From Ugly Duckling To One Of The Highest Paid Actresses In The World: This Is Angelina’s Inspiring Success Story
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the “Lara Croft” blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees. She often appears on many “most beautiful women” lists, and she has a personal life that is avidly covered by the tabloid press.
She has certainly got a drool-worthy lifestyle, but so much for the fame and media frenzy.
So, let’s see the journey of Angelina Jolie from ugly duckling to the most beautiful woman on earth
Childhood and Early Career
Angelina Jolie was born in Los Angeles, California on June 4, 1975. She is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertand. She went to the Beverly Hills High School after which she enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
Angelina was lucky enough to grow up in a family where both parents had some solid history in the acting arena. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, was an American actress and producer, and her father is a renowned actor who has managed to add an Oscar to his mantle.
Angelina’s Dark Past
Angelina has managed to hold up a clean-cut image for the most part of her career, but she has a dark past. She had a rough time in her Beverly Hills High school. Now this may be hard to believe, but Angelina was constantly teased because she was ugly. She had even tried to dig her heels in modeling, but was rejected because she was either too skinny or too short.
All these backlash took a toll on Angelina, who was in her early teenage years at the time. She began deliberate self-harm to help her cope with her crushed self-esteem, but she wasn’t swimming in trouble alone. She and her boyfriend whom she had started dating at the age of fourteen, would cut each other with knives in a tit for tat way.
The wild lifestyle went on for about two years until the age of 16, when she and her boyfriend split up. It was after the fall out that Angelina realized she needed to clean up her messy lifestyle.
Angelina Jolie had a hard-time passing auditions due to her gawky demeanor. She began acting professionally in 1993, where she signed for Cyborg 2, a made-for-video science sequel. Finally, she bagged her first Hollywood project, ‘Hackers’ (1995), the movie flopped when it released but Jolie was recognized. Even though the movie was a disaster, when it released, it began to gain near-cult status in the years to come.
Jolie tasted fame with the release of films like George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998) both of which were critically acclaimed. She went on to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Girl Interrupted’ (1999)
Dedication To Humanitarian Causes
Despite a very tumultuous life, Jolie not only made a name for herself as an actor, she also furthered many humanitarian causes. She became the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She started adopting children, and she entered into a stable relationship with Brad Pitt in 2005. Together, they adopted two more children, and had three babies.
Lessons From Angelina Jolie
- Angelina has taught has valuable life lessons that any wise person would follow to the letter
- Success isn’t sexy. You will face numerous challenges along the way but with consistent efforts you can always get to the place you’ve always dreamed of.
- Remember to leave a positive mark in people’s lives.
- To establish your own success story, focus on your success and forget about people who tell you, “you are not good enough.”
- Your past may be pitch dark, but today and the future can always be brighter if you are committed to living a better life.