Angelina Jolie Overview
Angelina Jolie was a well-known award-winning actress, humanitarian, and UN Goodwill Ambassador. She catapulted to fame as American supermodel, Gia Carangi, in the HBO blockbuster biographical film, titled Gia. After her stellar performance in Girl, Interrupted and the commercial blockbuster, titled Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, she devoted her time and attention towards humanitarian efforts. She traveled to war-torn parts of Cambodia and Darfur and worked with refugees and others in need of help. Forbes Magazine voted her as one of the highest-paid actresses with an estimated net worth of over $ 120 million. She has also received a lot of media attention after being voted as the most beautiful woman by many magazines like Vogue, Esquire, Vanity Fair, and Hello.
Personal Life And Career
Angelina Jolie has become one of the best-known celebrities in the world today, getting immense media attention for her relationship with actor Brad Pitt and her large family of multi-ethnic children. After staying together for 12 years and having three biological children, Angelina Jolie announced in September 2016 that she had filed for divorce with Brad Pitt. Beside that, she married actor Jonny Lee Miller in 1995, but the marriage did not last long and they divorced in 1999. She also got married to Billy Bob Thornton in 2000, but the marriage was not successful and they separated in 2003.
About her career, Angelina Jolie played the role of model Gia Carangi in the 1998 HBO biographical film, titled Gia. This HBO biographical film tells the true life story of American model Gia Carangi, her struggle with drug abuse and her eventual death from AIDS at the age of 26. The film garnered widespread attention and earned her a number of prestigious awards at the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Not only that, her 2001 film, titled Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, became a huge commercial success. The film also became an inspiration for the popular video game Tomb Raider and was also made into a sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. She was also presented the Global Humanitarian Action Award from the United Nations Association of the United States of America, in 2005.
Became The Humanitarian
Angelina Jolie may be a leading Hollywood actor, but she has also dedicated decades of her life to helping charitable causes across the world. The Oscar winner has traveled to several war-torn countries with the UN, and used her public platform to try to find ways to help. According to Vogue, Angelina Jolie said that she found herself a student at their feet. She has learned more from refugees about family, resilience, dignity and survival than she can express. Not to mention the fact that she has also established foundations of her own, too. To mark her starring role in humanitarian action, just take a closer look at a few of the non-profit organizations she champions.
UN Refugee Agency
As a special envoy for the UN, Angelina Jolie started visiting refugee camps when she was in her early twenties. While she has financially donated to the UNHCR, she has also helped to fund long-term health and conservation programmes. And she has also helped to build schools for refugee girls. She wrote for the Financial Times in 2020 that yet even before the pandemic, half of all refugee children were out of school, and only three per cent of young refugees were able to access higher education. This was a terrible waste of human potential. In this time of coronavirus, initiatives that help girls stay in school were essential.
The Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation
Angelina Jolie has spoken about falling in love with Cambodia after first visiting it decades ago. In 2002, she adopted her first child, Maddox, from the country. A year later, she established her first foundation, now called the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation. At its core, it aims to end poverty, improve healthcare and education, and protect the environment across the country.
The Jolie-Pitt Foundation
Four years later after The Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, Angelina Jolie and her now ex-husband, Hollywood actor Brad Pitt, set up another foundation together, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. Its main aim is to assist with humanitarian causes across the world. When they launched it, they donated $1 million to Global Action For Children, which ceased operations in 2010, and another million dollars to Doctors Without Borders.