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Angelina Jolie is a film actress, screenwriter, and director, born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California. She has appeared in numerous films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Wanted, Salt, and Maleficent. She also works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She is married to Brad Pitt.

21 Sep, 2016

Pitt fears for children

According to TMZ, Pitt pleaded for with Jolie to handle the divorce “like adults.” He wanted to low-key it for the benefit of the children. Instead, he is angry because Jolie asked for sole physical custody and suggested he’s a risky father, with anger and substance abuse issues. Pitt is also concerned that the children are now the target of the paparazzi.

19 Sep, 2016

Jolie, Pitt divorce


After two years of marriage and more than a decade together, Jolie files for divorce from Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences. Jolie is seeking physical custody of their six children, suggesting Pitt get visitation rights. Jolie is not seeking spousal support. Jolie’s manager:

Angelina will always do what’s in the best interest of taking care of her family. She appreciates everyone’s understanding of their need for privacy at this time.

Jolie’s attorney:

The decision was made] for the health of the family. [Jolie] will not be commenting, and asks that the family be given its privacy at this time.

17 Nov, 2015

Vanity Fair Italia cover

Magazine Cover

1jolieJolie and Pitt appear on the cover of Vanity Fair Italia, where Pitt opens up about working with his wife

If I’m going to work, I want to work with my wife. [It’s] surprising how much I enjoy the direction of my wife. She’s decisive, incredibly intuitive, knife-sharp, and might I say, sexy at her post. I trust her with my life.

2 Nov, 2015

Mother’s death inspired movie


In an interview on The Today show, Jolie says By the Sea is inspired by her mother’s death in 2007.

We can’t say what the whole film is about, but a lot of the film was when I went to visit my mom in the hospital, when she found out she had cancer the first time. She was going to have her ovaries removed, [and] was very upset, feeling like…they’re taking out her parts that were female, and there was a woman down the hall who was wailing. I later found out it was a young woman who had not had children yet, and that put everything into perspective.

She also talks about how her mother urged her doctor to take her ovaries removed.

We had some of the same nurses, some of the same doctors. So, the doctor that did my ovary surgery was my mother’s doctor. And apparently my mother had said to her, ‘Promise me you will take Angie’s ovaries out.’ So when we kind of got together, we both had a big cry, and she said, ‘I promised your mother, and I’ve gotta do this.

23 Jul, 2015

Will direct, produce Netflix film

Makes Statement

Netflix strikes a deal with Jolie to direct and produce First They Killed My Father, based on a memoir of the same name by Ung. This is the latest example of investing in their own quality programming online, instead of streaming other studios’ programming. Jolie, deeply affected by the book, is determined to turn it into a movie:

Films like this are hard to watch but important to see. They are also hard to get made. Netflix is making this possible, and I am looking forward to working with them and excited that the film will reach so many people.

24 Apr, 2015

Criticizes UNSC

Gives Talk

Jolie criticizes U.N. Security Council for its lack of action in solving humanitarian crisis in Syria.

We cannot look at Syria, and the evil that has arisen from the ashes of indecision, and think this is not the lowest point in the world’s inability to protect and defend the innocent.

29 Mar, 2015

Kid’s Choice Favorite Villain Award

Other Awards

Jolie, attending the 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards show with children Shiloh and Zahara, accepts the favorite villain award for her role as Maleficent.

When I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different. And I felt out of place — too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in. And then one day I realized something, something that I hope you all realize: Different is good. And, as your villain, I would also say cause a little trouble — it’s good for you.

24 Mar, 2015

Ovaries removed

HospitalWrites Article

Jolie undergoes a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy to have her ovaries removed, after her doctor warns her that she could have cancer. She is entering early menopause and can no longer have children. Describing the process:

Your CA-125 is normal,” he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history. But that wasn’t all. He went on. “There are a number of inflammatory markers that are elevated, and taken together they could be a sign of early cancer.” I took a pause. “CA-125 has a 50 to 75 percent chance of missing ovarian cancer at early stages,” he said. He wanted me to see the surgeon immediately to check my ovaries.

I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren. I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours. The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful. That same day I went to see the surgeon, who had treated my mother. I last saw her the day my mother passed away, and she teared up when she saw me: “You look just like her.” I broke down. But we smiled at each other and agreed we were there to deal with any problem, so “let’s get on with it.

Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.

1 Jan, 2015

Women’s Weekly Australia cover

Magazine Cover

Jolie appears on the cover of the January 2015 issue of Women’s Weekly Australia magazine. She talks about family life, marriage, and her kids.

They’re six of the funniest people we have ever met in our lives. We love being home and we love being around them because they are just so entertaining.

30 Dec, 2014

Vanity Fair Italy cover

Magazine Cover

Jolie appears on the cover of a December 2014 issue of Vanity Fair Italy magazine. She talks about her relationship with Brad Pitt since they’ve been married.

