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Angelina Jolie

When people think of Angelina Jolie, they tend to think of her tough woman roles. Given there are a few, if you think back to her role as the no nonsense historian-come-superhero Lara Croft or when she went all gun-toting in “Wanted,” but there is also a lot more to an actress who is one of Hollywood’s most “wanted” women.

Acting was always in Jolie’s blood, after all her father is the legendary screen actor Jon Voight, while her mother Marcheline Bertrand was also an actress and producer. Just to top it off, her godmother was yet another screen legend – Jacqueline Bisset. With that in mind, Jolie began her journey into the entertainment world at the age of 11 when she began studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and was soon appearing in stage production. When she was 14, she began modelling and, by the time, she was 16 she was even appearing in music video clips.

In 1982, her feature film career started when she acted alongside her father in Hal Ashby’s “Lookin’ To Get Out” and then in 1993, her career really blossomed when she appeared in the shorts “Alice And Viril” and “Angela And Virl.” The world then began to sit up and take notice of her when she took the lead role in the science-fiction thriller “Cyborg 2,” before appearing in the video clip for rocker Meatloaf’s track “Rock And Roll Dream Come Through.”

From there, she starred in a film that created very little ripples at all “Without Evidence” before starring in her breakout role, that of computer geek Kate in Iain Softley’s “Hackers.” The role not only saw her introduced to her future husband, actor Johnny Lee Miller, but also received her critical and box office success. Jolie then worked on her craft in a number of lower grade films including “Love Is All There Is,” “Foxfire,” “Mojave Moon,” “True Women,” “George Wallace,” “Playing God,” “Gia,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Playing By Heart,” before appearing in the notable film “Pushing Tin” alongside Cate Blanchett, John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton…the latter of whom would become her real-life husband.

Since then Jolie has starred in hit film after film. Her role of a young police officer in “The Bone Collector” garnished her more critical acclaim while playing the troubled Lisa Rowe in “Girl, Interrupted” earned her the 2000 Best Actress In A Supporting Role Academy Award.

Over the years Jolie has appeared in commercially successful films like “Gone In Sixty Seconds,” the “Lara Croft” franchise, “Alexander,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Wanted” and “Salt” while also taking the time to accept more challenging roles in films like “Taking Lives,” “Beyond Borders,” “Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow,” “A Mighty Heart” and “Changeling.” Playing distraught mother Christine Collins in “Changeling” landed Jolie her second Oscar nomination in 2009 – this time for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

It was also recently announced that at the 2014 Academy Award ceremony, Jolie will be awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for the work that she has done with the United Nations and various charities around the world.

A quick look through Angelina Jolie’s career easily reveals that she is more than the pretty face or action hero that many label her as. Films such as “Beyond Borders” reveal her as a talented caring actress while her voice work on films such as “Shark Tale” and “Kung Fu Panda” reveals a much softer side. Yes, Angelina Jolie is a well-rounded actress in her own right.

Robert Pattinson

You hear the term Hollywood royalty bandied around a lot by the tabloids. There are the Kings and Queens, those such as Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise who seem to rule over all those A-Listers. Then there are the older generation of royalty, those like Jack Nicholson and Dame Judi Dench who once had the throne but have since handed it on to those younger. Then there are jesters, the Adam Sandlers and Jim Carreys of this world who are always ready to make the ‘court’ laugh.

It may come as a complete surprise to film lovers but there are also those that we love to watch up on the big screen who can proudly boast that they do in fact have royal blood flowing their veins. Let’s take a look at some of the A-Listers who could replace the red carpet with the royal robes if they so wished.

There aren’t many out there that would argue that Brad Pitt isn’t Hollywood royalty. The dashing good looks make him look like Prince Charming and then there is the fact that this award winning actor is also the partner of one of the Queens of Hollywood – Angelina Jolie. The surprising news is though that Brad Pitt has actual royal blood flowing through his veins. Through his mother’s side of the family, Pitt is related to England’s King Henry II who ruled between 1154-1189. King Henry II also has another Hollywood descendent in the form of Paris Hilton who, when not attending the opening of an envelope, has been known to act in films including “House Of Wax” and “The Bling Ring.”

Not to be outdone by her partner, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie can also lay claim to some royal blood, thanks to the fact that her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, was a descendent of France’s King Philip II. Yes Angelina and Brad are a ‘royal couple’ in every sense of the phrase. Also related to the French Royal Family is “The Blue Lagoon” actress Brooke Shields who recently discovered on an episode of “Who Do You Think You Are” that her family tree includes Henry IV of France. “Who Do You Think You Are” also discovered that Johnny Depp is the 20thcousin of Queen Elizabeth. Another French royal family member was the great Katherine Hepburn and Anthony Perkins who were both related to King Louis IV of France.

She may no longer be considered Hollywood royalty, and recently slummed it in “Movie 43,” but actress Uma Thurman has some royal bloodlines in the real world due to the fact that she is a relative of King Edward 1 of England (who ruled from 1272-1307). Actor Hugh Grant may have seen an incident with Divine Brown cause him to fall off his thrown, but he also has a double royal connection. Grant can trace his family lines back to both Henry VII and James IV The King Of Scotland (ruled from 1488-1513.)

Another Hollywood celebrity who may be wondering why she doesn’t receive any invites to Buckingham Palace is the Queen of Hollywood Chat Shows, Ellen DeGeneres, who was recently told by the New England Genealogical Society that she is the 15th cousin of Kate Middleton and is also related to King Edward III (who ruled from 1327-1377). Also related to King Edward III is brother and sister acting duo, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hilary Duff, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Laura Dern and Michael Douglas. Now that could be one talented family get-together.

If you were looking for another family get-together with both talent and royal lines you could do a search down the family tree of King John of England (ruled from 1199-1216), whose modern day ancestors include Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, Glenn Close and Sissy Spacek.

In what has to be one of the most ironic royal links of all time, Robert Pattinson recently found out that he can trace his family back to Vlad The Impaler. Yes that’s right; the actor who famously played vampire Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” franchise of films is, in fact, related to the ruler that inspired the Dracula mythology – the ruthless Vlad the Impaler. Just for good measure, Pattinson is also a cousin to Prince William and Prince Harry.

Just to wrap up this talented bunch of ‘celebrity royal relatives,’ you have Sigourney Weaver and Clint Eastwood who were both related to King Henry I (ruler of England from 1100-1135), as well as Ralph and Joseph Fiennes who have King James II of Scotland (1437-1460) in their family tree.

While it would seem unlikely that any of this talented bunch would ever swap Tinseltown for a crown, it is fascinating to learn just who can claim to be the true ‘Hollywood Royalty.’