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Academy Award and three time Golden Globe winner ANGELINA JOLIE (Olympias) recently starred in the thriller Taking Lives, and for the second time as the adventurous heroine in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, following the romantic comedy Life or Something Like It and the drama Beyond Borders. She currently stars opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow; provides one of the voices for DreamWorks' animated film Shark Tale; and next year will star opposite Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith for director Doug Liman.

In 2001 she starred as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider for director Simon West, and also starred in Original Sin opposite Antonio Banderas for Gia writer/director Michael Cristofer and producer Denise Di Novi. The previous year, Jolie was seen along with co-stars Nicolas Cage and Robert Duvall as car thieves committing their final heist in the smash hit Gone in 60 Seconds for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Jolie's portrayal of a mental patient in Girl, Interrupted garnered Jolie an Academy Award, her third Golden Globe Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Award, ShoWest Supporting Actress of the Year, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1999. The film, based on the true story by Susanna Kayson, was directed by James Mangold and co-starred Winona Ryder.

Prior to that, Jolie played a rookie police officer opposite Denzel Washington's veteran detective in the thriller The Bone Collector, directed by Phillip Noyce. Jolie then co-starred in Mike Newell's Pushing Tin, a black comedy about the rivalry between two air traffic controllers. The Miramax film Playing By Heart earned her the National Board of Review's award for Breakthrough Performance. The HBO film Gia garnered Jolie critical praise as well as a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the supermodel. Jolie also received an Emmy nomination for her role opposite Gary Sinise in director John Frankenheimer's George Wallace, a period epic for TNT about the controversial governor from Alabama. The film earned Jolie her first Golden Globe Award and a CableACE nomination for her portrayal of George Wallace's second wife, Cornelia.

Jolie also co-starred in Playing God for Touchstone Pictures, and prior to that starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame four-hour miniseries presentation True Women, directed by Karen Arthur and based on Janice Woods Windle's best selling historical novel. In addition, she starred in Annette Haywood-Carter's much acclaimed Foxfire for Samuel Goldwyn and Iain Softley's Hackers. A member of the famed MET Theatre Ensemble Workshop, Jolie trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and has also studied with Jan Tarrant in New York and Silvana Gallardo in Los Angeles.


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