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Yang Mi

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Yang Mi (born 12 September 1986) is a Chinese actress and singer. She made her acting debut in historical television series Tang Ming Huang, and later received recognition for her leading roles in various television series Chinese Paladin 3 (2009), Palace (2011), Swords of Legends (2014), The Interpreter (2016) and Eternal Love (2017); as well as films Mysterious Island (2011), Tiny Times (2013–2015), The Breakup Guru (2014) and The Witness (2015). In 2017, she won the Best Actress award at the WorldFest Houston International Festival for her performance in Reset (2017). Yang was chosen by Southern Metropolis Daily as one of the New Four Dan Actresses. 

Yang Mi

Chinese name 杨幂 (simplified)
Pinyin Yáng Mì (Mandarin)
Jyutping Joeng4 Mik6 (Cantonese)
Ethnicity Han Chinese
Origin Beijing, China
Born 12 September 1986 (age 31)
  Beijing, China
Nationality People’s Republic Of China
Other name(s) Mimi Yang
Occupation Actress, singer, producer
Genre(s) Mandopop
Label(s) Meh Ah Entertainment (2010-2012)
  H&R Century (2013-2014)
  Jay Walk Studio (Present)
Years active 1991–present (actress)
  2011–present (singer)
Spouse(s) Hawick Lau (m. 2014)
Children 1
Ancestry China
Alma mater Beijing Film Academy

Contents
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Beginnings
2.2 2006–2010: Rising popularity
2.3 2011–2016: Mainstream success
2.4 2017–present: Critical acclaim
3 Other activities
4 Personal life
5 Filmography
5.1 Film
5.2 Television
6 Discography
6.1 Albums
6.2 Singles
7 Awards and nominations

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Early Life


Yang Mi was born in Xuanwu District, Beijing to a police officer and a housewife. She was given name “幂” (exponentiation) because her parents both have the surname Yang. She graduated from the now-defunct Beijing Xuanwu Experimental Primary School. Yang is also a student of Beijing Film Academy’s Performance Institute.

Career


Beginnings

In 1990, at the age of four, Yang made her acting debut in the historical television series Tang Ming Huang directed by Chen Jialin, playing the role of young Princess Xianning. She also had a minor role as Beggar So’s daughter in King of Beggars (1992), which starred Stephen Chow as the titular character. Two years later, she starred in the television series Hou Wa, where her acting left a deep impression on the producer.]

In 2002, Yang received her first script and made her official acting debut in The Story of a Noble Family.

2006–2010: Rising popularity

In the late 2000s, Yang started to gain media attention with her roles in The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006) and Wang Zhao Jun (2007). Her popularity further rose after starring in the popular fantasy drama Chinese Paladin 3 (2009) as the heroine.

She then starred in Li Shaohong’s The Dream of Red Mansions (2010). Although her role was minor, she received praises for her acting. The same year, she starred in big-budget historical series Beauty’s Rival in Palace.

2011–2016: Mainstream Success

Yang achieved widespread fame with the time-travel hit, Palace (2011). She was voted the Most Popular Actress at the 17th Shanghai Television Festival. The theme song of the drama sung by Yang, titled “In support of the love”, also topped China music portals and won Best Theme Song (OST) at the 6th Huading Awards. The same year she starred in horror film Mysterious Island, which raked in more than 70 million yuan at the box office and became the most successful horror film in China.

Mei Ah Entertainment announced that it will be producing four tailored-made films (Wu Dang, Chinese Princess Turandot, Windseeker, and Butterfly Cemetery) for Yang with a total investment of 300 million yuan for the four films due to the box office success of Mysterious Island. However, the films failed to live up to the success of Mysterious Island, and Yang was named Most Disappointing Actress at the Golden Broom Awards for her performance in Wu Dang.

Yang then starred in Beijing Love Story (2012), a modern romance drama directed by Chen Sicheng. The series was a hit, and Yang was once again voted the Most Popular Actress at the 9th China Golden Eagle TV Arts Festival. The same year she co-starred in Painted Skin: The Resurrection, a sequel to Gordon Chan’s 2008 box office hit Painted Skin.

Yang was then announced to play the leading protagonist in the Tiny Times film series, based on Guo Jingming’s best-selling novel of the same name. The first two installments of the film were released in 2013. Despite receiving negative films, Tiny Times was an overwhelming success at the box office. The same year, Yang produced her first television series, V Love (2014). She won the Most Capable Producer award at the 2013 Asian Idol Awards.

In 2014, Yang starred in the comedy film The Breakup Guru directed by Deng Chao. She then starred in fantasy drama Swords of Legends, which was a huge commercial success. With her achievements in both TV and films, Yang ranked #6 on Forbes China Celebrity 100 for the year.

In 2015, Yang starred in romance films You Are My Sunshine (based on the popular novel Silent Separation written by Gu Man) with Huang Xiaoming and Fall in Love Like a Star with Li Yifeng. She also challenged the role of a blind girl in The Witness, a remake of the South Korean thriller Blind.

Yang made her small-screen comeback in the television series The Interpreter, which premiered on Hunan TV. The series was a ratings success, and became the highest-rated drama of 2016. She also featured in L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties, directed by Tiny Times director Guo Jingming. The same year, Yang became a cast member of Hunan TV’s reality show, Takes a Real Man 2.

2017–present: Critical Acclaim

In 2017, Yang starred in Eternal Love, adapted from the xianxia novel Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms by TangQi GongZi. The fantasy-romance drama was a massive hit both locally and internationally, and Yang received acclaim for her acting performance in the drama. She then starred in Reset produced by Jackie Chan, which led to her win for Best Actress at the 50th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Yang next starred in wuxia film Brotherhood of Blades 2 alongside Chang Chen. She ranked third on Forbes China Celebrity 100, her highest ranking yet.

Other Activities


Since 2014, Yang Mi has established her own agency, Jay Walk Studio in collaboration with H&R Century Pictures. Some young talents she manage are Dilraba Dilmurat, Leon Zhang, Li Xi Rui, Liu Rui Lin, Vengo Gao and Vin Zhang, who has appeared with her in the television series V Love, Swords of Legends, The Interpreter, and Eternal Love.

Personal Life


In early 2012, Yang Mi revealed her relationship with an Hong Kong actor-singer Hawick Lau through her Weibo. Then on November 11, 2013 she announced their engagement. Yang Mi and Hawick Lau were married in Bali, Indonesia on January 8, 2014. Their wedding was attended by Tiffany Tang, Yang’s close friend in the entertainment industry and her co-star in Chinese Paladin 3 (2009).

On June 1, 2014, she gave birth to their daughter by cesarean section, Noemie Lau nicknamed Little Sticky Rice (小糯米) at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Hong Kong.

Filmography


Film

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1992 King of Beggars 武状元苏乞儿 Beggar So’s daughter  
1993 Heroes’ Calamities 英雄劫 Mr Su’s daughter  
1997 Singer 歌手 Xiaoxia’s cousin  
2005 Beijing Fairytale 北京童话 Zhu Zhu television film
2007 The Door Wenxin  
2011 Mysterious Island 孤岛惊魂 Shen Yilin  
  East Meets West 2011 东成西就2011 Yang Mi Cameo
2012 All’s Well, Ends Well 2012 八星抱喜 Chen Sisi  
  Perfect Two 新天生一对 Fang Jiawei  
  Love in the Buff 春娇与志明 Shang Youyou  
  On My Way 跑出一片天 Xie Zi Cameo
  Painted Skin: The Resurrection 画皮II Que’er  
  Wu Dang 大武当之天地密码 Tianxin  
  The Bullet Vanishes 消失的子弹 Xiao Yunque  
  Holding Love Hold住愛 Zhou Jing  
  All for Love 三个未婚妈妈 Xiao Ma Cameo
2013 Tiny Times 小时代 Lin Xiao  
  Tiny Times 2 小时代:青木时代 Lin Xiao  
  Saving Mother Robot 玛德2号 Primary School Teacher  
2014 Snow Blossom 大寒桃花开 Taohua Kai  
  The Breakup Guru 分手大师 Ye Xiaochun  
  Tiny Times 3 小时代:刺金时代 Lin Xiao  
2015 You Are My Sunshine 何以笙箫默 Zhao Mosheng  
  Tiny Times 4 小时代4:灵魂尽头 Lin Xiao  
  Cities in Love 恋爱中的城市 Zi Tong  
  The Witness 我是证人 Lu Xiaoxing  
  Fall in Love Like a Star 怦然星动 Tian Xin  
2016 L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹 Shen Yin  
2017 Reset 逆时营救 Xia Tian  
  Brotherhood of Blades 2 绣春刀·修罗战场 Bei Ji

Television

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1993 Tang Ming Huang 唐明皇 young Princess Xianyi  
  Hou Wa 猴娃 Nannan  
2004 The Story of a Noble Family 红粉世家 Li Xiaotao  
  Shuang Xiang Pao 双响炮 daughter in-law  
2005 Days and a Bureau 天和局 Zhu Yuqiu  
  Strange Tales of Liaozhai 聊斋 Nie Xiaoqian  
2006 The Return of the Condor Heroes 神雕侠侣 Guo Xiang  
2007 Wang Zhaojun 王昭君 Wang Zhaojun  
  Beautiful Life 笑着活下去 Cheng Xiaonuo  
2008 The Prince’s Education 上书房 Dun’er  
2009 Dark Fragrance 暗香 Miss Xiaojin  
  Chinese Paladin 3 仙剑奇侠传3 Tang Xuejian / Xiyao  
2010 Detective Di Renjie – Prequel 神探狄仁杰前传 Ling Long  
  Beauty’s Rival in Palace 美人心計 Mo Xueyan  
  The Dream of Red Mansions 红楼梦 Qing Wen  
  Unreasonable Bride 刁蛮新娘 Yan Xiaoman  
2011 The Legend of the Twelve Chinese Zodiacs 十二生肖传奇 Qing Li  
  We Are a Family 我们是一家人 Xia Jiajia  
  Palace Luo Qingchuan / Hua Ying  
  Painted Skin 画皮 Xiao Hong  
  Hong Wu Da An 洪武大案 Cai Jue  
  The Four Brothers of Peking 新京城四少 Yin Baixue  
  Expressway of First Empire 大秦直道 Princess Ling  
  Symphony of Fate 命运交响曲 Hao Anqi  
  Beauty World 唐宫美人天下 Qingluan  
2012 Beijing Love Story 北京爱情故事 Yang Zixi  
  Palace II 宫锁珠帘 Luo Qingchuan / Hua Ying Cameo
  Ru Yi 如意 Ru Yi  
  Legend of the Military Seal 虎符传奇 Concubine Ru  
2013 A Clear Midsummer Night 盛夏晚晴天 Xia Wanqing  
2014 The Four Scholars in Jianghan 江南四大才子 Madame Tang Cameo
  Swords of Legends 古剑奇谭 Feng Qingxue  
  V Love 微时代之恋 Luo Yi also producer
2016 The Interpreter 亲爱的翻译官 Qiao Fei  
2017 Eternal Love 三生三世十里桃花 Bai Qian / Su Su / Si Yin  
2018 The Negotiator 谈判官 Tong Wei  
  Legend of Fuyao 扶摇皇后 Meng Fuyao  
  Once a Youth 曾少年 Xie Qiao

Discography


Albums

  • 2012: Close to Me

Singles

Year Title Chinese Title Album Notes
2009 “Shu Li Moon” 琉璃月 N/A Theme song of 天下贰
2011 “In Support of the Love” 爱的供养 The Palace OST  
  “Bright Moon” 明月    
2012 “Love Love” 爱情爱情 Beijing Love Story OST  
  “Don’t Bear To” 有点舍不得 Ru Yi OST  
  “On My Way” 跑出一片天 On My Way OST  
  “Love Map” 爱情地图 Wu Dang OST  
2013 “What If Love Grows Old” 如果爱老了 A Clear Midsummer Night OST  
  “Must Be Happy” 一定要幸福    
2014 “Her and Him” 她他 V Love OST

Awards and Nominations


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 24th China TV Golden Eagle Award Audience’s Choice for Actress Wang Zhaojun Nominated
2011 6th Huading Awards Best Actress (Legend) Palace Nominated
  17th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress   Nominated
    Most Popular Actress   Won
2012 12th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress Mysterious Island Nominated
  26th China TV Golden Eagle Award Audience’s Choice for Actress Beijing Love Story Nominated
    Most Popular Actress   Won
  8th Huading Awards Best Actress Ru Yi Nominated
    Best Actress (Legend) Beauty World Nominated
  4th Golden Broom Awards Most Disappointing Actress Holding Love, Wu Dang Won
2013 13th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress Love in the Buff Nominated
2014 17th Huading Awards Best Actress Swords of Legends Nominated
  6th Golden Broom Awards Most Disappointing Actress Tiny Times 3, The Breakup Guru Won
2015 15th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress Tiny Times 3 Nominated
  7th Golden Broom Awards Most Disappointing Actress You Are My Sunshine, Tiny Times 4 Won
2017 50th World-Fest Houston International Film Festival Best Actress Reset Won
  Jackie Chan Action Movie Awards Best Action Movie Actress Won

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Wu Qian

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Wu Qian

  • Birth name: 吴倩
  • Origin: China
  • Born: September 26, 1992 (age 25), Hubei, China
  • Other name(s): Janice Wu
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Label(s): Zhejiang Huace Film & TV
  • Alma mater Wuhan University

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Wu Qian (Chinese: 吴倩, born September 26, 1992), also known as Janice Wu, is a Chinese actress from Ezhou, Hubei Province. She is best known for portraying young Zhao Mosheng in the 2015 hit drama My Sunshine as well as her roles in romance comedy My Amazing Boyfriend (2016) and xianxia drama Fighter of the Destiny (2017)

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Filmography


Film

Year Title Role
2016 Love O2O Xiao Ling
TBA Catman Miao Xiaowan

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Television

Year Title Chinese Title Role
2014 Heroes of Sui and Tang Dynasties 3 & 4 隋唐英雄4 Zhu Qianqian
  Fire Fighter 火线英雄 Mi Yuanyuan
  Young Sherlock 少年神探狄仁杰 Tong Mengxi
  The Deer and the Cauldron 鹿鼎记 Mu Jianping
2015 My Sunshine 何以笙箫默 young Zhao Mosheng
  The Orange Code 橙色密码 He Ruyin
  A Scholar Dream of Woman 碧血书香梦 Xuan Minyue
  Cherish Love 且行且珍惜 Zhao Wenli
2016 My Amazing Boyfriend 我的奇妙男友 Tian Jingzhi
  Da Xian Ya Men 大仙衙门 Xiao Cui
2017 Fighter of the Destiny 择天记 Luo Luo
  A Life Time Love 上古情歌 Yi Li
  Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 如懿傳 Tian Yunjiao
TBA Beauty From Heart 这个世界不看脸 Tao Xiaoting
  An Oriental Odyssey 盛唐幻夜 Ye Yuanan
  The Brightest Star in the Sky 夜空中最闪亮的星 Yang Zhenzhen

Music Video Appearances

Year Title Artist
2015 Promises Luhan

Discography


Year Title Original Title Album
2016 “Lying to Myself” 骗自己 My Amazing Boyfriend OST

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Rani Ramadhany Faishal – Drummer Indonesia

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Profile

  • Nama: Rani Ramadhany Faishal
  • TTL : Jakarta, 2 Maret 1994
  • Sekolah:
    • TK Muhammadiyah, Kebayoran Lama
    • SD gunung 01 pagi, Jakarta Selatan
    • SMP 13 Jakarta Selatan pindah ke SMP 30 Jakarta Utara
    • SMA 13 International School, kelas XI-IC (International Class)
  • Kuliah: Jurusan Performing Arts Communications London School of Public Relations (LSPR)
  • Warna Fav: Hitam, Putih, Ungu & Silver
  • Hobby: Musik, Photography, Sport (Bowling, Badmintoon, Basket Ball, Street Dance)
  • Jenis musik: Pop dan sedikit Rock
  • Singer: Katy Perry, Bruno Mars,Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber,Anggun dan Calvin Jeremy
  • Band: Maroon5, OneRepublic, Parachute, Secondhand Serenade
  • Makanan fav: Dimsum dan Balado
  • Minuman fav: Susu dan Aqua
  • Pengalaman:
    • Juara 2 band
    • Manggung di pensi2 sekolah

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DI balik wajah cantik yang lembut, Rani Ramadhany handal menggebuk drum. Dia merupakan salah seorang drummer perempuan di Indonesia yang cukup eksis di media sosial, terutama di situs berbagi video YouTube.

Ada sekitar 80 video perempuan 21 tahun itu sedang bermain drum secara solo yang bisa ditemukan di kanal miliknya (raaneey). Kemampuannya bermain drum tidak kalah jago oleh drummer band-band terkenal lokal maupun internasional. Rambut panjangnya yang berkibar ke segala arah ketika bermain alat musik tersebut menambah pesona ayunya yang biasanya terlihat di atas catwalk.

Rani saat dijumpai di Kafe DOTD, dekat dengan apartemennya di Sudirman Park, Jakarta Selatan, Kamis lalu (14/5) menceritakan awal mula dirinya tertarik dengan alat musik drum. Mahasiswi semester VI Jurusan Performing Arts Communications London School of Public Relations (LSPR) tersebut mengatakan, sebelum berusia sebelas tahun, dirinya dibuat kagum oleh alat musik pengiring tempo tersebut.

”Saya waktu kecil suka menonton musik dari band-band gitu di televisi. Yang saya lihat bukan vokalisnya, tapi drummernya, yang biasanya ada di belakang,” kata pemilik lesung pipit di pipi kanan – yang tampak ketika tersenyum– itu.

”Saya suka sebal kalau kamera di televisi jarang menyorot drummernya,” imbuhnya sambil mengerutkan kening.

Karena terlanjur jatuh cinta dengan alat musik drum, Rani meminta kepada kedua orang tuanya untuk dibelikan drum sebagai kado ulang tahun kesebelas. ”Ibu saya kaget, kok mintanya drum sih. Cewek kok main drum sih,” kenangnya.

Permintaan itu tidak langsung dituruti. Rani lalu mencari cara agar bisa menyalurkan hasrat bermain drum. ”Saya ingat banget, waktu makan di meja makan, saya selalu taruh piring atau panci di depan. Lalu, saya pukul-pukulin, membayangkan itu drum” ujarnya.

Keinginan yang besar untuk memiliki drum itu akhirnya membuat orang tua Rani luluh. Di usia sebelas tahun itu, Rani memiliki drum pertamanya. ”Mungkin mereka kasihan juga lihat saya. Lagi pula, yang saya minta ini untuk hal-hal yang positif, nggak yang macam-macam,” ucap Rani, bernada puas dengan kemenangannya waktu itu.

Bermain drum bukan sekadar hobi. Rani terus mengasah kemampuannya. Dia pun semakin mahir. Rani tidak perlu guru. Dia belajar sendiri. ”Dulu, belum ada yang namanya YouTube. Jadi, nggak bisa lihat seperti apa caranya main drum. Saya beli kaset dan lihat di televisi. Terus, dengarkan dan mencoba main hingga suaranya sama persis dengan lagunya,” terangnya.

Permainan drumnya dipuji Mother Monster Lady Gaga serta penyanyi sekaligus pencipta lagu AS Juliet Simms melalui Twitter. Gara-gara itu, Rani dianggap sebagai hero oleh jutaan pengagum berat Lady Gaga di Indonesia. ”Saya dianggap telah kembali membuat Lady Gaga menengok Indonesia setelah konsernya di Indonesia dulu sempat gagal karena diprotes,” tuturnya.

Selain itu, dia telah diakui oleh komunitas drummer perempuan dunia, yaitu Hit Like a Girl. Pada kompetisi yang diselenggarakan komunitas itu tahun lalu, Rani juga terpilih untuk masuk sepuluh besar best female drummer dunia yang mewakili Indonesia sekaligus kawasan Asia. ”Padahal, yang ikutan dari Indonesia dan Asia banyak,” ucapnya.

Fokus menekuni dunia musik tersebut sempat terbelah lantaran Rani juga ingin menjajal dunia modeling. ”Saya suka terlihat cantik dan ingin tahu rasanya berjalan di atas catwalk. Saya pernah show ke Turki dan negara lain untuk mengikuti dunia ini,” tutur pemilik tinggi badan 173 cm itu.

Rani mengakui bahwa kenyataan yang dihadapinya di dunia modeling agak meleset dari bayangan. ”Ternyata saya bukan perempuan yang betah pakai high heels. Saya kira dulu, modeling kan bisa memilih penampilannya seperti apa, karena saya inginnya ya nggak pakai high heels. Tapi, ternyata kami nggak bisa memilih tugas,” ujarnya.

Apalagi, menurut dia, dunia modeling tidak seseru hobinya bermain drum yang kini sudah menjadi profesinya. ”Kalau jadi model, banyak nunggu dan berdirinya. Penghasilannya juga jauh lebih banyak jadi drummer,” kata wakil Indonesia di ajang Asia’s Next Top Model musim ketiga itu. (source: dod/c11/ayi jawapos)

INTERVIEW WITH RANI RAMADHANY : ANTARA DRUM, MODEL DAN OLAHRAGA

Source: 20Fit

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10 menit setelah Rani Ramadhany menelepon saya untuk memastikan alamat studio 20FIT di Kelapa Gading, saya melihat Rani dan ibunya duduk di ruang tunggu. Hari itu tidak begitu cerah, tapi awan gelap juga tidak menutupi daerah Jakarta Utara. Mereka tiba pukul 10.55, lima menit lebih awal dari waktu yang telah kami sepakati sebelumnya. “Rumah kami tidak jauh dari sini,” ujar ibunya.

Tak banyak yang berubah dari Rani Ramadhany, seperti yang saya temui beberapa waktu lalu; ia tetap ramah, yang saya yakini diwarisi dari sang ibu, dicampur dengan gaya menarik dan santai khas wanita seumurannya. Namun satu hal yang langsung saya sadari kemudian, Rani terlihat lebih kurus ketimbang terakhir saya bertemu. Sedangkan ibunya yang sekaligus merangkap menjadi manager untuk karir Rani, juga banyak berbincang dengan saya. “Rani anak bungsu, ia punya2  kakak yang beda umurnya cukup terlalu jauh dan sudah menikah”. Hubungan mereka jelas terlihat sangat erat.

Kami bertiga duduk di meja kayu di sebelah ruang latihan, Rani banyak bercerita tentang kesibukannya setelah program Asia’s Next Top Model selesai dan aktifitas olahraga yang sering dijalaninya dalam 2 bulan terakhir ini.

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Rani terlihat sibuk akhir-akhir ini, ada kegiatan apa saja?

“Sekarang sebenarnya lagi sibuk nyusun non-skripsi, rencananya pengen direalisasikan juga.  Jadi 50% konsentrasi kesitu. Kebetulan di tahun 2016 ini juga ada kesibukan baru ngehost. Kalo selama ini jadi drummer, model dan film. Dunia host ini bener-bener baru banget, karena enggak ada background apa-apa. Alhamdulilah, sekalinya dapet langsung 3 acara. Karena itu, sekarang malah lagi jarang bikin cover Drum di Youtube”

Kenapa kamu memutuskan untuk mengambil job host tersebut?

