Cameron Diaz

3 03 2007

Cameron DiazCameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American actress and former fashion model.

Early life

Diaz was born in San Diego, California. Her second-generation Cuban-American father, Emilio Diaz, worked as a foreman for an oil company, and her mother, Billie Early (who has English, German and Cherokee Native American ancestry), worked as an exporting agent. Diaz attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School. During her school days, she was called Skeletor by her classmates because she was so thin.

Career

At age 16, she began her career as a fashion model. Diaz signed with top modeling agency, Elite Model Management. After graduating from high school, she went to work in Japan and met video director Carlo de la Torre. On her return to America, she moved in with him. For the next few years, her modeling took her around the world, working for contracts with major companies. She modelled for the likes of Calvin Klein and Levi’s Jeans hitting model success very early in her illustrious career. She even graced the cover of the July 1990 issue of Seventeen magazines.

At the age of 22, Diaz auditioned for Jim Carrey’s The Mask. To her own surprise, and with no previous acting experience, she was cast as the female lead. Immediately after getting the part, she signed up for acting lessons. Over the next three years, she won roles in low-budget, independent films, such as The Last Supper, Feeling Minnesota, and She’s The One.

She then regained mainstream success with My Best Friend’s Wedding and There’s Something About Mary, and won critical acclaim for Being John Malkovich, which earned her Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Golden Globes, the BAFTA Awards and the SAG Awards.

Diaz has also starred in the hit adaptation of Charlie’s Angels and its sequel, and she voiced a lead character in Shrek and its sequel, for which she earned $10 million. In 2001, she won nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the AFI Awards for Vanilla Sky. For Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, she became the second actress (after Julia Roberts) to earn $20 million for a role; the film underperformed at the box office.

Diaz was mentioned regularly in British comedy series Bo’ Selecta, being referred to lovingly as ‘Cameron Up-Diaz’, and is credited as having appeared in one episode in 2003, though in reality her appearance consisted of little more than Avid Merrion trying to give engagement rings to her and her co-stars at the London premiere of Charlie’s Angels.

Diaz was the host of the 2005 MTV television series Trippin’. Maxim Magazine ranked her #22 in their annual hot 100 in 2004, then she ranked #11 in 2005. In 2006 she made the top 10 by ranking in at #7.

Future work for Diaz include a role in Shrek the Third in 2007 where she co-stars with then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake. She was set to team up again with The Mask co-star Jim Carrey in two films Fun with Dick and Jane where she dropped out to star in In Her Shoes. She was recently set to star opposite Carrey again in A Little Game Without Consequence that was planned to start filming in October for a summer release date. The film was shelved and filming is still yet to commence.

Relationships

Diaz dated actor Matt Dillon for about three years before splitting in 1998. She then had a four-year relationship with actor/singer Jared Leto from 1998 to 2002.

Most recently, Diaz dated singer and former *NSYNC member Justin Timberlake, who she met at the Kids’ Choice Awards in 2003. After nearly four years together, the pair issued a joint statement on January 11, 2007, announcing they had broken up, following weeks of break-up rumors.

In October 2004, Diaz and Timberlake were in an altercation with a tabloid photographer outside a hotel. When the photographer and another man tried to photograph Diaz and Timberlake, the celebrities snatched the camera. Pictures of the incident appeared in US Weekly. Representatives for the pair claimed that they were “ambushed” and acting out of self-defense.

Diaz and Timberlake were involved in another paparazzi incident while walking out of a friend’s house. The paparazzi jumped out of bushes and photographed them. He then entered his car and allegedly drove it towards Diaz, who had to jump out of the way. Diaz pressed charges against the paparazzi, whose agency supported his actions as legal and safe.

Personal life

Diaz has publicly admitted she is deeply germophobic and habitually rubs doorknobs so hard before opening doors to clean them that the original paint on the doorknobs fades afterwards. Along with her floors, she says, she washes her hands “many times” each day and uses her elbows to push open doors. “I’m not scared of germs. I’m just aware of them,” Diaz says. “I’m not into other people’s fluids unless I know them really well.”

Diaz is appearing in an ad campaign on Japanese television for SoftBank: October/November 2006. Diaz also supports small west London football club Brentford FC after visiting a Hollywood cafe owned by a Brentford supporter.

In 2004, a commercial S&M video of Diaz and another girl torturing a man leaked to the Internet. She made the video when she was 19. Diaz filed a suit against the Russian Internet site that distributed the video, but the video file is now distributed by many porn sites and Peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.

Diaz has been vocal in her opposition to U.S. President George W. Bush. Before 2000’s election (on October 26 to be exact), Diaz wore a shirt that said “I WON’T VOTE FOR A SON OF A BUSH!” while promoting Charlie’s Angels on MTV’s Total Request Live.[citation needed] During an Oprah appearance before 2004’s election, Diaz said “Women have so much to lose… I mean, we could lose the right to our bodies. If you think rape should be legal then don’t vote. But if you think you have a right to your body and you have a right to say what happens to you and fight off that danger of losing that, then you should vote.”

Diaz also publicly talks about dealing with stress and says her favorite way to relax is to have sex; adding “Sex is the most amazing stress reliever…I actually think it’s the best thing for everything”.

Diaz received “substantial” libel damages from suing American Media Incoporated, after The National Enquirer had claimed she was cheating on her then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.

Awards nominations

  • 1999: Golden Globe for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for There’s Something About Mary
  • 2000: Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Being John Malkovich
  • 2000: SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for Being John Malkovich
  • 2000: BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for Being John Malkovich
  • 2002: Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Vanilla Sky
  • 2002: SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for Vanilla Sky
  • 2003: Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Gangs of New York
  • 2005: The Hitch




Scarlett Johansson

3 03 2007

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. She rose to fame with her role in 1998’s The Horse Whisperer and subsequently gained critical acclaim for her roles in Ghost World, Lost in Translation and Girl with a Pearl Earring, the latter two earning her Golden Globe Award nominations in 2003. She has been named the “sexiest” or “most beautiful” woman alive by several publications.

Early life

Johansson was born in New York City. Her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish architect, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was a screenwriter and director. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, comes from a Bronx-bred Jewish American family, and met Karsten Johansson while living in Denmark with Scarlett Johansson’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy, a former bookkeeper and schoolteacher. Johansson has an older sister, Vanessa, who is also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; a twin brother, Hunter, also an actor; and a half-brother, Christian.

Johansson began her theater training by attending and graduating from Professional Children’s School in Manhattan in 2002.

CareerCareer

After appearing in several films during the late 1990s, Johansson garnered praise and widespread attention for her performance in 1998’s The Horse Whisperer and 2001’s Ghost World. She won a Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for her performance as Charlotte in 2003’s Lost in Translation. The same year, she was nominated for two best actress awards at the Golden Globes, one for drama (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and one for comedy (Lost in Translation). She was also nominated for best actress for both films at the BAFTAs, and won best actress for Lost in Translation.

Johansson was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June of 2004. In the same year, she starred in the films The Perfect Score, In Good Company and A Love Song for Bobby Long, the last of which earned her a third Golden Globe Award nomination. Johansson was involved for a short time with the film Mission: Impossible III, but was not officially cast because of scheduling conflicts, although a falling out with the film’s star, Tom Cruise, had been both widely reported and publicly denied. She was replaced by Keri Russell.

In July 2005, Johansson starred with Ewan McGregor in the Michael Bay-directed The Island, making her debut as a female lead in a mainstream action film. She drew attention to both the film and herself when she proposed to appear topless in the film’s sex scene, but director Bay disapproved, wanting to keep the film at a PG-13 rating. In the same year, she starred in the Woody Allen-directed drama Match Point, which opened in December. Johansson received her fourth Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role but lost to Rachel Weisz. Johansson’s next film, Scoop, another collaboration with Woody Allen, was released on 28 July 2006. The same year, she appeared in director Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia, a film noir shot in Los Angeles and Bulgaria. Johansson has noted that she was a fan of De Palma and had wanted to work with him on the film, despite her belief that she was “physically wrong” for the part. Her reviews were mixed: CNN.com positively noted that Johansson “takes to the pulpy period atmosphere as if it were oxygen”, whereas another reviewer referred to Johansson as “miscast”.

Johansson’s most recent role was in the thriller The Prestige, which opened on October 20, 2006. She has also completed filming on the yet be released film version of The Nanny Diaries along side Alicia Keys, and has been cast opposite Natalie Portman and Eric Bana in The Other Boleyn Girl, playing Mary Boleyn, the sister of Portman’s character. Filming is scheduled to begin in London in October 2006 for a 2007 release. Johansson will also play Mary, Queen of Scots, in a film scheduled to begin production by the end of summer 2007.

Other works

Johansson endorsed the Calvin Klein perfume “eternity Moment” and was featured in several commercials and printed advertisements for the product. One of the commercials was featured in her 2005 film The Island. Further establishing her position in Hollywood, she became the face and spokesperson for the French luxury brand Louis Vuitton in early 2005 and in January 2006 was named the spokesperson of L’Oreal.

Johansson appeared on the controversial cover of the February 2006 issue of Vanity Fair in the nude with fellow Hollywood “it girl” Keira Knightley and world-renowned fashion designer Tom Ford. In March of 2006, she topped the U.S. edition of FHM’s poll of the sexiest women alive (in the UK edition Johansson was third). In May of 2006, Maxim named Johansson #6 in their Hot 100 issue, and in July of 2006, Reebok signed a deal with Johansson to co-create “Scarlett ‘Hearts’ Rbk”, athletic footwear scheduled for a debut in the spring of 2007. Johansson will also be featured in Reebok’s global women’s advertising campaign, also in the spring of 2007. The company’s press releases described Johansson as a “world renowned style icon” and an “inspiration for today’s young women”. In November 2006, Johansson was named “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine.

In 2006, Johansson starred in a short film directed by Bennett Miller and set to Bob Dylan’s “When the Deal Goes Down…”, released to promote Dylan’s album, Modern Times. Between 2005 and 2006, she also sang the track “Summertime” for Unexpected Dreams – Songs from the Stars, a non-profit collection of songs recorded by Hollywood actors, and was in talks to appear in a stage version of The Sound of Music.

In October 2006, FoxNews reported that Johansson has signed to record a music album with Rhino Entertainment’s Atco Records, with a possible release date of Spring 2007. The album, entitled Scarlett Sings Tom Waits, will consist entirely of Johansson’s cover versions of Tom Waits songs.Johansson is also the leading lady in the current Justin Timberlake music video “What Goes Around…”

Personal life

Johansson is a Democrat and campaigned for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. She was later quoted as saying, of George W. Bush’s re-election, that “[she was] disappointed. I think it was a disappointment for a large percentage of the population.” Johansson has also taken part in an anti-poverty campaign which was organised by U2 lead singer Bono.

Johansson has previously stated that she has a connection to older men, and could not see herself dating anyone under the age of thirty. She has also noted that she does not discuss “any part” of her personal life with the press, specifying that she feels “it’s nice to have everybody not know your business”. However, this has not stopped Johansson from sharing “select” opinions and personal details. Johansson’s ex-boyfriend (and member of the band Steel Train), Jack Antonoff, has included negative lyrics that refer to Johansson in his band’s song “Better Love”. Antonoff also references Johansson in the song 2 O’clock. She has been linked to many famous men, including Derek Jeter, Benicio Del Toro, Jared Leto and most notably her The Black Dahlia co-star Josh Hartnett. The pair dated for around two years until the end of 2006, with Josh citing their busy professional lives as the reason for the split.

