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Angelina Jolie in 2001

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In July, 20 years have passed since the premiere of “Tomb Raider” starring Angelina Jolie in the title role. On the red carpet in front of the London Empire cinema, the actress appeared with her then-husband, Billy Bob Thornton, 20 years his senior.

Angelina Jolie has broken the internet. Within three hours of creating an Instagram account, she gained over 2 million followers. Thus, she broke the record belonging to David Attenborough, and earlier to Rupert Grint and Jennifer Aniston. Now it is watched by almost 10 million people from all over the world.

In the first post, she gave the floor to an Afghan teenager by publishing her a letter about the terror of the Taliban. “Afghans will no longer be able to express themselves freely on social media. I set up an Instagram account to share their stories, ”wrote Jolie. “Two weeks before the attacks on the WTC on the Afghan border, I met refugees fleeing the Taliban. 20 years have passed and history repeats itself (…). I am going to help refugees. I hope you will help me, ”she added.

The actress introduces herself on the profile as “mother, filmmaker and special envoy of the United Nations for refugees.” She was appointed to this position almost a decade ago after many years of activity as an ambassador of goodwill. Since then, he has been visiting conflict-torn countries – Ethiopia, Syria and Myanmar, to support the victims of social unrest.

After the Taliban took over Afghanistan, Jolie also wrote an essay for Time magazine. “This war shouldn’t have ended like this,” said the star. “I think about every little girl who risked her life by going to school. In the Kabul area, one hundred people have died last year in attacks on schoolgirls. ” She criticized the actions of the US government. “I have been working with refugees for 20 years. I follow the same pattern – Western countries enter a country and then leave it, leaving behind chaos, ”she wrote.

Jolie has been working for refugees almost from the beginning of her career in Hollywood. Jon Voight’s daughter climbed to the top in the second half of the 1990s, won an Oscar for “Interrupted Music Lesson” in 2000, played Lara Croft, a computer game archaeologist in 2001, for $ 7 million, then unusually high for a woman (today she ranks second on the list of the best-paid actresses in the world according to the Forbes magazine, for the last film – Marvel’s Eternals – she received 35.5 million, in the ranking only Sofía Vergara is ahead of her). The star also deals with social issues in the films he directs. In her debut “Land of honey and blood” from 2011, she told about the war in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and in “They Killed My Father First” about the Khmer Rouge who committed genocide in Cambodia in the second half of the 1970s.

In the early 2000s, the media was more interested in Jolie’s personal life than in her social involvement. Even before she hit Brad Pitt’s Jennifer Aniston, she sparked scandals with her relationships. She met Billy Bob Thornton, who was 20 years her senior, on the set of 1999’s “Material Torment”. Though he was engaged to Laura Dern (- When I left for a movie set, my boyfriend got married – she said later in the magazine “Talk”), he lost his head for a colleague who is 20 years younger from the set.

A few months after their first meeting on May 5, 2000, they got married in Las Vegas. The bride was wearing jeans and he was wearing a baseball cap. On red carpets, to the delight of photojournalists, they kissed passionately. However, the turbulent marriage did not survive the test of time. The feeling burned out two years after the wedding. Jolie adopted her first child, Maddox from Cambodia, and decided to change her life. – We had nothing more to say to each other – she recalled the circumstances of her separation in 2005, when she was already connected with Brad Pitt, with whom she was looking forward to having more children. – I started to get involved politically, I became a different person, but I still think Billy is a good man – she added. Ten years later, Thornton confessed in the GQ that he “never felt good enough” for his ex-wife. Earlier he had also hinted that Jolie “scares him.” Now he is associated with his sixth wife, make-up artist Connie Angland.


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