“Aku orangnya memang senang explore saja. Diantara banyaknya orang yang ingin, aku enggak ingin sia-siain kesempatan itu. Selagi masih bisa waktu kuliah dan kerjaan lainnya kenapa enggak diambil sekalian. Itung-itung belajar gratis. Learning by doing.”

Kamu terlihat lebih kurus ketimbang terakhir kali kita bertemu.

“2 bulan terakhir ini, aku lagi giat-giatnya olahraga, selain karena pengen ngurusin badan juga, pengen ganti lifestyle ke lebih sehat. Aku orangnya gampang sakit sebenarnya, gampang kena flu, masuk angin. Daripada keseringan minum obat kan enggak bagus. Jadi kenapa enggak olahraga aja. Aku sekarang olahraganya nge-gym, juga seneng juga kick boxing. Tahu-tahu sudah sejam, dibandingkan kalo treadmill gitu kan setengah jam sudah lama banget, karena aku enggak terlalu enjoy lari, tapi kalo kick boxing ini enggak berasa udah 1000 kalori. Terus akhir-akhir ini juga lagi sering kombinasiin dengan latihan EMS di 20FIT”

Apa pendapat kamu tentang EMS Training di 20FIT?

“Aku sering liat di instagram, banyak yang ngepost, dari dulu pengen nyobain tapi belum ada kesempatannya. Karena jika diliat dari foto kayaknya seru dan mudah gitu, gerakannya gerakan biasa yang aku suka ngelakuin gerakan ini di gym. Jadi aku ngerasa ini gampang karena enggak pake beban, repetisi doang. Tapi pas lakuin, ternyata berat juga. Gerakannya simple tapi bener-bener berat , mungkin muscle-nya bekerja semua dan kena. Kaget sih tadi pas diestrum , tapi ditengah-tengah enjoy sih.”

Apa yang akhirnya memutuskan Rani untuk intens olahraga dari fitness, muay-thai, hingga EMS Training?

“Yang paling aku rasain berat badan ya, 2 bulan yang lalu berat badanku itu hampir 60 kg, terberat seumur hidup aku. Karena waktu itu lagi magang dan skripsi, kalo lagi skripsi sampai malem kan lapar makan, jadi pola makan dan tidur juga berantakan. Jadi ketika aku syuting ada acara, pas nonton tayangannya itu, aku ngerasa gendut banget. Wah ini udah enggak bisa lagi nih kayak gini. Dan akhirnya mulai nge-gym lagi. Hampir 2 bulan aku turun 7 kilo. Goal mau ke 49 kg, sekarang 53.”

Apa pesan Rani untuk anak-anak muda lainnya yang belum sadar pentingnya hidup sehat?

“Sebenarnya aku juga baru menyadari hal ini juga setelah 2 bulan intens olahraga. Moto aku adalah ‘To be fit, not to be skinny’. Maksudnya adalah skinny itu adalah nilai plusnya dari fit itu, Cuma konsennya lebih ke fit dulu untuk jangka panjangnya.”

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Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston . Biography


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Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, singer, actress, producer, model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know”, influenced several African American female artists to follow in her footsteps.

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Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. She is the second artist behind Elton John and the only female artist to have two number-one Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly “Top Pop Album”) on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston’s 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. The album was named Rolling Stones best album of 1986, and was ranked at number 254 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album Whitney (1987) became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

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Houston’s first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The film’s original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single “I Will Always Love You”, became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. With the album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period under Nielsen SoundScan system. The album makes her the top female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher’s Wife (1996). The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history.

On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at The Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The official coroner’s report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. News of her death coincided with the 2012 Grammy Awards and featured prominently in American and international media.

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Whitney Houston

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Houston performing at Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston in 1991.
Background information
Birth name Whitney Elizabeth Houston
Born August 9, 1963
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died February 11, 2012 (aged 48)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Genres R&B, pop, soul, dance, gospel
Occupations Singer, actress, model, film producer, record producer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1977–2012
Labels Arista, RCA
Associated acts Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Jermaine Jackson, Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, Bobby Brown
Website whitneyhouston

Life and Career

1963–84: Early Life and Career Beginnings

Whitney Houston was born in what was then a middle-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, the second child of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. (September 13, 1920 – February 2, 2003), and gospel singer Cissy Houston (née Emily Drinkard). She had two older brothers, Gary Garland, who was also a singer, and Michael Houston. She was of African American, Native American, and Dutch descent. Her mother, along with cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, godmother Darlene Love and honorary aunt Aretha Franklin were all notable figures in the gospel, rhythm and blues, pop, and soul genres. She met her honorary aunt at age 8, or 9, when her mother took her to a recording studio.[19] Houston was raised a Baptist, but was also exposed to the Pentecostal church. After the 1967 Newark riots, the family moved to a middle-class area in East Orange, New Jersey, when she was four.

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At the age of 11, Houston started performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where she also learned to play the piano. Her first solo performance in the church was “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah“. When Houston was a teenager, she attended Mount Saint Dominic Academy, a Catholic girls’ high school in Caldwell, New Jersey, where she met her best friend Robyn Crawford, whom she described as the “sister she never had”. While Houston was still in school, her mother continued to teach her how to sing. Houston was also exposed to the music of Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, and Roberta Flack, most of whom would have an influence on her as a singer and performer.

Houston spent some of her teenage years touring nightclubs where her mother Cissy was performing, and she would occasionally get on stage and perform with her. In 1977, at age 14, she became a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band‘s single “Life’s a Party”. In 1978, at age 15, Houston sang background vocals on Chaka Khan’s hit single “I’m Every Woman”, a song she would later turn into a larger hit for herself on her monster-selling The Bodyguard soundtrack album. She also sang back-up on albums by Lou Rawls and Jermaine Jackson.

In the early 1980s, Houston started working as a fashion model after a photographer saw her at Carnegie Hall singing with her mother. She appeared in Seventeen and became one of the first women of color to grace the cover of the magazine. She was also featured in layouts in the pages of Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Young Miss, and appeared in a Canada Dry soft drink TV commercial. Her striking looks and girl-next-door charm made her one of the most sought after teen models of that time. While modeling, she continued her burgeoning recording career by working with producers Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell and Martin Bisi on an album they were spearheading called One Down, which was credited to the group Material. For that project, Houston contributed the ballad “Memories”, a cover of a song by Hugh Hopper of Soft Machine. Robert Christgau of The Village Voice called her contribution “one of the most gorgeous ballads you’ve ever heard”. She also appeared as a lead vocalist on one track on a Paul Jabara album, entitled Paul Jabara and Friends, released by Columbia Records in 1983.

Houston had previously been offered several recording agencies (Michael Zager in 1980, and Elektra Records in 1981), however her mother declined the offers stating her daughter must first complete high school. In 1983, Gerry Griffith, an A&R representative from Arista Records, saw her performing with her mother in a New York City nightclub and was impressed. He convinced Arista’s head Clive Davis to make time to see Houston perform. Davis too was impressed and offered a worldwide recording contract which Houston signed. Later that year, she made her national televised debut alongside Davis on The Merv Griffin Show.

Houston signed with Arista in 1983, but did not begin work on her album immediately. The label wanted to make sure no other label signed the singer away. Davis wanted to ensure he had the right material and producers for Houston’s debut album. Some producers had to pass on the project due to prior commitments. Houston first recorded a duet with Teddy Pendergrass entitled “Hold Me” which appeared on his album, Love Language. The single was released in 1984 and gave Houston her first taste of success, becoming a Top 5 R&B hit. It would also appear on her debut album in 1985.

1985–86: Rise to International Prominence

With production from Michael Masser, Kashif, Jermaine Jackson, and Narada Michael Walden, Houston’s debut album Whitney Houston was released in February 1985. Rolling Stone magazine praised Houston, calling her “one of the most exciting new voices in years” while The New York Times called the album “an impressive, musically conservative showcase for an exceptional vocal talent”. Arista Records promoted Houston’s album with three different singles from the album in the US, UK and other European countries. In the UK, the dance-funk “Someone for Me”, which failed to chart in the country, was the first single while “All at Once” was in such European countries as the Netherlands and Belgium, where the song reached the top 5 on the singles charts, respectively.

In the US, the soulful ballad “You Give Good Love” was chosen as the lead single from Houston’s debut to establish her in the black marketplace first. Outside the US, the song failed to get enough attention to become a hit, but in the US, it gave the album its first major hit as it peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and No. 1 on the Hot R&B chart. As a result, the album began to sell strongly, and Houston continued promotion by touring nightclubs in the US. She also began performing on late-night television talk shows, which were not usually accessible to unestablished black acts. The jazzy ballad “Saving All My Love for You” was released next and it would become Houston’s first No. 1 single in both the US and the UK. She was then an opening act for singer Jeffrey Osborne on his nationwide tour. “Thinking About You” was released as the promo single only to R&B-oriented radio stations, which peaked at number ten on the US R&B Chart. At the time, MTV had received harsh criticism for not playing enough videos by black, Latino, and other racial minorities while favoring white acts. The third US single, “How Will I Know”, peaked at No. 1 and introduced Houston to the MTV audience thanks to its video. Houston’s subsequent singles from this, and future albums, would make her the first African-American female artist to receive consistent heavy rotation on MTV.

By 1986, a year after its initial release, Whitney Houston topped the Billboard 200 albums chart and stayed there for 14 non-consecutive weeks. The final single, “Greatest Love of All“, became Houston’s biggest hit at the time after peaking No. 1 and remaining there for three weeks on the Hot 100 chart, which made her debut the first album by a female artist to yield three No. 1 hits. Houston was No. 1 artist of the year and Whitney Houston was the No. 1 album of the year on the 1986 Billboard year-end charts, making her the first female artist to earn that distinction. At the time, Houston released the best-selling debut album by a solo artist. Houston then embarked on her world tour, Greatest Love Tour. The album had become an international success, and was certified 13× platinum (diamond) in the United States alone, and has sold a total of 25 million copies worldwide.

At the 1986 Grammy Awards, Houston was nominated for three awards including Album of the Year. She was not eligible for the Best New Artist category due to her previous hit R&B duet recording with Teddy Pendergrass in 1984. She won her first Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “Saving All My Love for You”. Houston’s performance of the song during the Grammy telecast later earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

Houston won seven American Music Awards in total in 1986 and 1987, and an MTV Video Music Award. The album’s popularity would also carry over to the 1987 Grammy Awards when “Greatest Love of All” would receive a Record of the Year nomination. Houston’s debut album is listed as one of Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and on The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Definitive 200 list. Houston’s grand entrance into the music industry is considered one of the 25 musical milestones of the last 25 years, according to USA Today. Following Houston’s breakthrough, doors were opened for other African-American female artists such as Janet Jackson and Anita Baker to find notable success in popular music and on MTV.

1987–91: Whitney, I’m Your Baby Tonight and “The Star Spangled Banner”

With many expectations, Houston’s second album, Whitney, was released in June 1987. The album again featured production from Masser, Kashif and Walden as well as Jellybean Benitez. Many critics complained that the material was too similar to her previous album. Rolling Stone said, “the narrow channel through which this talent has been directed is frustrating”. Still, the album enjoyed commercial success. Houston became the first female artist in music history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and the first artist to enter the albums chart at number one in both the US and UK, while also hitting number one or top ten in dozens of other countries around the world. The album’s first single, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)“, was also a massive hit worldwide, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topping the singles chart in many countries such as Australia, Germany and the UK. The next three singles, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All“, “So Emotional“, and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” all peaked at number one on the US Hot 100 chart, which gave her a total of seven consecutive number one hits, breaking the record of six previously shared by The Beatles and The Bee Gees. Houston became the first female artist to generate four number-one singles from one album. Whitney has been certified 9× Platinum in the US for shipments of over 9 million copies, and has sold a total of 20 million copies worldwide.

At the 30th Grammy Awards in 1988, Houston was nominated for three awards, including Album of the Year, winning her second Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”. Houston also won two American Music Awards in 1988 and 1989, respectively, and a Soul Train Music Award. Following the release of the album, Houston embarked on the Moment of Truth World Tour, which was one of the ten highest grossing concert tours of 1987. The success of the tours during 1986–87 and her two studio albums ranked Houston No. 8 for the highest earning entertainers list according to Forbes magazine. She was the highest earning African-American woman overall and the third highest entertainer after Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy.

Houston was a supporter of Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement. During her modeling days, the singer refused to work with any agencies who did business with the then-apartheid South Africa. On June 11, 1988, during the European leg of her tour, Houston joined other musicians to perform a set at Wembley Stadium in London to celebrate a then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday. Over 72,000 people attended Wembley Stadium, and over a billion people tuned in worldwide as the rock concert raised over $1 million for charities while bringing awareness to apartheid. Houston then flew back to the US for a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City in August. The show was a benefit concert that raised a quarter of a million dollars for the United Negro College Fund. In the same year, she recorded a song for NBC‘s coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics, “One Moment in Time“, which became a Top 5 hit in the US, while reaching number one in the UK and Germany. With her world tour continuing overseas, Houston was still one of the top 20 highest earning entertainers for 1987–88 according to Forbes magazine.

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Houston performing “Saving All My Love for You” on the Welcome Home Heroes concert in 1991

In 1989, Houston formed The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children, a non-profit organization that has raised funds for the needs of children around the world. The organization cares for homelessness, children with cancer or AIDS, and other issues of self-empowerment. With the success of her first two albums, Houston was undoubtedly an international crossover superstar, the most prominent since Michael Jackson, appealing to all demographics. However, some black critics believed she was “selling out”. They felt her singing on record lacked the soul that was present during her live concerts.

At the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards, when Houston’s name was called out for a nomination, a few in the audience jeered. Houston defended herself against the criticism, stating, “If you’re gonna have a long career, there’s a certain way to do it, and I did it that way. I’m not ashamed of it”. Houston took a more urban direction with her third studio album, I’m Your Baby Tonight, released in November 1990. She produced and chose producers for this album and as a result, it featured production and collaborations with L.A. Reid and Babyface, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder. The album showed Houston’s versatility on a new batch of tough rhythmic grooves, soulful ballads and up-tempo dance tracks. Reviews were mixed. Rolling Stone felt it was her “best and most integrated album”. while Entertainment Weekly, at the time thought Houston’s shift towards an urban direction was “superficial”.

The album contained several hits: the first two singles, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “All the Man That I Need” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; “Miracle” peaked at number nine; “My Name Is Not Susan” peaked in the top twenty; “I Belong to You” reached the top ten of the US R&B chart and garnered Houston a Grammy nomination; and the sixth single, the Stevie Wonder duet “We Didn’t Know“, reached the R&B top twenty. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and went on to be certified 4× platinum in the US while selling twelve million total worldwide.

In 1990, Houston was the spokesperson for a youth leadership conference hosted in Washington, D.C. She had a private audience with President George H. W. Bush in the Oval Office to discuss the associated challenges.

Houston met with President George H. W. Bush in the Oval Office in 1990, while in Washington, D.C., to participate in the Youth Leadership Forum
Houston met with President George H. W. Bush in the Oval Office in 1990, while in Washington, D.C., to participate in the Youth Leadership Forum

During the Persian Gulf War, Houston performed “The Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV at Tampa Stadium on January 27, 1991. This performance was later reported by those involved in the performance to have been lip synced or to have been sung into a dead microphone while a studio recording previously made by Houston was played. Dan Klores, a spokesman for Houston, explained: “This is not a Milli Vanilli thing. She sang live, but the microphone was turned off. It was a technical decision, partially based on the noise factor. This is standard procedure at these events.” (See also Star Spangled Banner lip sync controversy.) A commercial single and video of her performance were released, and reached the Top 20 on the US Hot 100, making her the only act to turn the US national anthem into a pop hit of that magnitude (José Feliciano’s version reached No. 50 in November 1968). Houston donated all her share of the proceeds to the American Red Cross Gulf Crisis Fund. As a result, the singer was named to the Red Cross Board of Governors.

Her rendition was critically acclaimed and is considered the benchmark for singers. Rolling Stone commented that “her singing stirs such strong patriotism. Unforgettable”, and the performance ranked No. 1 on the 25 most memorable music moments in NFL history list. VH1 listed the performance as one of the greatest moments that rocked TV. Following the attacks on 9/11, it was released again by Arista Records, all profits going towards the firefighters and victims of the attacks. This time it peaked at No. 6 in the Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Later in 1991, Houston put together her Welcome Home Heroes concert with HBO for the soldiers fighting in the Persian Gulf War and their families. The free concert took place at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia in front of 3,500 servicemen and women. HBO descrambled the concert so that it was free for everyone to watch. Houston’s concert gave HBO its highest ratings ever. She then embarked on the I’m Your Baby Tonight World Tour.

1992–94: Marriage to Bobby Brown and The Bodyguard

Throughout the 1980s, Houston was romantically linked to American football star Randall Cunningham and actor Eddie Murphy, whom she dated. She then met R&B singer Bobby Brown at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards. After a three-year courtship, the two were married on July 18, 1992. On March 4, 1993, Houston gave birth to their daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, her only child, and his fourth. Brown would go on to have several run-ins with the law, including some jail time.

With the commercial success of her albums, movie offers poured in, including offers to work with Robert De Niro, Quincy Jones, and Spike Lee; but Houston felt the time wasn’t right. Houston’s first film role was in The Bodyguard, released in 1992 and co-starring Kevin Costner. Houston played Rachel Marron, a star who is stalked by a crazed fan and hires a bodyguard to protect her. USA Today listed it as one of the 25 most memorable movie moments of the last 25 years in 2007. Houston’s mainstream appeal allowed people to look at the movie color-blind.

Still, controversy arose as some felt the film’s advertising intentionally hid Houston’s face to hide the film’s interracial relationship. In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1993, the singer commented that “people know who Whitney Houston is – I’m black. You can’t hide that fact.” Houston received a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress. The Washington Post said Houston is “doing nothing more than playing Houston, comes out largely unscathed if that is possible in so cockamamie an undertaking”, and The New York Times commented that she lacked passion with her co-star. Despite the film’s mixed reviews, it was hugely successful at the box office, grossing more than $121 million in the U.S. and $410 million worldwide, making it one of the top 100 grossing films in film history at its time of release, though it is no longer in the top 100 due to rising ticket prices since the time the film was released.

The film’s soundtrack also enjoyed big success. Houston executive produced and contributed six songs for the motion picture’s adjoining soundtrack album. Rolling Stone said it is “nothing more than pleasant, tasteful and urbane”. The soundtrack’s lead single was “I Will Always Love You“, written and originally recorded by Dolly Parton in 1974. Houston’s version of the song was acclaimed by many critics, regarding it as her “signature song” or “iconic performance”. Rolling Stone and USA Today called her rendition “the tour-de-force”. The single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for a then-record-breaking 14 weeks, number one on the R&B chart for a then-record-breaking 11 weeks, and number one on the Adult Contemporary charts for five weeks.

The single was certified 4× platinum by the RIAA, making Houston the first female artist with a single to reach that level in the RIAA history and becoming the best-selling single by a female artist in the US. The song also became a global success, hitting number-one in almost all countries, and one of the best-selling singles of all time with 12 million copies sold. The soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 chart and remained there for 20 non-consecutive weeks, the longest tenure by any album on the chart in the Nielsen SoundScan era, and became one of the fastest selling albums ever. During Christmas week of 1992, the soundtrack sold over a million copies within a week, becoming the first album to achieve that feat under Nielsen SoundScan system. With the follow-up singles “I’m Every Woman”, a Chaka Khan cover, and “I Have Nothing” both reaching the top five, Houston became the first female artist to ever have three singles in the Top 11 simultaneously. The album was certified 17× platinum in the US alone, with worldwide sales of 44 million, making The Bodyguard the biggest-selling album by a female act on the list of the world’s Top 10 best-selling albums, topping Shania Twain’s 40 million sold for Come On Over.

Houston won three Grammys for the album in 1994, including two of the Academy’s highest honors, Album of the Year and Record of the Year. In addition, she won a record 8 American Music Awards at that year’s ceremony including the Award of Merit, 11 Billboard Music Awards, 3 Soul Train Music Awards in 1993–94 including Sammy Davis, Jr. Award as Entertainer of the Year, 5 NAACP Image Awards including Entertainer of the Year, a record 5 World Music Awards, and a BRIT award. Following the success of the project, Houston embarked on another expansive global tour, The Bodyguard World Tour, in 1993–94. Her concerts, movie, and recording grosses made her the third highest earning female entertainer of 1993–94, just behind Oprah Winfrey and Barbra Streisand according to Forbes magazine. Houston placed in the top five of Entertainment Weeklys annual “Entertainer of the Year” ranking and was labeled by Premiere magazine as one of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood.

In October 1994, Houston attended and performed at a state dinner in the White House honoring newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela. At the end of her world tour, Houston performed three concerts in South Africa to honor President Mandela, playing to over 200,000 people. This would make the singer the first major musician to visit the newly unified and apartheid free nation following Mandela’s winning election. The concert was broadcast live on HBO with funds of the concerts being donated to various charities in South Africa. The event was considered the nation’s “biggest media event since the inauguration of Nelson Mandela”.

1995–97: Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher’s Wife, and Cinderella

In 1995, Houston starred alongside Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon in her second film Waiting to Exhale, a motion picture about four African-American women struggling with relationships. Houston played the lead character Savannah Jackson, a TV producer in love with a married man. She chose the role because she saw the film as “a breakthrough for the image of black women because it presents them both as professionals and as caring mothers”. After opening at number one and grossing $67 million in the US at the box office and $81 million worldwide, it proved that a movie primarily targeting a black audience can cross over to success, while paving the way for other all-black movies such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back and the Tyler Perry movies that have become popular in the 2000s. The film is also notable for its portrayal of black women as strong middle class citizens as opposed to stereotypes. The reviews were mainly positive for the ensemble cast. The New York Times said “Ms. Houston has shed the defensive hauteur that made her portrayal of a pop star in ‘The Bodyguard’ seem so distant.” Houston was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actress In A Motion Picture”, but lost to her co-star Bassett.

The film’s accompanying soundtrack, Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album, was produced by Houston and Babyface. Though Babyface originally wanted Houston to record the entire album, she declined. Instead, she “wanted it to be an album of women with vocal distinction”, and thus gathered several African-American female artists for the soundtrack, to go along with the film’s strong women message. As a result, the album featured a range of contemporary R&B female recording artists along with Houston, such as Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Toni Braxton, Patti LaBelle, and Brandy. Houston’s “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” peaked at No. 1, and then spent a record eleven weeks at the No. 2 spot and eight weeks on top of the R&B Charts. “Count On Me”, a duet with CeCe Winans, hit the US Top 10; and Houston’s third contribution, “Why Does It Hurt So Bad”, made the Top 30. The album debuted at No. 1, and was certified 7× Platinum in the United States, denoting shipments of seven million copies. The soundtrack received strong reviews as Entertainment Weekly said “the album goes down easy, just as you’d expect from a package framed by Whitney Houston tracks…. the soundtrack waits to exhale, hovering in sensuous suspense” and has since ranked it as one of the 100 Best Movie Soundtracks. Later that year, Houston’s children’s charity organization was awarded a VH1 Honor for all the charitable work.

