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|3 Jun|6 mins

Angelina Jolie’s Biggest Life Moments

Including, 'The Angelina Effect'
Laura Collins
3 Jun
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Actress, humanitarian and mega-talented lady Angelina Jolie has lived a life in the spotlight. With a successful acting career, Hollywood romances and a jet-setting family in her personal bio, we decided to recap a few of her most major moments.

Despite her troubled teen years – including a stint when she abandoned her dream of being an actor and studied to become a funeral director – Angelina’s career first took off when she won a Golden Globe in 1998 for her role in a made-for-TV movie. The following year, she won again, this time for the leading role in biopic Gia.

She starred as a mental patient in Girl, Interrupted in 1999, and won her first Academy Award (plus another Golden Globe and a second Screen Actors Guild award. NBD).

News
|3 Jun|6 mins

Angelina Jolie’s Biggest Life Moments

Including, 'The Angelina Effect'
Laura Collins
3 Jun
Share:

Actress, humanitarian and mega-talented lady Angelina Jolie has lived a life in the spotlight. With a successful acting career, Hollywood romances and a jet-setting family in her personal bio, we decided to recap a few of her most major moments.

Despite her troubled teen years – including a stint when she abandoned her dream of being an actor and studied to become a funeral director – Angelina’s career first took off when she won a Golden Globe in 1998 for her role in a made-for-TV movie. The following year, she won again, this time for the leading role in biopic Gia.

She starred as a mental patient in Girl, Interrupted in 1999, and won her first Academy Award (plus another Golden Globe and a second Screen Actors Guild award. NBD).

Angelina Jolie & Billy Bob Thornton via Getty Images

She married Pushing Tin co-star Billy Bob Thornton in 2000 after dating for two months. They became a tabloid favourite for their, err, unconventional expressions of love (like wearing vials of each other’s blood on necklaces).

A few years later, it was her lead role in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider that cemented her status as a major Hollywood celebrity, and an in-demand action star.

She developed an interest in humanitarian work while filming Tomb Raider. Upon returning home from set in war-torn Cambodia, she reached out to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and began visiting refugee camps around the world. She was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.

She married Pushing Tin co-star Billy Bob Thornton in 2000 after dating for two months. They became a tabloid favourite for their, err, unconventional expressions of love (like wearing vials of each other’s blood on necklaces).

A few years later, it was her lead role in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider that cemented her status as a major Hollywood celebrity, and an in-demand action star.

She developed an interest in humanitarian work while filming Tomb Raider. Upon returning home from set in war-torn Cambodia, she reached out to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and began visiting refugee camps around the world. She was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider via IMDB

A decade later, she’d go on to become Special Envoy to the High Commissioner, and represent the organisation on a diplomatic level.

She adopted her first child, a son from Cambodia, in 2002 and named him Maddox. Shortly after adopting him, she split from Billy Bob Thornton and went on to raise Maddox as a single parent.

After a critically unsuccessful period in her acting career, she hit the big time again opposite Brad Pitt in the 2005 action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith. We all know what happens next…

A decade later, she’d go on to become Special Envoy to the High Commissioner, and represent the organisation on a diplomatic level.

She adopted her first child, a son from Cambodia, in 2002 and named him Maddox. Shortly after adopting him, she split from Billy Bob Thornton and went on to raise Maddox as a single parent.

After a critically unsuccessful period in her acting career, she hit the big time again opposite Brad Pitt in the 2005 action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith. We all know what happens next…

Mr & Mrs Smith via IMDB

Pitt and Jolie began dated in the midst of Pitt’s divorce from actress Jennifer Aniston (Jolie was accused of causing the split). While they were dating, Jolie adopted daughter Zahara from Ethiopia. Pitt adopted both Maddox and Zahara the following year.

In 2006, “Brangelina” (as they were dubbed by the media) had their first biological child, daughter Shiloh. Born in Namibia in an attempt to avoid the paparazzi, they sold the first pictures of their newborn to an image distributor and donated the money to UNICEF.

A year later, Vietnamese orphan Pax joined the growing brood, and in 2008, Jolie announced that she was expecting twins with Pitt. Knox and Vivienne were born in July 2008, and their images were sold for a record $14 million (the profits went to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation).

In 2011, she made her feature directorial debut with In The Land Of Blood And Honey, which was nominated for a Golden Globe. She stayed off-screen for a few years, but eventually was cast as Maleficent in the Disney smash hit (it’s still her highest-grossing film ever).

Maleficent via IMDB

She went on to direct World War II drama Unbroken, marital drama By The Sea, and Netflix-backed war drama First They Killed My Father. Her eldest son Maddox served as an Executive Producer.

In 2013, Jolie discovered she at high-risk of developing breast cancer and the then 37-year-old underwent a double mastectomy. In 2015, she discovered she was at risk of ovarian cancer (she’d lost both her mother and grandmother to ovarian cancer), so she had surgery to remove her ovaries. She was vocal about discussing the procedures in public, campaigning for awareness for at-risk women – Time magazine reported "The Angelina Effect" which lead to an increase in gene testing around the world.

Though they were together for 12 years, and married for two, Brangelina separated in late 2016.

The good news? Jolie has officially signed on to star in Maleficent 2, so now we’re happily counting down to the next time we spot her on the big screen.

Laura Collins
Writer
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