Johansson has repeatedly said that she does not believe in monogamy or monandry, and that it is not human nature to be with just one person but “contrary to popular belief… [she is] not promiscuous” and she works “really hard” when she is in a relationship “to make it work in a monogamous way”. She gets tested for HIV twice a year, and has specified that she feels “it’s part of being a decent human” and that she finds it “disgusting” and “irresponsible” when people do not do so.

Johansson has claimed to be addicted to cheese, saying: “My greatest vice is cheese. Nothing else reigns over my life”. She has criticized the media and Hollywood for promoting an image that causes unhealthy diets and eating disorders among women, saying that she thinks “that being ultra-thin is not sexy at all. Women shouldn’t be forced to conform to unrealistic and unhealthy body images that the media promote”.

When asked about her current religious affiliation, Johansson has answered: “That’s a very personal question. I would rather not answer”. She has, however, specified that she celebrates “Chrismakkuh,” a “little of both” Hanukkah and Christmas. She has noted that she dislikes it when celebrities thank God or Jesus in their award acceptance speeches.





Penelope Cruz

3 03 2007

Penelope CruzPenelope Cruz Sanchez (born April 28, 1974 in Madrid, Spain), better known as Penelope Cruz, is a Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated Spanish actress. Originally a dancer, she soon moved into Spanish television, and since then she has appeared in a string of films, in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

Early life

Cruz was born in San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid, Spain. Her parents are Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family’s amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance. After studying classical ballet for nine years at Spain’s National Conservatory, she continued her training under a series of prominent dancers. At 15, however, she heeded her true calling when she bested more than 300 other girls at a talent agency audition. She received three years of Spanish Ballet with Ángela Garrido. She also had jazz dance courses with Raúl Caballero.

Career

Cruz first achieved fame when she appeared in the video clip La fuerza del destino for the Spanish synthpop group Mecano. She later started a relationship with Nacho Cano, a member of the group.

She was a TV presenter for the teen-oriented program La Quinta Marcha. She also had early exposure in Série Rose, a French erotic TV serial.

Cruz’s first major films were Jamón, jamón and Belle Epoque, a film which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.

In 1997, she starred as Sofía Pangia, alongside Eduardo Noriega in Abre los ojos, directed by Alejandro Amenábar, and in 2000 she appeared with Matt Damon in All the Pretty Horses. In 1999, she appeared in Pedro Almodóvar’s Todo sobre mi madre, which won an Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.

In early 2001, she appeared in the film Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, which sparked a three-year relationship with the actor. Vanilla Sky was the Hollywood remake of Abre los ojos and she played the same part in both films.

In 2006, Cruz received rave reviews for her performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver. She won a Best Actress ensemble award at the Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Award. She is the first Spanish Actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

Personal life

Cruz has a younger brother, Eduardo, who is a singer, and a younger sister Mónica, who closely resembles her: a similarity exploited for some Spanish TV ads. In the 2000s, Mónica left her dancing career and achieved note on her own in the youth-oriented TV series Un Paso Adelante.

She claims to be a vegetarian since 2000, though this fact is disputed. She speaks four languages: Spanish, Italian, French and English. Cruz has also donated a considerable amount of money and time to charity. In 1997 she volunteered in Uganda for two months.

After appearing in 2001 in the film Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise, they had a three-year relationship. They split up in January 2004.

After filming Sahara in February 2005, she started dating actor Matthew McConaughey. In May 2006, they released a joint statement to People, saying that they “have decided to take time off as a couple. Due to busy work schedules and so much time apart, they mutually decided four weeks ago that separating was the best thing to do at this time.”

Cruz is friends with Mexican actress Salma Hayek. The two co-starred in the 2006 movie Bandidas.

Dated British Actor Orlando Bloom for about five months and ended after Orlando’s 30th Birthday last January 13th this year.

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

  • 2007 Nominated Academy Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for: Volver (2006)

ALMA Awards

  • 1999 Nominated ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film for: The Hi-Lo Country (1998)
  • 2002 Nominated ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for: Vanilla Sky (2001)

BAFTA Awards

  • 2007 Nominated BAFTA Award Best Actress in a Leading Role for: Volver (2006)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

  • 2001 Nominated Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Actress – Drama/Romance for: All the Pretty Horses (2000)

Cannes Film Festival – To the female ensemble cast.

  • 2006 Won Best Actress for: Volver (2006)award shared with Carmen Maura; Lola Dueñas; Blanca Portillo; Yohana Cobo; Chus Lampreave

David di Donatello Awards

  • 2004 Won David Best Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista) for: Non ti muovere (2004)

European Film Awards

  • 1999 Nominated European Film Award Best Actress for: La Niña de tus ojos (1998)
  • 2001 Nominated Audience Award Best Actress for: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
  • 2003 Nominated Audience Award Best Actress for: Fanfan la tulipe (2003)
  • 2004 Nominated European Film Award Best Actress for: Non ti muovere (2004)
  • 2004 Won Audience Award Best Actress for: Non ti muovere (2004)
  • 2006 Won European Film Award Best Actress for: Volver (2006)

Fotogramas de Plata

  • 1999 Won Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actress (Mejor Actriz de Cine)for: La Niña de tus ojos (1998)

Golden Globe Awards

  • 2007 Nominated Golden Globe Best Actress in a Dramatic Role for: Volver (2006)

Goya Awards

  • 1993 Nominated Goya Best Lead Actress (Mejor Actriz Principal) for: Jamón, jamón (1992)
  • 1999 Won Goya Best Lead Actress (Mejor Actriz Principal) for: La Niña de tus ojos (1998)
  • 2005 Nominated Goya Best Lead Actress (Mejor Actriz Principal) for: Non ti muovere (2004)
  • 2007 Won Goya Best Lead Actress (Mejor Actriz Principal) for: Volver (2006)

Imagen Foundation Awards

  • 2003 – Creative Achievement Award

MTV Movie Awards

  • 2002 Nominated MTV Movie Award Breakthrough Female Performance for: Blow (2001)

Ondas Awards

  • 1993 Won Film Award Best Acting (Mejor Interpretación) Tied with Javier Bardem (No award category given officially).

Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival

  • 1995 Won Best Actress for: Todo es mentira (1994)

Razzie Awards

  • 2002 Nominated Razzie Award Worst Actress for: Blow (2001), Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001) and Vanilla Sky (2001).

Spanish Actors Union

  • 1993 Nominated Newcomer Award for: Jamón, jamón (1992)
  • 1993 Won Award of the Spanish Actors Union Film: Supporting Performance (Secundario Cine) for: Belle epoque (1992)
  • 1998 Nominated Award of the Spanish Actors Union Film: Performance in a Minor Role (Reparto Cine) for: Carne trémula (1997)
  • 1999 Won Award of the Spanish Actors Union Film: Lead Performance (Protagonista Cine) for: La Niña de tus ojos (1998)
  • 2007 Won Won Award of the Spanish Actors Union Film: Lead Performance (Protagonista Cine) for: Volver (2007)




Lindsay Lohan

3 03 2007

Lindsay LohanLindsay Dee Lohan (born July 2, 1986) is an American actress and pop music singer. Lohan started in show business as a child fashion model for magazine ads and television commercials. At age ten, she began her acting career in a soap opera; at eleven, she made her motion picture debut by playing both twins in Disney’s 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. Lohan’s breakout role as a leading actress came six years later with 2004’s Mean Girls, which shone the media spotlight on her professional and personal lives—including her nightlife and her parents’ marital and legal struggles.

As an adult, Lohan began to take on more varied roles and projects, including Robert Altman’s final film, A Prairie Home Companion. While filming Herbie: Fully Loaded in 2004, Lohan launched her career in music, recording and releasing her first studio album, Speak; her second album, A Little More Personal (Raw), was released in 2005.

Background

Lindsay Lohan was born in New York City and grew up in Merrick and Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island in New York. She is the eldest child of Michael and Dina (née Sullivan) Lohan, both former actors. She has three younger siblings: brother Michael had a role as “Lost Boy at Camp” in The Parent Trap (1998), sister Aliana is an aspiring model and actress, and brother Dakota (Cody) has modeled fashions. Lohan is of Irish and Italian heritage and was raised as a Catholic. In 2005, Lohan explained to a TEENick audience that she had decided to use Morgan as her middle name because it sounded more professional.

Lohan’s family was financially comfortable from its inception; her father had inherited his family’s pasta business, which he later sold to trade in futures (briefly becoming President of New York Futures Traders). More recently, he worked as an investment banker, securing funding for independent films. Lohan’s mother, a former Rockette at Radio City Music Hall, was a Wall Street analyst before becoming her daughter’s manager. Despite the family’s wealth, Lohan—when she wasn’t tutored on film sets—attended public schools on Long Island until just before her high school graduation, finishing her studies at home.

Like most celebrities, Lohan and her family have endured public scrutiny of their private lives. It was revealed in 2004 that Michael Lohan had spent much of his daughter’s preteen years in prison for securities fraud. In 2005, he was sent back to prison for “aggravated unlicensed driving” and attempted assault. Later that year, Lohan’s parents settled their divorce case; her mother’s attorney said, “Dina and the children are delighted that this chapter in their lives is finally over”, while her father (through his lawyer) said, “[I] look forward to the opportunity to rebuild my relationship with my children.”

In 2004, Lohan shared an apartment in the Los Angeles, California, area with actress Raven-Symoné. The following year, she bought a home in West Hollywood while still spending much of her time at her family’s home in New York. She has dated actor Wilmer Valderrama and Pink Taco restaurateur Harry Morton.

Early work

Lohan began her career with Ford Models at age three and, at a time when blue-eyed blondes were in highest demand, the freckle-faced, auburn-haired child found little work as a fashion model. She persisted, and eventually appeared in more than 100 print ads for Toys “R” Us. She also modeled for Calvin Klein Kids (usually with siblings Michael and Ali) and Abercrombie Kids. Through young adulthood, Lohan was featured in such diverse magazines as Vogue, Elle, Bliss (UK), Хай Клуб (High Club, Bulgaria), and Blenda (Japan).

Lohan’s first auditions for television work did not go well; by the time she tried out for a Duncan Hines commercial, she told her mother that she would give up if she did not get the job. She was hired, and Lohan went on to appear in over 60 commercials, including a Jell-O pudding spot with Bill Cosby. Her ad work led to roles in soap operas, and she was already considered a show-business veteran in 1996 when she landed the role of Alexandra “Alli” Fowler on Another World, “where she delivered more dialogue than any other ten-year-old in daytime serials” of the time.

Lohan gave up Another World for the big screen when director Nancy Meyers cast her as estranged twin sisters who try to reunite their long-divorced parents (Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson) in The Parent Trap (1998). Hired in 1997 at age 10, Lohan was 11 when filming began in England and California (in Los Angeles and the Napa Valley). “I left school for eight months,” she said. “When I came back, my friends [asked], ‘Where’d you go?’ I said, ‘My family and I went on a long vacation.’ Then the movie came out, and they were, like, ‘Um, Lindsay? That’s you in Parent Trap,’ and I said, ‘Oh, yeah. I also did this movie while we were gone.’” Trap was well-received for a family comedy, bringing in US$92 million worldwide. Film critic Janet Maslin found Lohan’s dual performances so forceful “that she seems to have been taking shy violet lessons from Sharon Stone.” Critic Kenneth Turan called Lohan “the soul of this film as much as Hayley Mills was of the original, and … she is more adept than her predecessor at creating two distinct personalities”.