In 1996, Houston starred in the holiday comedy The Preacher’s Wife, with Denzel Washington. She plays a gospel-singing wife of a pastor (Courtney B. Vance). It was largely an updated remake of the 1948 film “The Bishop’s Wife” which starred Loretta Young, David Niven and Cary Grant. Houston earned $10 million for the role, making her one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood at the time and the highest earning African American actress in Hollywood. The movie, with its all African-American cast, was a moderate success, earning approximately $50 million at the U.S. box offices. The movie gave Houston her strongest reviews so far. The San Francisco Chronicle said Houston “is rather angelic herself, displaying a divine talent for being virtuous and flirtatious at the same time” and that she “exudes gentle yet spirited warmth, especially when praising the Lord in her gorgeous singing voice”. Houston was again nominated for an NAACP Image Award and won for Outstanding Actress In A Motion Picture.

Houston recorded and co-produced, with Mervyn Warren, the film’s accompanying gospel soundtrack. The Preacher’s Wife: Original Soundtrack Album included six gospel songs with Georgia Mass Choir that were recorded at the Great Star Rising Baptist Church in Atlanta. Houston also duetted with gospel legend Shirley Caesar. The album sold six million copies worldwide and scored hit singles with “I Believe in You and Me” and “Step by Step”, becoming the largest selling gospel album of all time. The album received mainly positive reviews. Some critics, such as that of USA Today, noted the presence of her emotional depth,[147] while The Times said “To hear Houston going at full throttle with the 35 piece Georgia Mass Choir struggling to keep up is to realise what her phenomenal voice was made for”.

In 1997, Houston’s production company changed its name to BrownHouse Productions and was joined by Debra Martin Chase. Their goal was “to show aspects of the lives of African-Americans that have not been brought to the screen before” while improving how African-Americans are portrayed in film and television. Their first project was a made-for-television remake of Rodgers & Hammerstein‘s Cinderella. In addition to co-producing, Houston starred in the movie as the Fairy Godmother along with Brandy, Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, and Bernadette Peters. Houston was initially offered the role of Cinderella in 1993, but other projects intervened.[150] The film is notable for its multi-racial cast and nonstereotypical message. An estimated 60 million viewers tuned into the special giving ABC its highest TV ratings in 16 years. The movie received seven Emmy nominations including Outstanding Variety, Musical or Comedy, while winning Outstanding Art Direction in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Special.

Houston and Chase then obtained the rights to the story of Dorothy Dandridge. Houston was to play Dandridge, who was the first African American actress to be nominated for an Oscar. She wanted the story told with dignity and honor. However, Halle Berry also had rights to the project and she got her version going first. Later that year, Houston paid tribute to her idols such as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Dionne Warwick by performing their hits during the three-night HBO Concert Classic Whitney, live from Washington, D.C. The special raised over $300,000 for the Children’s Defense Fund. Houston received The Quincy Jones Award for outstanding career achievements in the field of entertainment at the 12th Soul Train Music Awards.

1998–2000: My Love Is Your Love and Whitney: The Greatest Hits

After spending much of the early and mid-1990s working on motion pictures and their soundtrack albums, Houston’s first studio album in eight years, the critically acclaimed My Love Is Your Love, was released in November 1998. Though originally slated to be a greatest hits album with a handful of new songs, recording sessions were so fruitful that a new full-length studio album was released. Recorded and mixed in only six weeks, it featured production from Rodney Jerkins, Wyclef Jean and Missy Elliott. The album debuted at number thirteen, its peak position, on the Billboard 200 chart.  It had a funkier and edgier sound than past releases and saw Houston handling urban dance, hip hop, mid-tempo R&B, reggae, torch songs, and ballads all with great dexterity.

From late 1998 to early 2000, the album spawned several hit singles: “When You Believe” (US No. 15, UK No. 4), a duet with Mariah Carey for 1998’s The Prince of Egypt soundtrack, which also became an international hit as it peaked in the Top 10 in several countries and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song; “Heartbreak Hotel” (US No. 2, UK No. 25) featured Faith Evans and Kelly Price, received a 1999 MTV VMA nomination for Best R&B Video, and number one on the US R&B chart for seven weeks; “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” (US No. 4, UK No. 3) won Houston her sixth Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance; “My Love Is Your Love” (US No. 4, UK No. 2) with 3 million copies sold worldwide; and “I Learned from the Best” (US No. 27, UK No. 19). These singles became international hits as well, and all the singles, except “When You Believe”, became number one hits on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart. The album sold four million copies in America, making it certified 4× platinum, and a total of eleven million copies worldwide.

The album gave Houston some of her strongest reviews ever. Rolling Stone said Houston was singing “with a bite in her voice” and The Village Voice called it “Whitney’s sharpest and most satisfying so far”. In 1999, Houston participated in VH-1’s Divas Live ’99, alongside Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Tina Turner, and Cher. The same year, Houston hit the road with her 70 date My Love Is Your Love World Tour. The European leg of the tour was Europe’s highest grossing arena tour of the year. In November 1999, Houston was named Top-selling R&B Female Artist of the Century with certified US sales of 51 million copies at the time and The Bodyguard Soundtrack was named the Top-selling Soundtrack Album of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). She also won The Artist of the Decade, Female award for extraordinary artistic contributions during the 1990s at the 14th Soul Train Music Awards, and an MTV Europe Music Award for Best R&B.

In May 2000, Whitney: The Greatest Hits was released worldwide. The double disc set peaked at number five in the United States, reaching number one in the United Kingdom. In addition, the album reached the Top 10 in many other countries. While ballad songs were left unchanged, the album features house/club remixes of many of Houston’s up-tempo hits. Included on the album were four new songs: “Could I Have This Kiss Forever” (a duet with Enrique Iglesias), “Same Script, Different Cast” (a duet with Deborah Cox), “If I Told You That” (a duet with George Michael), and “Fine“, and three hits that had never appeared on a Houston album: “One Moment in Time”, “The Star Spangled Banner”, and “If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful”, a duet with Jermaine Jackson from his 1986 Precious Moments album. Along with the album, an accompanying VHS and DVD was released featuring the music videos to Houston’s greatest hits, as well as several hard-to-find live performances including her 1983 debut on The Merv Griffin Show, and interviews. The greatest hits album was certified 3× platinum in the US, with worldwide sales of 10 million.

2000–05: Just Whitney and Personal Struggles

Though Houston was seen as a “good girl” with a perfect image in the 1980s and early 1990s, by the late 1990s, her behavior changed. She was often hours late for interviews, photo shoots and rehearsals, and canceling concerts and talk-show appearances. With the missed performances and weight loss, rumors about Houston using drugs with her husband circulated. On January 11, 2000, airport security guards discovered marijuana in both Houston’s and husband Bobby Brown’s luggage at a Hawaii airport, but the two boarded the plane and departed before authorities could arrive. Charges were later dropped against them, but rumors of drug usage between the couple would continue to surface. Two months later, Clive Davis was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Houston had been scheduled to perform at the event, but failed to show up.

Shortly thereafter, Houston was scheduled to perform at the Academy Awards but was fired from the event by musical director and longtime friend Burt Bacharach. Her publicist cited throat problems as the reason for the cancellation. In his book The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards, author Steve Pond revealed that “Houston’s voice was shaky, she seemed distracted and jittery, and her attitude was casual, almost defiant”, and that while Houston was to sing “Over the Rainbow”, she would start singing a different song. Houston later admitted to having been fired. Later that year, Houston’s long-time executive assistant and friend, Robyn Crawford, resigned from Houston’s management company.

In August 2001, Houston signed the biggest record deal in music history with Arista/BMG. She renewed her contract for $100 million to deliver six new albums, on which she would also earn royalties. She later made an appearance on Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special. Her extremely thin frame further spurred rumors of drug use. Houston’s publicist said, “Whitney has been under stress due to family matters, and when she is under stress she doesn’t eat.” The singer was scheduled for a second performance the following night but canceled. Within weeks, Houston’s rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” would be re-released after the September 11 attacks, with the proceeds donated to the New York Firefighters 9/11 Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Fraternal Order of Police. The song peaked at No. 6 this time on the US Hot 100, topping its previous position.

In 2002, Houston became involved in a legal dispute with John Houston Enterprise. Although the company was started by her father to manage her career, it was actually run by company president Kevin Skinner. Skinner filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit and sued for $100 million (but lost), stating that Houston owed the company previously unpaid compensation for helping to negotiate her $100 million contract with Arista Records and for sorting out legal matters. Houston stated that her 81-year-old father had nothing to do with the lawsuit. Although Skinner tried to claim otherwise, John Houston never appeared in court. Houston’s father later died in February 2003. The lawsuit was dismissed on April 5, 2004, and Skinner was awarded nothing.

Also in 2002, Houston did an interview with Diane Sawyer to promote her then-upcoming album. During the prime-time special, Houston spoke on topics including rumored drug use and marriage. She was asked about the ongoing drug rumors and replied, “First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let’s get that straight. Okay? We don’t do crack. We don’t do that. Crack is wack.” The line was from Keith Haring’s mural which was painted in 1986 on the handball court at 128th Street and 2nd Avenue. Houston did, however, admit to using other substances at times, including cocaine.

In December 2002, Houston released her fifth studio album, Just Whitney…. The album included productions from then-husband Bobby Brown, as well as Missy Elliott and Babyface, and marked the first time that Houston did not produce with Clive Davis as Davis had been released by top management at BMG. Upon its release, Just Whitney… received mixed reviews. The album debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200 chart and it had the highest first week sales of any album Houston had ever released. The four singles released from the album, didn’t fare well on the Billboard Hot 100, but became Hot Dance Club Play hits. Just Whitney… was certified platinum in the United States, and sold approximately three million worldwide.

On a June 2003 trip to Israel, Houston said of her visit, “I’ve never felt like this in any other country. I feel at home, I feel wonderful.”

In late 2003, Houston released her first Christmas album One Wish: The Holiday Album, with a collection of traditional holiday songs. Houston produced the album with Mervyn Warren and Gordon Chambers. A single titled “One Wish (for Christmas)” reached the Top 20 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and the album was certified gold in the US. Having always been a touring artist, Houston spent most of 2004 touring and performing in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Russia. In September 2004, she gave a surprise performance at the World Music Awards in a tribute to long-time friend Clive Davis. After the show, Davis and Houston announced plans to go into studio to work on her new album.

In early 2004, husband Bobby Brown starred in his own reality TV program, Being Bobby Brown (on the Bravo network), which provided a view into the domestic goings-on in the Brown household. Though it was Brown’s vehicle, Houston was a prominent figure throughout the show, receiving as much screen time as Brown. The series aired in 2005 and featured Houston in, what some would say, not her most flattering moments. The Hollywood Reporter said it was “undoubtedly the most disgusting and execrable series ever to ooze its way onto television.” Despite the perceived train-wreck nature of the show, the series gave Bravo its highest ratings in its time slot and continued Houston’s successful forays into film and television. The show was not renewed for a second season after Houston stated that she would no longer appear in it, and Brown and Bravo could not come to an agreement for another season.

2006–12: Return to Music, I Look to You, Tour and Film Comeback

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Houston performing “My Love Is Your Love” with her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown on Good Morning America, September 1, 2009

After years of controversy and turmoil, Houston separated from Bobby Brown in September 2006, filing for divorce the following month. On February 1, 2007, Houston asked the court to fast track their divorce. The divorce was finalized on April 24, 2007, with Houston granted custody of the couple’s daughter. On May 4, Houston sold the suburban Atlanta home featured in Being Bobby Brown for $1.19 million. A few days later, Brown sued Houston in Orange County, California court in an attempt to change the terms of their custody agreement. Brown also sought child and spousal support from Houston. In the lawsuit, Brown claimed that financial and emotional problems prevented him from properly responding to Houston’s divorce petition. Brown lost at his court hearing as the judge dismissed his appeal to overrule the custody terms, leaving Houston with full custody and Brown with no spousal support. In March 2007, Clive Davis of Arista Records announced that Houston would begin recording a new album. In October 2007, Arista released another compilation The Ultimate Collection outside the United States.

Houston gave her first interview in seven years in September 2009, appearing on Oprah Winfrey’s season premiere. The interview was billed as “the most anticipated music interview of the decade”. Whitney admitted on the show to using drugs with former husband Bobby Brown, who “laced marijuana with rock cocaine”. By 1996, she told Oprah, “[doing drugs] was an everyday thing… I wasn’t happy by that point in time. I was losing myself.”

Houston released her new album, I Look to You, in August 2009. The album’s first two singles are “I Look to You” and “Million Dollar Bill”. The album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1, with Houston’s best opening-week sales of 305,000 copies, marking Houston’s first number one album since The Bodyguard, and Houston’s first studio album to reach number one since 1987’s Whitney. Houston also appeared on European television programs to promote the album. She performed the song “I Look to You” on the German television show Wetten, dass..?. Three days later, she performed the worldwide first single from I Look To You, Million Dollar Bill, on the French television show Le Grand Journal. Houston appeared as guest mentor on The X Factor in the United Kingdom. She performed “Million Dollar Bill” on the following day’s results show, completing the song even as a strap in the back of her dress popped open two minutes into the performance. She later commented that she “sang [herself] out of [her] clothes”.

The performance was poorly received by the British media, and was variously described as “weird” and “ungracious”, “shambolic” and a “flop”. Despite this reception, “Million Dollar Bill” jumped to its peak from 14 to number 5 (her first UK top 5 for over a decade), and three weeks after release “I Look to You” went gold. Houston appeared on the Italian version of The X Factor, performing the same song “Million Dollar Bill” to excellent reviews. She was awarded the Gold Certificate for achieving over 50,000 CD sales of “I Look To You” in Italy. In November, Houston performed “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. Two days later, Houston performed both songs on the Dancing With The Stars season 9 finale. As of December 2009, “I Look to You” has been certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of more than one million copies in the United States. On January 26, 2010, her debut album was re-released in a special edition entitled Whitney Houston – The Deluxe Anniversary Edition.

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Whitney Houston at the O2 Arena, April 28, 2010, as part of her Nothing but Love World Tour

Houston later embarked on a world tour, entitled the Nothing but Love World Tour. It was her first world tour in over ten years and was announced as a triumphant comeback. However, some poor reviews and rescheduled concerts brought some negative media attention. Houston canceled some concerts due to illness and received widespread negative reviews from fans who were disappointed in the quality of her voice and performance. Some fans reportedly walked out of her concerts.

In January 2010, Houston was nominated for two NAACP Image Awards, one for Best Female Artist and one for Best Music Video. She won the award for Best Music Video for her single “I Look to You”. On January 16, she received The BET Honors Award for Entertainer citing her lifetime achievements spanning over 25 years in the industry. The 2010 BET Honors award was held at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. and aired on February 1, 2010. Jennifer Hudson and Kim Burrell performed in honor of her, garnering positive reviews. Houston also received a nomination from the Echo Awards, Germany’s version of the Grammys, for Best International Artist. In April 2010, the UK newspaper The Mirror reported that Houston was thinking about recording her eighth studio album and wanted to collaborate with will.i.am (of The Black Eyed Peas), her first choice for a collaboration.

Houston also performed the song “I Look to You” on the 2011 BET Celebration of Gospel, with gospel–jazz singer Kim Burrell, held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles. The performance aired on January 30, 2011. Early in 2011, she gave an uneven performance in tribute to cousin Dionne Warwick at music mogul Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala. In May 2011, Houston enrolled in a rehabilitation center again, as an out-patient, citing drug and alcohol problems. A representative for Houston said that it was a part of Houston’s “longstanding recovery process”.

In September 2011, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Houston would produce and star alongside Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps in the remake of the 1976 film Sparkle. In the film, Houston portrays Sparks’ “not-so encouraging mother.” Houston also is credited as an executive producer of the film. Debra Martin Chase, producer of Sparkle, stated that Houston deserved the title considering she had been there from the beginning in 2001, when Houston obtained Sparkle production rights. R&B singer Aaliyah – originally tapped to star as Sparkle – died in a 2001 plane crash. Her death derailed production, which would have begun in 2002. Houston’s remake of Sparkle was filmed in the fall of 2011 over a two-month period, and was released by TriStar Pictures. On May 21, 2012, “Celebrate”, the last song Houston recorded with Sparks, premiered at RyanSeacrest.com. It was made available for digital download on iTunes on June 5. The song was featured on the Sparkle: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack as the first official single. The movie was released on August 17, 2012 in the United States. The accompanying music video for Celebrate was filmed on May 30, 2012. The video was shot over 2 days, and a sneak peek of the video premiered on Entertainment Tonight on June 4, 2012.

Death

The Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Houston's body was found.
The Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Houston’s body was found.

On February 9, 2012, Houston visited singers Brandy and Monica, together with Clive Davis, at their rehearsals for Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. That same day, she made her last public performance, when she joined Kelly Price on stage in Hollywood, California, and sang “Jesus Loves Me”.

Two days later, on February 11, Houston was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub; she was later pronounced dead. The cause of death was not immediately known. It was later ruled by the coroner to have been an “accidental drowning”. Beverly Hills paramedics arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m. and found the singer unresponsive and performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. PST. Local police said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent.” On March 22, 2012, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported the cause of Houston’s death was drowning and the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”. The office stated the amount of cocaine found in Houston’s body indicated that she used the substance shortly before her death. Toxicology results revealed additional drugs in her system: Benadryl, Xanax, marijuana and Flexeril. The manner of death was listed as an “accident”.

Flowers near the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Flowers near the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Houston had an invitation-only memorial on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. The service was scheduled for two hours, but lasted four. Among those who performed at the funeral were Stevie Wonder (rewritten version of “Ribbon in the Sky”, and “Love’s in Need of Love Today”), CeCe Winans (“Don’t Cry”, and “Jesus Loves Me”), Alicia Keys (“Send Me an Angel”), Kim Burrell (rewritten version of “A Change Is Gonna Come”), and R. Kelly (“I Look to You”). The performances were interspersed with hymns by the church choir and remarks by Clive Davis, Houston’s record producer; Kevin Costner; Ricky Minor, her music director; her cousin, Dionne Warwick; and Ray Watson, her security guard for the past 11 years. Aretha Franklin was listed on the program and was expected to sing, but was unable to attend the service. Bobby Brown, Houston’s ex-husband, was also invited to the funeral but he left before the service began. Houston was buried on Sunday, February 19, 2012, in Fairview Cemetery, in Westfield, New Jersey next to her father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003. In June 2012, the McDonald’s Gospelfest in Newark became a tribute to Houston.

Reaction

The Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party that Houston was expected to attend, which featured many of the biggest names in music and movies, went on as scheduled although it was quickly turned into a tribute to Houston. Davis spoke about Houston’s death at the evening’s start: “By now you have all learned of the unspeakably tragic news of our beloved Whitney’s passing. I don’t have to mask my emotion in front of a room full of so many dear friends. I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years. Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight even though she wasn’t scheduled to perform. Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on.”

Tony Bennett spoke of Houston’s death before performing at Davis’ party. He said, “First, it was Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, now, the magnificent Whitney Houston”. Bennett sang “How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” and said of Houston, “When I first heard her, I called Clive Davis and said, ‘You finally found the greatest singer I’ve ever heard in my life.'”

Some celebrities opposed Davis’ decision to continue on the party while a police investigation was being conducted in Houston’s hotel room and her body was still in the building. Chaka Khan, in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on February 13, 2012, shared that she felt the party should have been canceled, saying “I thought that was complete insanity. And knowing Whitney I don’t believe that she would have said ‘the show must go on.’ She’s the kind of woman that would’ve said ‘Stop everything! Un-unh. I’m not going to be there.’ […] I don’t know what could motivate a person to have a party in a building where the person whose life he had influenced so enormously and whose life had been affected by hers. They were like… I don’t understand how that party went on.” Sharon Osbourne condemned the Davis party, declaring “I think it was disgraceful that the party went on. I don’t want to be in a hotel room when there’s someone you admire who’s tragically lost their life four floors up. I’m not interested in being in that environment and I think when you grieve someone, you do it privately, you do it with people who understand you. I thought it was so wrong.”

Several other celebrities released statements responding to Houston’s death. Darlene Love, Houston’s Godmother, hearing the news of her death, said, “It felt like I had been struck by a lightning bolt in my gut.” Dolly Parton, whose song “I Will Always Love You” was covered by Houston, said, “I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed’.” Aretha Franklin said, “It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen.” Mariah Carey said, “Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.” Oprah Winfrey, who did an in-depth interview with Houston in 2009, wrote on Twitter “To me Whitney was THE VOICE. We got to hear a part of God every time she sang. Heart is heavy, spirit grateful for the GIFT of her.” Quincy Jones said, “I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney’s passing. Ashford & Simpson first made me aware of Whitney when she was just sixteen, and I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly.”

Moments after news of her death emerged, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News all broke from their regularly scheduled programming to dedicate time to non-stop coverage of Houston’s death. All three featured live interviews with people who had known Houston including those that had worked with her, interviewed her along with some of her peers in the music industry. Saturday Night Live displayed a photo of a smiling Houston, alongside Molly Shannon, from her 1996 appearance. MTV and VH-1 interrupted their regularly scheduled programming on Sunday February 12 to air many of Houston’s classic videos with MTV often airing news segments in between and featuring various reactions from fans and celebrities.

Houston’s former husband, Bobby Brown, was reported to be “in and out of crying fits” since receiving the news. He did not cancel a scheduled performance and within hours of his ex-wife’s sudden death, an audience in Mississippi observed as Brown blew kisses skyward, tearfully saying: “I love you, Whitney”.

Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the 54th Grammy Awards, announced that Jennifer Hudson would perform a tribute to Houston at the February 12, 2012, awards. He said “event organizers believed Hudson – an Academy Award-winning actress and Grammy Award-winning artist – could perform a respectful musical tribute to Houston”. Ehrlich went on to say: “It’s too fresh in everyone’s memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize Whitney’s remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and in particular her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins and nominations over the years”. At the start of the awards ceremony, a footage of Houston performing “I Will Always Love You” from the 1994 Grammys was shown following a prayer read by host, LL Cool J. Later in the program following a montage of photos of musicians who died in 2011 with Houston singing “Saving All My Love for You” at the 1986 Grammys, Hudson paid tribute to Houston and the other artists by performing “I Will Always Love You”. The tribute was partially credited for the Grammys telecast getting its second highest ratings in history.

Houston was honored in the form of various tributes at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards, held on February 17. An image montage of Houston and important black figures who died in 2011 was followed by video footage from the 1994 ceremony, which depicted her accepting two Image Awards for outstanding female artist and entertainer of the year. Following the video tribute, Yolanda Adams delivered a rendition of “I Love the Lord” from The Preacher’s Wife Soundtrack. In the finale of the ceremony, Kirk Franklin and The Family started their performance with “The Greatest Love of All.” The 2012 BRIT Awards, which took place at London’s O2 Arena on February 21, also paid tribute to Houston by playing a 30-second-video montage of her music videos with a snippet of “One Moment in Time” as the background music in the ceremony’s first segment. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that all New Jersey state flags would be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, February 21 to honor Houston. Accompanied by Esperanza Spalding belting out “What a Wonderful World” along with the Southern California Children’s Choir, Houston was featured in the In Memoriam montage alongside other cinema greats at the 84th Academy Awards, held at the Hollywood and Highland Center on February 26, 2012.

