Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who has become popular by taking on the title role in the “Lara Croft” series of blockbuster movies. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees. She often appears on many “most beautiful women” lists, and she has a personal life that is avidly covered by the tabloid press. Jolie has stated that she now plans to spend most of her time in humanitarian efforts, to be financed by her actress salary. She devotes one third of her income to savings, one third to living expenses and one third to charity. In 2002, Angelina adopted a Cambodian refugee boy named Maddox and in 2005 adopted an Ethiopian refugee girl named Zahara.
“The Tourist” 2010
Nominated for: Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.
“A Mighty Heart” 2007
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Outstanding Performance of the Year Award, nominated for: Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.
“The Good Shepherd” 2006
“Mr.& Mrs. Smith” 2005
In 2004, Jolie began filming Mr.& Mrs. Smith (2005) with co-star Brad Pitt. The film became a major box office success. There were rumors that Pitt and Jolie had an affair while filming “Smith”. Jolie insisted that because her mother had been hurt by adultery, she herself could never participate in an affair with a married man, therefore there had been no affair with Pitt at that time. Nonetheless, Pitt separated from his wife Jennifer Aniston in January 2005 and, in the months that followed, he was frequently seen in public with Jolie, apparently as a couple. Pitt’s divorce was finalized later in 2005. Jolie and Pitt announced in early 2006 that they would have a child together, and Jolie gave birth to daughter Shiloh that May. They also adopted a three-year-old Vietnamese boy named Pax. The couple continues to pursue movie and humanitarian projects.
“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” 2004
People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Action Star.
“Taking Lives” 2004
“Beyond Borders” 2003
“Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” 2003
“Life or Something Like It” 2002
“Original Sin” 2001
“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” 2001
In 2000, Jolie was asked to star in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). At first, she expressed disinterest, but then decided that the required training for the athletic role was intriguing.
“Gone in 60 Seconds” 2000
“Girl, Interrupted” 1999
Angelina got a major break in 1999 when she won a leading role in the successful feature The Bone Collector (1999), starring alongside Denzel Washington. In that same year, Jolie gave a tour de force performance in Girl, Interrupted (1999) playing opposite Winona Ryder. “Girl” was a small film that received mixed reviews and barely made money at the box office. But when it came time to give out awards, Jolie won the triple crown- “Girl” propelled her to win the Golden Globe, the SAG Award and the Academy Award for best leading actress in a supporting role.
“The Bone Collector” 1999
“Pushing Tin” 1999
“Playing by Heart” 1998
National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award for Breakthrough Performance.
“Hell’s Kitchen” 1998
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
“Playing God” 1997
“George Wallace” 1997
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
“True Women” 1997
“Mojave Moon” 1996
“Love Is All There Is” 1996
“Without Evidence” 1995
“Cyborg 2″ 1993
“Lookin’ to Get Out” 1982