Signed by Disney to a three-film contract, Lohan was offered the role of Penny in Inspector Gadget but, after seven months’ work on The Parent Trap, she turned it down. Later, she starred in two original television movies, Life-Size (2000) (with Tyra Banks) and Get a Clue (2002). She also played Bette Midler’s daughter in the first episode of the short-lived series, Bette (2000), but Lohan—then 14—quit when the production moved from New York to Los Angeles. In 2001, she hosted the ABC-TV commercial series commemorating Walt Disney’s 100th birthday during a rebroadcast of The Parent Trap.

Following a brief hiatus, Lohan attended her first-ever film audition and won the lead teen role in another Disney remake; Freaky Friday (2003) starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Lohan as a mother and daughter trapped in the other’s body. Critic Roger Ebert praised Lohan’s “Jodie Foster sort of seriousness and intent focus beneath her teenage persona,” while Carrie Rickey—who panned the film—called her performance “unpredictable and inspired.”Through 2005, Friday was Lohan’s biggest commercial film success, earning US$160 million worldwide.

Actor/producer Ashton Kutcher considered Lohan a sufficient ratings draw in December 2003 to feature her in the second-season finale of Punk’d, his MTV series that plays practical jokes on celebrities (the episode was widely reported as the end of the series—also a practical joke). Eleven months later, Lohan appeared on That ’70s Show opposite Kutcher and her then-boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama.

Breakout role

Lohan was given the lead in two films, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (her first feature that was not a remake) and Paramount’s Mean Girls, both released in 2004. Drama Queen was a moderate success at the box office, grossing about US$30 million, but was a failure with critics. “Though still a promising star,” Robert K. Elder wrote, “Lohan will have to do a little penance before she’s forgiven for Confessions.” That “penance” came with Mean Girls, her first PG-13 (and first non-Disney) film; her breakout lead performance pushed the critical and commercial hit to grosses of over US$86 million domestically and US$128 million worldwide, “cementing her status as the new teen movie queen,” wrote Brandon Gray. “Lohan dazzles us once more,” said Steve Rhodes. “The smartly written script is a perfect match for her intelligent brand of comedy.”

Mean Girls was scripted by Tina Fey and featured several alumni of Saturday Night Live; Lohan was asked to host the show three times, in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Lohan returned to Disney for Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), the fifth film in the long-dormant Herbie series. Her rising popularity allowed her to choose from a wider variety of projects and, at age 19, Lohan felt Herbie would help her make the transition into more grown-up roles. “In most of my other films, I was in high school,” she said. “Here, [my character is] just out of college. It’s nice to be able to do something that I think will be acceptable to the fan base I’ve accumulated from my Disney movies, but subconsciously they’ll see me getting older and maturing.” Fully Loaded did well at the box office, earning more in international release than in the United States.

Her next film in wide release, Just My Luck, opened in May 2006 to poor reviews and earned only $33 million worldwide. The following month, A Prairie Home Companion—an ensemble film directed by Robert Altman—fared better, debuting at #7 in limited release and ending its run with nearly $US20 million in domestic box-office receipts. “Lohan rises to the occasion,” wrote Peter Travers, “delivering a rock-the-house version of ‘Frankie and Johnny’.” Lohan completed filming the independent Emilio Estevez film, Bobby, opposite Elijah Wood, in December 2005; the film débuted at the Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2006, and was released in theaters on November 23, 2006. Chapter 27 with Jared Leto began filming in New York on January 9, 2006, and had wrapped by March.

Three new projects were announced in April 2006; Lohan will play a girl molested by her stepfather in Georgia Rule opposite Felicity Huffman and Jane Fonda (filming began in June), and a speech assistant to Adrien Brody in Speechless (she also was set to portray the friend of a rebellious teenage boy in the comedy Bill, but dropped out). In May, Lohan joined Annette Bening and Sean Bean as the announced stars of the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance; she later dropped out because “right now she needs focus.” MTV News announced in October that she was signed to play opposite Keira Knightley in The Best Time of Our Lives. Lohan began filming I Know Who Killed Me in late 2006, and she is also set to appear in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.

Music

Hoping to become a “triple threat” (actor/model/singer) like her idol, Ann-Margret, Lohan began by showcasing her singing talents through her films. For the Freaky Friday soundtrack, she sang the closing theme, “Ultimate”; she also recorded four songs for the Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen soundtrack.

Producer Emilio Estefan, Jr. signed Lohan to a five-album production deal in 2002. “The minute I heard her sing, I knew she was gifted,” he said, “and [she] has an incredible ability to connect with her audience. I am very excited to be working with her.” Lohan—who said she was “extremely excited”—added, “I am surrounded by a group of very talented people.” Two years later, Lohan signed a recording contract with Casablanca Records, headed by “diva-maker” Tommy Mottola. Her début album, Speak, was released in December 2004, and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200. By early 2005, it was certified Platinum. Though primarily a pop-rock album, Speak was introduced with the single “Rumors”, described by Rolling Stone as “a bass-heavy, angry club anthem”. Its sexually suggestive video reached number one on MTV’s TRL and was nominated for Best Pop Video at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. “Rumors” eventually earned a Gold certification.

“[W]ith just two hit films under her belt”, wrote Stephen Thomas Erlewine of All Music Guide, “Lohan decided it was time to turn [herself] into a multimedia, cross-platform star … and so Speak was recorded quickly and rushed into the stores”. He called her music “a blend of old-fashioned, Britney-styled dance-pop and the anthemic, arena rock sound pioneered by fellow tween stars Hilary Duff and Ashlee Simpson. [However,] Lohan stands apart from the pack with her party-ready attitude and her husky voice”.

In December 2005, her second album, A Little More Personal (Raw), débuted at number 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, but fell under the top 100 within six weeks. Reviews were unfavorable; critics wondered why an album in which Lohan poured out her heart came across instead as a “slick pop production.” Slant magazine called it “contrived … for all the so-called weighty subject matter, there’s not much meat on these bones.” Still, A Little More Personal (Raw) was certified Gold on January 18, 2006. The music video for the album’s first single, “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)”—directed by Lohan and featuring the acting début of her sister, Ali—was a dramatization of the pain Lohan says her family has suffered at the hands of her father. She said “It’s kind of offensive” but “I hope he sees the positive side of the video rather than the negative.”

Universal Music Group moved Lohan from Casablanca to Motown Records in February 2006. In March, she told OK! magazine that she was writing lyrics for her third album, which she called “a different [from] the first two”. The November 2006 edition of In Style reported a Christmas, 2006, release, but it was pushed forward. She said it is expected to be released Summer 2007.

Media spotlight

Lohan became a regular subject of tabloid media after reports of a catfight with Hilary Duff in 2003 over their relationships with singer Aaron Carter. Lohan and Duff both later said there was no “feud”. Lohan was 17 when she moved in with Valderrama in early 2004, and their breakup that November made the gossip columns; numerous romantic rumors followed, forcing actors such as Bruce Willis to refer to their relationships with Lohan as “purely professional.” Lohan was also portrayed as a “party girl” who frequented clubs with Nicole Richie and Paris and Nicky Hilton, among others (”people [say], ‘Oh, she goes out and she parties,’” Lohan said. “No, we are just going out and having fun.”), while accidental exposures to paparazzi brought repeated rumors of breast enhancement (”they’re real though,” she asserted). Lohan later lampooned the various rumors on Saturday Night Live.

Lohan’s three car accidents in 2005 made headlines. The first was a minor rear-ender, though the victims later threatened to sue her. She suffered minor injuries when a paparazzo who was following her for a photograph hit her car (police called the crash intentional, but prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to file criminal charges). Lohan also struck a van in West Hollywood; police ruled that the van’s driver made an illegal U-turn. When VH1 named Lohan “Big ‘It’ Girl” for its ‘Big’ in ‘05 Awards in December, it was, Lohan quipped, “because being Big in ‘05 means getting in three car crashes in one year, people!”

Lindsay Lohan was the first living person to have a “My Scene Goes Hollywood” doll released by Mattel (in 2005). She also voiced herself in the direct-to-DVD feature film based on the dolls.

Lohan was interviewed for the March 2006 issue of Allure magazine; she said she hoped to be taken seriously as an actress, adding, “I hate it when people call me a teen queen.” She addressed the numerous romantic rumors (”I know now that I don’t need a boyfriend.”) and her weight loss (”I will say that I went through a phase. I lost weight when I was in the hospital, and then I wanted to keep it off.”). Lohan says 2005 “felt like five lifetimes because I’ve grown up a lot”.

According to court documents published in August 2006, Lohan’s mother was sued for fraud by two men who claim they helped produce half of the songs for the Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen soundtrack. The documents outline a claim filed in Nevada and a request “to take a deposition outside the State of Nevada of [Lindsay] Lohan, who resides in the State of California.”

Lohan was voted #10 on the list of “100 Sexiest Women” by readers of FHM. All of the top ten—except Paris Hilton—gained fame as actresses, including Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry.

The death in 2006 of A Prairie Home Companion director Robert Altman hit Lohan hard, according to a condolence letter she sent to his family. The letter drew widespread criticism for being incoherent and laden with spelling and grammatical errors; publicist Leslie Sloane said journalists were wrong to criticize a note “from the heart” that was composed on her BlackBerry.

Health issues

In July 2005, she participated in the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an effort to help prevent teenagers from smoking cigarettes and to help current smokers quit. Lohan, who began smoking in 2004, was also trying to break the habit as of early 2006.

Lohan exhibited dramatic weight loss during 2005, which she attributed to “old-school working out.” Later, Lohan admitted that she “nearly died” and said, “I’m working out with a trainer and eating healthily. I want my boobs back.” Lohan spent about two days at a Miami, Florida, hospital after suffering a serious asthma attack in January 2006. That same week, Vanity Fair released an interview in which Lohan admitted using drugs “a little” (she denied ever using cocaine, calling it a “sore subject”). The article said she had recovered from “bulimic episodes”, and that her 2005 hospitalization was for “a swollen liver and kidney infection”. Lohan later said she was “appalled” that her words were “misused and misconstrued” for the article; the magazine replied, “Every word [was recorded] on tape. Vanity Fair stands by the story.”

In July 2006, Lohan was taken to a hospital while shooting Georgia Rule, complaining that she was “overheated and dehydrated”; Morgan Creek Productions CEO James G. Robinson had a letter delivered to Lohan in which he accused her of “all night heavy partying” and making up “bogus excuses”, and threatened to take action to recover any “monetary damages”. Her mother later appeared on Access Hollywood to refute the accusation, saying her asthmatic daughter was working in 105-degree heat and calling Robinson’s letter “way out of line.”

People wrote in December 2006 that Lohan had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Los Angeles for a year, but she told the magazine that she hadn’t gone public because “it’s no one’s business. That’s why it’s anonymous!” She said she had been going to clubs between film projects to get partying “out of my system, [but] I was going out too much and I knew that, and I have more to live for than that.” The following month, Lohan entered rehab at an undisclosed location “to take care of my personal health,” asking that the media “please respect my privacy at this time.” She became an outpatient a short time later.

Lohan’s representative told People that the actress had undergone an appendicectomy on January 4, 2007. She was videotaped the following day, trying to avoid photographers after she walked out of the hospital.

