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If you haven’t run across this Hollywood goddess, you’re missing out. Oscar award winning Actress Angelina Jolie is most renown for her awe-inspiring roles in films like “Gia” and in her portrayal of video game heroine, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” Her ancestry of German, Slovak on her Dad’s side and French-Canadian, Czech, Dutch, Huron on her Mom’s side produced a jaw-dropping pedigree resulting in annual appearances on the world’s “most beautiful woman” lists. It’s almost like this woman gets better looking with age. However looks and career accolades aside, it’s her off-the-screen successes that have landed her a spot on WhosTheBomb. Sure, we all loved her in Tomb Raider when she disemboweled the insides of a villain robot standing between her and her treasure. Or maybe not and you’re still holding that grudge from when the media made her out to be some home wrecker by splitting up Hollywood’s greatest couple in Jennifer Anniston & Brad Pitt. Either way, you cannot deny her unwavering commitment to help those in need.

Angelina Jolie was born on June 4th, 1975 to Oscar Award winning actor, Jon Voight and Actress & Producer, Marcheline Bertrand. As previously noted, the girl was genetically gifted at birth and had a biological path to becoming a Hollywood star. Her early years were filled in the limelight with Dad as he was always on set making films. This among other matters led to much stress in her parent’s marriage and in 1976 they eventually separated. At the age of 11, she began studying film at Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she partipated in several plays. She later studied film at NYU and after some time became a member of the prestigious Met Theatre Group in Los Angeles. These early years were very difficult for Angelina as she struggled with school bullying, isolation, and even depression. However, it has been said that it was these feelings of anguish that led her to be so caring towards others later in life.
 




 
In the mid 1990’s Angelina appeared in a number of small films and later gained some significant exposure from her Golden Globe performance in “George Wallace.” However, it wasn’t until her 1998 performance in the hit movie “Gia” that would forever change her career. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Oscar the following year for her role in “Girl Interrupted.” Angelina continued her success in Hollywood and in 2001 she landed a role in the Blockbuster hit, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” While filming “Tomb Raider” in Africa, Angelina Jolie experienced the horrible living conditions of the refugees in Cambodia, and it had a profound impact on the rest of her life.

So, how did Angelina Jolie become a devout Humanitarian?

In a 2001 interview with CNN, Angelina discussed the eye-opening experience while filming in Africa and how it was astonishing to see the “real world” surrounding us. In the interview, she recalled running into injured refugees who were harmed by landmines planted decades earlier. These experiences inspired her to take a role as a Goodwill Ambassador in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As UN Ambassador, Angelina Jolie embarked on a series of mission trips to Cambodia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone to learn more about the living conditions endured by refugees.

In 2005, Angelina Jolie received a Global Humanitarian Award from the UN for her activism on behalf of refugee rights. It was also in 2005, where she met Brad Pitt while on set filming “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” The two shared a love for family and humanitarian values and later married and adopted several children and even had a few of their own. In 2008, People Magazine paid Angelina a whopping $14m to be the first to take photos of their recently born twins. These monies were later donated to the Maddox Jolie-Pitt foundation which is dedicated to environmental security, and creating peace and stability in all communities.

Since becoming a UN Ambassador, Angelina Jolie has completed over 40 mission trips, visiting over 30 countries in her quest to aid those in need. She later wrote a book called “Notes from my Travels” to document her experience.

“In countries where people have to flee their homes because of persecution and violence, political solutions must be found, peace and tolerance restored, so that refugees can return home. In my experience, going home is the deepest wish of most refugees.”

When we think of Angelina Jolie, we are not going to think of her as just a beautiful face, but also the wonderful humanitarian things she has done to make this world a better place. Angelina, you are The Bomb Dot Com.
 
Other notable Humanitarian Awards:
“Inaugural Humanitarian Award” from the Church’s World Services Immigration and Refugee Program.
“Citizen of the World Award” by the UN Correspondents Association
“Global Humanitarian Award” by the UNA-USA
“Freedom Award” by the International Rescue Committee
“Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award”

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  • Alan Lees

    no wonder brad left Jen, I would have also