Artistry and Legacy

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Houston was a mezzo-soprano, and was commonly referred to as “The Voice” in reference to her exceptional vocal talent. She was third in MTV’s list of 22 Greatest Voices, and sixth on Online Magazine COVEs list of the 100 Best Pop Vocalists with a score of 48.5/50. Jon Pareles of The New York Times stated she “always had a great big voice, a technical marvel from its velvety depths to its ballistic middle register to its ringing and airy heights”. In 2008, Rolling Stone listed Houston as the thirty-fourth of the 100 greatest singers of all time, stating, “Her voice is a mammoth, coruscating cry: Few vocalists could get away with opening a song with 45 unaccompanied seconds of singing, but Houston’s powerhouse version of Dolly Parton’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ is a tour de force.” Matthew Perpetua from Rolling Stone also eulogized Houston’s vocal, enumerating ten performances, including “How Will I Know” from the 1986 MTV VMAs and “The Star Spangled Banner” at the 1991 Super Bowl. “Whitney Houston was blessed with an astonishing vocal range and extraordinary technical skill, but what truly made her a great singer was her ability to connect with a song and drive home its drama and emotion with incredible precision,” he stated. “She was a brilliant performer, and her live shows often eclipsed her studio recordings.”

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times commented, “Her voice was clean and strong, with barely any grit, well suited to the songs of love and aspiration. […] Hers was a voice of triumph and achievement, and it made for any number of stunning, time-stopping vocal performances.” Mariah Carey stated, “She [Whitney] has a really rich, strong mid-belt that very few people have. She sounds really good, really strong.” While in her review of I Look to You, music critic Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times writes, “[Houston’s voice] stands like monuments upon the landscape of 20th century pop, defining the architecture of their times, sheltering the dreams of millions and inspiring the climbing careers of countless imitators”, adding “When she was at her best, nothing could match her huge, clean, cool mezzo-soprano”.

Lauren Everitt from BBC News Magazine commented on melisma used in Houston’s recording and its influence. “An early ‘I’ in Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ takes nearly six seconds to sing. In those seconds the former gospel singer-turned-pop star packs a series of different notes into the single syllable,” stated Everitt. “The technique is repeated throughout the song, most pronouncedly on every ‘I’ and ‘you’. The vocal technique is called melisma, and it has inspired a host of imitators. Other artists may have used it before Houston, but it was her rendition of Dolly Parton’s love song that pushed the technique into the mainstream in the 90s. […] But perhaps what Houston nailed best was moderation.” Everitt said that “[i]n a climate of reality shows ripe with ‘oversinging’, it’s easy to appreciate Houston’s ability to save melisma for just the right moment”.

Houston’s vocal stylings have had a significant impact on the music industry. According to Linda Lister in Divafication: The Deification of Modern Female Pop Stars, she has been called the “Queen of Pop” for her influence during the 1990s, commercially rivaling Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. Stephen Holden from The New York Times, in his review of Houston’s Radio City Music Hall concert on July 20, 1993, praised her attitude as a singer, writing, “Whitney Houston is one of the few contemporary pop stars of whom it might be said: the voice suffices. While almost every performer whose albums sell in the millions calls upon an entertainer’s bag of tricks, from telling jokes to dancing to circus pyrotechnics, Ms. Houston would rather just stand there and sing.” With regard to her singing style, he added: “Her [Houston’s] stylistic trademarks – shivery melismas that ripple up in the middle of a song, twirling embellishments at the ends of phrases that suggest an almost breathless exhilaration – infuse her interpretations with flashes of musical and emotional lightning.”

Elysa Gardner of the Los Angeles Times in her review for The Preacher’s Wife Soundtrack praised Houston’s vocal ability highly, commenting, “She is first and foremost a pop diva – at that, the best one we have. No other female pop star – not Mariah Carey, not Celine Dion, not Barbra Streisand – quite rivals Houston in her exquisite vocal fluidity and purity of tone, and her ability to infuse a lyric with mesmerizing melodrama.”

Influence

During the 1980s, MTV was coming into its own and received criticism for not playing enough videos by black artists. With Michael Jackson breaking down the color barrier for black male artists, Houston did the same for black female artists. She became the first black female artist to receive heavy rotation on the network following the success of the “How Will I Know” video. Following Houston’s breakthrough, other African-American female artists, such as Janet Jackson and Anita Baker, were successful in popular music. Baker commented that “Because of what Whitney and Sade did, there was an opening for me… For radio stations, black women singers aren’t taboo anymore.”

Allmusic noted her contribution to the success of black artists on the pop scene, commenting, “Houston was able to handle big adult contemporary ballads, effervescent, stylish dance-pop, and slick urban contemporary soul with equal dexterity” and that “the result was an across-the-board appeal that was matched by scant few artists of her era, and helped her become one of the first black artists to find success on MTV in Michael Jackson’s wake”. The New York Times stated that “Houston was a major catalyst for a movement within black music that recognized the continuity of soul, pop, jazz and gospel vocal traditions”. Richard Corliss of Time magazine commented on her initial success breaking various barriers:

Of her first album’s ten cuts, six were ballads. This chanteuse [Houston] had to fight for air play with hard rockers. The young lady had to stand uncowed in the locker room of macho rock. The soul strutter had to seduce a music audience that anointed few black artists with superstardom. […] She was a phenomenon waiting to happen, a canny tapping of the listener’s yen for a return to the musical middle. And because every new star creates her own genre, her success has helped other blacks, other women, other smooth singers find an avid reception in the pop marketplace.

Stephen Holden of The New York Times said that Houston “revitalized the tradition of strong gospel-oriented pop-soul singing”. Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times referred to the singer as a “national treasure”. Jon Caramanica, other music critic of The New York Times, called Houston “R&B’s great modernizer,” adding “slowly but surely reconciling the ambition and praise of the church with the movements and needs of the body and the glow of the mainstream”. He also drew comparisons between Houston’s influence and other big names’ on 1980s pop:

She was, alongside Michael Jackson and Madonna, one of the crucial figures to hybridize pop in the 1980s, though her strategy was far less radical than that of her peers. Jackson and Madonna were by turns lascivious and brutish and, crucially, willing to let their production speak more loudly than their voices, an option Ms. Houston never went for. Also, she was less prolific than either of them, achieving most of her renown on the strength of her first three solo albums and one soundtrack, released from 1985 to 1992. If she was less influential than they were in the years since, it was only because her gift was so rare, so impossible to mimic. Jackson and Madonna built worldviews around their voices; Ms. Houston’s voice was the worldview. She was someone more to be admired, like a museum piece, than to be emulated.

The Independents music critic Andy Gill also wrote about Houston’s influence on modern R&B and singing competitions, comparing it to Michael Jackson’s. “Because Whitney, more than any other single artist ― Michael Jackson included ― effectively mapped out the course of modern R&B, setting the bar for standards of soul vocalese, and creating the original template for what we now routinely refer to as the ‘soul diva’,” stated Gill. “Jackson was a hugely talented icon, certainly, but he will be as well remembered (probably more so) for his presentational skills, his dazzling dance moves, as for his musical innovations. Whitney, on the other hand, just sang, and the ripples from her voice continue to dominate the pop landscape.” Gill said that there “are few, if any, Jackson imitators on today’s TV talent shows, but every other contestant is a Whitney wannabe, desperately attempting to emulate that wondrous combination of vocal effects – the flowing melisma, the soaring mezzo-soprano confidence, the tremulous fluttering that carried the ends of lines into realms of higher yearning”.

Houston was considered by many to be a “singer’s singer”, who had an influence on countless other vocalists, both female and male. Similarly, Steve Huey from Allmusic wrote that the shadow of Houston’s prodigious technique still looms large over nearly every pop diva and smooth urban soul singer – male or female – in her wake, and spawned a legion of imitators. Rolling Stone, on her biography, stated that Houston “redefined the image of a female soul icon and inspired singers ranging from Mariah Carey to Rihanna”. Essence ranked Houston the fifth on their list of 50 Most Influential R&B Stars of all time, calling her “the diva to end all divas”.

A number of artists have acknowledged Houston as an influence, including Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Christina Aguilera, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, Nelly Furtado,  Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Ciara, P!nk, Ashanti, Robin Thicke, Jennifer Hudson, Stacie Orrico, Amerie, and Destiny’s Child. Mariah Carey, who was often compared to Houston, said, “She [Houston] has been a big influence on me.” She later told USA Today that “none of us would sound the same if Aretha Franklin hadn’t ever put out a record, or Whitney Houston hadn’t.” Celine Dion who was the third member of the troika that dominated female pop singing in the 1990s, did a telephone interview with Good Morning America on February 13, 2012, telling “Whitney’s been an amazing inspiration for me. I’ve been singing with her my whole career, actually. I wanted to have a career like hers, sing like her, look beautiful like her.” Beyoncé told the Globe and Mail that Houston “inspired [her] to get up there and do what [she] did”. She also wrote on her website on the day after Houston’s death, “I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like [Houston]. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control. So many of my life’s memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song. She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us.”

Mary J. Blige said that Houston inviting her onstage during VH1’s Divas Live show in 1999 “opened doors for [her] all over the world”. Brandy stated, “The first Whitney Houston CD was genius. That CD introduced the world to her angelic yet powerful voice. Without Whitney, half of this generation of singers wouldn’t be singing.” Kelly Rowland, in an Ebonys feature article celebrating black music in June 2006, recalled that “[I] wanted to be a singer after I saw Whitney Houston on TV singing ‘Greatest Love of All’. I wanted to sing like Whitney Houston in that red dress.” She added that “And I have never, ever forgotten that song [Greatest Love of All]. I learned it backward, forward, sideways. The video still brings chills to me. When you wish and pray for something as a kid, you never know what blessings God will give you.”

Alicia Keys said “Whitney is an artist who inspired me from [the time I was] a little girl”. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson cites Houston as her biggest musical influence. She told Newsday that she learned from Houston the “difference between being able to sing and knowing how to sing”. Leona Lewis, who has been called “the new Whitney Houston”, also cites her as an influence. Lewis stated that she idolized her as a little girl.

Awards and Achievements

Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records, with two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. She held the all-time record for the most American Music Awards of any female solo artist and shared the record with Michael Jackson for the most AMAs ever won in a single year with eight wins in 1994. Houston won a record 11 Billboard Music Awards at its fourth ceremony in 1993. She also had the record for the most WMAs won in a single year, winning five awards at the 6th World Music Awards in 1994.

In May 2003, Houston placed at number three on VH1’s list of “50 Greatest Women of the Video Era”, behind Madonna and Janet Jackson. She was also ranked at number 116 on their list of the “200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons of All Time”. In 2008, Billboard magazine released a list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart’s 50th anniversary, ranking Houston at number nine. Similarly, she was ranked as one of the “Top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time” by VH1 in September 2010. In November 2010, Billboard released its “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years” list and ranked Houston at number three who not only went on to earn eight number-one singles on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but also landed five number ones on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Houston’s debut album is listed as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine and is on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Definitive 200 list. In 2004, Billboard picked the success of her first release on the charts as one of 110 Musical Milestones in its history. Houston’s entrance into the music industry is considered one of the 25 musical milestones of the last 25 years, according to USA Today in 2007. It stated that she paved the way for Mariah Carey’s chart-topping vocal gymnastics. In 1997, the Franklin School in East Orange, New Jersey was renamed to The Whitney E. Houston Academy School of Creative and Performing Arts. In 2001, Houston was the first artist to be given a BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million albums and singles worldwide. She was ranked as the fourth best-selling female artist in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 55 million certified albums sold in the US, and held an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Grambling State University, Louisiana.

Discography

Studio Albums

  • 1985: Whitney Houston
  • 1987: Whitney
  • 1990: I’m Your Baby Tonight
  • 1998: My Love Is Your Love
  • 2002: Just Whitney
  • 2009: I Look to You

Holiday Albums

  • 2003: One Wish: The Holiday Album

Filmography

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes and awards
1992 The Bodyguard Rachel Marron Feature film

  • Nominated – 1993 MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
  • Nominated – 1993 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
  • Nominated – 1993 MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo with co-star Kevin Costner
  • Nominated – 1992 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress[345]
1995 Waiting to Exhale Savannah Jackson Feature film

  • Nominated – 1996 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
1996 The Preacher’s Wife Julia Biggs Feature film

  • Won – 1997 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
  • Nominated – 1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Female Actress(Comedy/Romance)
  • Nominated – 1997 Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress
1997 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Fairy Godmother Made-for-television film, part of a revival of the Wonderful World of Disney.

  • Nominated – 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
  • Nominated – 1998 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie/Mini-Series
2004 Nora’s Hair Salon Herself Direct-to-video
2012 Sparkle Emma Feature film

Television Roles

Year Title Network Role Notes
1984 Gimme a Break! NBC Rita “Katie’s College” (Season 3, Episode 20, air date: March 15, 1984)
As the World Turns CBS Herself Houston appeared on the soap on August 1–2, 1984, with Jermaine Jackson singing two duets off a new album he was releasing at the time: “Take Good Care of My Heart” and “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do.” They taped their appearance on July 25 at CBS Studios in New York City.
1985 Silver Spoons NBC Herself “Head Over Heels” (Season 4, Episode 1, air date: September 15, 1985)
She performed the edited version of “Saving All My Love for You”, changing some of the words.
2003 Boston Public Fox Herself “Chapter Sixty-Six” (Season 3, Episode 22, air date: May 12, 2003)
She performed “Try It On My Own” from the 2002 studio album Just Whitney.

Commercials

Year Company Promoting Country Notes
1983 Dr Pepper/Seven Up Canada Dry
(soft drink beverage)
United States
  • Houston appeared in this commercial before debut as a professional singer and sang the praises of sugar-free Canada Dry Ginger Ale.
1986 Coca-Cola Diet Coke
(soft drink beverage)
  • Houston sang the Diet Coke theme song, “Just for the taste of it”.
1988 Coca-Cola Diet Coke
(soft drink beverage)
  • Houston sang the other version of the Diet Coke advertising slogan at the time, “Just for the taste of it”.
  • Outside the United States, the second version of advertising was released, in which “Greatest Love of All” was used as background music.
  • 1989 MTV Video of the Year winning “This Note’s for You” by Neil Young, parodied parts of this advertising to criticize pop/rock stars who make commercial endorsements, most notably Michael Jackson for Pepsi and Houston for Diet Coke, using look-alikes for them.
1989 Sanyo Electronics
(the stereo, TV)
Japan
  • Houston was featured on print advertisements and sang the theme song for TV commercial, “Takin’ A Chance”, produced by Keith Thomas. It was released as a CD single in Japan and included in Japanese edition of I’m Your Baby Tonight.
  • Sanyo also sponsored Houston’s 1990 Japan only Feels So Right Tour.
1994
1995
AT&T Telephone services United States
  • Houston sang its theme song, “True Voice”.
1999 Nissin Consumer credit business Japan
  • Houston appeared on both print advertisement and TV commercial for Nissin, a nonbank finance company that lends to consumers and small businesses in Japan, with then the company’s slogan “Make it happen with Nissin”

Film/TV Productions

Year Title Director Notes and awards
1997 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Robert Iscove Executive producer

  • Nominated – 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
  • Nominated – 1998 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie/Mini-Series
2001 The Princess Diaries Garry Marshall Producer

  • Won – 2002 Young Artist Award for Best Family Feature Film – Comedy
  • Nominated – 2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Family Film (Live Action)
  • Nominated – 2002 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Family Film
  • Nominated – 2002 Teen Choice Award for Film – Choice Movie, Comedy
2003 The Cheetah Girls Oz Scott Producer
2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Garry Marshall Producer
2006 The Cheetah Girls 2: When in Spain Kenny Ortega Co-executive producer
2012 Sparkle Salim Akil Producer

Tours

World Tours

  • The Greatest Love World Tour (1986)
  • Moment of Truth World Tour (1987–88)
  • I’m Your Baby Tonight World Tour (1991)
  • The Bodyguard World Tour (1993–94)
  • My Love Is Your Love World Tour (1999)
  • Nothing But Love World Tour (2010)

Regional Tours

  • Feels So Right Tour (1990)
  • Pacific Rim Tour (1997)
  • The European Tour (1998)
  • Soul Divas Tour (2004)

Televised Concerts

  • Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute (1988)
  • Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston (1991)
  • The Concert for a New South Africa (1994)
  • Classic Whitney Live from Washington, D.C. (1997)

Source: Wikipedia & Other Sources

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Agnes Monica Muljoto (lahir di Jakarta, 1 Juli 1986; umur 27 tahun) adalah seorang penyanyi dan artis berkebangsaan Indonesia. Ia memulai kariernya di industri hiburan pada usia enam tahun sebagai seorang penyanyi cilik. Agnes telah merilis tiga album anak-anak yang berhasil mengantarkan namanya ke deretan penyanyi cilik populer di era 1990-an. Selain bernyanyi, ia juga menjadi presenter di beberapa acara televisi anak-anak. Saat menginjak usia remaja, Agnes mulai terjun ke dunia seni peran. Penampilannya di sinetron Pernikahan Dini (2001) berhasil melambungkan namanya. Agnes kemudian membintangi sederet sinetron yang menjadikannya artis remaja dengan bayaran termahal saat itu.

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Nama lahir Agnes Monica Muljoto
Lahir 1 Juli 1986 (umur 27)
Bendera Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia
Jenis Musik Pop, R&B
Pekerjaan Penyanyi, aktris, penari, presenter, pencipta lagu, perancang busana
Instrumen Vokal
Tahun aktif 1992–sekarang
Perusahaan rekaman Aquarius Musikindo
Agama Kristen Protestan

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Pada tahun 2003, Agnes merilis album dewasa pertamanya yang berjudul And the Story Goes, yang kembali melejitkan namanya di industri musik Indonesia. Kesuksesannya di tanah air mendorong Agnes memasang target untuk bisa berkarier di kancah internasional. Pada album keduanya yang dirilis pada tahun 2005, Whaddup A’..?!, ia menggandeng penyanyi asal Amerika Serikat Keith Martin untuk berkolaborasi. Agnes juga terlibat dalam syuting dua serial drama Asia, The Hospital dan Romance In the White House di Taiwan.

loloAgnes berhasil meraih penghargaan dua tahun berturut-turut atas penampilannya di ajang Asia Song Festival di Seoul, Korea Selatan, pada tahun 2008 dan 2009. Pada album ketiganya, Sacredly Agnezious (2009), Agnes mulai terlibat sebagai produser dan penulis lagu. Pada tahun 2010, ia diangkat sebagai salah satu juri pada ajang pencarian bakat Indonesian Idol. Agnes juga menjadi salah satu pemandu acara pada karpet merah pegelaran American Music Awards 2010 di Los Angeles, Amerika Serikat.

Seiring dengan melesatnya Agnes ke puncak popularitas, penampilan dan gaya berbusananya menjadi tren di kalangan anak muda. Selain sukses secara komersial, Agnes merupakan penyanyi dengan jumlah penghargaan paling banyak di Indonesia. Ia telah memenangkan puluhan trofi, termasuk di antaranya sepuluh Anugerah Musik Indonesia, tujuh Panasonic Awards, dan empat MTV Indonesia Awards. Selain itu, Agnes telah dipercaya menjadi duta anti narkoba se-Asia serta duta MTV EXIT dalam memberantas perdagangan manusia.

Kehidupan dan Karier

1986–2002: Masa kecil dan awal karier

Yess!

Yess!, album duet Agnes bersama Eza Yayang yang dirilis tahun 1995.

 

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Agnes Monica Muljoto dilahirkan di Jakarta pada tanggal 1 Juli 1986. Ia merupakan anak bungsu dari pasangan Jenny Siswono dan Ricky Muljoto. Ia memiliki seorang kakak laki-laki bernama Steve Muljoto yang kemudian menjadi manajernya.

Agnes menyelesaikan pendidikan dasarnya di SD Tarakanita Jakarta, kemudian melanjutkan pendidikannya ke SLTP Pelita Harapan. Di sekolahnya, Agnes merupakan siswi yang berprestasi di bidang akademik dan sering menerima beasiswa, meskipun ia juga disibukan dengan aktivitas luar sekolah seperti kursus piano, bahasa Inggris, seluncur es, dan bulu tangkis.

Bakat Agnes di bidang seni sudah telihat sejak ia masih kanak-kanak, khususnya bidang tarik suara. Selain ditempa di gereja, Agnes juga ikut kursus vokal di beberapa tempat.

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Saat menginjak usia enam tahun, Agnes memulai kariernya sebagai penyanyi cilik dan merekam album anak-anak pertamanya yang diberi judul Si Meong. Nama Agnes melambung sebagai penyanyi cilik saat ia merilis album keduanya pada tahun 1995 yaitu Yess!, yang merupakan album duet bersama Eza Yayang.

Album tersebut dinobatkan sebagai “Album Anak-Anak Terbaik” pada tahun 1999. Album lain yang telah dirilis Agnes yaitu Bala-Bala. Ketiga album tersebut berhasil melejitkan Agnes ke jajaran penyanyi cilik terpopuler di era 1990-an.

Selain bernyanyi dan merilis album, Agnes juga menjadi presenter acara anak-anak yaitu Video Anak Anteve (VAN) di Anteve, Tralala-Trilili di RCTI, dan Diva Romeo di Trans TV. Agnes berhasil meraih penghargaan Panasonic Awards untuk “Pembawa Acara Anak-Anak Terfavorit” selama dua tahun berturut, 1999 dan 2000.

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Menginjak usia remaja, Agnes mulai terjun ke dunia seni peran, dimulai dengan penampilannya di sinetron Lupus Millenia dan Mr. Hologram pada tahun 1999. Pada tahun itu, Agnes berhasil menempati urutan pertama jajak pendapat artis beranjak remaja terbaik versi artiscilik.com.

Pada tahun 2000, Agnes menjadi pemeran utama di sinetron Pernikahan Dini bersama Sahrul Gunawan. Sinetron inilah yang berhasil melambungkan nama Agnes dan menghapus citranya sebagai seorang artis cilik. Akting Agnes di sinetron tersebut berhasil meraih penghargaan “Aktris Terfavorit” pada Panasonic Awards pada tahun 2001 dan 2002, serta SCTV Awards sebagai “Aktris Ngetop” pada tahun 2002.

Selain itu, Agnes juga menyanyikan dua lagu ciptaan Melly Goeslaw berjudul “Pernikahan Dini” dan “Seputih Hati” sebagai lagu tema sinetron Pernikahan Dini. Kedua lagu tersebut merupakan penampilan pertama Agnes sejak kemunculannya sebagai penyanyi cilik beberapa tahun silam.