Filmography

Television

  • Another World – 1996–1997
  • Bette (2000–2001) (appeared October 11, 2000, in pilot episode only)
  • Punk’d – one episode, December 14, 2003 (see above)
  • Saturday Night Live – Host, May 1, 2004
  • 2004 MTV Movie Awards – Host, June 10, 2004
  • That ’70s Show – “Mother’s Little Helper” episode, November 10, 2004
  • Saturday Night Live – Cameo for Weekend Update, December 11, 2004
  • Saturday Night Live – Host of the season finale, May 21, 2005
  • Saturday Night Live – Host, April 15, 2006
  • 2006 World Music Awards – Host, November 2006

Discography

Albums

  • Speak (2004)
  • A Little More Personal (Raw) (2005)

Singles

  • 2004: “Rumors”
  • 2005: “Over”
  • 2005: “First”
  • 2005: “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)”
  • 2005: “I Live for the Day”

Soundtracks

  • 2003: Freaky Friday
  • 2003: Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • 2004: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
  • 2004: That’s So Raven
  • 2005: Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • 2006: A Prairie Home Companion




Angelina Jolie

1 03 2007

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie (born June 4, 1975) is an American film actress, a former fashion model, and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. She is often cited by popular media as one of the world’s most beautiful women and her off-screen life is widely reported. She has received three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an Academy Award.

After appearing as a child alongside her father Jon Voight in the 1982 film Lookin’ to Get Out, Jolie’s acting career began in earnest a decade later with the low budget production Cyborg 2 (1993) and she played her first leading role in a major film in Hackers (1995). She appeared in the critically acclaimed biographical films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted (1999). She achieved international fame as a result of her portrayal of videogame heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and since then has established herself as one of the best known and highest paid actresses in Hollywood. She had her biggest commercial success with the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).

Divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie currently lives with actor Brad Pitt, in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. Jolie and Pitt have two adopted children, Maddox and Zahara, and a biological child, Shiloh. Jolie has promoted humanitarian causes throughout the world, and is noted for her work with refugees through UNHCR.

Early life and family

Born Angelina Jolie Voight in Los Angeles, California, she is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and the late Marcheline Bertrand. Jolie is the niece of Chip Taylor, sister of James Haven and the god-daughter of Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell. People often assume that Jolie’s mother was French, because of her name, but Jolie’s grandparents were French-Canadian. On her father’s side, she is of Czech descent, and on her mother’s side she is French-Canadian and “Iroquois”.

After her parents’ separation in 1976, Jolie and her brother were raised by their mother, who abandoned her acting ambitions and moved with them to Palisades, New York. As a child Jolie collected snakes and lizards and had a crush on Mr. Spock. She regularly saw movies with her mother and later explained that this had inspired her interest in acting; she had not been influenced by her father. When she was 11, the family moved back to Los Angeles and Jolie decided she wanted to act and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she trained for two years and appeared in several stage productions. She later recalled her time as a student at Beverly Hills High School (later Moreno High School), and her feeling of isolation among the children of some of the area’s more affluent families. Jolie’s mother survived on a more modest income, and Jolie often wore second-hand clothes. She was teased by other students who also targeted her for her distinctive features, for being extremely thin, and for wearing glasses and braces. Her self esteem was further diminished when her initial attempts at modeling proved unsuccessful. As her despondency grew, she started to cut herself; later commenting during an appearance on CNN, “I collected knives and always had certain things around. For some reason, the ritual of having cut myself and feeling the pain, maybe feeling alive, feeling some kind of release, it was somehow therapeutic to me.” At 14, she dropped out of her acting classes and dreamed of becoming a funeral director. Her self-loathing led her to embark on a rebellious period in her life; she wore black, dyed her hair purple and went out moshing with her live-in boyfriend. Two years later, after the relationship had ended, she rented an apartment above a garage a few blocks from her mother’s home. She returned to theatre studies and graduated from high school, though in recent time she has referred to this period with the observation, “I am still at heart—and always will be—just a punk kid with tattoos”.

Jolie has been long estranged from her father, blaming his infidelity for the break-up of the family, though a reconciliation was attempted, and he appeared with her in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. In July 2002, Jolie filed a request to legally change her name to “Angelina Jolie”, dropping Voight as her surname; the name change was made official on September 12, 2002. In August of the same year, Voight claimed that his daughter had “serious emotional problems” on Access Hollywood. In the October 2004 issue of Premiere Magazine, Jolie indicated that she no longer wished to pursue a relationship with her father, and said, “My father and I don’t speak. I don’t hold any anger toward him. I don’t believe that somebody’s family becomes their blood. Because my son’s adopted, and families are earned.” She stated that she did not want to publicize her reasons for her estrangement from her father, but because she had adopted her son, she did not think it was healthy for her to associate with Voight. Voight has not met his grandchildren.

Early work, 1993–1997

Jolie began working as a fashion model at 14. She was signed with Finesse Model Management and modeled in both the United States and Europe, working mainly in Los Angeles, New York and London. She also appeared in numerous music videos, including those of Meat Loaf (”Rock’n’Roll Dreams Come Through”), Antonello Venditti (”Alta Marea”) and Lenny Kravitz (”Stand by My Woman”). At the age of 16 Jolie returned to theatre, and played her first role as a German dominatrix. She began to learn from her father, as she noticed his method of observing people to become like them. Their relationship during this time was less strained, with Jolie realizing that they were both “drama queens”.

Jolie appeared in five of her brother’s student films, made while he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts, but her professional movie career began in 1993, when she played her first leading role in the low budget film Cyborg 2, as Casella “Cash” Reese, a near-human robot, designed to seduce her way into a rival manufacturer’s headquarters and then self-detonate. Following several undistinguished projects she starred as Kate “Acid Burn” Libby in her first Hollywood picture, Hackers (1995), where she met her first husband Jonny Lee Miller. The New York Times wrote, “Kate (Angelina Jolie) stands out. That’s because she scowls even more sourly than [her co-stars] and is that rare female hacker who sits intently at her keyboard in a see-through top. Despite her sullen posturing, which is all this role requires, Ms. Jolie has the sweetly cherubic looks of her father, Jon Voight.” The movie failed to make a profit at the box-office, but developed a cult following after its video release.

She appeared as Gina Malacici in the 1996 comedy Love Is All There Is, a modern-day loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set among two rival Italian family restaurant owners in Bronx, New York. In the road movie Mojave Moon she was a youngster, named Eleanor Rigby, who falls for Danny Aiello, while he takes a shine to her mother, Anne Archer. Still in 1996 she played Margret “Legs” Sadovsky, one of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond in the film Foxfire after they beat up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. The Los Angeles Times wrote about Jolie’s performance, “It took a lot of hogwash to develop this character, but Jolie, Jon Voight’s knockout daughter, has the presence to overcome the stereotype. Though the story is narrated by Maddy, Legs is the subject and the catalyst.”

In 1997 Jolie starred with David Duchovny in the thriller Playing God, a film portraying a famed L.A. surgeon who is stripped of his medical license and is lured deep into the criminal world where he meets Jolie’s character, Claire. The movie was not received well by critics and Roger Ebert noted that “Angelina Jolie finds a certain warmth in a kind of role that is usually hard and aggressive; she seems too nice to be [a criminal’s] girlfriend, and maybe she is.” She then appeared in the TV movie True Women, a historical romantic drama set in the West, and based on the book by Janice Woods Windle.

Breakthrough, 1997–2000

Jolie’s career prospects began to improve after her performance as Cornelia Wallace in the 1997 biopic George Wallace for which she won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy. The film was highly praised by critics and, among other awards, received the Golden Globe for “Best Miniseries/Motion Picture made for TV”. She played the second wife of the segregationist Governor of Alabama who was shot and paralyzed while running for President. The film starred Gary Sinise and was directed by John Frankenheimer.

In 1998 Jolie starred in HBO’s Gia, as the supermodel, Gia Carangi. The film depicted a world of sex, drugs and emotional drama, and chronicled the destruction of Carangi’s life and career as a result of her drug addiction, and her decline and death from AIDS. Vanessa Vance from Reel.com noted, “Angelina Jolie gained wide recognition for her role as the titular Gia, and it’s easy to see why. Jolie is fierce in her portrayal—filling the part with nerve, charm, and desperation—and her role in this film is quite possibly the most beautiful train wreck ever filmed.” For the second consecutive year, Jolie won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy. She also won her first Screen Actors Guild Award. In accordance with Lee Strasberg’s method acting Jolie reportedly prefers to stay in character in between scenes during many of her films, and as a result has gained a reputation for being difficult to deal with. While shooting Gia, she told her then-husband Jonny Lee Miller that she wouldn’t be able to phone him. “I’d tell him: ‘I’m alone; I’m dying; I’m gay; I’m not going to see you for weeks.’”

Following Gia, Jolie moved to New York and stopped acting for a short period of time, because she felt that she had “nothing else to give”. She enrolled at New York University to study filmmaking and attended writing classes. She described it as “just good for me to collect myself” on Inside the Actors Studio.

Jolie returned to film as Gloria McNeary in the 1998 gangster movie Hell’s Kitchen, and later that year was part of an ensemble cast that included Sean Connery, Gillian Anderson, Ryan Phillippe and Jon Stewart in Playing by Heart. The drama tells the story of several seemingly unconnected characters, with Jolie playing a young club-scene hipster, Joan. The film received predominantly positive reviews and Jolie was praised in particular. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Jolie, working through an overwritten part, is a sensation as the desperate club crawler learning truths about what she’s willing to gamble.” Jolie won the Breakthrough Performance Award by the National Board of Review.

In 1999 she starred in Mike Newell’s comedy-drama Pushing Tin, about two air traffic controllers who engage in macho conflict, co-starring alongside John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett. Jolie played Thornton’s seductive wife Mary Bell. The film received a lukewarm reception from critics and Jolie’s character was particularly criticized. The Washington Post wrote, “Mary (Angelina Jolie), a completely ludicrous writer’s creation of a free-spirited woman who weeps over hibiscus plants that die, wears lots of turquoise rings and gets real lonely when Russell spends entire nights away from home.” She then worked with Denzel Washington in The Bone Collector, an adapted crime novel written by Jeffery Deaver. Jolie played Amelia Donaghy, a police officer haunted by her cop father’s suicide who reluctantly helps Washington track down a serial killer. The movie grossed $151 million worldwide, but was a critical failure; the Detroit Free Press concluded, “Jolie, while always delicious to look at, is simply and woefully miscast.”

Jolie next took the supporting role of Lisa Rowe alongside Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted, a film that tells the story of mental patient Susanna Kaysen, and which was adapted from Kaysen’s original memoir Girl Interrupted. While the lead role of the film was Ryder’s character, and hoped to be a comeback for Ryder, the film instead became the “welcome-to-Hollywood coronation” for Jolie. Jolie won her third Golden Globe, her second Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Variety noted, “Jolie is excellent as the flamboyant, irresponsible girl who turns out to be far more instrumental than the doctors in Susanna’s rehabilitation” and Roger Ebert wrote about her performance:
“Jolie is emerging as one of the great wild spirits of current movies, a loose cannon who somehow has deadly aim.”

In 2000 Jolie appeared in her first summer blockbuster Gone In 60 Seconds, in which she played Sarah “Sway” Wayland, ex-girlfriend of car-thief Nicolas Cage. The role was small, and the Washington Post criticized that “all she does in this movie is stand around, cooling down, modeling those fleshy, pulsating muscle-tubes that nest so provocatively around her teeth.” She later explained that the film was a welcome relief after the heavy role of Lisa Rowe, and it became her highest grossing movie up until then, with $237 million internationally.

