Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. Born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975, in Los Angeles, California, she is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. Jolie first garnered attention with her role in the 1993 film "Cyborg 2," but her breakthrough came with the 1998 television film "Gia," in which she played the supermodel Gia Carangi, earning her a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
Jolie's fame further escalated with her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001) and its sequel. Her performances in "Girl, Interrupted" (1999)—for which she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress—and "Changeling" (2008)—earning her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress—solidified her status as a leading actress in Hollywood.
Renowned for her versatility and ability to undertake physically demanding roles, Jolie has also starred in a range of genres, including the action-thriller "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (2005), the animated comedy "Kung Fu Panda" franchise, where she voices the character Tigress, and the fantasy film "Maleficent" (2014) and its sequel.
In addition to her acting career, Jolie has made a significant impact as a filmmaker, directing and producing films such as "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (2011), "Unbroken" (2014), and "First They Killed My Father" (2017). Her directorial efforts often focus on critical and humanitarian issues.
Jolie's humanitarian efforts are perhaps as well-known as her acting achievements. She has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2001 and has visited numerous war zones and refugee camps around the world. In recognition of her conservation and community development work, especially her efforts with education projects for girls in countries like Afghanistan and Kenya, she has received numerous honors, including being appointed as an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) by Queen Elizabeth II.
Jolie has also been openly public about her health challenges. She underwent a preventative double mastectomy in 2013 after learning she had a high risk of developing breast cancer, and she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in 2015 to mitigate her risk of ovarian cancer—both topics she has discussed to raise public awareness about preventative healthcare for women at risk.
On a personal front, Jolie has been in several high-profile relationships. She was married to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton before marrying actor Brad Pitt in 2014. She and Pitt, often referred to as "Brangelina," have six children together, three of whom were adopted internationally. Jolie and Pitt separated in 2016, leading to a well-publicized divorce and custody battle.