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Angelina Jolie

Translated, her name means "beautiful little angel", and it shows!

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Growing up in Los Angeles, Jolie was no stranger to the film industry, being the daughter of Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight. She later trained and performed at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she was seen in several stage productions. She worked as a professional model in London, New York and Los Angeles, and has also appeared in music videos for such artists as Loaf, Meat, Lenny Kravitz, Antonello Venditti and The Lemonheads. In addition, she has acted in five student films for the USC School of Cinema, all directed by her brother, 'James Haven'.

Angelina Jolie had her break-through in 1999 with The Bone Collector starring Denzel Washington, and in Girl, Interrupted with Winona Ryder which won her the Golden Globe, the SAG Award and the Academy Award for best leading actress in a supporting role.

In the year 2000, Angelina married Billy Bob Thornton after her divorce from Jonny Lee Miller, and while she had Jonny Lee Miller's name painted in blood on the back of her shirt at their marriage, she and Billy Bob wore a vial of each other's blood around their necks at their marriage.

Filming for Lara Croft: Tombraider took place in Cambodia, and Angelina witnessed the beauty, culture but also the poverty of this country.
Her many trips to Southeast Asia had her staying in various Singapore hotels, among other places.

After that she began visiting refugee camps around the world and came to be formally appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Some of her experiences were written and published in her popular book "Angelina Jolies Notes From My Travels" whose profits go to UNHCR.

Jolie has stated that she now plans to spend most of her time in humanitarian efforts, to be financed by her actress salary. She devotes one third of her income to savings, one third to living expenses and one third to charity. In 2002, Angelina adopted a Cambodian refugee boy named "Maddox" and, in 2005, she adopted an Ethiopian refugee girl named "Zahara".

In 2004, Angelina Jolie filmed Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt, and rumors of an affair were denied. Angelina stated she couldn't have an affair with a married man. In 2005, Brad Pitt separated from Jennifer Aniston, and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are now a couple.

In 2006, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt was born, the daughter of "Brangelina" (Brad and Angelina).

Tennessee Williams:
A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages
One of Angelinas tattoos, beside a dragon, a window on her back ("wherever I am, I'm looking out of the window and wish I were somewhere else), and others.

Quod me nutrit me destruit
(What nourishes me, destroys me)
Another one of Angelinas tattoos

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Angelina Jolie shows
some of her tattoos
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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie Pitt immortalized in Wax at Madame Tussauds New York
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