It does feel different. It feels nice to be husband and wife.

12 Dec, 2014

Misses events due to chicken pox

IllnessMakes Statement

Jolie releases a public announcement to let her fans know why she will be missing all the upcoming events for her film Unbroken. 

I just wanted to be clear and honest about why I will be missing the Unbroken events in the next few days, which is, I found last night that I have chicken pox. I will be home itching and missing everyone, and I can’t believe it because this film means so much to me I can’t believe it! But such is life. There it is. I send everyone my love and hope everything goes well.

1 Dec, 2014

DuJour cover

Magazine Cover

angelina-jolie-directing-brad-pitt-trickyJolie and O’Connell appear on the cover of the Winter 2014/2015 issue of DuJour magazine. She talks about giving up on acting, making By The Sea with Brad Pitt, and making Unbroken with her sons.

In the back of my mind, I wanted to make a film that would help my boys become better men. They know Louie’s story, so I’m able to say to them that it’s not bad to be full of fire—it’s what you choose to do with that fire.

Vanity Fair cover

Magazine Cover

vanity fairJolie appears on the December cover of Vanity Fair, and discusses her recent marriage to Brad Pitt.

It does feel different. It feels nice to be husband and wife.

22 Oct, 2014

Addresses ‘vial of blood’ rumor


Thornton explains the ‘vial of blood’ rumors that circulated while he was married to Angelina Jolie. Thornton is questioned about the vial while speaking at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television.

[A] vial of blood is very simple. Angie came home one day with a kit she bought. You know those lockets you buy that are clear and you put a picture of your grannie in it or something like that and wear it around your neck? That’s what it was. She bought two of those. We were apart a lot because she’s off making Tomb Raider and I’m making Monster’s Ball. We were on opposite ends—we see each other for two weeks and whatever. She thought it would be interesting and romantic if we took a little razorblade and sliced our fingers, smeared a little blood on these lockets and you wear it around your neck just like you wear your son or daughter’s baby hair in one. Same thing. From that we were wearing quart jars of blood around our necks. And we were vampires and we lived in a dungeon. I think it’s your duty to kind of tell people the truth about this stuff and the truth is not encouraged anymore.

10 Oct, 2014

Honorary Dame Grand Cross

Other Awards

angelina jolieJolie is presented with the Honorary Dame Grand Cross in recognition of her campaign against sexual violence by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Brad Pitt, and their six children also attend. Buckingham Palace spokesman:

The audience itself between Miss Jolie and the Queen was private. Her Majesty presented her with the insignia in its box. Mr Pitt and the rest of the family were introduced to the Queen afterwards, however.

2 Sep, 2014

First wedding photos

Magazine Cover

People and Hello magazines feature the first look at the wedding photos from Pitt and Jolie’s wedding. Jolie’s satin gown was designed by Donatella Versace. The master tailor at Versace, Luigi Massi, sewed drawings made by the couple’s six children into the dress. Jolie:

Luigi is like family to me and I couldn’t imagine anyone else making this dress. He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together.

1 Sep, 2014

Hello Magazine cover

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helloJolie and Pitt’s wedding picture is featured on the cover of Hello Magazine. The family made the children a large part of the wedding celebration and planning including the wedding dress. When questioned on their children’s choices for the wedding Jolie replied:

We are discussing it with the children and how they imagine it might be, which is verging on hysterical, how kids envision a wedding. They will, in a way, be the wedding planners. It’s going to be Disney or paintball – one or the other!

Jolie, Pitt marry


Jolie and Pitt get married after nine years and six kids together. The wedding is held at Château Miraval in the village of Correns, where the couple first settled as a family.

We’re just waiting for it to be the right time with the kids, with work, when it feels right. We talk about it occasionally, and the kids talk about it with us.

18 Jul, 2014

Cast in ‘By the Sea’


Jolie and Pitt are set to share the screen once again in By the Sea. The upcoming dramatic film is written and directed by Jolie, who is also co-producing with Pitt. It will be the couple’s first time together in film since 2005, when they co-starred in Mr. & Mrs. Smith

It’s not a big movie, it’s not an action movie. It’s the kind of movie we love but aren’t often cast in. It’s a very experimental, independent-type film where we get to be actors together and be really raw, open, try things. I am very happy to continue my relationship with [Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley] and the entire Universal team as I finish Unbroken and begin work on By the Sea. They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker.

11 Jul, 2014

Sues over heroin video


Jolie takes legal action against the Daily Mail over a video of her from the 1990’s that they published online.  The newspaper claims the 16-minute video, originally published by The National Enquirer, shows Jolie when she was a heroin user. According to an article published in Daily Mail on July 8, 2014, the video was taken by Franklin Meyer.  Meyer claims he was  Jolie’s drug dealer when she lived in New York.  Although Jolie has discussed her drug problems with reporters in the past, the Times reports that she views the Daily Mail‘s publication of the video as a “gross violation of her privacy.”

