Angelina Jolie Through the Years

A decade ago, she kissed her brother and wore a vial of blood—now Jolie is the $20 million star of Salt, and a humanitarian. VIEW OUR GALLERY of her transformation.

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Family Matters

At the young age of 11, Angelina Jolie attended her first Oscar ceremony, 13 years before she would take home her own Academy Award in 1999. Walking beside her brother James Haven, her once-estranged father Jon Voight (who was nominated for his 1985 film Runaway Train) and his mother, Jolie looked every bit a pre-teen angel in a white lace winged dress and Madonna-inspired pearls at the 58th Annual Academy Awards in 1986.

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First Love

When a 20-year-old Jolie starred alongside British actor Jonny Lee Miller in the 1995 film Hackers, she thought she had met the one. On March 28, 1996, the young stars married, with the out-of-the-box actress donning black rubber pants and a white shirt, on the back of which she wrote the groom's name in her blood, The New York Times reported. "It was weird to immediately be married, and then you kind of lose your identity," Jolie lamented to the paper. "You're suddenly somebody's wife. And you're like, 'Oh, I'm half of a couple now. I've lost me.' We went on some morning show, and they threw rice on us and they gave us toasters. I was thinking, 'I need to get myself back.'" Perhaps that's why, three years later, the two split. But that wasn't the end of Jolie's run of gory relationships.

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True Blood

Jolie came into the spotlight when she publicly and morbidly declared her love for her then-boyfriend Billy Bob Thornton. After meeting on the set of Pushing Tin in 1999, the two—who are 20 years apart in age—married on May 5, 2000 and became media mainstays. The couple regaled the red carpet reporters with details of their personal lives, wearing vials of each other's blood around their necks, talking about sexual escapades in limos, and even wearing each other's underwear. But a mutual fascination with all things morose was not enough to sustain their relationship—they divorced in 2003. Jolie famously removed the "Billy Bob" and Chinese dragon tattoo from her left arm by undergoing a series of painful laser treatments. "I'll never be stupid enough to have a man's name tattooed on me again," she reportedly said. Flash forward to her new " Whiskey Bravo" tattoo "for Brad" Pitt this month.

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Kissing Siblings

Although Jolie earned a Golden Globe Award for the made-for-TV film George Wallace about the former Alabama governor in 1997 and her salacious title role in Gia in 1998, the actress completed her Golden Globe hat trick at the 57th Annual ceremony in 2000 for Girl, Interrupted. But it wasn't her performance or acceptance that had people talking the next day—it was the brother-on-sister kiss between Jolie and her older brother James Haven in the press room thereafter. The two also locked lips at the Academy Awards and the incest rumors began sparking wild reports about the close siblings. But Jolie told Jay Leno that there was nothing to worry about—calling the jokes about her and her brother " pathetic."

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Golden Girl

As troubled sociopath Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted, Jolie earned the attention of critics and fans alike, because she says, she could relate to the complexities of the role. "I generally think we want to tell stories about people that go through something or are covered by something," she said in an online interview. "So to me, they need to go through some sort of transition. I seem to reach out to those characters who are reaching out for the other person. That's a common thread. I have trouble being very simple." And those struggles paid off when she earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at that 72nd Annual Academy Awards in March 2000 for her performance. "I'm in shock," she said in her acceptance speech.


Going Mad

As rumors began that things were not going smoothly with her husband Thornton, Jolie announced she had a new man in her life—seven-month-old Maddox Chivan, whom she adopted from Cambodia in March 2002. She fell in love with her new son's homeland while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and adopted Maddox under her name only, a precursor to her eventual separation from Thornton soon after bringing her new baby home. "Overnight, we totally changed," she told Vogue later. "Because we're actors, we go away for months at a time and you grow and change separately. I think one day we had just nothing in common." But she did have the adorable mohawked Maddox, whom she developed a very close bond with immediately. "Every time Mad sees a plane he goes, 'Ahhhhh! Mama!' And the idea that I could actually fly a plane by the time he's four? I'll be like Superman to him," she told the magazine in 2004.

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Great American Hero

Despite having earned an Oscar and multiple Golden Globes, Angelina Jolie did not reach levels of mass appeal until taking on the lead role in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. As the braided vixen, Jolie took on the challenge of learning martial arts and adapting a British accent. With the first movie of the franchise earning $275 million internationally, Jolie had solidified her position as a worldwide superstar. She reprised her role in 2003 for Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, which was also a great commercial success. It was simply a match made in movie-making heaven. As Slant magazine reviewed, "Angelina Jolie was born to play Lara Croft."

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Goodwill Toward Mankind

Inspired by her time in Cambodia and the new addition to her family, Jolie became one of the most active humanitarians in Hollywood. She turned to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to visit refugee camps all over the world, from Sierra Leone to Tanzania to Pakistan (pictured here), donating her time and money to help those in need. As a result of her efforts, the UNHCR named her Goodwill Ambassador in 2001 and with the title, she's continued to go on field missions to many impoverished countries and bring attention to issues that have otherwise largely been ignored in the mainstream. "We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering," she said upon receiving her title. "I honestly want to help. I don't believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us."

Got It Covered

The rumors about Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who was famously married to Jennifer Aniston at the time, began almost as soon as the two stepped on set of the romance-based action flick in the Spring of 2004. With their portmanteau gracing the glossy pages of nearly every tabloid cover, "Brangelina" became the name on everyone's lips. A year later, Aniston and Pitt announced their separation and soon thereafter, images cropped up of Pitt on the beach with Jolie and her then three-year-old son Maddox. Though the two did not admit to playing house, to promote Mr. & Mrs. Smith's release date, they posed for the July 2005 issue of W magazine under the headline "Domestic Bliss." "People want an answer about what's happening in my life and my family, but I need to know what's happening first. And I don't plan to discuss it before then," Jolie explained. Pitt added, "I'm really wary, in this particular climate, of commenting. I just can't find any safe bets."

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Buns in the Oven

The couple eventually came forward about the more-than-costar nature of their relationship and a media frenzy followed. After two more adoptions and a birth child of their own, Jolie and Pitt took the spotlight again when they landed on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 – Jolie seven or eight months pregnant in a green empire dress. After spending a week at a private hospital in Nice, Jolie gave birth to twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline in July 2008. Despite a shroud of secrecy around the twins, the couple gave exclusive first pictures to People magazine for $14 million. (The magazine faced charges of promising a glowing story in exchange for the pictures of the twins, which the magazine denied.)

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The Branjy Bunch

Though it's now the size of a small army, the Jolie-Pitt clan has grown incrementally since 2002. It began with Maddox in Cambodia—then after she united with Brad in 2006, the pair adopted Zahara, a six-month old girl from Ethiopia. Then came Shiloh, the first installment of Jolie-Pitt inbreeding, followed by Pax, a three-year-old boy they adopted from Vietnam in 2007. In 2008, Jolie gave birth to Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline. And there's no evidence that they're stopping at six: Jolie told Jon Stewart in 2007 that she wants to have "between seven and 13 or 14" children. And despite rumors of another pregnancy last year, Jolie told Vanity Fair's Rich Cohen: "No, I'm not pregnant." She continued: "We're not opposed to it. But we want to make sure we can give everybody special time."

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Un-Wedded Bliss

Although Jolie has been married twice before–to Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton—she's holding off on tying the knot with Pitt. Pitt has said: "Maybe we'll get married when it's legal for everyone else." "Maybe we've done it backwards," she told Vanity Fair in 2008. "But we certainly feel married."