Angelina Jolie Voight is an actress, filmmaker and activist. She was born on June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. The multi-award winning actress started out her career since 1982 till present.
Angelina Jolie is Hollywood’s highest-paid actress. The A-list actress is one of the most prominent female actresses in the world with ground breaking features in movies like Mr & Mrs Smith and Salt. She has also successfully delved into movie directing, screenwriting and producing.
It is public knowledge that the actress is married to co-Hollywood actor, Brad Pitt. Together they have 6 children of which 3 were ‘internationally’ adopted. This throws just a little light on the generosity of this super-star to the less privileged.
In 2001 Angelina Jolie became a UN goodwill ambassador, working under the capacity of a UNHCR- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. To that effect, she is currently working with 27 organisations around the world.
Passive is one word that does not suit her efforts to make the world a better place for refugees. Angelina has traveled far and wide to over 30 countries in over 10 years; sustaining and supporting refugees of the world as well as displaced people.
Her Philanthropy has been seen in countries such as: Syria, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Jordan, Thailand, Haiti, Kenya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Egypt, Costa Rica and Chad.
In 2006, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt launched the Jolie Pitt Foundation with a whooping $1 million. The foundation was set up to cater to the needs of suffering people around the world.
For an exclusive rights to publish her first pregnancy pictures, Angelina Jolie raised donations for her charities. In exchange for the publishing of the pictures by People Magazine, she made about $500,000 for the running and funding of her affiliated charity organizations.
For being a humanitarian, she has received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award amongst others. UN has also honored her with the first-ever Citizen of the World Award.
Academically, the super-woman is soon to become a professor at the London School of Economics (LSE). She will be handling a new masters course on women, peace and security. Before now, Angelina Jolie has advocated for women rights; strongly kicking against sexual violence against women.
The talented mother of 6 is a member of Council on Foreign Relations which works towards the re-shaping of the government system for the better.
So away from all the glitz and glamour, Angelina Jolie who turned 41 a couple of days ago is a humanitarian whose efforts resounds internationally.