There’s a reason why Brad Pitt left Jennifer Aniston, and that reason is named Angelina Jolie. But even four years after the fact, there are still many – particularly those in Camp Aniston – who still question Brad’s judgment.
So why did Brad Pitt fall for the charms of Angelina? Why is she a paparazzi favorite? Why is she every man’s fantasy and the very woman that every female in the planet wants to be?
In short, what makes Angelina Jolie so special? Here’s what we want to know.
The Superior Genes
Born Angelina Jolie Voight to documentary producer Marcheline Bertrand and actor Jon Voight, she definitely inherited the best of both sides. Her father is of German-Slovak descent, while her mother was French-Canadian with a little bit of Iroquois, which is said to have been manifested in Angelina’s infamous exoticness. Angie has a face that is an almost complete replica of her mother’s, albeit enhanced by her father’s cherubic countenance.
Angelina is probably most famous for her trademark full lips. Although rumors of cosmetic surgery in that area have circulated for as long as she’s been in the limelight, none of them have ever been substantiated. She is tall, very statuesque, and thin with a physique that is to die for and one that seems to be tailor-made for Hollywood. Presently, she doesn’t bear any sign of having given birth to twins fairly recently.
The Attitude and the Tattoos
Probably not a week goes by that there’s no new Angelina story uncovered by the press. In the early days of both her life and her career, she was quite the wild child. As a 14-year-old, she aspired to become a funeral director, wore nothing about black, and dyed her hair purple. Around this time, she was already living with her then boyfriend and spent her time moshing.
In 1996, she married actor Jonny Lee Miller in black rubber pants and a white t-shirt with his name written on it using her blood. They eventually divorced and married actor Billy Bob Thornton in 2000. Throughout the marriage, they both wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks. In 2005, she became part of a much publicized scandal when it became known that she was the reason for the Pitt-Aniston breakup. The rest, as they say, is history.
Apart from her tumultuous love life, her relationship with her estranged father was also very widely talked about. A kiss shared with her brother the night she won an Academy Award fueled speculations of an incestuous relationship, which she refused vehemently.
Angie doesn’t have an agent or a publicist. In interviews, she’s always very outspoken and open about her sexuality. It is, indeed, no wonder that she’s Hollywood’s favorite bad girl. And if people aren’t talking about her antics, they’re talking about the new Angelina Jolie tattoo.
Angelina sports numerous tattoos on various parts of her body. Much to the public’s delight, she has absolutely no qualms about baring her body on-screen, so her tattoos are, more often than not, a common fixture on most of her films. She currently has 13 and has had laser removal on at least 3.
The Raw Talent
Probably the most defining thing about Angelina is not the fact that she’s practically showbiz royalty, or even that she’s drop-dead gorgeous. It’s the fact that she’s actually a very talented actress.
Although she’s been constantly typecast in “bad girl” roles from the early days of her career until the present, she’s actually had a rather impressive number of critically-acclaimed roles. She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1999 for her role as Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted, and was recently nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Changeling. She’s also had several Emmy Award nominations and various Golden Globe wins.
Indeed, estranged or not, her talent definitely makes Angelina her father’s daughter!
The Mighty Heart
Without a doubt, Angelina Jolie is one of the most recognized humanitarian celebrities there is. She joined the UNHCR after filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia, and has since spent her time regularly visiting refugee camps all over the world.
In 2002, she adopted Cambodian-born Maddox. Three years later, she and Brad adopted a baby girl, Zahara, from Ethiopia. In 2007, she once again opened her home to another little boy, this time from Vietnam, who she named Pax.
Along with her biological children with Brad, Shiloh and the twins Knox and Vivienne, Angelina is currently the mother of 6 children – and she has no plans of stopping there. Not only that, both she and Brad started the Jolie/Pitt Foundation in 2006 as aid for children affected by conflict.
Indeed, there is every reason to love Angelina, and no reason not to. Not only has she captured the heart of the world’s most beautiful man, she has also captivated the rest of the world with her beauty, style, and compassion. Angelina Jolie is beyond special – she’s one-of-a-kind.