Life took her through some rough patches. Today, the renowned actress is a strong single mother who pushes every obstacle in front of her children.
The Good Shepherd, Mr & Mrs. Smith, Salt are just a few of the numerous successful films that brought out the talent in Hollywood queen Angelina Jolie. This actress, who has earned the reputation of one of the most recognizable and desired faces in the industry, happens to be a champion for human rights, while also being a loving and dedicated mother. Along with these great roles, Jolie is gifted with a dynamic personality that has helped her brave through the battles of life.
The glam of the Hollywood lifestyle may make it easy for her fans and critics to gloss over the hurdles she had to cross, but for the ones who have taken the time to read about Jolie know that she has been through everything, from abandonment, bullying, an ugly divorce battle, and even cancer. However, the 44-year-old actress managed to brave through it all for the sake of her six beautiful children. Here's a look at the different stages in the life of this phenomenal actress which was far from perfect.
Though she was born into a famous household, Jolie did not receive the love and the care most children her age got. According to Daily Beast, the actress had a very troubled childhood. Andrew Morton, the author of Jolie's biography claimed that the actress was raised by her famous father Jon Voight and mother Marcheline Bertrand who tried to live their dreams of stardom vicariously through the success of their daughter. However, she never got to spend any time with her parents because she was often left in the care of nannies. The sense of abandonment that came from her lonely childhood became reasons for her troubled and rebellious teen years.
Years of loneliness and depression as a child shaped her teenage days. "Angelina Jolie will have experienced profound abandonment, anxiety, and may have experienced depression," Morton states. While it is normal for children to develop a carefree rebellious attitude in their teens, Jolie was reportedly out of control. As a teen, she was fascinated by knives and developed suicidal thoughts. The actress, who suffered from low self-esteem was also subjected to cruel bullying. She was mocked for her long legs, her lips, and even her shoulders. The young teen who could not handle the pain found refuge in drugs.
Jolie made her debut alongside her father Jon Voight in 1982. However, her big break into Hollywood was the low budget production Cyborg 2 in 1993. Soon, the actress became a recognized face in Hollywood with the movie Hackers in 1995. After her first Academy Award Best Supporting Actress in Girl, Interrupted at the age of 24, Jolie's career took off on an unstoppable journey. She was no longer a troubled teen but a strong successful and fearless actress.
While she was on her journey to becoming a global star, Jolie didn't forget to find love. In 1996, she got married to actor Jonny Lee Miller whom she met on the sets of Hackers in 1995. After their divorce, she went on to marry Billy Bob Thornton. However, after four years into their relationship, the couple divorced. The actress who had two failed relationships did not give up on love. It was her meeting with Brad Pitt that changed her as a person.
The couple reportedly started dating in 2004, and eventually tied the knot in 2014. However, two years into the marriage, the couple split in 2016. While they do have six children together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were involved in an ugly divorce battle that was a talking point across platforms.
The successful actress is acclaimed for her contributions to humanitarian works over the world. By the age of 26 on her first trip to Sierra Leone, Jolie realized something she never had. “I realized how completely naive I was to think I had a difficult life. It was as if someone slapped me across the face and said, 'Oh, my God, you silly young woman from California, do you have any idea how difficult the world really is for so many people?’" she told The Telegraph. From then on, Jolie has constantly been involved in making the lives of people better. She had traveled across the world trying to do her part in providing for the needy.
Her introduction to charity was also the beginning of her affinity to motherhood. In 2001, the actress adopted a Cambodian boy named Maddox. This was a turning point in her life. Maddox changed her life and priorities forever. She began focusing on him and became an International advocate for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She then adopted two other children, Zahara and Pax.
During the course of her relationship with Pitt, the actress also had biological children. Much like any other mother, Jolie too wants to be around her children. According to Moms.com, the actress understands the importance of spending quality time with her kids. "You don’t know who your children are until they show you who they are. They’re just becoming whoever they want to be," said Jolie to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
The actress, whose mother passed away due to cancer found that she was prone to the deadly disease. She did not think twice but decided to minimize the risk. "I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman," she told New York Times.
Wanting to be around her family, she chose to have a mastectomy. As a woman who wanted to do everything she could to be there for her children, she underwent a preventive double mastectomy. "I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex," said Jolie to the New York Times. The actress who went through the procedures bravely said, "I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.
The actress, who has juggled different roles on the big screen has also lived a life of many hurdles like any other woman. But the way she has managed to overcome them has served as an inspiration to every woman. Though her life may be imperfect, Angelina Jolie struggled and battled through every hardship to be a successful individual and a great mother.