co-star, Marion Cotillard. From her controversial beginnings with Pitt to her current status as a celebrated humanitarian and one of the most famous women in the world, take a look at how Jolie’s life has evolved. Born in LA in 1975 to actor parents, Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, Jolie was primarily raised by her mother, who put her career on hold to focus on raising Jolie and her brother as a single parent.

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In 1982, Jolie began her acting career by appearing alongside her father, Jon Voight, in the movie “Lookin’ to Get Out” as a child actress.

Angelina Jolie as a kid

The film “Lookin’ to Get Out” was an advertisement that marked the start of her acting career. However, it wasn’t until 1993 when she appeared in the low-cost movie “Cyborg 2” that her film career truly took off.

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Back in 1995, Trimark Pictures gave her a chance to play the lead role in the cyber-thriller “Hackers”. It was a major breakthrough for her career. While filming, she fell in love with co-star Jonny Lee Miller, which led to their marriage in 1996. However, their relationship didn’t last long and the couple divorced in 1999.

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According to, Angelina Jolie received critical acclaim for her role as a drug-addicted model named “Gia” in HBO’s television movie released in 1998, following her success in the movie “Hackers.”

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In 1999, HBO’s star actress won the Academy Award for best supporting role in the movie “Girl, Interrupted.”

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In the year mentioned, the female lead played a role with Billy Bob Thornton in the film “Pushing Tin.” Following only two months of dating, the couple wedded in Las Vegas in the year 2000. Their marriage was quite famous because they wore vials containing each other’s blood around their necks.

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Back in 2001, Jolie landed herself the starring role in the “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” series and quickly became one of the most well-paid actresses in Tinsel Town.

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As per the Paramount Pictures advertisement, Jolie shared her experience of becoming aware of global humanitarian issues while shooting for “Tomb Raider” in Cambodia. She started visiting various refugee camps across the globe and eventually became a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

Angelina Jolie Goodwill Africa

Back in 2002, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton shared the news of adopting a son from Cambodia. Unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last and they got divorced a year later. However, Jolie continued her journey in parenthood by adopting another son named Maddox from a Cambodian orphanage.

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According to a Daily Mail report, Angelina Jolie got back into the action star game in 2005 with the film “Mr. Mrs. Smith,” where she met her now ex-husband Brad Pitt.

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The celebrity pair is now a proud parent to a total of six children, with three of them being their own biological offspring and the other three being adopted.

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Back in 2011, Angelina Jolie took on her first directing gig with the movie “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” a romantic tale that unfolds against the backdrop of the Bosnian War.

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Jolie has been a Goodwill Ambassador for over 10 years. She received a promotion to Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres in 2012, where she represents the organization at the diplomatic level. Throughout her role, Jolie has earned numerous humanitarian awards.

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According to the UNHCR, she is a famous actress who has been crowned Forbes’ “Highest Paid Actress” on numerous occasions, with her yearly income estimated to be between $27 to $30 million.

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It took seven years and six kids for “Brangelina” to finally announce their engagement in 2012, according to AP/Chris Pizzello.

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Back in May 2013, Angelina Jolie wrote a piece for the NY Times where she disclosed that she had secretly undergone a double mastectomy as a preventative measure.

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According to the NYT, Oli Scarff/Getty Images states that Jolie has acted in the movie “Maleficent” as a famous Disney villain. The movie was well-received and there is a sequel in the works.

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Additionally, she helmed her second cinematic production in 2014, titled “Unbroken,” which drew inspiration from the widely read novel.

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Back in 2014, the famous couple Pitt and Jolie tied the knot twice – first in California and then at their villa in France. Jolie revealed that they couldn’t legally marry in France due to their American nationality.

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Back in March 2015, it was disclosed that she would undergo an operation to take out her ovaries. This piece of information was obtained from Us Weekly and the announcement was made public.

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In 2015, Angelina Jolie acted alongside Brad Pitt in the movie “By the Sea.” This was her second time working with Pitt and the film, produced by Universal Pictures, depicts a marriage void of love.

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The movie could be seen as an early indication that the pair’s union was not going smoothly.

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In an interview with the Telegraph back in November 2015, Jolie shared that they had some doubts about the idea of a working honeymoon. She confessed that during the filming process, there were days when they felt anxious and it was not easy.

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According to The Telegraph, Jolie has started the process of divorcing Pitt by submitting her divorce papers on September 15, 2016. She is apparently seeking physical custody of their six children.

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