Angelina: Wuthering Jolie FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)|
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|· What's the deal with this feud with her dad?|
The 2 facts that can't be speculated on are that she filed to drop his name in June 2002, and that in August the same year Jon Voight went on TV to make a (tearful) plea that Jolie get help for "her extreme emotional problems." Timing speaks for itself, yet for a while people falsely assumed she dropped "Voight" because of the TV appearance. Later, she said the reason she decided she no longer wants him in her life was a letter he gave her where he "called her a bad person." She has repeated this to a few interviewers but is always beyond concise about it, so for the time being there's no details available about the letter other than those you can find in the above sentence.
When asked to expand on his TV claim about Jolie's emotional problems, Jon Voight spoke of old interviews she gave about having been a cutter and a drug user, and of how her marriage's falling appart has affected her. He said he had been attempting to reach her and convince her to get help for months, but was being pushed away (including by her bodyguard).
Not long after voicing her profound dismay at his false statements concerning her mental state, Jolie started giving interviews where she kept insisting she had been extremely self-destructive and suicidal before Maddox' adoption, and that he literally saved her life. [ Back to Top ]
|· Why did her parents divorce?|
No one other than the two of them knows the answer to this question, but as I've got it about 467 times since I started the site, here are the bits and pieces I've read.
In a very old interview Jon Voight says there had been problems with the marriage he never spoke out about (which he had been regretting since the split). They kept getting worse. He had an affair, then left the family to live with the lady - actress Stacey Pickren. They stayed together for 6 or 7 years. [ Back to Top ]
|· Did Voight spend any time with the kids at all?|
That depends on who you ask, and what mood one of them is in, I suppose. Again, I can only quote what I've read, namely interviews Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie have given since the 1970s and 1990s respectively.
Voight maintains the children were always his first priority, and his ex-wife has confirmed it. (Quotes to follow.) According to the articles I have, he was around until the late 80s. After that point until the mid-90s, there's very little information about the relationship or about Voight himself. He withdrew from his career and dropped off the face of the planet (media-wise) due to long periods of self-doubt and soul-searching. He later admits to have deliberately stayed away from people he loved as he thought he would be a bad influence on them.
Jolie's account differs consderably from one interview to the next. She has often said Voight wasn't there at all, yet she has also said (equally often) things like
-- "I never remember a time when I needed my father and he wasn’t there. But he’s an artist and it was the ‘70s—a strange time for everbody. To this day, I think my parents really love each other. It’s a beautiful story. I saw them at Christmas, they came to our house. Billy (Bob Thornton, Jolie’s husband of 14 months) and I were both away working and when we came home, they were finishing off the Christmas tree. They’re wonderful to each other."
-- "The press likes to use the family angle, because then they get to include this whole other aspect of my life, but they're always disappointed to hear I'm not trying to hide anything about some huge, sordid estrangement between us. The fact is, he's very much a part of my life, but I've always been pretty independent of him, too."
Over 70% of the interviews she ever gave are on the site, so I suggest you finish the research yoursellves.[ Back to Top ]
|· Does she have any children?|
She and Billy Bob Thornton adopted a Cambodian orphan in 2002. They named him Maddox Chivian Jolie Thornton. In August 2005, she adopted an Ethiopian 7 month old girl she named Zahara Marley Jolie. Brad Pitt accompanied her on the trip to pick up the child and is often seen taking care of Zahara and Maddox.[ Back to Top ]
|· Is she really bisexual?|
In 1996, Jolie played Legs Sadowski in Foxfire (the character is a lesbian). While the movie was being promotied, she announced she had fallen in love with her co-star, model Jenny Shimizu, "the moment she laid eyes on her." It's been speculated that they dated, whether this is true is not clear. In 2002 "sources close to Shimizu" said it wasn't. No other "affairs" Jolie might have had with women have been publicized or gossiped about since 1996. [ Back to Top ]
|· What's Angelina's b-day?|
June 4, 1975.[ Back to Top ]
|· Who are her parents?|
Actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. According to a Redbook interview from the early 70s, she only had one acting job under her belt when she got married. After that she quit - the way she put it, "I always hated bright lights on me."[ Back to Top ]
|· What about her education?|
She finished high school a year earlier to go to acting classes at Lee Strasberg. Approximately at the time she was working on The Bone Collector, she took some film courses at NYU.[ Back to Top ]
|· Does she have any siblings?|
She has an older brother, James Haven. He's done a few cameos in her movies (i.e. Gia and Original Sin) but originally he's a director. He directed Angelina in five student films for the USC School of Cinema.[ Back to Top ]
|· What else has she been involved with besides acting?|
She started a modeling career (managed by her mother) when she was 14 and worked in London, Paris and LA. Since 2000, she's also been doing humanitarian work as a goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR.[ Back to Top ]
|· Is she married?|
Not right now. She was married to Johnny Lee Miller from 1995 to 1999 and to Billy Bob Thornton from 2000 to 2002.[ Back to Top ]
|· Any other people she's dated that you know of?|
Timothy Hutton in 1999. Since she divorced Billy Bob Thornton, she's been rumored to have had a thing with Val Kilmer, Colin Farrel, and Jared Leto, all in the period between late 2003 and 2004. Recently, she announced that although she has never had a one night stand in her life, these days she has an arrangement with "very old friends" whom she meets in hotel rooms once in a while to have casual sex.[ Back to Top ]
|· Random facts|
She used to collect knives.
She had Billy Bob Thornton's name tattooed on her upper arm and between her legs. She's since had both tats lazored off.
She told Rolling Stone that in 1999 she contemplated suicide but instead hired a hitman to kill her to spare her family the pain of blaming themselves for not doing enough prevent her taking her own life. The hitman convinced her she should live.
She and Billy Bob Thornton used to wear glass pendants with drops of each other's blood in them.
She's said her mother is part Iroquois, but in 2001 Jon Voight revealed that this was something he and his then wife made up for fun, and to feed to the media in order to enhance Marcheline's exotic image.
More to be added.[ Back to Top ]
|· Where did she go to school?|
Beverly Hills High.[ Back to Top ]
|· How many awards has she got?|
Here's what I can remember: Jolie has been nominated for the Golden Globes (3), Emmy (2), Cable Ace (1), SAG (1) and an OSCAR (1) awards. She won the Golden Globe three years in a row. She also got the SAG, the Cable Ace and the Oscar. She also received the Outfest Festival's prize as Best Actress for "Gia."[ Back to Top ]