Friday, April 19, 2024

Angelina Jolie Says She’s Reconciled with Her Father, Actor Jon Voight, After a Long Estrangement


Angelina Jolie has really laid it on the line in a new cover story for Vanity Fair.

She says, very surprisingly, that she’s reconciled with her father, actor Jon Voight, after a long estrangement.

Jolie tells Evgenia Peretz: “He’s been very good at understanding they needed their grandfather at this time. I had to do a therapy meeting last night and he was just around. He knows kind of the rule—don’t make them play with you. Just be a cool grandpa who’s creative, and hang out and tell stories and read a book in the library.”

This is news because usually it’s Voight who tells the press he’s been in touch with Jolie. But they were truly estranged for many years, particularly during her relationship with and marriage to Brad Pitt. Voight rarely knew any personal info about Angelina unless he heard it from a reporter– adoptions, births, weddings, divorce, etc.

It’s also interesting because in talking about her divorce from Pitt and its effect on their six kids, Jolie references her parents’ divorce.

“I was very worried about my mother, growing up—a lot. I do not want my children to be worried about me. I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is.”

Jolie also tells Peretz that in addition to her other health issues with cancer, she’s suffered from both hypertension and Bell’s Palsy in the last year. “Sometimes women in families put themselves last,” she says, “until it manifests itself in their own health.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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