Renowned Actress Angelina Jolie Dies at 33

Renowned Actress Angelina Jolie Dies at 33

Toni Lynn Iyoha
July 21, 2008

“People say that you’re going the wrong way, when it’s simply the way of your own” (Angelina Jolie)


Angelina Jolie Voight, 33, died on July 20, 2008. Jolie was born on June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, Calif. to Marcheline Bertrand and Jon Voight, an award winning actor. Jolie was an accomplished actress who received her big break in the television film, "Gia" (1998). She followed the film with the big screen breakout, "Girl, Interrupted" (1999). Jolie received a number of awards, such as Oscars and Golden Globes, for her acting skills throughout her career.

She honed her acting skills in the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City. Inspired by her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, Jolie threw herself into acting and she began to model in Los Angeles, New York, London.

Though Jolie was an accomplished actress, she also became the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2001. Jolie contributed millions of her own money to various funds or organizations for the improvements of refugees in, less fortunate countries. Jolie wrote a book titled Notes From My Travels, to raise money for the UNHCR.As an ambassador of the UN, Jolie went on several field missions in countries such as, Lebanon, Jordan, Kenya and Cambodia (to help and to improve the conditions).

Jolie died on July 20, 2008 in an explosion at a United Nations Center in New York City. Jolie is survived by her six children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox; her father, Jon Voight; her brother, James Haven; and significant other, Brad Pitt.
Jolie was a strong, independent figure who many knew and adored because of all her accomplishments and accepting nature.

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