International success, 2001–present

Although highly regarded for her acting abilities, Jolie’s films to date had often not appealed to a wide audience, but Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) made her an international superstar. An adaptation of the popular Tomb Raider videogame, Jolie was required to master a British accent and undergo extensive martial arts training to play the title role of Lara Croft. She was generally praised for her physical performance, but the movie generated mostly negative reviews. Slant Magazine commented, “Angelina Jolie was born to play Lara Croft but [director] Simon West makes her journey into a game of Frogger.” The movie was a huge international success nonetheless, earning $275 million worldwide, and started her reputation as a female action star.

Jolie then starred alongside Antonio Banderas as the mail-order bride Julia Russell in Original Sin, a thriller based on the novel Waltz into Darkness by Cornell Woolrich. The film was a major critical failure, with The New York Times noting, “The story plunges more precipitously than Ms. Jolie’s neckline.” In 2002, she played Lanie Kerrigan in Life or Something Like It, a film about an ambitious TV reporter who is told that she will die in a week. The film was poorly received by critics, though Jolie’s performance received positive reviews. CNN’s Paul Clinton wrote, “Jolie is excellent in her role. Despite some of the ludicrous plot points in the middle of the film, this Academy Award-winning actress is exceedingly believable in her journey towards self-discovery and the true meaning of fulfilling life.”

Jolie reprised her role as Lara Croft in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003. The sequel, while not as lucrative as the original, earned $156 million at the international box-office. Later that year Jolie starred in Beyond Borders, a film about aid workers in Africa. Although reflecting Jolie’s real-life interest in promoting humanitarian relief, the film was critically and financially unsuccessful. The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Jolie, as she did in her Oscar-winning role in Girl, Interrupted, can bring electricity and believability to roles that have a reality she can understand. She can also, witness the Lara Croft films, do acknowledged cartoons. But the limbo of a hybrid character, a badly written cardboard person in a fly-infested, blood-and-guts world, completely defeats her.”

In 2004, Jolie starred alongside Ethan Hawke in the thriller Taking Lives, as Illeana Scott, an FBI profiler summoned to help Montreal law enforcement hunt down a serial killer. The movie received mixed reviews and The Hollywood Reporter concluded, “Angelina Jolie plays a role that definitely feels like something she has already done, but she does add an unmistakable dash of excitement and glamour.” She also provided the voice of Lola, an angelfish in the animated DreamWorks movie Shark Tale; the cast included Will Smith, Martin Scorsese, Renée Zellweger, Jack Black and Robert De Niro. Also in 2004, Jolie had a brief appearance as Franky in Kerry Conran’s Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, a science fiction adventure film shot with actors entirely in front of a bluescreen, with all the sets and nearly all of the props computer-generated. Jolie then played Olympias in Alexander, Oliver Stone’s biopic about the life of Alexander the Great. The film failed domestically, with Stone attributing its poor reception to disapproval of the depiction of Alexander’s homosexuality, but it succeeded internationally, with revenue of $139 million outside the United States. Newsday wrote of Jolie’s performance, “Jolie is the only one in the picture who seems to be having any fun with her role, and one misses her whenever she’s off-screen.”

Jolie’s only movie of 2005, the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, is also her biggest commercial success to date. The film, directed by Doug Liman, tells the story of a bored married couple who find out that they are both secret assassins. Jolie starred as Jane Smith alongside Brad Pitt. The film was well received and was generally lauded for the chemistry between the two leads. The Star Tribune noted, “While the story feels haphazard, the movie gets by on gregarious charm, galloping energy and the stars’ thermonuclear screen chemistry.” The movie earned over $478 million worldwide, one of the biggest hits of 2005.

Jolie next appeared in Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd (2006), a movie about the early history of the CIA, as seen through the eyes of Edward Wilson, played by Matt Damon. Jolie co-stared as Margaret Russell, Wilson’s neglected wife who becomes increasingly discontented by the effects of his work. The Chicago Tribune commented on her role, “Jolie ages convincingly throughout, and is blithely unconcerned with how her brittle character is coming off in terms of audience sympathy.”

Jolie’s confirmed future projects include the animated movies Beowulf (playing Grendel’s mother) and Kung Fu Panda, as well as A Mighty Heart, a film based on the life of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan; she will star as Pearl’s wife, Mariane Pearl. Jolie will also appear as Dagny Taggart in the movie adaptation of Atlas Shrugged and is considering the role of Ava Lord in Sin City 2.

Humanitarian work

Jolie first became personally aware of worldwide humanitarian crises while filming Tomb Raider in poverty-stricken and widely mined Cambodia. According to Jolie, “I discovered things about what’s happening in the world… Cambodia was really eye opening for me.” Deeply affected by these experiences, she eventually turned to UNHCR for more information on international trouble spots. In the following months she agreed to visit different refugee camps around the world to learn more about the situation and the conditions in these areas. In February 2001, Jolie went on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed. In the coming months she returned to Cambodia for two weeks and later visited Afghan refugees in Pakistan where she donated $1 million for Afghan refugees in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal. She insisted on covering all costs related to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff on all of her visits. Impressed by her interest and devotion in the subject, UNHCR named her a Goodwill Ambassador on August 27, 2001 at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, despite her warning that her controversial public image might shed a negative light on the U.N. In a press conference Jolie explained her motives for joining the refugee agency:
“We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. 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.”

During her first three years as Goodwill Ambassador Jolie concentrated her efforts on field missions, visiting refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) all around the world. Asked what she hoped to accomplish, she stated, “Awareness of the plight of these people. I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon.” In 2002, Jolie visited Tham Hin refugee camp in Thailand and Colombian refugees in Ecuador to take a closer look at the “Western Hemisphere’s most severe humanitarian crisis”. She and US Secretary of State Colin Powell opened events to celebrate World Refugee Day 2002 on June 20 in Washington, D.C. Jolie then went to various UNHCR facilities in Kosovo and paid a visit to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya with refugees mainly from Sudan. UNHCR’s Representative to Kenya, George Okoth-Obbo, praised her “presence, just to bring some joy into what is undoubtedly a hard life for many of the people here”. She also visited Angolan refugees while she was filming Beyond Borders in Namibia.

In 2003, Jolie embarked on a six-day mission to Tanzania where she traveled to western border camps, hosting Congolese refugees and she paid a week-long visit to Sri Lanka, where she saw the post–war conditions in northern Sri Lanka. Jolie again attended World Refugee Day on June 20 in Washington, D.C., and later concluded a four-day mission to Russia as she traveled to North Caucasus to learn about all aspects of UNHCR’s operations in the region. Concurrently with the release of her movie Beyond Borders in October 2003 she published Notes from My Travels, a collection of journal entries that chronicle her early field missions (2001-2002). All her proceeds from the book went to UNHCR. During a private stay in Jordan in December 2003 she asked to visit Ruwaished camp in Jordan’s remote eastern desert, 70 km from the Iraqi border. The camp hosted some 800 people who had fled Iraq during the U.S.-led invasion and later that month she visited Sudanese refugees near the Egyptian capital in Kilo Arbaa We Nus.

On her first U.N. trip within the United States, Jolie went to Arizona in 2004, visiting detained asylum seekers at three facilities and the Southwest Key Program, a facility for unaccompanied children in Phoenix. With the humanitarian situation in Sudan worsening, she flew to Chad in June 2004, paying a visit to border sites and camps for refugees who had fled fighting in western Sudan’s Darfur region. Four month later she returned to the region, this time going directly into West Darfur to learn about the situation of thousands of IDPs. She stressed the need for security and access to displaced people’s home villages at a press conference in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. On June 18, 2004 she and US Secretary of State Colin Powell met again in Washington to launch the three day events of World Refugee Day. Also in 2004 Jolie visited Afghan refugees in Thailand and on a private stay to Lebanon during the Christmas holidays she visited UNHCR’s regional office in Beirut, as well as some young refugees and cancer patients in the Lebanese capital.

With increasing experience, Jolie became more involved in promoting humanitarian causes on a political level. Since 2005 she has attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, announcing the formation of a Council of Business Leaders with UNHCR’s Deputy High Commissioner, Wendy Chamberlin, in 2005, and participated in the panel discussion Human Rights: Reduced to Charity? in 2006. Jolie also began lobbying humanitarian interests in Washington, D.C. where she met with congressmen and senators at least 20 times from 2003. She explained in Forbes:
“As much as I would love to never have to visit Washington, that’s the way to move the ball.”

Among others, she pushed for The Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act in reaction to her previous visit to facilities for asylum seekers in Arizona. On March 8, 2005 Jolie took part at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C. where she promoted the bill and in support of it announced the founding of the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children, an organization that provides free legal-aid to asylum-seeking children with no legal representation which Jolie personally funded with a donation of $500,000 for its first two years. The Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act eventually passed in December 2005. Jolie also pushed for a bill to aid 70 million vulnerable children in the Third World which was signed by President Bush in November 2005, but so far no funding has been granted. In addition to her political involvement, Jolie began using the public’s interest in her to promote humanitarian causes through the mass media. In May 2005 Jolie filmed a MTV special, The Diary Of Angelina Jolie & Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Africa, portraying her and noted economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs on their trip to Sauri, a remote group of villages in Western Kenya. There, Sachs’s United Nations Millennium Project team is working with locals to end poverty, hunger and disease. In September 2005 Jolie was named the new spokesperson for the clothing line St. John starting in the Spring of 2006. The deal includes the start-up of a charity headed by Jolie which will focus on children’s issues and causes. On October 24, 2005 Jolie attended the First Annual Benefit Gala for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO), where she pledged to partner with the WWO to treat children in Ethiopia who have been orphaned by AIDS and are HIV positive. She also announced her plan to support the WWO’s Pediatric HIV/AIDS Clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and pledged an initial grant. In September 2006 Jolie announced the founding of the Jolie/Pitt Foundation which made initial donations to Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders of $1 million each.

Jolie visited Pakistani camps containing Afghan refugees, in May 2005 and she also met with Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. She returned to Pakistan with Brad Pitt during the Thanksgiving weekend in November to see the impact of the October 8 Kashmir earthquake. They met many quake victims as well as President Musharraf. In 2006 Jolie and Pitt flew to Haiti and visited a school supported by Yéle Haïti, a charity founded by Haitian-born hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. Jolie also arranged a deal with People allowing them to print the first picture showing her visibly pregnant in exchange for a $500,000 donation to Yéle Haïti. During a two-month stay in Namibia, as she awaited the birth of her daughter, Jolie promoted the Global Education Week in an interview with NBC and she also took part in a conference call with UK Chancellor Gordon Brown who has pledged an extra $16 billion towards universal free education. Jolie has worked with Senator Hillary Clinton since 2005 to get the Education for All bill approved by the U.S. Congress. In November 2006, while filming A Mighty Heart in India, she visited Afghan and Burmese refugees in New Delhi and met the Minister of State for External Affairs, Anand Sharma, praising India’s longstanding hospitality to refugees. Jolie spent Christmas Day with Colombian refugees in San José, Costa Rica where she handed out presents and met with Costa Rican officials.

Jolie has received wide recognition for her humanitarian work. On October 24, 2003 she was the first recipient of the new created Citizen of the World Award by the United Nations Correspondents Association. Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni awarded Jolie Cambodian citizenship for her conservation work in the country on August 12, 2005; she has pledged $5 million to set up a wildlife sanctuary in the north-western province of Battambang and owns property there. On October 12, 2005, Jolie was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the UNA-USA. In February 2007, she was accepted by the bipartisan think tank Council on Foreign Relations for a special five-year term designed to “nurture the next generation of foreign policy makers”.

