46 years ago today, Angelina Jolie was born to Hollywood actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She ventured into Hollywood as a child artist at the age of 7 and started regularly working in the industry from the following decade. She is the recipient of one Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
She starred in notable films like “Girl, Interrupted,” “Changeling,” “George Wallace,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and others. She has also directed several war films. Jolie is heralded as one of the most influential and popular Hollywood actors working today.
Here are the five essential Angelina Jolie performances:
Grief-stricken mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) takes on the L.A.P.D. to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960s, this film earned Jolie an Academy award.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Video game adventurer Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.
A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.
A Mighty Heart (2007)
Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.