She is the sister of actor James Haven , and the niece of singer-songwriter Chip Taylor  and geologist and volcanologist Barry Voight. Jolie first attended Beverly Hills High School , where she felt isolated among the children of some of the area's affluent families because her mother survived on a more modest income. She was teased by other students, who targeted her for being extremely thin and for wearing glasses and braces. Tomb Raider , but their relationship again deteriorated.
Early work Jolie committed to acting professionally at the age of 16, but initially found it difficult to pass auditions, often being told that her demeanor was "too dark.
She began to learn from her father, as she noticed his method of observing people to become like them. Their relationship during this time was less strained, with Jolie realizing that they were both "drama queens. She was so disappointed with the film that she did not audition again for a year. That's because she scowls even more sourly than [her co-stars] and is that rare female hacker who sits intently at her keyboard in a see-through top.
Jack Mathews of the Los Angeles Times wrote of her performance, "It took a lot of hogwash to develop this character, but Jolie, Jon Voight's knockout daughter, has the presence to overcome the stereotype. Though the story is narrated by Maddy, Legs is the subject and the catalyst. The film was not well received by critics; Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert noted that Jolie "finds a certain warmth in a kind of role that is usually hard and aggressive; she seems too nice to be [a mobster's] girlfriend, and maybe she is.
Jolie portrayed Wallace's second wife, Cornelia , a performance Lee Winfrey of The Philadelphia Inquirer considered a highlight of the film. Jolie also received a nomination for an Emmy Award for her performance. The film chronicles the destruction of Carangi's life and career as a result of her addiction to heroin, and her decline and death from AIDS in the mids.
Vanessa Vance of Reel. Jolie is fierce in her portrayal—filling the part with nerve, charm, and desperation—and her role in this film is quite possibly the most beautiful train wreck ever filmed. She also won her first Screen Actors Guild Award. In accordance with Lee Strasberg 's method acting , Jolie preferred to stay in character in between scenes during many of her early films, and as a result had gained a reputation for being difficult to deal with.
While shooting Gia, she told her husband, Jonny Lee Miller , that she would not be able to phone him: The film received predominantly positive reviews, and Jolie was praised in particular; San Francisco Chronicle critic Peter Stack wrote, "Jolie, working through an overwritten part, is a sensation as the desperate club crawler learning truths about what she's willing to gamble.
The film met with mixed reception from critics, and Jolie's character—Thornton's seductive wife—was particularly criticized; writing for The Washington Post , Desson Howe dismissed her as "a completely ludicrous writer's creation of a free-spirited woman who weeps over hibiscus plants that die, wears lots of turquoise rings and gets real lonely when Russell spends entire nights away from home.
Terry Lawson of the Detroit Free Press concluded, "Jolie, while always delicious to look at, is simply and woefully miscast. While Winona Ryder played the main character in what was hoped to be a comeback for her, the film instead marked Jolie's final breakthrough in Hollywood. For Variety , Emanuel Levy noted, "Jolie is excellent as the flamboyant, irresponsible girl who turns out to be far more instrumental than the doctors in Susanna's rehabilitation.
Mainstream recognition Although highly regarded for her acting abilities, Jolie had rarely found films that appealed to a wide audience, but Lara Croft: Tomb Raider made her an international superstar.
An adaptation of the popular Tomb Raider videogames, the film required her to learn an English accent and undergo extensive martial arts training to play the archaeologist-adventurer Lara Croft. Although the film generated mostly negative reviews, Jolie was generally praised for her physical performance; Newsday 's John Anderson commented, "Jolie makes the title character a virtual icon of female competence and coolth.
Jolie at the Cologne premiere of Alexander in December Jolie next starred opposite Antonio Banderas as his mail-order bride in Original Sin , the first of a string of films that were poorly received by critics and audiences alike.
Salon 's Allen Barra considered her ambitious newscaster character a rare attempt at playing a conventional women's role, noting that her performance "doesn't get off the ground until a scene where she goes punk and leads a group of striking bus workers in singing ' Satisfaction '". Her next film was Beyond Borders , in which she portrayed a socialite who joins an aid worker played by Clive Owen.
Though unsuccessful with audiences, the film stands as the first of several passion projects Jolie has made to bring attention to humanitarian causes. She first starred in the thriller Taking Lives as an FBI profiler summoned to help Montreal law enforcement hunt down a serial killer.
