Angelina Jolie's first foray into film was of a sci-fi nature, with a supporting role in 1993's Cyborg 2, which didn't even make it to the big screen, and a lead role in Hackers (1995) where she met her future ex-husband, British actor Jonny Lee Miller of Trainspotting fame. They were separated within the year and filed for divorce in 1999.
Angelina Jolie's career as an actress, however, was flying high. She received critical acclaim for Without Evidence (1995) in which she portrayed a drug-addicted teen, as well as for her roles as a rebellious teen known as Legs in Foxfire (1996) and as an Italian girl in love with the son of her family's rival in Love Is All There Is (1996).
Angelina Jolie's television roles were what gained her the ultimate respect of critics. She was honored with a 1997 Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination for her role as Cornelia Wallace in the TV movie George Wallace, costarring Gary Sinise. But the best was yet to come for Angelina Jolie.
She won her second Golden Globe for her role as model Gia Carangi in HBO's biopic Gia. Her intense portrayal of the drug-addicted model who was diagnosed with AIDS was highly deserving of the Best Actress Golden Globe and Emmy nomination.
On the big screen, Angelina Jolie was well-received by audiences for her role in 1998's Playing By Heart with Sean Connery, Gillian Anderson and Ryan Phillippe. She also played Billy Bob Thornton's seductive wife in 1999's Pushing Tin and starred opposite big-leaguer Denzel Washington in the thriller The Bone Collector later that year.
In 2000, Angelina Jolie eloped with her Pushing Tin costar Billy Bob Thornton, but after they adopted a Cambodian boy named Maddox Chivan Thornton Jolie in 2002, their marriage fell apart and they filed for divorce. While it lasted, their sexually charged marriage was the subject of much tabloid fodder; the eccentric couple carried vials of each other's blood around their necks and were prone to public displays of affection.
In 2001, Angelina Jolie was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
In 2004, Angelina Jolie was busy starring in Taking Lives, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Shark Tale, and as Olympias in Oliver Stone's Alexander.
Although the pair denied the rumors, pictures of them playing with little Maddox on the beach in Kenya emerged in April 2005, and several more tabloid photos in the months that followed confirmed they were an item.
After much media attention, on May 27, 2006, Angelina gave birth to Brad Pitt's child, a girl named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, in Namibia.
Among all the action in her personal life, Angelina Jolie amazingly managed to get some work done. In 2006, she appeared in the Robert De Niro-directed The Good Shepherd.
The year 2007 was another jam-packed year for this busy mom. She appeared in A Mighty Heart as well as did voice work alongside Anthony Hopkins in Beowulf. She was also named one of the Entertainers Of The Year by Entertainment Weekly. With a "tail" such as Angelina Jolie's in Beowulf, it's no wonder she landed in the No. 35 position on our list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women in 2008.
That year, Angelina Jolie was involved in several film projects, including Wanted starring Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy, Kung Fu Panda and Changeling.
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