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Article added on June 30, 2001
Biography of Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie was born in Los Angeles on June 4, 1975 as Angelina Jolie Voight. Her father is the Oscar winning actor Jon Voight, her mother the actress Marcheline Bertrand.
Angelina made her film debut at the tender age of five by the side of her parents in Hal Ashby's comedy Lookin' to Get Out. Her parents separated and later divorced. Angelina grew up with her mother in London, New York and Los Angeles.
At 11, Angelina moved to New York where she took classes at the famous Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. At 16, she worked as a professional model. She also took film classes at New York University and acted there in a number of stage plays. But soon, she decided to move to Los Angeles where she played in the Met Theatre Group.
In 1993 came Angelina's second film part, a supporting role in Cyborg II: Glass Shadow where she acted as a man-machine hybrid. Two years later, she acted in Hackers. She played - you guessed it - a hacker. The movie got terrible reviews but Angelina's performance earned some praise. On the set, she met Johnny Lee Miller who, later, became her husband for 19 months. Johnny is best known for his part in the cult movie Trainspotting.
Angelina appeared in the Rolling Stones' video Anybody Seen My Body which made her known to a wider audience. She shot a few other music videos, e.g. with Lenny Kravitz. In the TV movie George Wallace Angelina played Cornelia Wallace, a part which earned her an Emmy nomination and even a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress.
Among her weaker movies is Without Evidence from 1995, in which she played for the first time a serious part as a drug-addicted teenager. In Foxfire, 1996, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Angelina was the boss of a small-town girl's gang. It was no memorable performance either. The love story comedy Love Is All There Is of the same year will not go down in the annals of the history of cinema. In Playing God, Angelina played a gangster bride at the side of X-Files star David Duchovny.
In 1998 came another highlight of Angelina Jolie's career, her leading role in the HBO-drama Gia. She convinced as a drug-addicted, bisexual mannequin with Aids. As Gia Carangi, Angelina was praised by critics and the public alike. Gia won her a Golden Globe as Best Actress as well as another Emmy nomination.
n Playing by Heart Angelina Jolie was part of an impressive cast including Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands, Anthony Edwards, Gillian Anderson, Ryan Phillippe and Madeline Stowe. Afterwards, the National Board of Review announced Angelina as Best New Actress.
In Pushing Tin, Angelina Jolie had a supporting role as the wife of Billy Bob Thornton. He became her real-life husband in 2000 (by the way: for Thornton, it is the fifth marriage). In Pushing Tin, even the quartet including John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Kate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie could not save the movie which was a flop, both artistically and financially.
In 1999 in Bone Collector Angelina played a tough policewoman at the side of Denzel Washington in search of a serial killer. It was her first leading role in a cinema movie.
Still in 1999, another highlight of her career followed with the psychological drama Girl, Interrupted. In Susanna Kaysen's autobiographical bestseller, Angelina shone as a patient of a nerve clinic up to the point that it earned her a Golden Globe and even an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress. The film was intended to give a boost to Winona Ryder's career. Instead, Angelina made a great step forward.
In the year-2000 action movie Gone in Sixty Seconds, Angelina starred at the side of Nicolas Cage who played her former boyfriend. They are former car thieves who have to come out of retirement in order to save the life of Nicolas' brother. In 50 days, they must steal 50 cars. This is very likely a film of which Angelina is not very proud.
Lara Croft - Tomb Raider
Angelina Jolie's latest movie, Lara Croft - Tomb Raider, is making film history. Not because it is a subtle and ambitious form of cinema, but because it is a mix of Indiana Jones and James Bond with a woman in the leading role. Moreover, it is already the most successful film to date based on a video game character.
One does not have to know the video game in order to understand the movie. Considering that Simon West, who has made the unutterable Con Air, directs Tomb Raider, one must acknowledge that he has created an action film which is entertaining from the beginning to the end. The pleasure watching it would of course be greater had he given actors as great as Daniel Craig (in the role of Alex Marrs) the opportunity to show what they are able to do.
With a film based on a computer game, one expects the worst. But surprisingly, almost all digital effects are credible. And Angelina Jolie adds a lot to the film's success. The role of Lara Croft seems to be tailor-made for her. She does no artificial Asian martial-arts. If Angelina hits, she hits hard. Her fighting scenes are quite realistic. This is clearly the beginning of a series of films with a female super-hero. Indiana Jones and James Bond will seriously be challenged by the supposedly weaker sex.