Kedua lagu tersebut telah dirilis dalam album kompilasi bertajuk Love Theme (2001). Sepanjang tahun 2002, Agnes telah membintangi tiga judul sinetron, yaitu Ciuman Pertama, Kejar Daku Kau Ku Tangkap, dan Amanda. Ia juga berkolaborasi dengan penyanyi Yana Julio dalam lagu “Awan dan Ombak” dalam album Jumpa Lagi. Seiring dengan popularitasnya, Agnes berhasil menjadi artis remaja dengan bayaran termahal di Indonesia pada saat itu.

2003–2004: And the Story Goes

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Agnes meraih piala Anugerah Musik Indonesia 2004

Pada tanggal 8 Oktober 2003, Agnes merilis album dewasa pertamanya bertajuk And the Story Goes. Penggarapan album ini melibatkan beberapa musikus kenamaan Indonesia, termasuk di antaranya Ahmad Dhani dan Melly Goeslaw.

Agnes menjelaskan “Untuk album baruku ini, aku memang ingin segala sesuatunya dipersiapkan dengan matang. Dari pemilihan lagu, musikus, sampai konsep videoklip, aku ingin yang benar-benar oke.”

Proses penggarapan album yang memakan waktu selama 1,5 tahun tersebut juga disibukan dengan audisi penari dan program gizi untuk mempersiapkan stamina Agnes sebagai penyanyi. Proses persiapan yang benar-benar matang tersebut akhirnya membuahkan kesuksesan pada album tersebut.

Aquarius Musikindo selaku label yang menaungi Agnes melaporkan bahwa And the Story Goes sudah laris dipesan sekitar 35.000 keping sebelum dirilis secara resmi.

Tak lama berselang, album ini kemudian meraih double platinum dengan penjualan lebih dari 300.000 keping. Album pertama Agnes ini mengangkat “Bilang Saja” sebagai singel pertama dengan klip yang mengusung konsep street fashion. Singel lain yang lahir dari album ini yakni “Indah”, “Cinta Mati”, dan “Jera”.

Selain sukses secara komersial, album ini juga membuahkan sejumlah penghargaan. Pada ajang Anugerah Musik Indonesia 2004, Agnes memenangkan tiga penghargaaan dari total sepuluh nominasi, yaitu sebagai “Artis Pop Solo Wanita Terbaik” untuk lagu “Jera”, “Karya Produksi Dance/Tehno Terbaik” untuk lagu “Bilang Saja”, serta “Duo/Group Terbaik” untuk kolaborasinya dengan Ahmad Dhani di lagu “Cinta Mati”.

Ia juga berhasil meraih penghargaan sebagai “Pendatang Baru Terbaik” pada Anugerah Planet Muzik 2004 yang digelar di Singapura. Kesuksesannya dalam usia yang masih sangat muda membuat Agnes mendapat julukan “Diva Muda” dalam kancah musik Indonesia. Ia juga mulai memasang target untuk bisa berkarier di kancah internasional.

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Sepanjang tahun 2003, selain disibukan dengan perilisan album pertamanya, Agnes juga menggarap sinetron Cewekku Jutek sebagai pemeran utama bersama Roger Danuarta. Pada tahun berikutnya, Agnes membintangi dua sinetron, Bunga Perawan dan Cantik.

Penampilan Agnes dalam tiga sinetron tersebut mengantarkannya meraih penghargaan Panasonic Awards 2003 sebagai “Aktris Terfavorit” dan SCTV Awards 2004 sebagai “Aktris Ngetop”. Di tengah kesibukannya sebagai penyanyi, Agnes masih tetap memperhatikan pendidikannya. Setelah lulus dari bangku SMA Pelita Harapan, ia menempuh pendidikan di Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) pada jurusan Hukum.

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2005–2007: Whaddup A’..?!

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Agnes resmi meluncurkan album keduanya berjudul Whaddup A’..?! pada tanggal 10 Desember 2005. Kali ini, selain menggandeng sejumlah musikus Indonesia seperti Dewiq, Melly Goeslaw, dan Andi Rianto, Agnes juga mengajak penyanyi asal Amerika Serikat Keith Martin untuk berkolaborasi. Di album ini, Keith Martin menciptakan dua buah lagu berbahasa Inggris untuk Agnes, termasuk di antaranya “I’ll Light a Candle” yang mereka bawakan secara duet.

Untuk mempromosikan album tersebut, Agnes menggelar konser tunggal di empat kota di Indonesia, yakni Bandar Lampung, Surabaya, Bandung, dan Makassar, dengan tajuk Clasnezenzation. Album ini juga menelurkan lima singel hit yaitu “Bukan Milikmu Lagi”, “Tanpa Kekasihku”, “Tak Ada Logika”, “Cinta di Ujung Jalan”, serta “Dan Tak Mungkin”.

Whaddup A’..?! mendapat respons positif dan diganjar sejumlah penghargaan. Pada pegelaran Anugerah Musik Indonesia 2006, Agnes menyabet dua penghargaan yakni “Artis Pop Wanita Terbaik” dan “Karya Produksi R&B Terbaik” untuk lagu “Bukan Milikmu Lagi”.

Pada ajang Penghargaan MTV Indonesia 2006, Agnes kembali meraih trofi “Most Favorite Female” berkat lagu “Tak Ada Logika”. Whaddup A’..?! juga telah meraih triple platinum untuk angka penjualan album yang mencapai lebih dari 450.000 keping.

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Pada tahun 2005, Agnes juga terlibat dalam syuting serial drama Asia berjudul The Hospital di Taiwan yang dibintangi oleh Jerry Yan, salah satu personel F4. Agnes juga ikut dalam syuting serial Romance in The White House bersama Peter Ho, yang dalam serial ini Agnes bermain hanya dalam beberapa episode saja.

Di Indonesia, Agnes juga disibukan dengan perannya di dua sinetron di Indosiar, yaitu Ku Tlah Jatuh Cinta dan Pink Di penghujung tahun 2006, Agnes kemudian membintangi sinetron komedi berjudul Kawin Muda yang ditayangkan di RCTI.

Pada saat yang bersamaan, Agnes juga memutuskan untuk cuti dari kuliahnya di jurusan Hukum, Universitas Pelita Harapan. Langkah ini diambil Agnes akibat kesibukannya dalam menjalani karier dan mempersiapakan rencananya untuk go international.

timthumb.phpPada awal tahun 2007, Agnes ditunjuk oleh DEA (Drugs Enforcement Administration) dan IDEC Far East Region sebagai duta anti narkoba se-Asia. Pada tanggal 15 Mei 2007, Agnes menjadi artis pembuka konser grup R&B Amerika Serikat Boyz II Men di Istora Senayan, Jakarta.

Agnes dan promotor konser sempat mengumumkan bahwa ia akan berkolaborasi dengan grup tersebut, meskipun akhirnya tidak terlaksana akibat persiapan yang belum matang.

Pada tanggal 23 Juni 2007, Agnes menggelar konser tunggal untuk pertama kali di Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yang disaksikan sebanyak 3.000 penonton. Agnes juga menjadi bintang tamu khusus dalam panggung final Asian Idol yang digelar pada tanggal 16 Desember 2007, dengan membawakan lagunya berjudul “Get Up”.

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2008–2009: Sacredly Agnezious

Pada awal tahun 2008, Agnes membintangi sinetron kejar tayang RCTI berjudul Jelita. Agnes mulai menggarap album studio ketiganya dan merilis lagu berjudul “Matahariku” lebih awal sebagai singel pertama. Sampai saat ini, “Matahariku” merupakan singel terlaris Agnes dengan penjualan nada sambung mencapai lebih dari tiga juta dalam waktu sembilan bulan.

Videoklip “Matahariku” juga telah ditonton lebih dari 4,5 juta kali di YouTube, menjadikannya video musik Indonesia yang paling banyak ditonton. Lagu tersebut kembali membuahkan Agnes penghargaan di MTV Indonesia Awards sebagai “Most Favorite Female” serta Anugerah Musik Indonesia 2009 sebagai “Artis Pop Solo Wanita Terbaik”.

Pada bulan September 2008, Agnes meluncurkan singel kedua berjudul “Godai Aku Lagi” yang merupakan ciptaannya sendiri. Sebagai pemanasan sebelum resmi merilis album, Agnes merilis album mini yang memuat dua singel saja “Godai Aku Lagi” dan “Matahariku”. Agnes juga membintangi sinetron keduanya pada tahun itu berjudul Kawin Masal.

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Pada tanggal 4 Oktober 2008, Agnes tampil di panggung Asia Song Festival yang diselenggarakan oleh Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange di Seoul, Korea Selatan. Acara yang diikuti 24 artis dari 12 negara Asia tersebut disaksikan oleh 35.000 penonton di Seoul World Cup Stadium dan disiarkan di stasiun televisi di 30 negara.

Agnes menampilkan dua lagu miliknya, “Godai Aku Lagi” dan “Shake It Off”, dengan memasukkan unsur tarian Bali. Penampilan Agnes tersebut mendapat respons positif dari sejumlah media lokal Korea dan meraih penghargaan “The Best Asian Artist Award” dari panitia.

Pada tahun berikutnya, Agnes kembali tampil di panggung tersebut dan membawakan tiga lagu yaitu “Shake It Off”, “Temperature”, serta lagu milik penyanyi pop Michael Jackson, “Heal the World”. Panggung kali ini diikuti 14 artis dari sembilan negara Asia dan disaksikan sekitar 40.000 penonton. Seperti penampilan sebelumnya, Agnes kembali mendapat sambutan baik serta menerima penghargaan “The Best Asian Artist Award” untuk kedua kalinya.

2024482867-salah-potong-agnes-monica-ganti-gaya-rambutPada tanggal 1 April 2009 Agnes akhrinya resmi meluncurkan album ketiganya yang diberi judul Sacredly Agnezious. Kali ini, Agnes lebih terlibat secara langsung dalam pengerjaan album. Dengan dibantu sejumlah musikus ternama, yaitu Erwin Gutawa, Dewiq, Pay, dan DJ Sumantri, Agnes turut terlibat sebagai produser dan pencipta lagu dalam album tersebut. Selain dua singel terdahulu, “Matahariku” dan “Godai Aku Lagi”, Sacredly Agnezious melejitkan singel lain berjudul “Teruskanlah” dan “Janji-Janji”. Pada MTV Indonesia Awards 2009, Agnes menyabet dua penghargaan sebagai “Most Favorite Female” serta “Artist of the Year” yang merupakan penghargaan tertinggi dalam acara tersebut. Pada Anugerah Musik Indonesia yang digelar pada tahun berikutnya, Agnes berhasil meraih dua penghargaan, masing-masing untuk kategori “Album Pop Terbaik”, “Artis Solo Pop Wanita Terbaik” dan “Album Terbaik Terbaik”.

Pada tanggal 23 Mei 2009, Agnes tampil sebagai salah satu bintang tamu dalam acara “Festival of Life” di Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Bali, dalam rangka peringatan 50 tahun hubungan diplomatik Indonesia dan Jepang.

Pada tanggal 14 Oktober 2009, Agnes juga terlibat dalam konser pementasan lagu-lagu grup legendaris ABBA bertajuk “Dancing Queen” di Istora Senayan dengan menyanyikan lagu “The Winner Take It’s All”. Setelah sekian lama cuti dari kuliahnya, Agnes akhirnya memutuskan untuk mengundurkan diri dari jurusan Hukum Universitas Pelita Harapan dengan IPK terakhir 3,67. Ia kemudian melanjutkan kuliahnya di Oregon State University (OSU), Amerika Serikat, dengan program distance education di jurusan Political Science.

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2010–sekarang: Agnes Is My Name

agnes-monicca-130416b-1Memasuki tahun 2010, Agnes mendapat kehormatan menjadi juri dalam ajang pencarian bakat Indonesian Idol. Kehadiran Agnes di ajang tersebut sempat diragukan karena usianya yang masih terlalu muda. Agnes berkomentar “Kalau pengalaman, jangan dilihat dari umur. Dengan prestasi yang aku dapat, enggak ada beban buatku berada di antara Mas Anang dan Mas Erwin. Aku sendiri merasa bukan jadi juri, aku dibiarkan jadi diri sendiri, aku sebagai teman mereka [para peserta]. Aku akan bagi pengalamanku ke mereka.” Agnes juga ditunjuk menjadi duta MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) dalam misi memberantas perdagangan manusia. Pada tahun ini, Agnes meluncurkan singel berjudul “Karena Ku Sanggup” yang ia ciptakan bersama musikus Andi Rianto.

Ia juga membintangi sinetron berjudul Pejantan Cantik yang tayang di Indosiar. Pada tanggal 21 November 2010, Agnes menjadi salah satu pembawa acara karpet merah ajang penghargaan tahunan American Music Awards yang diselenggarakan di Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, Amerika Serikat.

Ia tampil menggunakan busana bermotif batik dan kebaya, serta sesekali menggunakan bahasa Indonesia. Pada kesempatan tersebut, Agnes juga berduet bersama penyanyi Meksiko Christian Chávez dalam lagu berjudul “¿En Dónde Estás?” yang dikemas dalam bahasa Spanyol, Inggris, dan Indonesia.

Pada tanggal 2 Februari 2011, Agnes meluncurkan sebuah album kompilasi terbaik yang diberi judul Agnes Is My Name. Album ini memuat sepuluh singel pilihan dari tiga album studio sebelumnya, ditambah dua lagu terbaru “Karena Ku Sanggup” dan “Paralyzed”.

Album ini hanya dijual di gerai KFC di seluruh Indonesia dan meraih plakat “Million Award” untuk penjualan lebih dari satu juta keping dalam waktu empat bulan.[58] Pada saat acara peluncuran album tersebut, Agnes mengumumkan bahwa ia telah menandatangani kontrak dengan Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Pada tanggal 23 Maret 2011, bertepatan dengan Perayaan Hari Musik Nasional, Agnes menerima penghargaan Nugraha Bhakti Musik Indonesia (NBMI) dari Menteri Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata dan Persatuan Artis Penyanyi, Pencipta Lagu, dan Penata Musik Rekaman Indonesia (PAPPRI) atas dedikasi dan sumbangsihnya, baik berupa pemikiran maupun perbuatan, bagi kemajuan dan perkembangan serta pelestarian musik Indonesia.

Agnes juga kesekian kalinya meraih penghargaan di Anugerah Musik Indonesia, untuk tahun 2011 ia memenangkan kategori “Artis Solo Wanita Terbaik”.

Pada bulan September 2011, Agnes berduet dengan penyanyi senior Amerika Serikat Michael Bolton pada lagu “Said I Loved You…But I Lied”.

Lagu tersebut direkam sebagai lagu tambahan dalam album Bolton bertajuk Gems: The Duets Album khusus untuk edisi Asia. Agnes juga berduet dengan Andy /rif sebagai penyanyi tamu pada lagu “Berkelana ke Ujung Dunia” di album keempat Presiden RI Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono bertajuk Harmoni.

Pada tahun yang sama, ia merilis singel berjudul “Rindu”, lagu ciptaan Eros Djarot yang aslinya dipopulerkan oleh Fryda pada tahun 1995.

Agnes berhasil meraih nominasi sebagai “Worldwide Act Asia Pasific” dalam ajang penghargaan MTV Europe Music Awards 2011. Ia juga menjadi nominator di American Nickleodeon Kids Choice Awards 2012 kategori “Favorite Asian Act”.

Meskipun gagal memenangkan dua penghargaan tersebut, saat ini, Agnes dikabarkan tengah sibuk merampungkan proyek album internasional perdananya di Los Angeles bersama beberapa musisi, termasuk di antaranya produser dan rapper Timbaland.. Pada 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards, Agnes memenangkan kategori Best Asian Artist Indonesia.  Pada tahun 2013 ini , Agnes Monica juga mendapatkan penghargaan Best Celebrity Fashion SHORTY AWARDS 2013.

Tak hanya di kategori Best Singer, artis multi talenta ini juga berhasil menggeser posisi Justin Bieber dalam kategori Best Celebrity Fashion SHORTY AWARDS 2013. Untuk kategori ini Agnes mengumpulkan 1199 suara, sedangkan Justin Bieber secara mengejutkan hanya memperoleh 74 suara(DYL).

Keartisan dan Citra

Agnes merupakan penyanyi solo yang mengusung jenis musik pop, R&B, dan hip-hop. Ia mengakui Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Fantasia, dan Beyoncé sebagai pengaruh besarnya dalam bermusik.

Agnes juga sering dibanding-bandingkan dengan artis Amerika lainnya, terutama Britney Spears dan Christina Aguilera. Meskipun demikian, cukup banyak pula penyanyi Indonesia yang terpengaruh Agnes dalam hal gaya bernyanyi dan penampilan. Penyanyi dari negara tetangga, Stacy, bahkan mendapat julukan sebagai “Agnes Monica Malaysia” akibat pengaruh Agnes pada dirinya.

Agnes memiliki jenis suara sopran dengan jangkauan yang cukup tinggi. Untuk lagu-lagu bertempo cepat, Agnes memadukannya dengan koreografi yang energik di atas panggung, sehingga sering mengharuskannya untuk tampil secara lip sync.

Selain sering berlatih vokal, Agnes juga rajin melatih gerakan tari dan stamina untuk menunjang penampilannya. Sampai saat ini, Agnes merupakan satu-satunya artis Indonesia yang memiliki grup tari pribadi yang bernama Nezindahood. Penari-penari dalam grup tersebut dipilihnya melalui audisi sejak penggarapan album pertamanya pada tahun 2003.

Seiring dengan profesinya sebagai penyanyi, Agnes juga mengembangkan kemampuannya dalam bermain piano dan menulis lagu. Bakat Agnes dalam mencipta lagu mulai terbentuk saat menggarap album Sacredly Agnezious, saat ia menciptakan tiga lagu termasuk singel “Godai Aku Lagi”.

Agnes merupakan artis yang selalu membawa tren baru di kalangan anak muda, khususnya dalam hal penampilan, baik itu pakaian, aksesori, maupun tata rambut. Melalui penampilannya di atas panggung, video musik, dan sinetron, Agnes telah memopulerkan berbagai gaya berpenampilan, mulai dari punk rock hingga harajuku. Namun demikian, Agnes juga tak jarang dituduh tidak orisinal dan cenderung kebarat-baratan. Agnes menanggapi komentar mengenai dirinya tersebut dengan berkata:

Tidak ada satu pun di dunia ini yang “original” tanpa pengaruh dari hal lainnya. Saya beruntung lahir dan dibesarkan di Indonesia (specifically Jakarta) di zaman ini di mana kita (dalam hal ini Indonesia) sangat terbuka dengan proses globalisasi. Budaya Timur dan budaya Barat saling memengaruhi, ya begitu keadaannya. Intinya, adanya pengaruh antarbudaya jangan dianggap sebagai “budaya yang berbenturan”, tapi anggaplah sebagai budaya yang “saling melengkapi”. Ambil yang baik dari budaya-budaya tersebut dan tinggalkan yang negatif. Jadi, ya, saya ini adalah produk Indonesia dan produk era globalisasi.

Ketertarikan Agnes dalam dunia busana mendorongnya untuk menekuni bisnis clothing line yang mendapat sambutan bagus. Menurut survei yang dilakukan majalah Cosmopolitan pada tahun 2010, Agnes merupakan penyanyi wanita terseksi di Indonesia.

Ia juga sempat meraih Kartini Award dari Wanita Indonesia Tanpa Tembakau (WITT) dan World Health Organization (WHO). Menurut Ketua Umum WITT Nita Yudi, “Karena Agnes adalah artis muda berprestasi yang enerjik, dan pastinya tidak merokok.

Semoga dapat menjadi contoh yang baik bagi generasi muda.” Agnes juga merupakan selebriti yang tertutup mengenai kehidupan pribadinya di media. Ia sering diterpa gosip menjalin hubungan khusus dengan sejumlah nama, namun tak satu pun yang ia konfirmasi.

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Agnes merupakan penyanyi dengan jumlah penghargaan paling banyak di Indonesia. Sebagai salah satu figur paling dominan dalam industri hiburan Indonesia, Agnes telah mendapat kepercayaan untuk menjadi bintangi iklan ataupun duta oleh berbagai merek produk. Agnes juga telah terlibat dalam sejumlah kegiatan sosial.

Ia melakukan kegiatan penggalangan dana untuk membantu para korban bencana, seperti di Sumatera Barat dan Situ Gintung. Agnes juga membantu menggalang dana senilai lebih dari Rp 400 juta untuk Persis, tim sepak bola Surakarta, melalui konser yang diadakan di Diamond Convention Center di Surakarta.

Awal bulan Desember 2011, Agnes Monica mengadakan konser amal “Save A Teen Charity Concert”, konser yang diadakan untuk membantu remaja-remaja yang putus sekolah. Hasil tiket yang ludes terjual diserahkan ke Sampoerna Foundation sebagai pemrakarsa acara untuk disumbangkan pada remaja-remaja yang yang membutuhkan.

Diskografi

Album Studio

  • And the Story Goes (2003)
  • Whaddup A’..?! (2005)
  • Sacredly Agnezious (2009)
  • Agnez Mo (2013)

Album Lain

  • Si Meong (1992)
  • Yess! (1995)
  • Bala-Bala (1996)
  • Nez (2008)
  • Agnes Is My Name (2011)

Penampilan Lain

  • “Tralala-Trilili” – lagu tema acara televisi Tralala-Trilili (1998)
  • “Pernikahan Dini” dan “Seputih Hati” – album kompilasi Love Theme (2001)
  • “Awan dan Ombak” – duet dengan Yana Julio dalam album Jumpa Lagi (2002)
  • “Said I Loved You…But I Lied” – duet dengan Michael Bolton dalam album Gems: The Duets Album (Asian Edition) (2011)
  • “Rindu” – singel non-album (2011)
  • Silent Night” – album kompilasi Natal Damai Bersamamu (2011)
  • “Berkelana ke Ujung Dunia” – duet dengan Andi Rif dalam album Presiden RI Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Harmoni (2012)
  • “Muda (lagu)” single non album (2012)

Sinetron

  • Lupus Milenia (1999)
  • Mr Hologram (1999)
  • Pernikahan Dini (2001)
  • Amanda (2002)
  • Ciuman Pertama (2002)
  • Cinta Selembut Awan (2002)
  • Cewekku Jutek (2003)
  • Cantik (2004)
  • Bunga Perawan (2004)
  • Ku ‘Tlah Jatuh Cinta (2005)
  • Pink (2006)
  • Romance In The White House (2006)
  • The Hospital (2006)
  • Kawin Muda (2006)
  • Jelita (2008)
  • Kawin Masal (2008)
  • Pejantan Cantik (2010)
  • Marissa (2011)
  • Mimo Ketemu Poscha (2012)
  • 3 Peas In A Pod – Special appearance + Theme song Singer (2013)

Pembawa Acara

  • VAN (Video Anak Anteve) – Anteve
  • Tralala-Trilili – RCTI
  • Diva Romeo – Trans TV
  • American Music Awards 2010 – ABC Channel

Berbagai Sumber & Wikipedia

Agnes Monica (English)

Agnes Monica . Biography


4 Juli 2013

AGNES MONICA

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Agnes Monica also known as Agnezmo (traditional Chinese: 楊詩曼; simplified Chinese: 楊诗曼; Pinyin: Yáng Shī-Màn) or Agmon, born in Jakarta (1 July 1986) is an Indonesian Singer and Actress. She started her career in the entertainment industry at the age of six as a child singer. She has recorded three children’s albums. She also became a presenter of several children’s television programs. As a teenager, Agnes expanded her career to include acting. Her role in the soap opera Pernikahan Dini rocketed her name into the industry. Later, she became the highest-paid teenage artist in Indonesia.

