Angelina Jolie is an American film actress, a former fashion model, and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. Born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975, she is the daughter of Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight, and former actress/model Marcheline Bertrand. Jolie has been long estranged from her father, blaming his infidelity for the break-up of the family, though a reconciliation was attempted, and he appeared with her in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. In July 2002, Jolie filed a request to legally change her name to "Angelina Jolie", dropping Voight as her surname.
At 11, Jolie decided she wanted to act and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she trained for two years and appeared in several stage productions. Jolie’s unhappy childhood though had led her to embark on a rebellious period in her life. She wore black, dyed her hair purple and went out moshing with her live-in boyfriend.
She is often cited by popular media as one of the world's most beautiful women and her off-screen life is widely reported. Divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie currently lives with actor Brad Pitt, in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention.
Jolie appeared in five of her brother's, James Haven Voight's student films, made while he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts, but her professional movie career began in 1993, when she played her first leading role in the film Cyborg 2.
Jolie starred as Mariane Pearl in Michael Winterbottom's documentary-style drama 'A Mighty Heart' (2007), about the kidnap and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan. The picture is based on Mariane Pearl's memoirs. A Mighty Heart had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter described Jolie's performance as "well-measured and moving", played "with respect and a firm grasp on a difficult accent."
Jolie has received wide recognition for her humanitarian work. On October 24, 2003 she was the first recipient of the newly created Citizen of the World Award by the United Nations Correspondents Association. Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni awarded Jolie Cambodian citizenship for her conservation work in the country on August 12, 2005; she has pledged $5 million to set up a wildlife sanctuary in the north-western province of Battambang and owns property there. On October 12, 2005, Jolie was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the UNA-USA. In June 2007, Jolie joined the Council on Foreign Relations, when the bipartisan think tank officially approved her membership nomination.