The film received mixed reviews; The Hollywood Reporter critic Kirk Honeycutt concluded, "Jolie plays a role that definitely feels like something she has already done, but she does add an unmistakable dash of excitement and glamour.
Her supporting role as Queen Olympias in Oliver Stone 's Alexander , about the life of Alexander the Great , was met with mixed reception, particularly concerning her Slavic accent.
Commercial success In , Jolie returned to major box office success with the action-comedy Mr. Smith , in which she starred opposite Brad Pitt as a bored married couple who find out that they are both secret assassins.
The film received mixed reviews, but was generally lauded for the chemistry between the two leads; Star Tribune critic Colin Covert noted, "While the story feels haphazard, the movie gets by on gregarious charm, galloping energy and the stars' thermonuclear screen chemistry. Smith was the seventh-highest grossing picture of the year and remained Jolie's highest-grossing live-action film for the next decade.
Based on Pearl's memoir of the same name , the film chronicles the kidnapping and murder of her husband, The Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl , in Pakistan. Although the biracial Pearl had personally chosen Jolie for the role,  the casting drew racial criticism and accusations of blackface. Jolie also played a shape-shifting seductress, Grendel's mother , in the epic Beowulf , created through motion capture. Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips noted, "Jolie really shines in the calm before the storm, the scenes when one patronizing male authority figure after another belittles her at their peril.
Jolie also voiced the DreamWorks animation Kung Fu Panda , the first work in a major family franchise , later reprising her voice role in the sequels Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 After her mother's death in , Jolie began appearing in fewer films, later explaining that her motivation to be an actress had stemmed from her mother's acting ambitions.
Originally written as a male character with Tom Cruise attached to star, agent Salt underwent a gender change after a Columbia Pictures executive suggested Jolie for the role. The film was a critical failure, though Roger Ebert defended Jolie's performance, stating that she "does her darndest" and "plays her femme fatale with flat-out, drop-dead sexuality. Professional expansion Jolie at the Cannes Film Festival After directing the documentary A Place in Time , which was distributed through the National Education Association ,  Jolie made her feature directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey , a love story between a Serb soldier and a Bosniak prisoner, set during the —95 Bosnian War.
Critical reception was mixed, but Jolie's performance in the titular role was singled out for praise;  The Hollywood Reporter critic Sherri Linden found her to be the "heart and soul" of the film, adding that she "doesn't chew the estimable scenery in Maleficent—she infuses it, wielding a magnetic and effortless power.
She also served as producer under her Jolie Pas banner. Based on her screenplay, the film was a deeply personal project for Jolie, who drew inspiration from her own mother's life. Critics, however, dismissed it as a "vanity project," as part of an overall poor reception.
But peeling back layer upon layer of exquisite ennui reveals nothing but emptiness, sprinkled with stilted sentiments. In addition to directing the film, she co-wrote the screenplay with her longtime friend Loung Ung , whose memoirs about the regime's child labor camps served as its source material.
Intended primarily for a Cambodian audience, the film was produced directly for Netflix , which allowed for the use of an exclusively Khmer cast and script. I honestly want to help. I don't believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.
Tomb Raider in war-torn Cambodia, an experience she later credited with having brought her a greater understanding of the world. In February , she went on her first field visit, an day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed.
I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon. Jolie aimed to visit what she termed "forgotten emergencies," crises that media attention had shifted away from. In her expanded role, she was given authority to represent Guterres and UNHCR at the diplomatic level, with a focus on major refugee crises.
The traditional home sat on 39 hectares in the northwestern province Battambang , adjacent to Samlout national park in the Cardamom mountains , which had become infiltrated with poachers who threatened endangered species.
She purchased the park's 60, hectares and turned the area into a wildlife reserve named for her son, the Maddox Jolie Project. By mid, some 6, villagers and 72 employees—some of them former poachers employed as rangers—lived and worked at MJP, in ten villages previously isolated from one another. The compound includes schools, roads, and a soy milk factory, all funded by Jolie.
Her home functions as the MJP field headquarters. She first visited the Harnas farm during production of the film, which features vultures rescued by the foundation. Since its founding at the Clinton Global Initiative 's annual meeting in September , she has co-chaired the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which provides policy and funding to education programs for children in conflict-affected regions. Both centers are run by the Global Health Committee.