In 2003, she released her fourth studio album And the Story Goes, which marked her transition from a child singer to a female artist. On her fifth studio album, Whaddup A.. ‘?! (2005), she collaborated with American R&B singer Keith Martin. She also appeared in two Taiwanese drama series, The Hospital and Romance in the White House. She participated in the 2008 and 2009 Asia Song Festival in Seoul, South Korea, and received “Best Asian Artist Award” at each event. Agnes took creative control of her sixth studio album, Sacredly Agnezious (2009), for which she served as the producer and songwriter. In 2010, she was appointed as one of the judges on the talent show Indonesian Idol and was also one of the international hosts of the red carpet at the American Music Awards of 2010 in Los Angeles.

In addition to her commercial success, Agnes is the most-awarded Indonesian singer. She has received numerous awards, including ten Anugerah Musik Indonesia awards, seven Panasonic Awards, and four MTV Indonesia Awards. She was also honored with a Nugraha Bhakti Musik Indonesia (NBMI) from the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Singers, Songwriters, and Music Record Producers Association of Indonesia (PAPPRI) for her contribution and support for the Indonesian music industry.She was also appointed as an anti-drug ambassador of Asia, and as the ambassador of MTV EXIT to combat human trafficking.

Throughout her career, she has often been controversial in Indonesia. When she was a teenager, her frequent comments about her goal to break into the international market was viewed by some as a pompous proclamation. In 2010, however, she began work on a debut English studio album. Consequently, her slogan “Dream, Believe, and Make it Happen” was used in a 2011 cultural conference to inspire young people organized by the US Embassy in Jakarta.

Agnes Monica

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Agnes Monica receiving her first AMI Award in 2004
Background information
Birth name Agnes Monica Muljoto
Born 1 July 1986 (age 27)
Origin Jakarta, Indonesia
Genres Pop, R&B, hip hop, dance
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels Aquarius Musikindo, US label or Intenational label will be revealed after release
Agnes Monica
Agnes Monica Muljoto adalah seorang penyanyi dan artis berkebangsaan Indonesia. Ia memulai kariernya di industri hiburan pada usia enam tahun sebagai seorang penyanyi cilik. Wikipedia
Lahir: 1 Juli 1986 (27 tahun), Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia
Tinggi: 1,65 m
Asal: Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia
Orang tua: Ricky Muljoto, Jenny Siswono

Life and Career

1986–2002: Childhood and early career

Agnes Monica was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 1 July 1986 to a Yang family of Chinese ancestry. She is the youngest child of Jenny Siswono, a former table tennis player, and Ricky Muljoto, a former badminton player.Her older brother, Steve Muljoto, is her manager. She attended Tarakanita elementary school and Pelita Harapan junior high school. Her talent for the performing arts was evident in her childhood, especially in singing; she sang in church and attended vocal courses.

Agnes entered the entertainment industry in 1992, when she was six years old, and released her first children’s album, Si Meong.In 1995, she released her second children’s album, Yess!, which includes a duet with fellow Indonesian child singer Eza Yayang. Her last children’s album, Bala-Bala, was released the following year. Agnes also became the host for several children’s programs, including Video Anak Anteve (VAN) on Anteve, Tralala-Trilili on RCTI, and Diva Romeo on Trans TV. She was awarded “Most Favorite Presenter of Children’s Program” at the Panasonic Awards in 1999 and 2000 for Tralala-Trilili.

Agnes began acting as a teenager. Her first two roles were on the soap operas Lupus Millennia and Mr Hologram in 1999. The next year, she starred in the TV series Pernikahan Dini, which served as a turning point in her career by transforming her image from that of a child artist to one of a teenage artist. The production was well received by audiences, and she received the “Favorite Actress” award at the 2001 and 2002 Panasonic Awards, as well as the “Popular Actress” award at the 2002 SCTV Awards. In 2002, Agnes starred in three soap operas, Ciuman Pertama, Kejar Daku Kau Ku Tangkap, and Amanda. Due to her popularity, she became the highest-paid teenage artist in Indonesia.

Agnes also recorded songs in her early teens, including “Pernikahan Dini” and “Seputih Hati” for the soundtrack of Pernikahan Dini, both of which are featured on the 2001 compilation album Love Theme. The following year, she collaborated with the Indonesian senior singer Yana Julio in the song “Awan dan Ombak” for his studio album Jumpa Lagi.

2003–2004: And The Story Goes

On 8 October 2003, Agnes released her first adult album, And the Story Goes. In this album, she worked with several famed Indonesian producers and songwriters, including Ahmad Dhani, Melly Goeslaw, and Titi DJ. The album production took a year and a half, including the audition process for the dancers. According to her record label, Aquarius Musikindo, the album sold 35,000 copies before its official release. It was later certified double platinum after selling more than 300,000 copies. The album won three awards after receiving ten nominations at the 2004 Anugerah Musik Indonesia Awards—the highest music awards in Indonesia. They were “Best Female Solo Pop Artist” for the song “Jera”, “Best Dance/Techno Production” for the song “Bilang Saja”, and “Best Duo/Group” for her duet with Ahmad Dhani in “Cinta Mati”. She also won “Best Female Newcomer” at the 2004 Anugerah Planet Muzik awards in Singapore. Because of her success at a young age, she was dubbed a “Young Diva” by members of the media.[10] At this point, she started broaching the idea of an international career.

In addition to promoting her debut album, Agnes also starred in several TV series during this time, playing the lead role in three: Cewekku Jutek, Bunga Perawan, and Cantik. She won “Favorite Actress” at the 2003 Panasonic Awards and “Famous Actress” at 2004 SCTV Awards.

In 2004, after graduating from Pelita Harapan senior high school, Agnes enrolled at Pelita Harapan University, where she majored in Business Law.

2005–2007: Whaddup A.. ‘?!

Agnes launched her second studio album, Whaddup A.. ‘?!, on 10 December 2005. It featured five singles: “Bukan Milikmu Lagi”, “Tanpa Kekasihku”, “Tak Ada Logika”, “Cinta Di Ujung Jalan”, and “Tak Mungkin”. In addition to working with Indonesian musicians such as Melly Goeslaw, Andi Rianto, and Erwin Gutawa, she also collaborated with American singer-songwriter Keith Martin. Martin wrote two English songs for the album, including the duet “I’ll Light a Candle”. To promote the album, Agnes held a concert tour known as Clasnezenzation in four Indonesian cities: Bandar Lampung, Surabaya, Bandung, and Makassar. The album was commercially successful and she won two 2006 Anugerah Musik Indonesia awards for “Best Female Pop Artist” and “Best R&B Production”. She also won the “Most Favorite Female” award at the 2006 MTV Indonesia Awards. She was nominated for “Favorite Indonesian Artist” award at the MTV Asia Awards 2005 (beaten by Peterpan) but, she grabs the youngest artist of all nominees in Asian category. Selling more than 450,000 copies, the album was one of the top-selling albums of 2006 and was certified triple platinum.

In 2005, Agnes appeared in the Taiwanese drama The Hospital, co-starring with Jerry Yan, a member of the Taiwanese boyband F4. She also appeared with Peter Ho in several episodes of the Taiwanese drama Romance in the White House, and starred in two Indonesian soap operas, Ku Tlah Jatuh Cinta and Pink, both televised on Indosiar. In 2006, she starred in the RCTI soap opera Kawin Muda. She also decided to take a break from her education that year to focus on her entertainment career.

In early 2007, Agnes was appointed by the United States of America’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) Far East Region as an Asian anti-drug ambassador. On 15 May 2007, she was an opening act for American R&B group Boyz II Men at a concert in Istora Senayan, Jakarta, and on 23 June of that year, she held her first concert at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She also guest starred in the finale of Asian Idol on 16 December 2007, and performed the song “Get Up”.

2008–2009: Sacredly Agnezious

In 2008, Agnes began working on her third studio album. She released the first single, “Matahariku”, earlier than she had planned. It became her best-selling single, with sales of three million ringback tone downloads within nine months. The song received the “Most Favorite Female” award at the 2008 MTV Indonesia Awards and the “Best Female Solo Pop Artist” award at the 2009 Anugerah Musik Indonesia awards. In September 2008, she released the second single, “Godai Aku Lagi”, which she wrote herself. She also released a mini album containing the two singles. That same year she starred in the RCTI soap opera Jelita.

On 4 October 2008, Agnes was invited as the Indonesian representative at the Asia Song Festival. The event was organized by the Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange in Seoul, South Korea. She performed with 24 artists from 12 Asian countries. The event was viewed by an audience of 35,000 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium and was broadcast in 30 countries. She performed two of her songs, “Godai Aku Lagi” and “Shake It Off”. During the performance, she incorporated elements of Indonesian traditional dance from Bali. Her performance received positive responses from the Korean media and won the committee’s “Best Asian Artist Award”. The following year, she was invited again and performed three songs: “Shake It Off”, “Temperature”, and Michael Jackson‘s “Heal the World“. This time, 14 artists from across Asia participated and it was viewed by an audience of 40,000. As was the case with her previous performance, Agnes received good reviews and earned the “Best Asian Artist Award”.

Agnes launched her third studio album on 1 April 2009, Sacredly Agnezious. This time, she was involved more in the album production. She worked with the renowned musicians Erwin Gutawa, Dewiq, Pay, and DJ Sumantri. She also acted as producer and songwriter. In addition to the two previous singles, “Matahariku” and “Godai Aku Lagi”, she produced two more singles: “Teruskanlah” and “Janji–Janji”. At the 2010 Anugerah Musik Indonesia awards, she won three awards: “Best Pop Album”, “Best Female Pop Solo Artist”, and “Best of the Best Album”. On 23 May 2009, she appeared as a guest star at the “Festival of Life” in Bali. The celebration commemorated the 50-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan.

Having already taken an extended break from the Pelita Harapan University, Agnes withdrew from the school. She then began taking distance education classes as a Political Science major at Oregon State University.

2010–Present: Upcoming International Project

In late 2010, Agnes experienced a breakthrough into the international market when she was chosen as an international red carpet host for the annual American Music Awards on 21 November 2010 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Several months later, she announced that she had signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing and was working on her debut English studio album in London and Los Angeles. In early 2011, she also recorded a duet version of “Said I Loved You…But I Lied” with the American singer Michael Bolton for his compilation album, Gems: The Duets Album. The duet was released in the album’s international version in Asia. Consequently, her slogan “Dream, Believe, and Make it Happen” was used in a 2011 cultural conference to inspire young people organized by the US Embassy in Jakarta.

Agnes released a greatest hits album Agnes Is My Name on 2 February 2011. The album compiled her top hit singles and two new songs, “Karena Ku Sanggup” and “Paralyzed”. The album sold one million copies in three months, earning her the “Million Awards” award from Indonesian KFC, a fast food restaurant chain that marketed the album. Her new song in the album, “Karena Ku Sanggup”, won her the “Best Pop Female Singer” award at the 2011 AMI Awards. She also won the “Most Inbox Video Clip” award at the 2011 Inbox Awards for the “Paralyzed” video clip, which was made in Indonesia and the United States. Another single, “Muda”, was released on 9 November 2012. This song is free to download for simPATI subscribers.

Agnes was often selected to participate in important events. In 2010 she was appointed as an ambassador of the MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) organization, which combats human trafficking, for which she performed at benefit concerts in Surabaya and Jakarta. She was chosen to perform for the 26th SEA Games 2011 Opening Ceremony, with KC Concepcion from the Philippines and the Malaysian singer Jaclyn Victor. Their performance of “Together We Will Shine” was the highlight of the event. In December 2012, she gave the opening and closing speeches at UN Global Youth Forum and performed in the concert held for the event. Her duet song with Timbaland would be one of the digital contents of mobile application launched in 2013 by UN Global Youth.

Agnes was nominated for various international awards. In 2011 she was nominated in the Worldwide Acts Asia Pacific Nominees category for the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. In March 2012 she was nominated for the American Nickleodeon Kids Choice Awards 2012 for a new category, Favorite Asian Act. Still in the same year, she won an Mnet Asian Music Awards for Best Asian Artis Indonesia. She was also nominated for 2013 World Music Awards for Best Female Artist.

Other important milestone in Agnes’ career is her selection as a judge on Indonesian Idol season 6 in 2010. Her selection for the panel caused controversy at first because of her age. In 2012 Agnes returned as one of the judges of Indonesian Idol season 7.

On 1 June 2013, Monica released her fourth studio album Agnez Mo Although all songs were composed in English, the album was only released for Indonesian market. The album was released digitally by Entertainment Inc., via Souniq Music. The album’s marketing was bundled with local coffee brand Kopi Kapal Api

Artistry

Agnes has been noted as a powerful soprano with a range (in singing) of three octaves (F3 – F6). Her songs can be classified as pop, R&B, or hip-hop, and she has named Avril Lavigne, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Fantasia, and Beyoncé as her musical influences,. In addition to her singing talent, she is also known as a strong dancer and actress. She is the first Indonesian soloist with a personal dance group, known as Nezindahood. They auditioned during the development of her first album in 2003. She has also written some of her songs and produced her own music videos.[70] She has been described as a perfectionist with a variety of talents by Indonesian commentators.

Honors and Awards

Agnes has become the most-awarded Indonesia singer. Notable awards she has won include ten Anugerah Musik Indonesia, seven Panasonic Awards, and four MTV Indonesia Awards. She has also received many international awards, including an Anugerah Planet Muzik award and two Best Asian Artist Awards. For her contribution and support to Indonesian music, she was given the 2011 Nugraha Bhakti Musik Indonesia (NBMI) award from The Minister of Culture and Tourism and Association of Indonesian Singers, Songwriters and Music Record Producers.Until today Agnes Monica often win Indonesia Nickelodeon Kid Choice Award as most inspiring actress, and seven JPOP Asia Awards

List of awards and nominations received by Agnes Monica

Agnes Monica is an Indonesian recording artist and actress. She started her career in entertainment industry at the age of six as a child singer. She has received numerous awards, including fifteen Anugerah Musik Indonesia, seven Panasonic Awards, and four MTV Indonesia Awards. She has also earned 2011 Nugraha Bhakti Musik Indonesia (NBMI) award from The Minister of Culture and Tourism and Association of Indonesian Singers, Songwriters and Music Record Producers for her contribution to the Indonesian music.

List of awards received by Agnes Monica
Agnes receiving her first AMI Award in 2004
Major Awards Wins
Anugerah Bintang Luminar
1
Anugerah Musik Indonesia
16
Anugerah Planet Muzik
1
Asia Song Festival
3
Dahsyat awards
1
Festival Film Bandung
2
Inbox Awards
1
Indigo Music awards
6
Indonesia Kids Choice Awards
5
Intuned Music Awards
1
JPopAsia Music Awards
7
Marketing Celebrity Image Awards
9
Mnet Asian Music Awards
1
MTV Indonesia Awards
4
Opera Van Java Awards
1
Panasonic Awards
7
Shorty Awards
1
Social Star Awards
3
SCTV Awards
3
SCTV Music Awards
2
Video Music Indonesia Awards
4
Yahoo! OMG Awards
4
Totals
Awards won 82

American Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards is an annual awards show that airs on the Nickelodeon cable channel, which airs live and is usually held and telecast live on a Saturday night in late March or early April, that honors the year’s biggest television, movie, and music acts, as voted by Nickelodeon viewers. Winners receive a hollow orange blimp figurine.

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 “Paralyzed” Favorite Asian Act Nominated

Anugerah Musik Indonesia

Anugerah Musik Indonesia was created in 1997 by ASIRI (Association of Indonesia Recording Industry), PAPPRI (Association of Indonesian Singers, Songwriters and Music Record Producers), and KCI (Copyright Office of Indonesia). It is an annual awards and the highest music awards given to outstanding artists in Indonesia.

Year Recipient Award Result
2004 “Bilang Saja” Best Pop Solo Female Won
2004 “Bilang Saja” Best Dance/Techno Art Production Won
2004 “Cinta Mati” (feat. Ahmad Dhani) Best Pop Duo/Group Won
2004 And The Story Goes Best Pop Album Nominated
2004 And The Story Goes Best of The Best Album Nominated
2004 And The Story Goes Best Grafis Desain Nominated
2004 “Cinta Mati” (feat. Ahmad Dhani) Best Song Nominated
2004 And The Story Goes Best production work Nominated
2004 And The Story Goes Best Pop Album Nominated
2006 “Tanpa Kekasihku” Best Pop Female Artist Won
2006 “Bukan Milikmu Lagi” Best Rhythm & Blues Production for Solo, Duo or Group Won
2006 “Whaddup A.. ‘?!” Best Pop Album Nominated
2006 Bukan Milikmu Lagi Best Mix Engginer Nominated
2006 “Tanpa Kekasihku” Best Grafis Desain Won
2006 “Whaddup A.. ‘?!” Best Of The Best Album Nominated
2006 “Tanpa Kekasihku” Best Of The Best Production Work Nominated
2009 “Matahariku” Best Female Singer Won
2009 “Godai Aku Lagi” Best R&B Production Work Nominated
2010 “Sacredly Agnezious” Best Of The Best Album Won
2010 “Teruskanlah” Best Pop Female Singer Won
2010 “Teruskanlah” Best Pop Song Nominated
2010 “Sacredly Agnezious” Best Grafis Desain Nominated
2010 Teruskanlah Best Mix Enggineer Nominated
2010 “Sacredly Agnezious” Best recording producer Nominated
2010 “Sacredly Agnezious” Best Pop Album Won
2011 “Karena Ku Sanggup” Best Pop Female Singer Won
2011 “Karena Ku Sanggup” Best Of The Best Production Work Won
2011 Karena Ku Sanggup Best Mix Enggineer Won
2011 “Karena Ku Sanggup” Best Pop Song Nominated
2011 Karena Ku Sanggup Best Producer & Music Director Nominated
2012 “Paralyzed” Best Pop Female Singer Won
2012 “Rindu” Best Of The Best Production Work Won
2012 “Rindu” Best Mix Enggineer Nominated
2012 “Rindu” Best of Music Director Nominated
2013 “Muda” Best Urban Pop Male/Female Solo Artist Nominated
2013 “Muda” Best Of The Best Production Work Nominated
2013 “Muda” Best Soul/R&B Production Work Won
2013 “Muda” Best Pop Song Stylish Nominated

Anugerah Planet Muzik

Anugerah Planet Muzik, also known as Planet Music Awards, is annual awards given to most popular artists from Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Year Recipient Award Result
2004 “Bilang Saja” Best Newcomer Female Singer Won
2007 “Tak Ada Logika” Most Popular Song Nominated
2007 “Tak Ada Logika” Most Popular Female Solo Singer Nominated
2007 “Tak Ada Logika” Best Female Singer Nominated
2009 “Matahariku” Most Popular Regional Artist Nominated
2009 “Matahariku” Most Popular Indonesian Artist Nominated
2009 “Matahariku” Best Song Nominated
2011 “Karena Ku Sanggup” Best Female Artiste Nominated
2012 “Rindu” Best Female Artist Nominated
2012 “Rindu” Most Popular Regional Artist Nominated
2012 “Paralyzed” Most Popular Regional Song Nominated

Asia Song Festival

Asia Song Festival is one of the most famous Asian pop music festival held in South Korea each year featuring Asian top artists from 10 Asian countries. Participating artists will be awarded with the plaque of appreciation by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and ‘Best Asian Artists Award’ by the chairman of Korea Foundation for International Culture and Exchange (KOFICE). This festival is recorded and broadcasted by SBS (Korean freeTV), Fuji TV (Japanese freeTV/BS/CS) and over 30 other major broadcasting station all over the world. Agnes is the first female singer in Indonesia invited to perform at this event.

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 “Agnes Monica” Best Asian Artist Won
2009 “Agnes Monica” Best Asian Artist Won
2009 “Agnes Monica” Best Performance Won

Dahsyat Awards

Dahsyat awards is an award from an RCTI show, Dahsyat.

Year Recipient Award Result
2009 “Teruskanlah” Most Awesome Singer Won
2012 “Paralyzed” Most Awesome Solo Singer Nominated
2012 “Paralyzed” Most Awesome Video Nominated

Festival Film Bandung

Festival Film Bandung (FFB) is a form of appreciation of film by Film Forum community. First held regularly since 1987 to the present. Even as the Film Indonesia ‘ sleep ‘ by lelapnya diera 90s, and FFI is not held a tribute to film makers, but still host it by selecting the FFB television films and foreign films from Asia or the West. If other awards gives his best, then gave a Commendable FFB. In addition there is also a winner of more than one also double winner.

Year Recipient Award Result
2011 “Marissa” The Commendable Female Main Character Won
2012 Mimo Ketemu Poscha The Commendable Female Main Character Won

Inbox Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2011 “Paralyzed” Most Inbox Video Won

Indigo Music Awards

Indigo Music Awards are an award given to artists who have their song used most as ringback tones. Agnes has collected 4 Indigo Music Awards.

Year Recipient Award Result
2009 “Teruskanlah” Best Female Artist Won
2010 “Karena Kusanggup” Best Female Artist Won
2010 “Karena Kusanggup” Song Of the Year Won
2010 “Karena Ku Sanggup” Artist of Year Won
2011 “Rindu” Best Female Artist Won
2011 “Rindu” Artist of Year Won

Indonesia Kids Choice Awards

Indonesia Kids Choice Awards is the Indonesian version of Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, held since 2008. Agnes won two awards in the first event.

Year Recipient Award Result
2008 “Matahariku” Favourite Female Singer Won
2008 “Matahariku” Wannabe Artist Won
2009 Favorite Actress Nominated
2009 “Teruskanlah” Favorite Female Singer Nominated
2009 Indonesian Star Wannabe Nominated
2010 “Janji Janji” Favorite Female Singer Nominated
2010 Indonesian Star Wannabe Nominated
2010 Slime Star Won
2011 “Paralyzed” Favorite Female Singer Won
2011 Favorite Actress Nominated
2011 Indonesian Star Wannabe Award Nominated
2012 “Paralyzed” Favorite Singer Nominated
2012 “Agnes Monica” Big Inspiration Won
2013 “Muda” Favorite Singer Nominated

Infotainment Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 “Agnes Monica” Most Infotainment Celebrities Nominated
2012 “Agnes Monica” Most Infotainment Dressed Celebrities Nominated
2013 “Agnes Monica” Most Lure Female Celebrities Nominated
2013 “Agnes Monica” Most Awaited Celebrity Performance Nominated
2013 “20 Tahun Agnes Monica Berkarya” Most Phenomenal World Of Entertainment Events Nominated

Intuned Music Awards

Intuned Music Awards is an online award event where fans can cast their votes online for their favourites. For the inaugural event, with over 132 000 votes cast

Year Recipient Award Result
2011 “Paralyzed” Best Artis/Band Nominated
2011 “Paralyzed” Best Female Solo Nominated
2011 “Agnes Is My Name” Best Album Nominated
2011 Most Promising Artist Nominated
2011 “Paralyzed” Best Musical Ability Won
2011 “Paralyzed” Best Music Video Nominated
2011 Best Use Of Social Media Nominated
2011 Sexiest Female Singer Nominated

JPopAsia Music Awards

JPopAsia Music Awards is the largest online Asian music awards with its nominees picked by online community. Agnes won 7 awards out of 8 nominations. Her nomination in this award has caused a dispute because this award was originally created for artists based in Taiwan, Japan and Korea. Her nomination was removed and then listed again after a huge responses came from Agnes’ fans stating their confusions and disagreements.