9 Jul, 2014

14-year old video emerges

Convicted drug dealer, Frank Meyer, claims he shot a 16-minute video with Jolie’s consent while he was delivering cocaine and heroin to her in the 1990s. The video was first given to The National Enquirer.  Meyer tells the paper:

Angie was a client of mine for several years. I sold her heroin and cocaine. One day she called me up and wanted me to drop by her place. That was her way of telling me she wanted me to bring her drugs. At the time, I had just bought a video camera and decided to bring it along. When I arrived, I just gave her the drugs and then she gave me the money.

30 May, 2014


Film Appearance

In this fantasy fairy tale directed by Robert Stromberg, Jolie plays a beautiful, pure-hearted sprite with stunning black wings, who, as a child, is betrayed by her friend, the future king of the humans. Seeking revenge she places a terrible curse on his newborn child. Co-starring Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites and Sam Riley. Asked if she thinks she was the perfect one for her role:

It is really funny when people say you’d be obvious for a great villain. She was just my favorite as a little girl. I was terrified of her but I was really drawn to her. I loved her. There were some discussions about it before I got the part, and I got a phone call from my brother who said, ‘You got to get your name on the list for this!’

26 May, 2014

People cover

Magazine Cover

jolieJolie appears on the cover of People to discuss how her life has changed since becoming a mom and wedding plans with Pitt.

We’ve been through so much. We’ve gotten a lot closer, which I think naturally happens with raising a family together. You have history. You have so many memories. All your memories are based on time together, so you don’t have separate experiences. You have this person you live with who really knows you, and you know them so well. You’re not lovers or boyfriend and girlfriend as much as you are a family.

7 May, 2014

Elle cover

Magazine Cover

angelina-jolie-elle-cover-inlineThe actress appears on the cover of the June 2014 issue of Elle magazine. She talks about how she never thought she would find love or have children.

I never thought I’d have children. I never thought I’d be in love, I never thought I’d meet the right person. Having come from a broken home—you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you just don’t look for them.

14 Mar, 2014

Angelina Jolie interview


Entertainment Weekly interviews Jolie about how her children reacted to her playing the role of the villain in the film Maleficent.

I told my kids I was playing Maleficent and they went “She’s so scary!” and I said “Let me tell you the real story but you can’t tell anybody” so I put them in the room and I told them the [film’s] story. So this was my test too, like any parent. And the next day, I heard Shiloh getting into a fight with another kid, defending Maleficent. Saying, “You don’t understand her!” They got into a bit of an argument and I thought that’s the reason to do the film. It’s not just that there’s more to people than meets the eye, but that there’s injustice in the world and children get fired up about injustice. [They] want the character they believe in to get up and fight. And when that character makes mistakes — which Maleficent does, and crosses many lines you want them to be angry at her and concerned and confused and in the end, somehow understand something that they didn’t know before.

5 Mar, 2014

Entertainment Weekly Cover

Magazine Cover

B1Jolie is featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. inside the issue Jolie talks about breast cancer and bonding with other cancer survivors.

Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. I’ve talked to men about their daughters’ and wives’ health. It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children. I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people.

14 May, 2013

Angelina Jolie interview


Elle Magazine interviews Jolie about her fight with breast cancer and her decision to allow doctors to perform a double mastectomy.

The decision to have a mastectomy was not easy, but it is one I am very happy that I made. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.

Feb 2013

Double mastectomy


Jolie finds out out she is carrying the BRCA1 gene which gives her an 87% of contracting breast cancer. As a preventive measure she has a double mastectomy, reducing the chances of her getting the disease to less than 5%. She writes an op-ed in the New York Times about her experience:

I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.

I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer. It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.

The reconstructive surgery lasts through April. Jolie is also told she has a 50% of contracting ovarian cancer but will deal with that at a later time.

30 Apr, 2012

People cover

Magazine Cover

bradJolie and Pitt appears on the cover of People to discuss their engagement and their plans for a non traditional wedding. Jeweler, Neil Lane:

The ring looks like a beautiful classic large diamond with an art deco feel. Brad’s sense of aesthetics is amazing, and knowing Angelina and what an elegant, beautiful woman and style icon she is, it only makes sense that he’d design for her one of the most beautiful rings in the world. They are an amazing, loving couple.

13 Apr, 2012

Pitt, Jolie engaged


Pitt and Jolie are officially engaged after a nearly seven year relationship, and establishing a family of six children. Jolie’s ring is personally designed by Pitt, and took over a year to perfect. Jewelry designer Robert Procop states:

Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution. The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger.

12 Dec, 2011

Newsweek cover

Magazine Cover

angelina-jolie-covers-newsweekJolie appears on the cover of a December 2011 issue of Newsweek magazine. She talks about making 60 Minutes in 2 parts.

