Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Top 10 US Actress - Angelina Jolie

Born June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, Angelina Jolie Voight (daughter of actor John Voight, but using her middle name professionally,) has become one of the most fascinating women in Hollywood. Daring to be different, perhaps to the point of being bizarre, Jolie has starred in many big budget films of late and has catapulted herself from model daughter of a famous acting pair to a top billed actress in her own right. There are many press accounts though of her having a distant relationship with her father, but she claims there was never a time when she needed him that he wasn't there. She praises her mother Marcheline Bertrand and brother James Haven Voight, in fact acting in five films at the USC School of Cinema, of which her brother directed.

Her first notable film was the internet ground breaker film Hackers in 1995. Angelina had her most memorable role perhaps in the film Gia, which profiled the life of the bisexual and heroin addict Gia Carangi, who also died from AIDS. At the time, it has been said that Jolie, who tends to absorb herself in her roles, may have gotten too much into this one according to worried friends.

Her breakout year though for big budget films occurred in 1999, with roles in Girl, Interrupted (released nationally in 2000) in which she co-starred with Winona Ryder, and The Bone Collector, which also featured Denzel Washington. Duvring the filming of Gone in 60 Seconds, it is rumored Angelina was caught nude in the sack with married co-star, Nicolas Cage. Dancing in the Dark is said to contain graphic nudity which Jolie insists "I'm going to fight for them not to cut any of it."

Her current film, Tomb Raider, promises excitement, astounding special effects, and a solid place in Hollywood megastardom for Jolie. In addition to her admitted affection towards death and the macabre, Jolie sports several scars from playing with knives (including an X on her arm, a slice on her stomach and a nick on her neck), or as she puts it "You're young, you're drunk, you're in bed, you have knives; s--- happens." She also has spoken of using knives in sexual play. Its unknown whether that played a factor in the recent 1999 divorce from Jonny Lee Miller whom she married in 1995. It's doubtful, since the marriage started out in the same fashion, with Jolie's wedding garb being a white shirt with her husband's name painted across the back... in her own blood! Jolie also has admitted several times to being bisexual, although besides Miller, she's been romantically linked to Timothy Hutton, whom she dated for about a year.

Angelina's most recent hook up ended up in marriage. The lucky man is Billy Bob Thornton, whom she met on the set of Pushing Tin. The two married in a small Las Vegas wedding. It was reported that Angelina checked herself into UCLA for psychological examination only four days prior to the wedding. There have been many reports that the marriage is doomed, noting that this is Billy Bob's fifth attempt at marital happiness. Left behind in this relationship was Laura Dern, who had thought she was going to marry Billy Bob. Dern's mother told the Enquirer "Billy Bob Thorton is a real Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I'm shocked. Billy Bob told me he wants my daughter to be his wife and I know they've talked about having kids. I don't know how to make sense out of it."

Nevertheless, Angelina claims it is true love, saying Billy Bob is the love of her life. She's also told friends that he is "the biggest in Hollywood" which is especially important since Angelina has said "I love sex! I never get enough, I need it more than anyone I know."

Sharkslayer (2003) .... Lola
Beyond Borders (2002) .... Sarah Jennings
Life or Something Like It (2002) .... Lanie Kerigan
Original Sin (2001) .... Julia Russell/Bonny Castle
... aka Péché originel (2001) (France)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) .... Lara Croft
... aka Tomb Raider (2001) (USA: short title)
73rd Annual Academy Awards, The (2001) (TV) (uncredited) .... Presenter of Best Supporting Actor
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) .... Sara 'Sway' Wayland
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999) (TV) .... Herself
Girl, Interrupted (1999) .... Lisa Rowe
... aka Durchgeknallt (2000) (Germany)
Bone Collector, The (1999) .... Amelia Donaghy
Pushing Tin (1999) .... Mary Bell
... aka Turbulenzen - und andere Katastrophen (2000) (Germany)
Playing by Heart (1998) .... Joan
Hell's Kitchen (1998) .... Gloria McNeary
... aka Hell's Kitchen N.Y.C. (1999) (USA)
Gia (1998) (TV) .... Gia Marie Carangi
Playing God (1997) .... Claire
... aka Playing Hero (1997)
George Wallace (1997) (TV) .... Cornelia Wallace
True Women (1997) (TV) .... Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods
Mojave Moon (1996) .... Eleanor 'Elie' Rigby
Foxfire (1996) .... Margret 'Legs' Sadovsky
Love Is All There Is (1996) .... Gina Malacici
Without Evidence (1995) .... Jodie Swearingen
Hackers (1995) .... Kate Libby ('Acid Burn')
Cyborg 2 (1993) .... Casella 'Cash' Reese
... aka Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (1993)
Lookin' to Get Out (1982) .... Tosh

Television Guest Appearances
"Larry King Live" (1985) playing "Herself" in episode: "Larry King Weekend" 8/4/2001
"Big Breakfast, The" (1992) playing "Herself" 7/4/2001

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