Angelina Jolie (born June 4, 1975) is an American actress. She committed to acting at the age of 16, but initially found it difficult to pass auditions, often being told that she was too dark.
She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and was named Hollywood's highest-paid actress by Forbes in 2009 and 2011.
She has been named the world's "sexiest" and "most beautiful" woman.
Jolie achieved wide fame after her portrayal of video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and established herself among the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.
She reinforced her reputation as a leading action star with Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and Wanted (2008), which marked her biggest non-animated commercial successes to date.
Jolie is also noted for promoting humanitarian causes as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
She first became personally aware of worldwide humanitarian crises while filming a movie in Cambodia. She contacted UNHCR for information on international trouble spots.
In the following months, she returned to Cambodia and met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan, where she donated $1 million in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal.
She has since supported troubled regions like Darfur, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Somalia among others.
Divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie now lives with actor Brad Pitt.
Jolie and Brad have three adopted children, Maddox, Pax, and Zahara, and three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne.