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Angelina Jolie

Academy Award and three-time Golden Globe winner Angelina Jolie continues to be one of Hollywood's most talented leading actresses. Most recently, Jolie starred in Clint Eastwood's acclaimed film Changeling, for which she received an Academy Award(R) nomination for Best Actress, as well as nominations from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Broadcast Film Critics, London Film Critics and Chicago Film Critics.

Jolie also starred in the 2008 box-office hits Wanted, the fantasy-thriller directed by Timur Bekmambetov, and DreamWorks' animated film Kung Fu Panda, opposite Jack Black. In 2007, she starred in Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf and Michael Winterbottom's critically acclaimed A Mighty Heart, the dramatic true story of Mariane and Daniel Pearl. Jolie's performance in A Mighty Heart earned her nominations from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Broadcast Film Critics and Film Independent's Spirit Awards.

Her upcoming films include The Tourist, in which she co-stars opposite Johnny Depp for director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.

Jolie's previous films include The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert De Niro and co-starring Matt Damon; Mr. & Mrs. Smith, co-starring Brad Pitt; Alexander, directed by Oliver Stone and co-starring Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins; and the action-adventure Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, with Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. She lent her voice to the animated feature Shark Tale, directed by the creators of Shrek, which also featured the voices of Will Smith, Robert De Niro and Jack Black. Jolie also starred in the Warner Bros. thriller Taking Lives, with Ethan Hawke. In 2003, she played the lead role in the action-adventure Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, the sequel to director Simon West's 2001 box-office smash Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and portrayed a relief worker for the United Nations in the provocative drama Beyond Borders.

In 2001, she starred in Original Sin, opposite Antonio Banderas for Gia writer/director Michael Cristofer. The previous year, she was seen with co-stars Nicolas Cage and Robert Duvall as car thieves committing their final heist in the smash hit Gone in Sixty Seconds, for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. She was also in the romantic comedy Life or Something Like It. Jolie's portrayal of a mental patient in Girl, Interrupted garnered her an Academy Award(R), her third Golden Globe Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, ShoWest's Supporting Actress of the Year Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. The film, based on the true story by Susanna Kaysen, was directed by James Mangold and co-starred Winona Ryder.

Prior to that, she played a rookie police officer opposite Denzel Washington's veteran detective in the thriller The Bone Collector, directed by Phillip Noyce. She also co-starred in Mike Newell's Pushing Tin with Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack. Playing by Heart earned her the National Board of Review's award for Breakthrough Performance-Female; this character-driven drama, directed by Willard Carroll, featured an all-star ensemble cast, including Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands, Madeleine Stowe, Ellen Burstyn, Gillian Anderson and Dennis Quaid.

The HBO film Gia earned Jolie critical praise as well as a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of supermodel Gia Carangi, who died of AIDS. Jolie also received an Emmy nomination for her role opposite Gary Sinise in director John Frankenheimer's George Wallace, a period epic for TNT about the controversial governor of Alabama. The film earned Jolie her first Golden Globe Award and a CableACE nomination for her portrayal of George Wallace's second wife, Cornelia.

Jolie also co-starred with David Duchovny and Timothy Hutton in director Andy Wilson's Playing God. Prior to that, she starred in Hallmark Hall of Fame's four-hour miniseries presentation True Women; directed by Karen Arthur, it was based on Janice Woods Windle's best-selling historical novel. Jolie also starred in Annette Haywood-Carter's much-acclaimed Foxfire and Iain Softley's Hackers.

A member of the famed MET Theatre Ensemble Workshop, Jolie trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and has also studied with Jan Tarrant in New York and Silvana Gallardo in Los Angeles.

Jolie has also received wide recognition for her humanitarian work. She was the first recipient of the Citizen of the World Award from the United Nations Correspondents Association, as well as the Global Humanitarian Action Award in 2005. In February 2007, Jolie was accepted by the bipartisan think tank Council on Foreign Relations for a special five-year term designed to nurture the next generation of foreign-policy makers.

Jolie is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She helped push through the Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act and founded the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children, an organization that provides free legal aid to asylum-seeking children.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.
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Angelina Jolie Facts

Birth NameAngelina Jolie Voight
OccupationActress, Model
BirthdayJune 4, 1975 (47)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Angelina Jolie compared to you?
Awards2000 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (for Girl, Interrupted)
2000 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for Girl, Interrupted)
2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (for Girl Interrupted)
1999 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for Gia)
1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (for Gia)
1998 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Film (for George Wallace)

Selected Filmography

Changeling (2008)
Wanted (2008)
The Good Shepherd (2006) as Clover
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) as Jane Smith
Alexander (2004) as Olympias
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) as Franky
Taking Lives (2004) as Illeana Scott
Beyond Borders (2003) as Sarah Jordan
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) user recommendation as Lara Croft
Original Sin (2001) as Bonney Castle/Julia Rustle
Girl, Interrupted (2000) as Lisa Rowe
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) as Sara Wayland
Gia (1998) as Gia
Foxfire (1996)
Hackers (1995) as Kate Libey
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