We all spoke about every speech, every scene and made sure that it was right and true. So everybody helped to educate me and we all adjusted the script together.

26 May, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2

Film Appearance

Jolie stars in the movie Kung Fu Panda 2 alongside Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, and David Cross. Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior while protecting The Furious Five. Po’s new life  is threatened a villain, who plans to use a secret weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu.

It’s the film my kids love. And as I travel around the world it’s the film other kids talk to me about. It’s better than anything. It’s the best.

10 Dec, 2010

The Tourist

Film Appearance

Jolie stars in the action thriller The Tourist. She plays a woman who deliberately crosses paths with her costar Johnny Depp to live a live of mystery and trouble. After dating Depp, Jolie finds herself playing cat and mouse with a man she starts to love. Other cast members include Paul Bettany and Rufus Sewell.

We wanted to make sure that she had a kind of sexiness and elegance, but also that she was fun, playful, and sweet. Instead of a big high slit, Colleen put a bow in the bum. It was very different than anything I’ve ever worn. It took me a while to get used to the heels and the gloves and how to hold the handbag.

1 Dec, 2010

Vogue cover

Magazine Cover

angelina-jolie-vogue-decemberJolie appears on the cover of the December 2010 issue of Vogue magazine. She talks about Brad Pitt and her children.

[Brad Pitt is] extremely handsome and the most sexy.

19 Nov, 2010

Entertainment Weekly cover

Magazine Cover

angelina-jolie-johnny-depp-cover-ewJolie and Depp appear on the cover of a November 2010 issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. They talk about each other. Jolie says:

We’re both not that social. I don’t think either one of us goes out of our house, especially in France. We’re both locked away.

2 Sep, 2010

Jane’s Journey

Film Appearance

Directed by Lorenz Knauer, Jolie talks about the energy that Goodall devoted to saving our endangered planet in this documentary that chronicles Jane Goodall’s worldwide travels, personal footage from her childhood, and her charity work saving gorillas. Co-starring: Pierce Brosnan.

Sometimes, caught up in the moment, people promise to give their support but don’t, or can’t come through. That was not true with Angelina.

18 Aug, 2010


Film Appearance

Jolie plays CIA officer Evelyn Salt in this thriller directed by Phillip Noyce. Salt is accused by a defector of being a Russian spy. With each attempt Salt makes to prove her innocence, her mentor, Winter, only grows more suspicious of her true motivations. The longer she eludes capture by ambitious CIA agent Peabody, the higher the stakes get. Co-starring Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

We spent a lot of time with different people who’d worked in the Russia House and the CIA, and I think the biggest note I took from them was how isolated and lonely they felt not being able to talk about their life and their work with anybody in their family, and what a sacrifice that is.

11 Jul, 2010

Parade cover

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angelina-jolie-parade-magazine-coverJolie appears on the cover of a July 2010 issue of Parade magazine. She talks about her children, living for love, and her rebellious past.

I used to cut myself or jump out of airplanes, trying to find something new to push up against because sometimes everything else felt too easy. I was searching for something deeper, something more. I tried everything. I always felt caged, closed in, like I was punching at things that weren’t there. I always had too much energy for the room I was in.

1 Jul, 2010

Vanity Fair cover

Magazine Cover

angelina-jolie-vanity-fair-july-2010-coverJolie appears on the cover of the July 2010 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. She talks about her kids different personalities and her thoughts on working with Brad Pitt again.

I keep telling Brad he owes me. He’s had a few months off in one of the most beautiful cities in the world with the children. And he’s such an artist and goes to the stone yards and the art exhibits, and loves being in such a cultural place.

22 Jan, 2009

Oscar nomination


Jolie is nominated for Best Actress at the 81st Academy Awards for portraying Christine Collins in The Changeling.

Working with Clint Eastwood was a reward in itself that will last me a lifetime. To receive a nomination from the Academy on top of that is a privilege beyond any expectation. It has been an exceptional year for acting, and I am honored to be in the company of these talented actors whose performances all deserve this recognition.

26 Nov, 2008


Film Appearance

Jolie plays Christine Collins in this drama directed by Clint Eastwood. In this true story, Collins is a grief-stricken mother who takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day. Co-Starring Colm Feore and Amy Ryan.

It was a very hard film for all of us to make but at the same time because it was a true story, and because this woman went through so much, it was also very inspiring.

1 Nov, 2008

W cover

Magazine Cover

angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-better-womanJolie appears on the cover of the November 2008 issue of W magazine. She talks about Brad Pitt changing her mind about getting pregnant, her photoshoot, and Pitt being perfect for her.

[I have] a lot of respect [for Brad. He helps me] to be better and fight hard for the things that I love. I do think that I’m in a good partnership now. I think it just needed to be the right man.

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