Angelina Jolie is one of the world’s biggest movie stars, a talented star who has appeared in both major blockbusters as well as independent dramas. She has worked as a director, producer, and writer, in addition to her acting work.
Still, Jolie is probably best known these days as an activist, raising awareness on behalf of humanitarian causes all over the world. As a mother and a global citizen, Jolie regularly speaks out for causes that she believes in — and recently, she sat down for an intimate interview where she talked about the state of the world, and revealed her unique tie to Cambodia.
Angelina Jolie was a famous 90s bad girl
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Jolie might have had an auspicious start into the entertainment industry, as the daughter of actor Jon Voight. Still, she battled self-confidence issues and struggled to find herself for many years.
In the early nineties, Jolie began acting in a variety of movies and started making headlines as a tough, tattoo-covered bad girl.
Jolie was most frequently seen in public wearing all-black, and quickly developed a reputation for marching to the beat of her own drum. Her succession of high-profile romances helped to cement her status as a rebel, and her acting in movies like Gia and Girl, Interrupted, made all the critics sit up and take notice.
By the early 2000s, Jolie had become a major movie star and was involved in a very public relationship with Billy Bob Thornton. However, Jolie felt an emptiness in her life and began looking to other ways to find fulfillment.
Angelina Jolie adopted her first son from Cambodia
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In 2002, Jolie and her then-husband, Billy Bob Thornton, traveled to Cambodia. They visited an orphanage, where they encountered a baby that Jolie felt an immediate kinship toward.
A few months later, Jolie and Thornton were divorced — but Jolie was in the process of adopting the Cambodian baby, whom she named Maddox. Not only did her adoption of Maddox cement her love of working overseas with underprivileged children, but it made Jolie realize how much she loved being a mother.
Jolie went on to establish a relationship with fellow actor Brad Pitt, and the …
Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet