Angelina Jolie was born on June 4, 1975, in Los Angeles. Estranged from her father, actor Jon Voight, since she was a baby, Angelina was raised by her mother, Marcheline Bertrand and older brother. She began to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City when she was 11. Five years later, Angelina moved out on her own and worked as a professional model. She appeared in music videos for The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz and Meat Loaf.

As the acting bug continued to bite, Angelina moved back to Los Angeles and took parts in several student films directed by her brother, James Haven, who was attending the University of Southern California film school. During this time, Angelina joined the Met Theater and performed alongside fellow members and future stars Ed Harris and Holly Hunter.

Angelina's first starring role came in the 1995 cyber-thriller, Hackers. Praised for her performance in the film, Angelina also met her first husband on the set, co-star Johnny Lee Miller. The two were married in March, 1996, separated less than a year later and officially divorced in 1999. By 2000, Angelina had married another actor, Billy Bob Thornton, and earned an Oscar for her work in Girl, Interrupted. Currently, Angelina is divorced from Thornton and raising her adopted baby, Maddox, on her own.