Relationships

On March 28, 1996, Jolie married British actor Jonny Lee Miller, her co-star in the film Hackers. She attended her wedding in black leather trousers and a white shirt, which had her groom’s name painted in her blood on the back. Jolie and Miller separated one year later and subsequently divorced on February 3, 1999. They remained on good terms and Jolie later explained, “It comes down to timing. I think he’s the greatest husband a girl could ask for. I’ll always love him, we were simply too young.”

She then married American actor Billy Bob Thornton, who she had met on the set of Pushing Tin, on May 5, 2000. As a result of their frequent public declarations of passion and gestures of love (most famously wearing one another’s blood in vials around their necks), their relationship became a favorite topic of the entertainment media. Jolie and Thornton divorced on May 27, 2003. Asked in Vogue about the sudden dissolution of their marriage, Jolie stated, “It took me by surprise, too, because overnight, we totally changed. I think one day we had just nothing in common. And it’s scary but… I think it can happen when you get involved and you don’t know yourself yet.”

Jolie has said in interviews that she is bisexual and has long acknowledged that she had a sexual relationship with her Foxfire co-star Jenny Shimizu, “I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn’t married my husband. I fell in love with her the first second I saw her.” In an interview with Barbara Walters in 2003, asked if she was bisexual, Jolie responded, “Of course. If I fell in love with a woman tomorrow, would I feel that it’s okay to want to kiss and touch her? If I fell in love with her? Absolutely! Yes!”

In early 2005, Jolie was involved in a well-publicized Hollywood scandal when she was accused of being the “other woman” in the divorce of actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. The allegation was that she and Pitt had started an affair during filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith; however, she has denied this in several interviews. In an interview with Ann Curry in 2005, she explained, “To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn’t be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife.”

While Jolie and Pitt never publicly commented about the nature of their relationship, speculations continued throughout 2005. The first intimate paparazzi photos emerged in April, one month after Aniston had filed for divorce; they show Pitt, Jolie and her son Maddox at a beach in Kenya. During the summer Jolie and Pitt were seen together with increasing frequency and most of the entertainment media considered them a couple, dubbing them “Brangelina”. On January 11, 2006 Jolie confirmed to People that she was pregnant with Pitt’s child and thereby confirmed their relationship for the first time in public.

Children

On March 10, 2002, Jolie adopted her first child, Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt (originally Maddox Chivan Thornton Jolie). He was born on August 5, 2001 as Rath Vibol in Cambodia and he initially lived in a local orphanage in Battambang. Jolie decided to apply for adoption after she had visited Cambodia twice, while filming Tomb Raider and on a UNHCR field trip in 2001. After her divorce from her second husband, Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie received sole custody of Maddox.

Maddox’s name is Celtic in origin, usually translated as “beneficent”. Jolie developed several nicknames for him, normally she calls him “Mad”. Maddox, like Jolie’s two other children, has gained a considerable celebrity and appears regularly in the tabloid media; he was named the “cutest celebrity kid”, and he is known for this Mohawk hairstyle.

On July 6, 2005, Jolie adopted a six-month-old girl from Ethiopia, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (originally Zahara Marley Jolie), who was orphaned by AIDS. Zahara was born on January 8, 2005 as Tena Adam. Jolie picked her up at a Wide Horizons For Children orphanage in Addis Ababa. Shortly after they returned to the United States Zahara had to spend time in a hospital for dehydration and malnutrition. Jolie stated that “she was six months and not nine pounds. Her skin, you could squeeze it, it stuck together.” Zahara’s name means “flower” in Swahili, the second name “Marley” comes from late Jamaican reggae superstar Bob Marley. Zahara’s nickname is “Zee”.

In the months following Zahara’s adoption news reports emerged in which several women either claimed to be her birth mother or her grandmother. While making an appearance on CNN’s The Situation Room Jolie stated that her daughter is an “AIDS orphan.” By that she means her birth mother died from AIDS, but her daughter does not have the disease. The birth father of Zahara is not known. Her statement made it clear that the birth mother is indeed dead. In late October 2005, an Ethiopian judge ruled that there is no evidence to suggest that Jolie would have to file for re-adoption of her daughter. The judge also ruled that a woman claiming to be her mother is not the birth mother.

Brad Pitt was reportedly present when Jolie signed the adoption papers and collected her daughter; later Jolie indicated that she and Pitt made the decision to adopt Zahara together. In December 2005 it was confirmed that Pitt was seeking to legally adopt Jolie’s two children. In support of this bid (and as part of legal requirements), Jolie took out classified advertisements in the Los Angeles paper Daily Commerce announcing the name change request, and on January 19, 2006, a judge in California approved this request. The children’s legal surnames were formally changed to “Jolie-Pitt”.

On May 27, 2006, Jolie gave birth to a daughter named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, at night at the Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital in Swakopmund, Namibia. Shiloh was born by a scheduled caesarean section, due to breech presentation, and Pitt was there to cut her umbilical cord. The couple’s Los Angeles obstetrician was assisted by local staff. Shiloh, according to a long-standing translation from the Bible, has come to mean “the peaceful one.”

Pitt confirmed that their newly-born daughter will have a Namibian passport while speaking to local journalists. Jolie decided to offer the first pictures of Shiloh through the distributor Getty Images herself, rather than allowing paparazzi to make these extremely valuable snapshots. People paid more than $4.1 million for the North American rights, while British magazine Hello! obtained the international rights for roughly $3.5 million; the total rights sale earned up to $10 million worldwide – the most expensive celebrity image of all time. All profits were donated to an undisclosed charity by Jolie and Pitt. On July 26, 2006 Madame Tussauds in New York unveiled a wax figure of two-month-old Shiloh; it is the first infant re-created in wax by Madame Tussauds. In August 2006, 41 percent of all 18- to 24-year-old American adults knew Shiloh’s correct first name according to an Ad Council survey.

Jolie in the media

Jolie appeared in the media from an early age due to her famous father Jon Voight. At 7 she had a small part in Lookin’ to Get Out, a movie co-written by and starring her father, and in 1986 and 1988 she attended the Academy Awards as a teenager with him. However, when she started her acting career, Jolie decided not to use “Voight” as a stage name, because she wished to establish her own identity as an actress. Jolie was never shy about controversy and integrated her teenage “wild girl” image into her public persona in the first years of her career. During her acceptance speech at the 2000 Academy Awards, Jolie declared “I’m so in love with my brother right now” which, combined with her affectionate behavior towards him that night, sparked rumors in the tabloid media of an incestuous relationship with her brother James Haven. She has denied those rumors and said while appearing on Inside the Actors Studio “the world is a lot sicker than I thought”. Jolie and Haven later explained in interviews that after their parents’ divorce they relied on one another and because of that they hold on to each other as a means of emotional support.

Jolie is noted as “the one A-list celebrity without a publicist”, and she quickly became a tabloid’s favorite, since she presented herself as very outspoken in interviews, once claiming to be “most likely to sleep with a female fan”. Her love life, especially her interest in sadomasochism, has often been featured in the media. In 2004 she stated in Allure, “S&M sex can be misinterpreted as violence. It’s really about trust. I like to push boundaries, both emotional and sexual, with another person. That’s when I’ve felt the sexiest. I’ve been in both submissive and dominant roles because I want more.” As one of her most distinctive physical features, Jolie’s lips have attracted notable media attention. Her lips were mentioned among the “world’s sexiest things” in a 2006 FHM poll. She also created headlines with her much publicized marriage to Billy Bob Thornton and her subsequent change into an advocate for global humanitarian problems. As she took on the role of UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador she started to use her celebrity to highlight humanitarian causes worldwide, e.g. promoting World Refugee Day 2006 in a two hour CNN interview with Anderson Cooper which attracting more than double the audience of his typical newscast. Jolie has been taking flight lessons since 2004 and she has a student pilot and private pilot (UK based) license. The media speculated that Jolie is a Buddhist, but she said that she teaches Buddhism to her son Maddox because she considers it part of his culture. Jolie has not stated definitively whether or not she believes in God. When asked in an interview with The Onion A.V. Club in 2000 if there was a God, she said, “For the people who believe in it, I hope so. There doesn’t need to be a God for me.”

Starting in 2005, her relationship with Brad Pitt became one of the most reported celebrity stories worldwide. After Jolie confirmed her pregnancy in early 2006, the unprecedented media hype surrounding them “reached the point of insanity” as Reuters described it in their story “The Brangelina fever”; among others, there were several false wedding rumors including an alleged imminent wedding in Laglio, Italy that was even further ignited by the local mayor and was picked up by many noted news services like the Associated Press and the BBC. Trying to avoid the media attention, the couple went to Namibia for the birth of “the most anticipated baby since Jesus Christ”, as it has been described.

Today, Jolie is one of the best known celebrities around the world. According to the Q Score survey by Marketing Evaluations Inc., in 2000, subsequent to her Oscar win, 31% of respondents in the United States said Jolie was familiar to them, by 2006 she was familiar to 81% of Americans. In a 2006 global industry survey by ACNielsen in 42 international markets Jolie, together with Brad Pitt, was found to be the favorite celebrity endorser for brands and products worldwide. Also in 2006, Jolie was among the Time 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, she was featured on the cover of Forbes “The Celebrity 100″ edition, ranking at No. 35, and she was described as the world’s most beautiful woman in the “100 Most Beautiful” issue of People. In February 2007, she was voted the greatest sex symbol of all time in the British Channel 4 television show The 100 Greatest Sex Symbols.

Tattoos

Jolie’s inventory of tattoos has become the subject of much media attention and has often been addressed by interviewers. Jolie stated that, while she is not opposed to film nudity, the large number of tattoos on her body has forced filmmakers to become more creative when planning nude or love scenes. Make-up has been used to cover up the tattoos in many of her productions. She frequently adds or even changes existing tattoos and has said that all the tattoos she possesses have a special meaning. Jolie currently has twelve known tattoos, among them a Tennessee Williams quote “A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages” which she got together with her mother, the Arabic phrase (strength of will), the Latin proverb “quod me nutrit me destruit” (what nourishes me also destroys me), and a prayer consisting of Buddhist Sanskrit symbols for her son Maddox. She also has three sets of geographical coordinates on her left shoulder indicating the places of birth of her children, N11°33′00″ E104°51′00″ (Phnom Penh, Cambodia), N09°02′00″ E038°45′00″ (Addis Alem, Ethiopia), and S22°40′26″ E014°31′40″ (Swakopmund, Namibia). Over time she covered or lasered several of her tattoos, including “Billy Bob”, the name of her former husband Billy Bob Thornton, a Chinese character for death and a window on her lower back; she explained that she removed the window, because, while she used to spend all of her time looking out through windows wishing to be outside, she now lives there all of the time.





Jessica Alba

1 03 2007

Jessica AlbaJessica Marie Alba (born April 28, 1981) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in Dark Angel, Sin City, Fantastic Four and Into the Blue.

Biography

Early life

Jessica Alba was born in Pomona, California to Mark Alba, who is of Mexican descent, and Cathy Jensen, who has Danish and French-Canadian ancestry. Alba was raised in an Air Force family, along with her brother, Joshua Alba, and her grandparents until she was 17. Her father’s Air Force career took the family to Biloxi, Mississippi, and Del Rio, Texas, before they settled back in California. Alba’s early life was marked by a multitude of physical maladies; she suffered collapsed lungs twice, had pneumonia 4-5 times a year, a burst appendix, a cyst on her tonsils and asthma. She has also acknowledged suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder during childhood. This served to isolate her from other children at school because, as she claims, she was in the hospital so often that no one knew her well enough to befriend her. Her health improved, however, when her family moved to California. Alba had expressed interest in acting since the age of five. She took her first acting class at age twelve, and an acting agent signed her nine months later.

