Born to the Oscar-winning actor, Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand, in Los Angeles on 4th June 1975, Angelina Jolie has always been a fascinating public personality. From esteem issues, self-mutilation tendency, drug abuse, estranged and unstable relationships, and alleged anorexia, she has gone through it all. But, unlike most others, she has been able to brave it all and come out – even if it sounds corny – like a shining diamond.
Today, she has six children; three adopted (Maddox, Zahara, and Pax) and three biological (Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne). Apart from her cinematic brilliance which glistens in each of her Oscar-worthy performances, she is also considered a style icon.
A face to major fashion brands, she regularly graces the covers of fashion magazines and holds the fascination of the world with her sensuous plump lips, and the innumerable tattoos. She is what we call the perfect mix of beauty and brains, with a golden heart. Let’s take a look at a few things that make this American actress the diva that she is:
Jolie has an interesting ancestry, her ancestors belonged to five non-American blood ancestries – French, German, Slovakian, Dutch, and Canadian. From her mother’s side, she also has the blood of the American indigenous people called Iroquois (from North America).
2. Debut In Hollywood
At the tender age of 5, Jolie made her silver screen debut alongside her father, Jon Voight, in the 1982 release Lookin’ to Get Out.
3. Hair Colour
It might surprise you that Angelina’s natural hair is dark blonde in colour. But when she was around four, her mother dyed her hair to dark brown, and she has kept it dark ever since (except for a couple of movies likes Salt)
4. Wanted To Pursue A Career As Funeral Director
In her early teens, she attended the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute to study acting. But, dropped out of the class after two years to pursue a career as a funeral director; she even went on to study embalming.
5. Addiction To Inking
As reported by Vanity Fair in Feb 2016, there are 20 tattoos on the body of this thinking woman, each having a meaning, a significance attached to it. One of Jolie’s first tattoos was done on her left arm in the presence of her mother. The words are from an ad inspired by Tennessee Williams – “A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages”.
6. First Marriage – Literally, a bloody affair
This gorgeous diva married her “Hackers” co-star Jonny Lee Miller in the year 1996. For the ceremony, she wore a pair of black leather pants and a white shirt. What caught everyone’s attention was the fact that she had painted the groom’s name on the shirt with her own blood.
7. Bisexual Relationship
This Hollywood stunner is said to be bisexual. In 1998, she was in her first gay relationship with Jenny Shimizu, her Foxfire co-star.
8. Wild Gestures Of Love
After her divorce with Miller, Angelina married Billy Bob Thornton in 2000. The couple was known for their wild love gestures. One among them was that they both wore each other’s blood in vials around their necks.
9. Incredible Stunts
Remember the incredible stunts in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider? Can you believe that almost 80 percent of those dangerous stunts were performed by Angelina?
10. Knows how to fly (a plane)
Not only is she an amazing actor, but also a licensed pilot. She owns a single-engine plane – the Cirrus SR22.
11. Pictures of Twins – sold for whopping USD 14 million
In the year 2008, Angie gave birth to her twins – Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Léon. Brangelina gave the image rights of the baby pictures to two magazines for a whopping USD 14 million, which made them probably the most expensive celeb baby pictures ever. Later, the couple donated this money to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
12. Triple Citizenship
The American actress holds the citizenship of three continents! She is an American by birth, a Cambodian by an award presented by the king of Cambodia (for all her conservation and environmental work in poor country), and an honorary European citizen for her directorial movie on the Bosnian war.
13. Work At UN
She is the Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and has been awarded multiple times for her efforts and splendid work.
With films like The Breadwinner and Maleficient 2 lined up, Angelina has a long way to go and we wish her all the best and hope to see more of her stunning performances.