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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (July 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031255561X
  • ASIN: B004IK9DTW
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If there is a celebrity today who merits the spadework of an unauthorized Morton biography, it's Jolie, with a potential audience that includes just about anyone who has gone through a supermarket checkout line in the last decade, glanced at tabloid headlines about Angelina, say, open- mouth kissing her brother or swapping vials of blood with Billy Bob Thornton and wondered: "What was she thinking?"

If there's anyone to blame here, according to this book, it's the parents, since the bitter relationship between actor Jon Voight and Marcia Lynne (later Marcheline) Bertrand runs as a subplot throughout. Her father left Bertrand for another woman when Angelina was 2, and her mother/manager is portrayed as vacillating between being a laissez-faire hippie mother and a pushy sort of stage mom who, according to Morton, tried — among other things — to push her daughter into a relationship with Mick Jagger.

It's at this point [after Jolie and Brad Pitt come together] that the book seems to move into hyperdrive, with endless rounds of globe-trotting, location shooting, child-acquiring and philanthropic efforts. But the faster it seems to move, the harder it is to put down. Maybe that's because, like salt, we have a craving for explanation, for back story, and Morton's book offers a satisfying dose of both. While the healthier approach might be to limit the intake by vowing to pick it up occasionally and flip to the index for a snippet like: "Haven, James…relationship with" or "United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees," that's not likely to happen.

Chances are you won't be able to put this book down until your mouth is dry and your blood pressure is racing." Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Andrew Morton is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His groundbreaking biography Diana: Her True Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as was Monica's Story, an authorized biography of Monica Lewinsky, and Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year, his other New York Times bestsellers include an unauthorized biography of Madonna, as well as William & Catherine: Their Story. He lives in London. 

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Customer Reviews

All and all, I'm not upset I bought or read the book.
Heidi
The author goes back and forth a lot in time, there too much going on, too many people involved and very little substance.
J. S. Graves
Or, even if you're really looking to get to know the real Angelina Jolie.
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164 of 209 people found the following review helpful By Forest 4 Trees on August 4, 2010
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This is the most misogynist book I have read in a very long time. Clearly most all of Morton's questionable sources are Jon Voight and his friends. Most of the book focuses on a very, very negative portrayal of Angelina Jolie's Mother -- a woman who is conveniently (for Voight, Morton, his "sources" and the publisher) -- DEAD.

If you read between the glaring factual errors, lies, verbatim lifts from PEOPLE Magazine, tabloids or the obvious animus the author had before he started this "project", what you find is the truth -- what Angelina has been telling us for years -- she has only been with a very few men (two of whom she married), she was in a a sexual relationship with a woman, she tried a lot of self-destructive stuff before finding a purpose in her life with UN-HCR work and the adoption of her baby son in 2002. She likes to learn, explore, travel and she is an actor.

What you won't find is what Morton said he was going to write about -- the real woman. How do you write a biography of someone and leave out any mention of the five charities she has founded (and FUNDS) in the last 7 years? How do you write a biography of someone and leave out any mention of the Millennium Project she established in Cambodia or the schools she funds in Africa, Asia and Afghanistan? How do you write a biography of someone and leave out any mention of the HIV/AIDS/TB clinic she and Brad Pitt are building in Ethiopia. No mention of the work she is doing in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida or Missouri. The wildlife refuge in Namibia she supported in 2002. No discussion of her status as the most powerful and highly paid actress in the world.

What is the point of this screed other than to line the pockets of Morton and smear a young woman who is doing what harm in the world? Fascinating? No. Just pathetic really.

I seriously can't fathom why anyone would buy this book!
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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Alex Alterman on August 11, 2010
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I was very dissapointed with this book. I was hoping the book would give me more insight into Angelina as a person. As a reader of celebrity tabloids and websites (I know, I know) I found that most of the book was lifted from these sources and contained very little new material. A greater section of the book was spent detailing her parents life than her relationship with Brad. I have to say ths is probably the worst Biography I have ever read. The book provided no new information, insights or information about Angelina. I could have written this book over a long weekend using Google.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful By April E. Lewis on September 13, 2010
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First I have to start off saying not only do I read extremely fast- a novel about every day or two- I pretty much never put a book down once I start EVEN IF i don't like it. I guess I may be compulsive haha. I am a huge closet celebrity/tabloid fan, (Guilty pleasures and all) and normally devour all written word on celebrity. I was so excited for this book to come out because even though Angelina has been very upfront about her wild past I thought it would be fun to read it in a timeline form all in one place.

Okay so now that you know how fast I read and that I can never put a book down- let me put it in perspective: This is the first book I have not been able to finish since 8th grade. (I'm 25 years old now) It just goes on and on and on in the beginning about her great grandparents and how fame and money hungry they were and it's like what? you knew them? They told you all of this? It takes FOREVER for him to even get to Angelina Jolie. (At least thats what it seems like when you are reading all this speculative crap that you didn't buy the book for).

*** It's just like you're waiting and waiting for it to get good and it really doesnt until you're almost to the end. And even then it's not that great. His writing style is extremely annoying. Seriously, this book is so speculative and he passes off his opinions and speculations as fact. and you get the feeling when you are reading that the source is just ONE source- most likely her father or someone very close to her father, as the whole tone is set as Jon Voight is a victim. He writes like he's trying to sound like a neutral party when in fact it comes off more as he favors Jon Voight and Jon's opinions on things.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By rmcrae on September 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been pretty ambivalent towards Angelina Jolie over the years, but I have admired her charity work and using her celebrity to put a spotlight on worldwide issues. I wasn't too familiar with Andrew Morton before a few weeks ago, but apparently the British writer is infamous for highly publicized, dishy tell-alls on Princess Diana, The Royal Family, and Tom Cruise.

Setting his sights on Angelina Jolie, does Mr. Morton reveal anything new or shocking about the actress? Not really. I already knew about her wild child past filled with kinky sex and drug use. As well as her truly bizarre marriage to Billy Bob Thornton (a real weirdo in his own right) and the adoption of little Maddox that saved her life and began her well documented humanitarian work. Angie's shared all of this and then some with no hesitation.

One thing I hadn't heard before was the deep depression Jolie fell into after filming the biopic Gia, the famous supermodel whose self-destructive ways led to her 1986 death from AIDS. Angie found many similarites between herself and the woman she was playing, but thankfully she was able to pull herself out of the darkness before it was too late.

Two things that bugged me were the long winded descriptions of Angelina's family tree and the not so subtle biased view of her mother Marcheline. I understand why Morton had to flesh out the alleged dynamic in the Bertrand family (mother Lois was a pushy stage mom while father Rolland was a meek man who let his wife run the show), but he goes on and on about it. Keep it brief in the future.

According to Andrew's sources (former friends of the family), Marcheline took after her mom. If someone offended or stood up to her she'd set in the "Bertrand freeze" and pretend as if that person didn't exist.
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