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 Favorite artist Won
2010 Best female solo Won
2010 Most promising artist/band Won
2010 Best musical ability (vocal, instrumental, etc.) Won
2010 Best use of social media (Facebook, twitter, etc.) Won
2010 Sexiest female singer Won
2010 Most want-to-be girlfriend/boyfriend Won
2011 Agnes Is My Name Best Album Nominated
2011 Paralyzed Best Music Video Nominated
2011 Jera Best Music Video Nominated

Marketing Celebrity Image Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2004 “Agnes Monica” Most Childish Actress Picture Won
2004 “Agnes Monica” Most Modern Actress Picture Won
2004 “Agnes Monica” Most Oriental Actress Picture Won
2004 “Agnes Monica” Most Favorite Young Actress Picture Won
2005 “Agnes Monica” Most Stylish Actress Picture Won
2005 “Agnes Monica” Most Childish Actress Picture Won
2005 “Agnes Monica” Best Actress Picture Won
2005 “Agnes Monica” Most Selling Actress Picture Won
2005 “Agnes Monica” Most Modern Actress Picture Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards

Mnet Asian Music Awards (commonly abbreviated as MAMA), is one of the major K-pop music awarding ceremonies being held annually, involving the participation of some of the most well-known actors and idols, by Mnet Media. As one of the most important events in the South Korean music industry, it has been attended by many popular and most successful K-Pop acts such as Rain, BoA, TVXQ, SS501, Super Junior, Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, 2NE1 and other artists musically active in South Korea.

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 “Paralyzed” Best Asian Artist Indonesia Won

MTV Asia Awards

MTV Asia Awards is a show that gives recognition and awards to Asian and international icons in achievement, cinema, fashion, humanitarian, and music. Just like the Eroupe Music Awards, most of the awards are voted for by the viewers from the Asian region.

Year Recipient Award Result
2005 Favorite Indonesian Artist Nominated

MTV Europe Music Awards

MTV Europe Music Awards were established in 1994 by MTV Networks Europe to celebrate the most popular music videos in Europe. Originally beginning as an alternative to the American MTV Video Music Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards is today a popular celebration of what MTV viewers consider the best in music. The awards are chosen by MTV viewers throughout Europe.

Year Recipient Award Result
2011 “Paralyzed” Best Asia and Pacific Act Nominated

MTV Indonesia Awards

MTV Indonesia Awards is the same awards like MTV Eroupe Music Awards and MTV Asia awards. It is an award for Indonesian musician since 2000. The awards are chosen by MTV viewers throughout Indonesia.

Year Recipient Award Result
2006 “Tak Ada Logika” Favorite Female Artist Won
2008 “Matahariku” Favorite Female Artist Won
2009 “Teruskanlah” Most Favorite Female Artist Won
2009 “Teruskanlah” Artist Of The Year Won

Opera Van Java Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 “Agnes Monica” Most Tempted Artist Won

Panasonic Awards

Panasonic Awards is an award given to the most favorite television programs and performances based on poll results since 1997. The poll itself was originally conducted by Indonesia’s Citra tabloid, but was taken over by Nielsen Media Research in 2004.

Year Recipient Award Result
1999 Tralala Trilili Favorite Female Kids Show Presenter Won
2000 Tralala trilili Favorite Female Kids Show Presenter Won
2001 “Pernikahan Dini” Favorite TV Drama Won
2001 “Pernikahan Dini” Favorite Actress Won
2002 “Pernikahan Dini” Favorite Actress Won
2003 Cewekku Jutek Favorite Actress Won
2004 Cantik Favorite Actress Nominated
2005 Ku Tlah Jatuh Cinta Favorite Actress Nominated
2006 “Pink” Favorite Actress Won
2007 Kawin Muda Favorite Actress Won
2011 Pejantan Cantik Favorite Actress Nominated
2013 Mimo Ketemu Poscha Favorite Actress Nominated

Social Star Awards (Starcount)

Starcount is proud to award our Music star and Almighty Social Star Awards.

Year Recipient Award Result
2013 Agnes Monica Indonesian Musician Won
2013 Agnes Monica Indonesian Won
2013 Agnes Monica South East Asia Won

SCTV Awards

The SCTV awards is an award given by SCTV, an Indonesian TV station, for the most favorite programs and actresses based on the audience’s vote.

Year Recipient Award Result
2002 Amanda Famous Actress Won
2003 Kejar Daku Kau Kutangkap Famous Actress Nominated
2004 Cantik Famous Actress Won
2005 Cantik Famous Actress Won
2005 Bilang Saja Famous Singer Nominated
2006 Bukan Milikmu Lagi Famous Singer Nominated
2011 Paralyzed Famous Singer Nominated
2012 Rindu Famous Singer Nominated

SCTV Music Awards

The SCTV Music Awards is an award given by SCTV, an Indonesian TV station, for the most popular songs, albums, and artists based on the audience’s vote.

Year Recipient Award Result
2006 “Whaddup A.. ‘?!” Famous Solo Pop Album Won
2009 “Matahariku (Single)” Famous Solo Pop Album Nominated
2010 “Sacredly Agnezious” Famous Female Solo Pop Album Nominated
2011 “Karena Ku Sanggup (Single)” Famous Solo Pop Album Nominated
2012 “Agnes Is My Name” Famous Female Solo Pop Album Nominated
2013 “Muda” The Most Famous Female Solo Singer Won

Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards, also known as the Shorties, are an awards event that honors top short-form content creators on the micro-blogging website Twitter. The awards were created in 2008 by tech entrepreneurs Greg Galant, Adam Varga, and Lee Semel of Sawhorse Media.

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 Agnes Monica The Shorty Vox Populi Award Won
The Best Actress In Social Media Nominated
The Best Singer In Social Media Nominated
2013 The Best Singer In Social Media Nominated
The Best Actress In Social Media Nominated
The Best Music In Social Media Nominated

Video Musik Indonesia Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2006 “Agnes Monica” Best Artist Won
2006 “Whaddup A.. ‘?!” Most Favorite Video Won
2006 “Tanpa Kekasihku” Favorite Video Won
2006 “Tanpa Kekasihku” Favorite Video Artist Won

World Music Awards

The World Music Awards is an international awards show founded in 1989 that annually honors recording artists based on worldwide sales figures provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Year Recipient Award Result
2013 “Agnes Monica” World’s Best Female Artist Pending
2013 “Agnes Monica” Best Selling Indonesian Artist Pending

Yahoo! OMG Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 “Agnes Monica” Outstanding Internasional Achievement Won
2012 “Agnes Monica” Most Wanted Female Won
2012 “Agnes Monica” Most Inspiring Won
2012 “Agnes Monica” Most Stylish Won

Other Awards and Honors

In 2007 Agnes was appointed by the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States and IDEC Far East Region as an ambassador for Asia Anti Drugs Movement. She was also appointed as the ambassador of MTV EXIT in combating human trafficking in 2010. In the end of 2010, she was selected as one of the international co-hosts of 2010 American Music Awards. She has also earned 2011 Nugraha Bhakti Musik Indonesia (NBMI) from The Minister of Culture and Tourism and Association of Indonesian Singers, Songwriters and Music Record Producers for her contribution and support for the Indonesian music. Other awards she received are as follows:

Relationships and Personal LifeAgnes is closed about her personal relationships and she often said that having a boyfriend is not her priority in life. She also stated that personal relationships should remain private. However, in November 2007 it was revealed that she was involved in a relationship with Dirly, the runner-up of Indonesian Idol season 3, although the relationship didn’t last long. Also rumor has spreaded that Agnes has a special relation with Rezky Aditya and lately close to Choi Siwon member of South Korea boyband Super JuniorFundraisingAgnes has conducted fundraising activities for victims of the 2004 Tsunami in Aceh and the 2006 earthquake in Java. In 2009, Agnes visited Situ Gintung, where a dam failure had caused flooding. She also donated a sum of money to relief efforts and performed several of her songs for the victims. Agnes also helped to raise over Rp 400 million (approx. US$44,000 as of December 2011) for Persis, an association football team based in Surakarta, through a benefit concert held at the Diamond Convention Center in Surakarta. In 2011, she participated at The Save Teen Charity Concert in Jakarta, a benefit concert to raise money to help teenagers who have dropped out of school.DiscographyMain article: Agnes Monica discographyTelevision series

  • Lupus Milenia (1999)
  • Mr Hologram (1999)
  • Pernikahan Dini (2001)
  • Amanda (2002)
  • Ciuman Pertama (2002)
  • Cinta Selembut Awan (2002)
  • Cewekku Jutek (2003)
  • Cantik (2004)
  • Bunga Perawan (2004)
  • Ku ‘Tlah Jatuh Cinta (2005)
  • Pink (2006)
  • Romance in the White House (2006)
  • The Hospital (2006)
  • Kawin Muda (2006)
  • Jelita (2008)
  • Kawin Masal (2008)
  • Pejantan Cantik (2010)
  • Marissa (2011)
  • Mimo Ketemu Poscha (2012)
  • 3 Peas in a Pod – Special appearance + Theme song Singer (2013)

Presenter

  • VAN (Video Anak Anteve) – Antv
  • Tralala-TrililiRCTI
  • Diva RomeoTrans TV
  • MTV Ampuh Indonesia (guest host in 2005) – Global TV
  • American Music Awards of 2010ABC Channel

Reception and criticismAgnes’ potential international career has been a subject of adoration and criticism. The term “go international” has been synonymous with her, and is often used to ridicule her attempts to perform on a bigger platform, that has been pledged by her in early 2000s.

Year Awards
2005
  • Golden Marketing Celebrity Image Award – The Most Stylish Image Actress
  • Golden Marketing Celebrity Image Award – The Most Boyish Image Actress
  • Golden Marketing Celebrity Image Award – The Most Selling Image Actress
  • Golden Marketing Celebrity Image Award – The Best Ignored Image Actress
  • Golden Marketing Celebrity Image Award – The Most Modern Image Actress
  • Indonesian News Channel – Favorite Female Video
2006
  • Dewan Pimpinan Pusat Persatuan Artis – Phenomenal New Generation Indonesian Music Artist
  • Jawa Pos Award – Favorite Female Solo Singer Deteksi Jawa Pos
2007
  • Star Entertainer
  • Go Show Awards – Hottest Show
2009
  • Class Mild Awards: Class Music Heroes
  • Trax FM Jakarta – The Now Generation is in Action
2010
  • AMICA Magazine – Adorable Celebrity Hairstyle
  • Be Radio Awards (Be Radio Karawang) – Best Female
  • Cosmopolitan Readers Choice Awards (Cosmopolitan Magazine) – The Most Fashionable Women of The Year
  • (Indonesian) Femina Magazine – One of The Headline Newsmakers as Proud Achievement
  • Gadis Awards (Gadis Magazine Viewers’ Choice) – The Most Favorite Local Artist
  • Hai Magazine (Indonesian) – Artist of The Year
  • Hai Readers Choice Awards (Hai Magazine) – Best Female
  • Indonesian Children Newspaper – 100 most influential people in Indonesia
  • Johnny Andrean Awards (Femina[disambiguation needed] Magazine Viewers’ Choice) – The Most Stylish Celebrity
  • kapanlagi.com – The Most Revered Artist
  • kapanlagi.com – The Most Kissable Artist
  • Star Musik Indonesian Awards – Most Favorite Pop Female Singer
  • Star Musik Indonesian Awards by vote – Most Favorite Video Clip in 20th Century “Tanpa Kekasihku”
2011
  • Nugraha Bhakti Musik Indonesia 2011 – Dari Menteri Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata dan Persatuan Artis Penyanyi, Pencipta Lagu dan Penata Musik Rekaman Indonesia (PAPPRI)
  • Intens – selebrity paling menginspirasi 2011.
  • Million Awards – penjualan albumn AGNES IS MY NAME terjual sebanyak 1 juta keping dalam waktu 3 bulan.
  • kapanlagi.com – The Most Shining Stars 2011 urutan 2
  • kapanlagi.com – ARTIS PALING BANYAK DI PUJA 2011 urutan 2
2012
  • 4th Shorty Award 2012 for Vox Populi Award with the most voted of all categories and beat the other rival such Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Greyson Chance, etc.

Indonesian discography

Studio albums
  • And the Story Goes (2003)
  • Whaddup A.. ‘?! (2005)
  • Sacredly Agnezious (2009)
Extended plays
  • Nez (2008)
Compilation albums
  • Agnes Is My Name (2011)

English discography

Studio albums
  • Agnez Mo (2013)

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie . Biography


 

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Angelina Jolie (/ˈl/ joh-LEE, born Angelina Jolie Voight; June 4, 1975) is an American Actress, film director, screenwriter, and author. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and was named Hollywood’s highest-paid actress by Forbes in 2009 and 2011. Jolie promotes humanitarian causes, and is noted for her work with refugees as a Special Envoy and former Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has often been cited as the world’s “most beautiful” woman, a title for which she has received substantial media attention.

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Angelina Jolie

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Jolie at the May 2012 launch of a UK initiative on preventing sexual violence in conflict
Born Angelina Jolie Voight
June 4, 1975 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Citizenship United States, Cambodia, Sarajevo (honorary)
Occupation Actress, film director, screenwriter
Years active 1982; 1991–present
Spouse(s)
  • Jonny Lee Miller (m. 1996–d. 1999)
  • Billy Bob Thornton (m. 2000–d. 2003)
Partner(s) Brad Pitt (2005–present)
Children 6 (Six)
Parents Jon Voight
Marcheline Bertrand
Relatives James Haven (brother)
Chip Taylor (uncle)

Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin’ to Get Out (1982), but her film career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993). Her first leading role in a major film was in the cyber-thriller Hackers (1995). She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical television films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted (1999).

Jolie achieved wide fame after her portrayal of the video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and established herself among the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood with the sequel The Cradle of Life (2003). She continued her action star career with Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), and Salt (2010)—her biggest live-action commercial successes to date—and received further critical acclaim for her performances in the dramas A Mighty Heart (2007) and Changeling (2008), which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Jolie made her directorial debut with the wartime drama In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011).

Divorced from actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie now lives with actor Brad Pitt, in a relationship notable for fervent media attention. Jolie and Pitt have three biological children and three adopted children.

Early Life and Family

Born in Los Angeles, California, Jolie is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She is the sister of actor James Haven, niece of singer-songwriter Chip Taylor, and goddaughter of actors Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell. On her father’s side, Jolie is of German and Slovak descent, and on her mother’s side, she is of primarily French Canadian, Dutch, and German ancestry. Like her mother, Jolie has stated that she is part Iroquois, although her only known Native American ancestor was a Huron woman born in 1649.

After her parents’ separation in 1976, Jolie and her brother lived with their mother, who had abandoned her acting ambitions to focus on raising her children. As a child, Jolie often watched movies with her mother and explained this had inspired her interest in acting; she stated that she was not influenced by her father’s career. When she was six years old, her mother and stepfather, filmmaker Bill Day, moved the family to Palisades, New York; they returned to Los Angeles five years later. She then decided she wanted to act and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she trained for two years and appeared in several stage productions.

At the age of 14, Jolie dropped out of her acting classes and aspired to become a funeral director. She began working as a fashion model, modeling mainly in Los Angeles, New York, and London. During this period, she wore black clothing, experimented with knife play, and went out moshing with her live-in boyfriend. Two years later, after the relationship had ended, she rented an apartment above a garage a few blocks from her mother’s home. She graduated from high school and returned to theater studies, though in recent times she has referred to this period with the observation, “I am still at heart—and always will be—just a punk kid with tattoos.

Jolie suffered episodes of suicidal depression throughout her teens and early twenties. She felt isolated at Beverly Hills High School among the children of some of the area’s affluent families, as her mother survived on a more modest income, and she was teased by other students, who targeted her for being extremely thin and for wearing glasses and braces. She found it difficult to emotionally connect with other people, and as a result she started to self-harm;later commenting, “I collected knives and always had certain things around. For some reason, the ritual of having cut myself and feeling the pain, maybe feeling alive, feeling some kind of release, it was somehow therapeutic to me. She also began experimenting with drugs; by the age of 20, she had tried “just about every drug possible,” including heroin.

Jolie's father, Jon Voight, in 2011
Jolie’s father, Jon Voight, in 2011

Jolie has had a difficult relationship with her father. Because of Voight’s marital infidelity and the resulting breakup of her parents’ marriage, she was estranged from her father for many years. They reconciled and he appeared with her in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), but their relationship again deteriorated. In July 2002, Jolie—who had long used her middle name as a stage name to establish her own identity as an actress—filed a request to legally drop Voight as her surname, which was granted on September 12, 2002. In August of that year, Voight claimed his daughter had “serious mental problems” on Access Hollywood. In response, Jolie released a statement in which she indicated that she no longer wished to pursue a relationship with her father. She explained that because she had adopted her son Maddox, she did not think it was healthy for her to associate with Voight. In the wake of her mother’s death from ovarian cancer on January 27, 2007, Jolie again reconciled with her father after a six-year estrangement.

Career

Early Work: 1982; 1991–1997

When she was seven years old, Jolie had a small part in Lookin’ to Get Out (1982), a movie co-written by and starring her father, Jon Voight. She committed to acting at the age of 16, but initially found it difficult to pass auditions, often being told that she was “too dark. She appeared in five of her brother’s student films, made while he attended the USC School of Cinema-Television, as well as in several music videos, namely Lenny Kravitz’s “Stand by My Woman” (1991); Antonello Venditti’s version of Crowded House’s hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, “Alta Marea” (1991); The Lemonheads’s “It’s About Time” (1993); and Meat Loaf’s “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through” (1993). She began to learn from her father, as she noticed his method of observing people to become like them. Their relationship during this time was less strained, with Jolie realizing that they were both “drama queens.

Jolie began her professional film career in 1993, when she played her first leading role in the low-budget, straight-to-video science-fiction sequel Cyborg 2, as Casella “Cash” Reese, a near-human robot, designed to seduce her way into a rival manufacturer’s headquarters and then self-detonate. Jolie was so disappointed with the film that she did not audition again for a year. Following a supporting role in the independent film Without Evidence (1995), Jolie starred as Kate “Acid Burn” Libby in her first Hollywood picture, Hackers (1995). The New York Times wrote, “Kate (Angelina Jolie) stands out. That’s because she scowls even more sourly than [her co-stars] and is that rare female hacker who sits intently at her keyboard in a see-through top. Despite her sullen posturing, which is all this role requires, Ms. Jolie has the sweetly cherubic looks of her father, Jon Voight. The movie failed to make a profit at the box office, but developed a cult following after its video release.

She next appeared in the 1996 comedy Love Is All There Is, a modern-day loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set among two rival Italian family restaurant owners in The Bronx, New York. In the road movie Mojave Moon (1996) she played a young woman who falls for Danny Aiello’s middle-aged character, while he develops feelings for her mother, played by Anne Archer. That same year, Jolie also portrayed Margret “Legs” Sadovsky, one of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond in the film Foxfire after they beat up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. The Los Angeles Times wrote about her performance, “It took a lot of hogwash to develop this character, but Jolie, Jon Voight’s knockout daughter, has the presence to overcome the stereotype. Though the story is narrated by Maddy, Legs is the subject and the catalyst.

In 1997, Jolie starred with David Duchovny in the thriller Playing God, set in the Los Angeles underworld. The movie was not well received by critics; Roger Ebert noted that “Angelina Jolie […] finds a certain warmth in a kind of role that is usually hard and aggressive; she seems too nice to be Blossom’s girlfriend, and maybe she is. She then appeared in the television film True Women (1997), a historical romantic drama set in the American West and based on the book by Janice Woods Windle. That year, she also appeared as a stripper in the music video for “Anybody Seen My Baby?” by the Rolling Stones.

Breakthrough: 1998–2000

Jolie’s career prospects began to improve after she won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in TNT’s George Wallace (1997). She portrayed Cornelia Wallace, the second wife of Alabama Governor George Wallace, played by Gary Sinise. The film was very well received by critics and won, among other awards, the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film. Jolie also received an Emmy Award nomination for her performance.

In 1998, Jolie starred in HBO’s Gia, portraying supermodel Gia Carangi. The film chronicled the destruction of Carangi’s life and career as a result of her addiction to heroin, and her decline and death from AIDS in the mid-1980s. Vanessa Vance from Reel.com noted, “Angelina Jolie gained wide recognition for her role as the titular Gia, and it’s easy to see why. Jolie is fierce in her portrayal—filling the part with nerve, charm, and desperation—and her role in this film is quite possibly the most beautiful train wreck ever filmed. For the second consecutive year, Jolie won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award. She also won her first Screen Actors Guild Award.

In accordance with Lee Strasberg’s method acting, Jolie preferred to stay in character in between scenes during many of her early films, and as a result had gained a reputation for being difficult to deal with. While shooting Gia, she told her then-husband Jonny Lee Miller that she would not be able to phone him: “I’d tell him: ‘I’m alone; I’m dying; I’m gay; I’m not going to see you for weeks. After Gia wrapped in 1997, Jolie announced that she had given up acting for good, because she felt that she had “nothing else to give. She separated from Miller and moved to New York, where she enrolled at New York University to study filmmaking and attend writing classes; she later described it as “just good for me to collect myself. Encouraged by her Golden Globe Award win for George Wallace and the positive critical reception of Gia, she resumed her career.

Jolie returned to film in the 1998 gangster movie Hell’s Kitchen. Later that year, she appeared in Playing by Heart, part of an ensemble cast that included Sean Connery, Gillian Anderson, Ryan Phillippe, and Jon Stewart. The film received predominantly positive reviews, and Jolie was praised in particular. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Jolie, working through an overwritten part, is a sensation as the desperate club crawler learning truths about what she’s willing to gamble.” Jolie won the Breakthrough Performance Award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

In 1999, she starred in the comedy-drama Pushing Tin, alongside John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett. The film received a mixed reception from critics, and Jolie’s character—Thornton’s seductive wife—was particularly criticized. The Washington Post wrote, “Mary (Angelina Jolie) [is] a completely ludicrous writer’s creation of a free-spirited woman who weeps over hibiscus plants that die, wears lots of turquoise rings and gets real lonely when Russell spends entire nights away from home. She then co-starred with Denzel Washington in The Bone Collector (1999), an adaptation of a crime novel by Jeffery Deaver. Jolie played a police officer haunted by her cop father’s suicide, who reluctantly helps Washington track down a serial killer. The movie grossed $151 million worldwide,[9] but was a critical failure. The Detroit Free Press concluded, “Jolie, while always delicious to look at, is simply and woefully miscast.

