Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. The recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards, she has been named Hollywood’s highest-paid actress multiple times. From her debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin’ to Get Out (1982) to her lastest film Those Who Wish Me Dead, she has given us many amazing films. Along with that, she has also helped many people in crisis showing them strength and leading them to a happy life. So as today is her 46th birthday we have dedicated this article to show you the giving and courageous nature of Angelina Jolie.
As a humanitarian, she has been helping people in crisis around the world. Jolie first witnessed the effects of a humanitarian crisis while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) in war-torn Cambodia, an experience she later credited with having brought her a greater understanding of the world. After some research, Jolie returned to Cambodia for two weeks and met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan, where she donated $1 million in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal, the largest donation UNHCR had ever received from a private individual. For her efforts there she was named the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva on August 27, 2001.
To unite her Cambodian-born adopted son with his heritage, Jolie purchased a house in his country of birth in 2003. The traditional home sat on 39 hectares in the northwestern province Battambang, adjacent to Samlout national park in the Cardamom mountains, which had become penetrated with poachers who threatened endangered species. She acquired the park’s 60,000 hectares and turned the area into a wildlife reserve named for her son, the Maddox Jolie Project. Not just for humans, Jolie has also done something wonderful for the animal kingdom as well.
Along with this she has also urged and pushed the government to aid child immigrants and other vulnerable children in both the U.S. and developing nations, comprising the “Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act of 2005. Along with children safety, she has also taken care of children education. She founded the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in September 2007 and has co-chaired the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which provides policy and funding to education programs for children in conflict-affected regions.
Along with that, she has also fought for women’s rights and equality along with their safety. She held many sexual harassment campaigns that have helped many women in and around the world.
With being a light to all and helping others there was a time when she had to face problems as well. On February 16, 2013, at age 37, Jolie withstood a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. Two years after the successful mastectomy in March 2015, after annual test outcomes indicated possible signs of early ovarian cancer, she underwent a preventive salpingo-oophorectomy, as she had a 50% risk of acquiring ovarian cancer due to the same genetic anomaly. Despite hormone replacement therapy, the surgery brought on premature menopause.
After surgery She had an interview with the New York Times as she discussed all the details about the surgery, she said “On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”
The way she fought through all those hardships and stayed strong for herself and her family show how courageous and strong she is. We all wish her a very happy birthday and hope we see her again on the big screen rocking the world.