Career

Alba’s first appearance on film was a small role in the 1994 feature Camp Nowhere as Gail. She was originally hired for two weeks but her role turned into a two month job when the actress in one of the prominent roles dropped out.

Young Alba appeared in two national TV commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney; she was later featured in several independent films. She branched out into TV in 1994 with a recurring role as the insufferable young snob, Jessica, in three episodes of the Nickelodeon comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack. She then performed the role of Maya in the first two seasons of the TV series Flipper. Under the tutelage of her lifeguard mother, Alba learned to swim before she could walk, and she was a PADI-certified scuba diver, skills which were put to use on the show, which was filmed in Australia.

In 1998, she appeared as Melissa Hauer in a first-season episode of the Steven Bochco crime-drama Brooklyn South, as Leanne in two episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 and as Layla in an episode of The Love Boat: The Next Wave. In 1999, she appeared in the Randy Quaid comedy feature P.U.N.K.S..

After graduating from high school, Alba studied acting with William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, at the Atlantic Theater Company, which was developed by Macy and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and film director, David Mamet.

Alba rose to greater prominence in Hollywood in 1999 after appearing as a member of a snobby high school clique in the Drew Barrymore romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, and as the female lead in the 1999 comedy-horror film Idle Hands, opposite Devon Sawa. Her big break came when writer/director James Cameron picked Alba from a pool of 1,200 candidates for the role of the genetically-engineered super-soldier, Max Guevara, on the Fox sci-fi TV series Dark Angel. Co-created by Cameron, Alba was the star in the series which ran for two seasons before being canceled in 2002. Since then her most notable roles have been as an aspiring dancer/choreographer in Honey, exotic dancer Nancy Callahan in Sin City and as the classic Marvel Comics character Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman in the Fantastic Four. Jessica went on to host the MTV Movie Awards 2006 and performed sketches spoofing the movies King Kong, Mission Impossible 3, and The Da Vinci Code.

Playboy magazine named Alba among its 25 Sexiest Celebrities, and the Sex Star of the Year in its March 2006 issue, on whose cover she appeared. Alba was involved in litigation against Playboy for its use of her image (from a promotional shot for Into the Blue) without her consent, which she contends gave the appearance that she was featured in the issue in a “nude or semi-nude pictorial”. However, she later dropped the lawsuit after receiving a personal apology from Playboy owner Hugh Hefner who agreed to make donations to two charities that Alba has supported.

Apparently, Alba fears being typecast as a sex kitten based on the bulk of parts offered to her. “Somehow, I don’t think this is happening to Natalie Portman,” laments Alba. In the interview, Alba says she wants to be taken seriously as an actress but believes she needs to do movies that she would otherwise not be interested in to build her career, stating that eventually she hopes to be more selective in her film projects.

Personal life

She had a kidney infection in 2001. She suffers from motion sickness and Crohn’s Disease, both which developed after childhood Alba was engaged to her Dark Angel co-star Michael Weatherly, but it was called off. In January 2005, she began dating Cash Warren, a director’s assistant on Fantastic Four, whom she met during filming. Regarding children, Alba has stated:

“I’m really girly when it comes to kids. I’ve been surrounded by kids my whole life because I’m the oldest of 15 cousins — I’ve been changing diapers since I was six. I want to have a couple, for sure”.

Alba announced on the UK teen website “Teen Today” in 2005, prior to the birth of her brother’s child, that she was beginning a children’s clothing line: “About four of my girlfriends have babies so they have no time for me. I figure if I can do baby clothes maybe they’ll have more time to hang out!”

Alba has revealed that she envisions a much older man as her ideal partner, making references to Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, and Michael Caine. “I have this thing for older men. They’ve been around and know so much.”

She has said that she has no problem with one night stands, but that she no longer dates around.

She has a tattoo of a daisy with a ladybird on it on the back of her neck, and the Sanskrit symbol for lotus flower, “padma”, on her wrist. She has 3 dogs; 2 pugs and a Dogo Argentino named Bowie. Bowie is named after singer David Bowie because, like the dog, David Bowie has two different eye colors.

Her brother Joshua appeared with her in “And Jesus Brought a Casserole,” the first season finale of Dark Angel.

Religion

During an interview with GQ magazine, Alba said that in her teen years she became a born-again Christian in a rebellion against her parents. She left her church after being accused of being promiscuous and wearing provocative clothing.

As the daughter of conservative parents, Alba, whose grandparents did not even allow her to wear a bathing suit around the house, maintains a no-nudity clause in her contract, though she has claimed she had been at least open to the possibility of appearing nude in Sin City. She remarked of a GQ shoot in which she was scantily clad:

“They didn’t want me to wear the granny panties, but I said, ‘If I’m gonna be topless I need to wear granny panties”.

Alba was given the option to appear naked by the film’s directors, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, but decided to pass up the offer. She told ELLE, “I don’t do nudity. I just don’t. Maybe that makes me a bad actress. Maybe I won’t get hired in some things. But I have too much anxiety.”





Paris Hilton

1 03 2007

Paris HiltonParis Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981) is an American singer, actress, and fashion model. She is an heiress to a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune, and to the real estate fortune of her father, Richard Hilton.Hilton is a socialite in both Manhattan and Los Angeles and she has been described as a celebutante, a portmanteau of celebrity and debutante. She initially became well known due to her participation in the reality series, The Simple Life, and also 1 Night in Paris; an unauthorized sex video of her with her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon, which was leaked onto the Internet in late 2003. She has since branched out into many careers, and recently, as of August 2006, she is making a bid at a music career with her debut pop album Paris.

Family background

Hilton is the oldest of four children of Richard Hilton and Kathy Richards. Her younger sister is Nicky Hilton (after paternal great-uncle, Conrad Nicholson Hilton II, ‘Nicky’), and her younger brothers are Barron Hilton II (after paternal grandfather Barron Hilton), and Conrad Hilton III (after paternal great-grandfather Conrad Nicholson Hilton I).

On the maternal side of her family, Hilton is a niece of two popular child stars of the 1970s—Kim Richards and Kyle Richards, who appeared in the motion picture Escape to Witch Mountain and TV shows such as Nanny and the Professor, Little House on the Prairie, and later, ER. By marriage, she also is related to Zsa Zsa Gabor (the Hungarian-born actress married Paris Hilton’s great-grandfather Conrad Hilton), as well as Elizabeth Taylor (the actress’s first husband was Paris Hilton’s great-uncle, Conrad Nicholson Hilton Jr.).

Her paternal grandparents are hotel chairman Barron Hilton, and his wife, the former Marilyn Hawley; and Hilton’s paternal great-grandparents were Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton and his first wife, Mary Barron. When Conrad Hilton died in 1979, he left nothing in his will to his children or other descendants. Barron Hilton contested this decision and won in 1988. The value of Paris’s inheritance has been variously estimated at between (US) $30 and $50 million.

Hilton moved between several exclusive homes in her youth, including a suite in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, Beverly Hills, and the Hamptons. Currently, her parents own a $30.5 million mansion in Bel Air, a $12.3 million estate in the Hamptons, and a $10 million house in the Hollywood Hills in which she and her sister stay to give them privacy. She attended her freshman year of high school in Rancho Mirage, California at the Marywood-Palm Valley School and her sophomore and junior years of high school at the Dwight School in New York, but dropped out and eventually earned a GED. Hilton did not attend college.

Media career

In early 2001, Hilton began to develop a reputation as a 19-year-old socialite, being identified as “New York’s leading It Girl” whose fame was beginning to “extend beyond […] the New York tabloids”. The leak of her then three-year-old sex video in 2003 fueled an “Internet frenzy” a week prior to the premiere of The Simple Life, leading to speculation that it was a deliberate publicity stunt. Hilton has strongly denied such claims and stated she was “embarrassed” and “humiliated” by the publicity brought by the tape.

In recent years Hilton has gained recognition and income by appearing in television, movies, television commercials, and modeling photographs. According to Forbes Magazine’s annual Celebrity 100, Hilton earned approximately $2 million in 2003–2004, $6.5 million in 2004-2005, and $7 million in 2005-2006.

Fashion model

Hilton began modeling at a young age, appearing first in charity events as a child. In 2000, the then nineteen year old signed with Donald Trump’s modeling agency, T Management. Hilton has since worked with the top modeling agencies Ford Models Management in New York, Models 1 Agency in London, Nous Model Management in Los Angeles, and Premier Model Management in London. She has appeared in numerous advertisements, including Iceberg, GUESS, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Dior, and Marciano.

Actress

Hilton and Nicole Richie (adopted daughter of Lionel Richie) starred in the 2003 FOX hit reality series The Simple Life, in which they lived with a family on their farm in rural Altus, Arkansas. Highlights of the show included the girls performing poorly at various jobs, making out with the local boys, and numerous instances of them shown as “fish out of water”. It was followed by two more seasons on FOX: The Simple Life 2: Road Trip and The Simple Life 3: Interns, and another on E!: The Simple Life 4: ‘ Til Death Do Us Part. A fifth season to be aired on E! is currently in development stages.

Hilton has appeared in minor and supporting roles in the feature films House of Wax (2005), The Hillz (2004), Raising Helen (2004), and Nine Lives (2002). Her role in House of Wax won the Teen Choice Award for “Best Scream”, and earned a “Choice Breakout Performance – Female” and a “Best Frightened Performance” nomination at the MTV Movie Awards 2006. Hilton landed her first lead roles in 2006 with the straight-to-DVD releases National Lampoon’s Pledge This! and Bottom’s Up with Jason Mewes. She also appeared in cameo roles in Zoolander (2001), The Cat in the Hat (2003), Wonderland (2003), and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004). She has also acted in the short subjects QIK2JDG (2002) and L.A. Knights (2003). Hilton has several upcoming theatrical releases in which she is the lead role, including The Hottie and the Nottie (2008), and an untitled superhero movie involving Stan Lee.

Hilton also starred in 1 Night in Paris (2004), an unauthorized sex video with her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon, for which she received directorial credit. The film earned three AVN Awards in 2005, including “Best Selling Title of the Year”. Hilton originally sued Salomon over the release of the tape, but settled out of court in July 2005. According to reports, Hilton was awarded up to $400,000 and planned to donate a percentage to charity. However, in a 2006 interview with GQ magazine, she stated: “I never received a dime from (the video). It’s just dirty money and (Salomon) should give it all to some charity for the sexually abused or something.”

Plans for Hilton to lend her name, and also star in a cartoon series which follows the animated life of herself, her sister Nicky, and her dog Tinkerbell are in production. Hilton has also guest starred in episodes of The O.C., The George Lopez Show, Las Vegas, American Dreams and Veronica Mars. Hilton’s voice was used in See Paris Die! a viral animation promoting House of Wax and appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, when she claimed to have trade marked the term “that’s hot”.

Additionally, Hilton has been featured in several television commercials, including a T-Mobile commercial for which she was paid $250,000 and a Carl’s Jr. commercial for which she was paid $400,000 according to Forbes Magazine.

Hilton has also appeared in several music videos, including It Girl by John Oates (of Hall & Oates fame), Just Lose It by Eminem and Caught Up In The Rapture by Won-G featuring Gizelle.

Recording artist

Hilton is the founder of Heiress Records, a sub-label of Warner Bros. Records, which she created in 2004. Though Heiress Records’ only release as of yet has been Paris, Hilton has said that she plans to sign new artists in the future.

Hilton began work on an album in 2004. The album; Paris, was released on August 22, 2006. Before release, Hilton hinted that her album would feature a number of genres, such as pop, reggae, and hip-hop.

