When she is not working as the UN Goodwill Ambassador, she’ll be acting or directing another film, or looking after her six adorable children.
a. Today I will be speaking about the amazing Angelina Jolie, my inspiration in so many aspects of life and a truly amazing woman.
b. I will cover three main areas with regards to her life and accomplishments. My first point will be about her career and family.
Second, I will be mentioning her involvement in various worldwide humanitarian activities. Finally, I will also mention her support for medical health. (Insert Connective: First, I will give a brief introduction to the life of Angelina Jolie Identify type: Transitions)
I. Body – (include citations of sources)
Angelina Jolie Voight was born on June 4th, 1975. She started acting at a young age and soon became a very successful actress. You may have seen her act in films such as Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Maleficent.
a. She is also an accomplished film director and has won various awards in the film industry, including Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globe Awards. (Hollywood Life, Angelina Jolie)
b. In her personal life, she is married to fellow actor Brad Pitt.
i. They have 6 children, of whom three are adopted, and three are their own biological children.
ii. Angelina Jolie is a strong supporter for adoption of children from all over the world, and her support can be seen in her actions.
1. Three of her children were adopted from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam
c. The adoption of her first child from Cambodia bridged the change of her image from ordinary actress to humanitarian worker, which she further developed in the following years.
(Insert Connective: Now that I have spoken about Angelina Jolie’s career as an actress as well as her participation in overseas adoption, I will now speak about her humanitarian work. identify type: Signposting)
II. In an interview, Angelina Jolie mentioned that she was first exposed to what other people around the world faced in 2001, when filming in Cambodia. (UNHCR, Fact Sheet) d. After seeing the suffering in Cambodia, Angelina Jolie contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and offered her help. This truly kick-started her humanitarian efforts in the world, as she was then named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, with the aim to focus on refugees and displaced people during conflict. iii.She has since visited over 30 countries during her time as a ambassador. iv. She has been brave in the locations she has visited.
2. For example she visited Sudan during the internal conflict, Chad during the civil war as well as Iraq and Libya during the Libyan revolution.
e. Angelina Jolie has also set up and financed many charity organisations, such as the Maddox-Jolie-Pitt Foundation, dedicated to community development and environmental conservation in Cambodia. (MJPAsia) All of this intensive humanitarian work has earned her the status as youngest recipient of the Jean Hersholt Award for humanitarian activities in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts. (The Star, Humanitarian Work)
(Insert Connective: My third and final point will cover Angelina Jolie’s support for physical and mental health in women identify type: Sign posting)
III. In a New York Times article titled “My Medical Choice”, Angelina Jolie made headlines across the world when she announced that she underwent a double mastectomy so she could prevent chances of breast cancer. (Nytimes, My Medical Choice) f. This courageous choice was made due to the fact that she carried a gene which increased the risk of both Ovarian and Breast cancer. (Breast Cancer Screening, The Guardian)
g. This choice raised a new awareness of people suffering from breast cancer, as well as the various options women faced with the disease. h. She also revealed that she had battled anorexia and self harm earlier in her life, and has openly supported various charities with regards to mental health and depression in youth and adults.
Angelina Jolie has accomplished so much in her life, and has become a role model not only for her own children but also for so many of us in the world. a. She has used her celebrity status to do humanitarian work and inspire many people.
I will conclude my speech with a quote by Angelina Jolie, which I find inspirational and relevant to our lives. “No matter what you have gone through in your youth, it is about who you choose to be in life. You can define your own destiny. You can be stronger than a very difficult past and overcome it.” (SMH, Angelina Jolie Interview)
Thank you very much, and I hope you have also come to appreciate Angelina Jolie as an amazing and inspirational person.
Bibliography (use APA / MLA style)
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UNHCR (2009, November 13) Angelina Jolie Fact Sheet. unhcr.org. Retrieved September 12, 2014 from http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49db77906.html
The Star (2013, Nov 18) Angelina Jolie receives her Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award. thestar.com. Retrieved September 12, 2014) from http:// www.thestar.com/entertainment/stargazing_blog/2013/11/angelina_jolie_receives_her_jean_hersholt_humanitarian_award.html
Nytimes (2013, May 14) My Medical Choice. nytimes.com Retrieved September 11th, 2014 from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medicalchoice.html?_r=0
Ingham, A. (2014, August 18). Breast Cancer Screening on the Rise Since Angelina Jolie. guardianlv.com. Retrieved September 12, 2014, from http://
Maddox Jolie Pitt Asia. (2008, May 2). MJPAsia. http://www.mjpasia.org Retrieved September 12, 2014, from http://www.mjpasia.org
Lifetime TV (2014, April 29) Angelina Jolie Biography lifetimetv.co.uk/Retrieved September 12, 2014, from http://www.lifetimetv.co.uk/biography/ biography-angelina-jolie
Sydney Morning Herald (2011, December 16) Angelina Jolie Interview Kung Fu Panda 2 smh.com.au Retrieved September 12, 2014 from http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/celebrity/angelina-jolie-proud-to-be-likepo-20111216-1oxzg.html