Lara Croft - Tomb Raider is about the daughter of the archaeologist Lord Croft who mysteriously died in 1985. His daughter, Lara, herself a passionate tomb raider who names photo journalism as her official profession - she has of course already won several Pulitzer Prizes - knows no financial difficulties and lives in a monumental country house in England.
In the opening scene, Lara is fighting a giant insect-like machine which seems to be out of a science fiction movie. At the end of the action, one learns that she had to fight a robot made by a computer freak named Bryce (Noah Taylor) who works for her. In fact, the fight is part of her work-out routine.
The following night, Lara is disturbed by a hidden clock in her house. In it, she finds a riddle by her father. She rapidly finds the clues to understand it and learns that thousands of years ago, a substance came to Earth which was formed into a "Triangle of Light" that gives incredible power to the person who controls it. A priest understood its dangers and broke it in pieces. Only every 5000 years, when all the planets are in one line in a total solar eclipse, can one use its powers again - of course only if one has all the Triangle's pieces.
You may have guessed it, the next total solar eclipse is near. The secret and evil society of the "Illuminati" knows about the "Triangle of Light" and tries to get hold of its pieces. Lara of course has to fight them. At the same time, she hopes to meet her father again because the Triangle gives the power to turn back time. Lord Croft is played by Angelina's real-life father Jon Voight (who left her mother when Angelina was young). This fact ads some flavor to a plot which is of course designed for younger movie-goers.
Despite some weaknesses, the film is never boring. A poetic-scene in which Lara Croft is doing some bungee-ballet in her monumental dining hall - a stunt entirely performed by Angelina Jolie - is one of the movie's highlights. The bungee-ballet is interrupted by a flying squad of the "Illuminati" who try to steal Lara's part of the Triangle. The peaceful ballet changes into a great action scene. For more details about Lara Croft - Tomb Raider, which was shot in locations in England, Venice, the temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia as well as in Iceland, you have to go to your nearest cinema.
Awards won by Angelina Jolie
2000 ShoWest, Best Supporting Actress for Girl Interrupted.
1999 Oscar, Best Supporting Actress for Girl Interrupted.
1999 Screen Actors Guild, Best Supporting Actress for Girl Interrupted.
1999 Golden Globe, Best Supporting Actress for Girl Interrupted.
1998 Screen Actors Guild, Best Actress (in a TV movie or a mini-series) for Gia.
1998 Golden Globe, Best Actress in a TV movie or a mini-series for Gia.
1998 Golden Satellite, Best Actress in a TV movie or a mini-series for Gia.
1998 National Board of Review, Breakthrough Performance for Playing by Heart.
1997 Golden Globe, Best Supporting Actress in a TV movie or a mini-series for George Wallace.
|Filmography of Angelina Jolie
Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Get the film on DVD from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. Excellent entertainment.
Life, or Something Like It, 2001 in preparation, by Joel Schumacher. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com or Amazon Canada.
Original Sin, 2001, by Michael Cristofer. Erotic thriller with Antonio Banderas. Get it on DVD from Amazon.de.
Lara Croft - Tomb Raider, 2001. Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de. Soundtrack: Elektra/Warner, 2001. Get it from Amazon.de or Amazon.com.
Gone In Sixty Seconds/Nur noch 60 Sekunden, 2000, by Dominic Sena. Get it from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk oder Amazon.fr.
Girl, Interrupted, 1999. Get it Amazon.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.fr.
The Bone Collector / Der Knochenjäger, 1999. Get it from Amazon.com, Amazon.fr or Amazon.de.
Pushing Tin, 1999. The movie by Mike Newell with John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett. Get it from Amazon.com.
Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie in Pushing Tin as husband and wife. In 2000, they became real-life husband and wife. Photo: Copyright.
Gia, 1998. HBO-drama. Angelina in the role of Gia Carangi, the model who "invented" heroin chic and died from AIDS in 1986. For her role, Angelina was awarded a Golden Globe and nominated for an Emmy in 1998. Get it from Amazon.com.
Playing by Heart, 1998.
Hell's Kitchen N.Y.C., 1998. Get it from Amazon.com
Playing God, 1997. Get it from Amazon.com
Desert Affairs aka Mojave Moon, 1996, by Kevin Dowling. Get it on DVD from Amazon.de..
Love Is All There Is, 1996.
Foxfire, 1996. Get it from Amazon.com
Without Evidence, 1995.
Hackers, 1995. Get it from Amazon.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk oder Amazon.fr.
Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow, 1993. Get it from Amazon.com.
Lookin' To Get Out, 1982.