Paris debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200.

Producers for Paris include Greg Wells, Kara DioGuardi, Jane Wiedlin and Scott Storch. Hilton collaborated with Fat Joe and Jadakiss on the song “Fighting Over Me”. The first single from Paris “Stars Are Blind”, produced by Fernando Garibay, was released for download on June 20, 2006 and peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Turn It Up” and “Nothing in This World” followed “Stars Are Blind” as worldwide singles. Hilton is already planning and recording tracks for her second album, including a new song called “Daddy’s Little Girl”.

All Music Guide stated, “…it’s more fun than anything released by Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson, and a lot fresher, too.”

* Billboard

“Paris Hilton’s debut “Stars Are Blind” got off to a fast start at radio, with its fresh, sun-splashed reggae vibe—even those who ridicule her vacuous image had to admit it was a tasty little pop morsel—but it stalled surprisingly fast, just scratching the Pop 100 top 15. While aborted second single “Turn It Up” still heads to clubs, duly remixed, Warner Bros. is now calling for top 40 adds with “Nothing in this World,” another undeniably catchy, hook-happy midtempo jewel. The vocal is strikingly similar to “Stars”—mercy, does this mean that Hilton can actually sing? Sounds like Miss Paris could teach top 40’s superstars a thing or two about melody. And with her Billboard 200 debut at a lofty No. 6 this issue, the public seems to agree. Who would have ever suspected? — Chuck Taylor”

In August/September 2006, it was revealed that underground artists Banksy and Danger Mouse replaced 500 copies of Hilton’s debut album in various UK record stores with their own parody remixes and cover art. Along with completely reworked liner notes that included topless photos of Ms. Hilton slathered with slogans like “Every CD you buy puts me even further out of your league”, Danger Mouse has replaced Hilton’s original songs with his own remixes and given them titles such as “Why am I Famous?”, “What Have I Done?” and “What Am I For?” Banksy has doctored pictures of her on the CD sleeve to show Hilton topless and with a dog’s head.

Paris Hilton has her own channel in YouTube which is currently the #34 most subscribed channel of all time on the service, with over 10,000 subscriptions and 2,000,000 views.

Paris Hilton was recently named as one of the “Hottest Women of Pop/Rock” by Blender Magazine, citing: “She’s a paparazzi magnet, amateur-porn icon, pop singer and self-proclaimed all-around ’sexy blonde bitch.’”

Other activities

In the autumn of 2004, Hilton released a book, Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose co-written by Merle Ginsberg, which has full color photographs of her and gives her tips on the dos and don’ts of living as an heiress. Hilton was reportedly given $100,000 in advanced payment for this book. Some in the media panned the writing as amateurish, and the book was parodied by Robert Mundell on The Late Show with David Letterman. Nonetheless, the book became a New York Times bestseller. Hilton followed it up with a designer-diary, also with Ginsberg—Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All To Me. Aimed at her young fans, it contained pages encouraging fans to write about their goals, their friends and family, boys, celebrities they admire, etc. Hilton plans to release another book in 2007.

Hilton has helped design a collection of purses for Tokyo, Japan label Samantha Thavasa and has also been involved in the design of a jewelry line, The Paris Hilton Collection, for Amazon.com. Hilton launched the Paris Hilton Limited Edition Watch Collection brand during a news conference at the Tourneau store in New York November 30, 2005. Hilton’s 18kt white gold and diamond encrusted watches that she helped design start at $100,000. Hilton also has plans to launch a fashion line.

Hilton began her own chain of nightclubs known as Club Paris in 2005. The first of which in Orlando, Florida has been a major success. The second located in Jacksonville, Florida opened July 1, 2006, she has also opened a popular Club Paris in the Gold Coast, Australia. Hilton is in talks to develop further clubs in Las Vegas, New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, and Cancun, Mexico. She also hopes to take the clubs to overseas markets and to expand the clubs to become five-star hotels featuring accommodation and casinos. Paris was fired in January 2007 by the owner of Club Paris, Fred Khalilian, after she had failed to attend several scheduled appearances. An upcoming reality show created by Khalilian will feature 18 women competing to be the next ‘Ms. Club Paris USA’, who will then replace Paris as the face of the club chain.

Gameloft, a developer and publisher of mobile games, previewed a Paris Hilton-branded mobile game called Paris Hilton’s Diamond Quest at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). As of May 26, 2006, Gameloft’s press release states that “…the company decided on a title to reflect the fresh, dynamic and sexy appeal of the heiress extraordinaire.”

In early May of 2004, Hilton was involved in the creation of a fragrance line by Parlux Fragrances. The perfume would be aptly named Paris Hilton. Hilton said, “It’s really hot. I mixed all these scents together…it smells so good”. The perfume launch was a success. Originally set to be a small release, demand was high and necessitated a wider release before Christmas of 2004. The launch was followed by a 47% increase in sales for Parlux, which was predominantly due to sales of the Hilton-branded perfume. After the success of Hilton’s perfume, Parlux Fragrances released Paris Hilton for Men, a cologne for Hilton’s male admirers, as well as another fragrance called Just Me by Paris Hilton, which is available for both women and men. Another perfume titled Heiress by Paris Hilton was released in October 2006. A counterpart for men, Heir by Paris Hilton, has also been released by Parlux, with a new line of color cosmetics set to follow.

In November of 2004, Hilton participated in Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Citizen Change campaign to encourage youths to vote in the presidential election. She drew criticism after it was revealed she had neither voted, nor even registered to do so.

Personal life

Hilton has been widely discussed by tabloids. In 2000, the National Enquirer reported a casual friendship with Leonardo DiCaprio as something far more intimate. She has also been linked to other celebrities, including Nu-Metal singer/producer Fred Durst, professional skateboarder Chad Muska, filmmaker Vincent Gallo, actor Edward Furlong, boxer Oscar de la Hoya, Chicago Bears football player Brian Urlacher, singers Deryck Whibley and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, former University of Southern California and current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart, UK rap artist Joe Buckton, Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis, Australian Idol contestant Robert ‘Millsy’ Mills, fashion model Lucas Bain, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, NHL Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jose Theodore, England cricketer Kevin Pietersen and ex-MTV VJ Simon Rex.

Hilton was engaged to male fashion model Jason Shaw from mid-2002 to early 2003. On May 29, 2005, she announced her engagement to Paris Latsis, a Greek shipping heir. However, on October 1, 2005, Hilton announced that the five-month engagement had been called off. Soon thereafter, she began dating another Greek shipping heir, Stavros Niarchos III, but as of May 2, 2006, Hilton publicist Elliot Mintz told the press of the reported breakup.

On 20 April 2005, amid media reports that their friendship was in trouble, Paris Hilton released a statement about her best friend Nicole Richie, saying: “It’s no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends. Nicole knows what she did, and that’s all I’m ever going to say about it.” In 2006, Hilton told HX Magazine the reasons for the split was that she and Nicole “grew apart because of fame.” As of October 9, 2006, reports claim to indicate that the 18 month feud between Hilton and Richie is over. They rekindled their friendship with a meal, sleepover, and photographs. Hilton said she was delighted to resume their old friendship, and it is believed that their mutual disagreements regarding the new season of The Simple Life helped bring the two friends back together.

On July 11, 2006 in an attempt to “rediscover herself”, Hilton imposed a ban on sexual activity for one year. She told Regis and Kelly: “I’m doing it just because I want to. I feel I’m becoming stronger as a person. Every time I have a boyfriend, I’m just so romantic, and I’ll put all my energy into the guy, and I don’t really pay attention to myself. One-night stands are not for me. I think it’s gross when you just give it up. Guys want you more if you don’t just hand it to them on a platter. If they want you, then they will wait. You have to make them work for it. I think that’s the only way you know if they really want you or just want to be able to brag that they’ve been with you.” Despite her comments of a single life, Hilton was photographed kissing Brandon Davis on July 16, 2006 in West Hollywood. Hilton was also photographed making out with Stavros Niarchos III in Saint-Tropez on July 30, 2006. On July 31, 2006, she told People that she and Stavros are together again. The couple split in May after seven months of dating. “We’re together now here. We love each other,” Hilton says.

On September 7, 2006, Hilton was arrested for driving under the influence, even though she claimed that she had just one margarita, and that the high alcohol content in her blood was a result of having no time to eat during a long day while making a music video. Hilton was arrested shortly before 12:30 a.m. in Hollywood. “The officers observed that Hilton exhibited the symptoms of intoxication. A field sobriety test was conducted at scene, and the officers determined she was driving under the influence,” a LAPD spokesman said. Hilton’s blood alcohol content was .08, California’s limit. Hilton was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and released almost immediately due to the flood of photographers outside. She stated she was speeding to get food at the In-N-Out Burger restaurant. On January 22, 2007, Hilton pled no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving, a lesser charge than driving under the influence. She was placed on 36 months probation and ordered to pay fines of about US$1,500.

On January 22, 2007, Hilton’s private life was again thrust into the media spotlight with the launch of ParisExposed.com, a website that claims to feature images of personal documents, video, and other material allegedly obtained when the contents of a storage locker rented by Hilton was auctioned off due to lack of a $208 payment. The site began charging online access to this material.

The owner of the site, Bardia Persa, claims he paid close to US$10 million to acquire the items from Nabil and Nabila Haniss, a couple who paid US$2,775 for the contents of the storage unit. Persa stated he expects to break even on the purchase, as his website received 1.2 million visitors in just over 40 hours. Among the contents of the container found were medications, diaries, photographs, contracts and love letters, as well as a video of her shot by Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild, whom she once dated.

Hilton filed a federal lawsuit on January 27, 2007 against the Haniss couple and Persa. Hilton said that a moving company was responsible for paying the storage fees for the locker. On February 3, 2007 the judge presiding over the lawsuit issued a temporary injunction against ParisExposed.com, in an effort to keep the site from releasing personal information about Hilton.

Media spotlight

In the March 2005 issue of Playboy, she was named the “Sex Star of the Year” in their list of the 25 Sexiest Celebrities. Someone appearing to be her, allegedly a look-a-like and not Hilton herself, was on the cover of the issue. Hilton’s spokeswoman said she did not know where the picture came from.

On March 8, 2006, Brian Quintana, an event producer, was granted a three-year restraining order against Hilton after he testified that she harassed and threatened him. Quintana claimed their relationship soured after he urged Stavros Niarchos III to reconsider dating Hilton. In May of 2006, Maxim magazine ranked Hilton #38 on its annual Hot 100 list.

In an interview with TMZ.com’s Harvey Levin, Hilton read thousands of comments by TMZ users. The comments were, for the most part, negative and focused on her public image as a partying rich girl. Hilton referred to the comments as “mean and sadistic”. Hilton also commented on her famous sex tape, saying that she is “judged because of something that an ex-boyfriend did” and that she is “not a slut at all”. Hilton said some of the comments made her cry. “They think I don’t have any feelings.”

While Hilton has been quoted as saying that she is the iconic blonde of the decade and comparing herself to Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe, she will reportedly appear in the 2007 Guinness World Records as the world’s “Most Overrated Celebrity”. On August 29, 2006, the mayor of Las Vegas proclaimed the day, “Paris Hilton Day” and gave Hilton a key to the city. Hilton says Vegas is her “favorite place in the world to come to party.”

In a poll conducted by the Associated Press and AOL, Hilton was voted the second Worst Celebrity Role Model of 2006, behind Britney Spears.

Critics have alleged that Hilton epitomizes the title of famous for being famous.