“Jolie is emerging as one of the great wild spirits of current movies, a loose cannon who somehow has deadly aim.”

—Roger Ebert on Jolie’s performance in Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Jolie next took the supporting role of the sociopathic mental patient Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted (1999), an adaptation of author Susanna Kaysen’s memoir of the same name. While Winona Ryder played the main character in what was hoped to be a comeback for her, the film instead marked Jolie’s final breakthrough in Hollywood. She won her third Golden Globe Award, her second Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Variety noted, “Jolie is excellent as the flamboyant, irresponsible girl who turns out to be far more instrumental than the doctors in Susanna’s rehabilitation.

In 2000, Jolie appeared in her first summer blockbuster, Gone In 60 Seconds, in which she played Sarah “Sway” Wayland, the ex-girlfriend of car thief Nicolas Cage. The role was small, and The Washington Post criticized that “all she does in this movie is stand around, cooling down, modeling those fleshy, pulsating muscle-tubes that nest so provocatively around her teeth. She later explained that the film had been a welcome relief after the emotionally heavy role of Lisa Rowe. It became her highest-grossing movie to that point, earning $237 million internationally.

International Success: 2001–2005

Although highly regarded for her acting abilities, Jolie’s films to date had often not appealed to a wide audience, but Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) made her an international superstar. An adaptation of the popular Tomb Raider videogame, Jolie was required to learn an English accent and undergo extensive martial arts training to play the title role of Lara Croft. She was generally praised for her physical performance, but the movie generated mostly negative reviews. Slant commented, “Angelina Jolie was born to play Lara Croft but [director] Simon West makes her journey into a game of Frogger. The movie was an international success nonetheless, earning $275 million worldwide, and launched her global reputation as a female action star.

Jolie at the Cologne premiere of Alexander in 2004

Jolie then starred opposite Antonio Banderas as his mail-order bride in Original Sin (2001), a thriller based on the novel Waltz into Darkness by Cornell Woolrich. The film was a major critical failure, with The New York Times noting, “The story plunges more precipitously than Ms. Jolie’s neckline. In 2002, she starred in Life or Something Like It as an ambitious television reporter who is told that she will die in a week. The film was poorly received by critics, though Jolie’s performance received positive reviews. CNN’s Paul Clinton wrote, “Jolie is excellent in her role. Despite some of the ludicrous plot points in the middle of the film, this Academy Award-winning actress is exceedingly believable in her journey towards self-discovery and the true meaning of fulfilling life.

Jolie reprised her role as Lara Croft in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), which established her among Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses.[8] The sequel was not as lucrative as the original, earning $156 million at the international box office.[9] She appeared in the music video for Korn’s “Did My Time”, which was used to promote the film. She next starred in Beyond Borders (2003), as a socialite who joins aid workers in Africa and Asia. The film reflected Jolie’s real-life interest in promoting humanitarian relief, but it was critically and financially unsuccessful. The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Jolie, as she did in her Oscar-winning role in Girl, Interrupted, can bring electricity and believability to roles that have a reality she can understand. She can also, witness the Lara Croft films, do acknowledged cartoons. But the limbo of a hybrid character, a badly written cardboard person in a fly-infested, blood-and-guts world, completely defeats her.

In 2004, Jolie starred alongside Ethan Hawke in the thriller Taking Lives. She portrayed an FBI profiler summoned to help Montreal law enforcement hunt down a serial killer. The movie received mixed reviews and The Hollywood Reporter concluded, “Angelina Jolie plays a role that definitely feels like something she has already done, but she does add an unmistakable dash of excitement and glamour. She also provided the voice of the angelfish Lola in the DreamWorks animated movie Shark Tale (2004), and had a brief appearance in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), a science fiction adventure film shot entirely with actors in front of a bluescreen. That same year, Jolie played Olympias in Alexander, about the life of Alexander the Great. The film failed domestically, which director Oliver Stone attributed to disapproval of the depiction of Alexander’s bisexuality, but it succeeded internationally, with revenue of $139 million outside the United States.

Continued Success: 2005–2011

Jolie then starred opposite Brad Pitt in the 2005 action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which tells the story of a bored married couple, John and Jane Smith, who find out that they are both secret assassins. The film received mixed reviews, but was generally lauded for the chemistry between the two leads. The Star Tribune noted, “While the story feels haphazard, the movie gets by on gregarious charm, galloping energy and the stars’ thermonuclear screen chemistry. The movie earned $478 million worldwide, making it the seventh-highest grossing film of 2005.

Jolie as Christine Collins on the set of Changeling in 2007
Jolie as Christine Collins on the set of Changeling in 2007

Jolie next appeared in Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd (2006), a film about the early history of the CIA, as seen through the eyes of Edward Wilson, an officer based on James Jesus Angleton and played by Matt Damon. Jolie played the supporting role of Margaret “Clover” Russell, Wilson’s neglected wife. According to the Chicago Tribune, “Jolie ages convincingly throughout, and is blithely unconcerned with how her brittle character is coming off in terms of audience sympathy.

In 2007, Jolie made her directorial debut with the documentary A Place in Time, which captures daily life in 27 locations around the world during a single week. The film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and was intended for distribution to high schools through the National Education Association. Jolie then starred as Mariane Pearl in the documentary-style drama A Mighty Heart (2007). Based on Pearl’s memoir of the same name, the film chronicles the kidnapping and murder of her husband, The Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, in Pakistan. The Hollywood Reporter described Jolie’s performance as “well-measured and moving,” played “with respect and a firm grasp on a difficult accent. Jolie was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance. She also played Grendel’s mother in the animated epic Beowulf (2007), which was created through the motion capture technique.

Jolie co-starred alongside James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman in the 2008 action movie Wanted, an adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novel of the same name. The film received predominately favorable reviews and proved an international success, earning $342 million worldwide.[9] She also provided the voice of Master Tigress in the DreamWorks animated movie Kung Fu Panda (2008). With revenue of $632 million internationally, it became the third-highest grossing film of 2008. That same year, Jolie took on the lead role in Clint Eastwood’s drama Changeling. Based in part on the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders, the film stars Jolie as Christine Collins, who is reunited with her kidnapped son in 1928 Los Angeles—only to realize the boy is an impostor. The Chicago Tribune noted, “Jolie really shines in the calm before the storm, the scenes […] when one patronizing male authority figure after another belittles her at their peril.”[53] Jolie received nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA Award.

Jolie on the Salt panel at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2010
Jolie on the Salt panel at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2010

Jolie next starred in the 2010 thriller Salt, her first film in two years. She starred alongside Liev Schreiber as CIA agent Evelyn Salt, who goes on the run after she is accused of being a KGB sleeper agent. Originally written as a male character, Salt underwent a gender change after a Columbia Pictures executive suggested Jolie for the role to director Phillip Noyce. The film was an international success with revenues of $294 million. It received mixed to positive reviews, with Jolie’s performance earning praise; Empire remarked, “When it comes to selling incredible, crazy, death-defying antics, Jolie has few peers in the action business.

She also starred opposite Johnny Depp in The Tourist (2010), which was a major critical failure. Peter Travers wrote, “Depp and Jolie hit career lows, producing the chemistry of high-fashion zombies. Roger Ebert defended Jolie, stating she “does her darndest” and “plays her femme fatale with flat-out, drop-dead sexuality. Despite the general criticism, after a slow start at the domestic box office, the film went on to gross a respectable $278 million worldwide. Jolie received a controversial Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance, which gave rise to speculation that it had been given merely to ensure her high-profile presence at the awards ceremony.

2011–Present

In 2011, Jolie reprised her voice role as Master Tigress in the animated DreamWorks sequel Kung Fu Panda 2. It became the fourth-highest grossing film of 2011 and Jolie’s highest grossing film to date, earning $666 million at the international box office. She also made her directorial feature debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), a love story between a Serb soldier and a Bosniak prisoner of war, set during the 1992–95 Bosnian War. Jolie, who had twice visited Bosnia and Herzegovina in her capacity as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, explained that she made the film to rekindle attention for the survivors of a war that took place in recent history.[60] The film, which Jolie also scripted and co-produced, aroused both praise and criticism in the Balkans; the response from Bosniak war-victims advocacy organizations was “overwhelmingly positive,”[61] while a Serb war prisoners group decried the film for its alleged anti-Serb bias.[62] Sarajevo’s regional government named Jolie an honorary citizen of the capital for raising awareness of the war.[63] In the Land of Blood and Honey won the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America, which honors films that highlight provocative social issues. It also received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Jolie will play the Disney villain Maleficent in the upcoming film of the same name, where the character’s background story will be revealed.

In February 2013, it was announced that Jolie will be teaming up with the Coen brothers to tell the story of World War II hero Louis Zamperini. The brothers are set to rewrite Unbroken, the adaptation of the 2010 book by Laura Hillenbrand. Jolie is set to direct the film.

Humanitarian Work

Jolie stated that she first became personally aware of worldwide humanitarian crises while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) in Cambodia. She contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for information on international trouble spots. To learn more about the conditions in these areas, Jolie began visiting refugee camps around the world. In February 2001, she went on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed. In the following months, she returned to Cambodia for two weeks and met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan.[69][70] She covered all costs related to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff on all of her visits Jolie was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva on August 27, 2001.

“We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don’t believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.”

—Jolie on her motives for joining UNHCR in 2001

Since then, Jolie has been on field missions around the world and met with refugees and internally displaced persons in more than 30 countries.Asked what she hoped to accomplish, she stated, “Awareness of the plight of these people. I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon. Jolie aims to visit what she terms “forgotten emergencies,” crises that media attention has shifted away from. She is noted for not shying away from traveling to areas that are at war: She visited the Darfur region of Sudan during the Darfur conflict in 2004; Pakistan with Brad Pitt to see the impact of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in 2005; Chad during its civil war in 2007; Iraq during the Second Gulf War in 2007 and 2009; Afghanistan during the ongoing war in 2008 and 2011;  and Libya during the Libyan revolution in 2011.

After more than a decade of service as Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie was promoted to the rank of Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres on April 17, 2012. As Special Envoy, she represents the UNHCR and High Commissioner António Guterres at the diplomatic level and works to facilitate long-term solutions for people displaced by large-scale crises, such as Afghanistan and Somalia. “This is an exceptional position reflecting an exceptional role she has played for us,” said a UNHCR spokesman.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Jolie at World Refugee Day in 2005
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Jolie at World Refugee Day in 2005

In addition to her work with the UNHCR, Jolie uses her public profile to promote humanitarian causes through the mass media. Her early field visits were chronicled in her book Notes from My Travels, which was published in conjunction with the release of her film Beyond Borders (2003). She filmed a 2005 MTV special, The Diary of Angelina Jolie & Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Africa, portraying her and noted economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs on a trip to a remote group of villages in Western Kenya. Jolie has also regularly released public service announcements promoting World Refugee Day and other causes.

Over time, Jolie became more involved in promoting humanitarian causes on a political level. She has regularly attended World Refugee Day in Washington, D.C., and she was an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2005 and 2006. She also began lobbying humanitarian interests in the U.S. capital, where she met with members of Congress at least 20 times between 2003 and 2006, during which she pushed for several bills to aid refugees and vulnerable children in the Third World and the United States. She explained in 2006, “As much as I would love to never have to visit Washington, that’s the way to move the ball.”[71] In 2007, she became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jolie has established several charitable organizations. In 2003, she founded the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation—named the Maddox Jolie Project until 2007—which is dedicated to community development and environmental conservation in Cambodia’s northwestern province Battambang. In 2006, she partnered with the Global Health Committee to establish the Maddox Chivan Children’s Center, a daycare facility for children afflicted and affected by HIV in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. That same year, she and her partner Brad Pitt founded the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to aid humanitarian causes worldwide. In 2007, Jolie and noted economist Dr. Gene Sperling founded the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which funds education programs for children affected by man-made or natural disasters. In 2008, she collaborated with the Microsoft Corporation to establish Kids in Need of Defense, a pro bono movement of law firms, corporate law departments, NGOs and volunteers committed to providing legal counsel to unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S. In 2010, she established the Jolie Legal Fellows Programme, which recruits lawyers to support governmental child protection efforts in Haiti.

Jolie has received wide recognition for her humanitarian work. In 2002, she received the inaugural Humanitarian Award by the Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program. In 2003, she was the first recipient of the Citizen of the World Award by the United Nations Correspondents Association. In 2005, she was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the UNA-USA.On July 31, 2005, King Norodom Sihamoni awarded Jolie Cambodian citizenship for her conservation work in the country. In 2007, Jolie received the Freedom Award by the International Rescue Committee.[93] In 2011, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres presented Jolie with a gold pin reserved for the most long-serving staff, in recognition of her decade as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

Personal life

Relationships

Jolie had a serious boyfriend for two years from the age of 14. Her mother allowed them to live together in her home, of which Jolie later said, “I was either going to be reckless on the streets with my boyfriend or he was going to be with me in my bedroom with my mom in the next room. She made the choice, and because of it, I continued to go to school every morning and explored my first relationship in a safe way. She has compared the relationship to a marriage in its emotional intensity, and said that the breakup compelled her to dedicate herself to her acting career at the age of 16.

During filming of Hackers (1995), Jolie had a romance with British actor Jonny Lee Miller, her first lover since the relationship in her early teens. They were not in touch for many months after production ended, but eventually reconnected and married soon after on March 28, 1996. She attended her wedding in black rubber pants and a white T-shirt, upon which she had written the groom’s name in her blood. Jolie and Miller separated in September 1997 and divorced on February 3, 1999. They remained on good terms, and Jolie later explained, “It comes down to timing. I think he’s the greatest husband a girl could ask for. I’ll always love him, we were simply too young.

Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt at the Deauville premiere of The Assassination of Jesse James in 2007
Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt at the Deauville premiere of The Assassination of Jesse James in 2007

Jolie had a brief relationship with model-actress Jenny Shimizu on the set of Foxfire (1996). She later said, “I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn’t married my husband. I fell in love with her the first second I saw her. Shimizu claimed in 2005 that her relationship with Jolie had lasted many years and continued even while Jolie was romantically involved with other people. In 2003, asked if she was bisexual, Jolie responded, “Of course. If I fell in love with a woman tomorrow, would I feel that it’s okay to want to kiss and touch her? If I fell in love with her? Absolutely! Yes!

After a two-month courtship, Jolie married actor Billy Bob Thornton on May 5, 2000, in Las Vegas. They met on the set of Pushing Tin (1999), but did not pursue a relationship at that time as Thornton was engaged to actress Laura Dern. As a result of their frequent public declarations of passion and gestures of love—most famously wearing one another’s blood in vials around their necks—their marriage became a favorite topic of the entertainment media.[103] Jolie and Thornton announced the adoption of a son from Cambodia in March 2002, but abruptly separated three months later. Their divorce was finalized on May 27, 2003. Asked about the sudden dissolution of their marriage, Jolie stated, “It took me by surprise, too, because overnight, we totally changed. I think one day we had just nothing in common. And it’s scary but… I think it can happen when you get involved and you don’t know yourself yet.

In early 2005, Jolie was involved in a well-publicized Hollywood scandal when she was accused of being the reason for the divorce of actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. She and Pitt were alleged to have started an affair during filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). She denied this on several occasions, but later admitted that they “fell in love” on the set. She explained in 2005, “To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn’t be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife. Jolie and Pitt did not publicly comment on the nature of their relationship until January 2006, when Jolie confirmed to People that she was pregnant with Pitt’s child.[106] Pitt and Jolie announced their engagement in April 2012, after seven years together. The couple—dubbed “Brangelina” by the entertainment media—are the subject of worldwide media coverage.

Children

On March 10, 2002, Jolie adopted her first child, seven-month-old Maddox Chivan, from an orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He was born as Rath Vibol on August 5, 2001, in a local village. Jolie applied for adoption after she had visited Cambodia twice, while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and on a UNHCR field mission. The adoption process was halted in December 2001 when the U.S. government banned adoptions from Cambodia amid allegations of child trafficking. Once the adoption was finalized, she took custody of Maddox in Namibia, where she was filming Beyond Borders (2003). Although Jolie and her then-husband Billy Bob Thornton announced the adoption together, she in fact adopted Maddox as a single parent.

Jolie adopted a daughter, six-month-old Zahara Marley, from an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 6, 2005. Zahara was born as Yemsrach on January 8, 2005, in Awasa. At the time of the adoption, Zahara was wrongly believed to be an AIDS orphan and it was unknown whether she herself had contracted HIV, but she later tested negative. Shortly after they returned to the United States, Zahara was hospitalized for dehydration and malnutrition.[115] In November 2007, media outlets reported that Zahara’s biological mother wanted her daughter back, but she denied these reports, saying she thought Zahara was “very fortunate” to have been adopted by Jolie.

A pregnant Jolie with director Clint Eastwood at the Cannes premiere of Changeling in 2008
A pregnant Jolie with director Clint Eastwood at the Cannes premiere of Changeling in 2008

Jolie was accompanied by her partner Brad Pitt when she traveled to Ethiopia to take custody of Zahara. She later indicated that she and Pitt had made the decision to adopt from Ethiopia together. In December 2005, Pitt’s publicist announced that Pitt was seeking to adopt Maddox and Zahara. To reflect this, Jolie filed a request to legally change her children’s surnames from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt, which was granted on January 19, 2006. The adoptions were finalized soon after.

In an attempt to avoid the media frenzy surrounding their relationship, Jolie and Pitt went to Namibia for the birth of their first biological child. On May 27, 2006, Jolie gave birth to a daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, in Swakopmund. Pitt confirmed that their newborn daughter would have a Namibian passport. The couple decided to sell the first pictures of Shiloh through the distributor Getty Images themselves, rather than allowing paparazzi to make these valuable photographs. People paid a reported $4.1 million for the North American rights, while Hello! obtained the British rights for a reported $3.5 million.[122] All profits were donated to charities serving African children.

On March 15, 2007, Jolie adopted a son, three-year-old Pax Thien, from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam. He was born as Pham Quang Sang on November 29, 2003, in HCMC, where he was abandoned soon after birth.[124] Jolie adopted Pax as a single parent, because Vietnam’s adoption regulations do not allow unmarried couples to co-adopt. The rights for the first post-adoption images of Pax were sold to People for a reported $2 million, as well as to Hello! for an undisclosed amount. In April, Jolie filed a request to legally change her son’s surname from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt, which was approved on May 31, 2007. Pitt’s adoption of Pax was finalized in the United States on February 21, 2008.

At the Cannes Film Festival in May 2008, Jolie confirmed that she was expecting twins. For the two weeks she spent in a seaside hospital in Nice, France, reporters and photographers camped outside on the promenade. She gave birth to a son, Knox Léon, and a daughter, Vivienne Marcheline, on July 12, 2008. The rights for the first images of Knox and Vivienne were jointly sold to People and Hello! for a reported $14 million—the most expensive celebrity pictures ever taken. The proceeds were donated to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

Cancer Prevention Treatment

On February 16, 2013, at the age of 37, Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. Her family history warranted genetic testing for BRCA mutations: her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, had breast cancer and died from ovarian cancer at the age of 56, while her maternal grandmother had ovarian cancer and died aged 45. Her maternal aunt Debbie Martin, who had the same defective BRCA1 gene as Jolie, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and died at age 61 on May 26, 2013. Jolie’s mastectomy lowered her chances of developing breast cancer to under 5 percent, and testing of the removed breast tissue showed no signs of cancerous cells. On April 27, Jolie had reconstructive surgery involving implants and allografts. She reportedly intends to undergo a preventive oophorectomy, as she still has a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer due to the same genetic anomaly.

Jolie kept news of her mastectomy private until she had completed the three-month process. On May 14, The New York Times published an op-ed titled “My Medical Choice” in which Jolie wrote about her decision and procedures, with the aim of helping other women make informed health choices. To that end, her treatment regimen was posted on the website of the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where she was treated. In her piece—published concurrently with U.S. Supreme Court deliberations on BRCA gene patent rights held by Myriad Genetics—Jolie acknowledged the largely prohibitive cost of BRCA gene testing and advocated wider accessibility. On June 13, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that isolated genes are not patentable, invalidating the BRCA gene patents held by Myriad Genetics.

A Patient’s Journey: Angelina Jolie

In an article in the New York Times today, My Medical Choice, Angelina Jolie promised to share some background about her medical treatment with women seeking more information about BRCA gene mutations and what it might mean for them.

This blog describes the main stages of her treatment. It is important to emphasize that each woman’s case is different. Surgery will not necessarily be the right choice for everyone, and there are alternatives available. As Angelina says in her article, the important thing is to be aware of your options.

STAGE 1. Gathering Data and Information

  • BRCA stands for BReast CAncer.  BRCA genes help you fight cancer when it happens in your body. But some families carry mutated or broken BRCA genes that can be passed down from one generation to the next. Approximately 5-10% of all breast cancers and 14% of ovarian cancers occur from a BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation that is inherited from either parent.
  • Women carrying BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations have up to an 87% lifetime chance of breast cancer and 54% chance of ovarian cancer vs. a general population risk of 12% for breast cancer and less than 1% for ovarian cancer. Prevention does not yet exist. More details about the risks of breast and ovarian cancer, including how risk changes with each decade of life, can be found in our BRCA Gene Mutations blog post.
  • Given the high likelihood of getting breast or ovarian cancer with BRCA mutations, family history usually triggers testing for the gene. Angelina’s mother had breast cancer, and sadly passed away from ovarian cancer.  Her maternal grandmother was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This family history would certainly meet any insurance carrier’s criteria to cover genetic testing. To find out if there is enough risk for you to consider a BRCA mutation genetic test, we encourage you to take our Genetics Quiz that reviews a variety of information, including your family history.

STAGE 2. After diagnosis: Traveling the Road of Surveillance

We follow a standard surveillance plan at our center for BRCA mutation carriers, which I used for Angelina:

Beginning at age 18, or 10 years younger than the youngest relative with breast cancer, every 3 months, you have breast imaging or an exam. An example plan follows:

  • Month 1: Mammogram (wait until 25 years old)Whole breast screening ultrasound (begin at 18)
  • Month 4: Clinical breast exam with a breast specialist
  • Month 7: Breast MRI, timed to menstrual cycle days 7-10 (day 1 is the day bleeding starts); Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) for those who cannot have an MRI
  • Month 10: Clinical breast exam with a breast specialist
  • Every month: Self breast exams (cycle days 7-10). If you don’t know how to do a self breast exam, please watch our how-to video.

For those who prefer twice-a-year surveillance, we combine the imaging with clinical breast exams, and meet every 6 months.

Ovarian surveillance begins at age 35, or 10 years prior to youngest relative with ovarian cancer, and includes the following:

  • Transvaginal Pelvic ultrasound every 6 months (cycle days 1-10)
  • CA-125 blood marker testing every 6 months (after cycle day 5)
  • Pelvic exam by gynecologist every 6 months

For additional screening details, including risk reduction strategies and holistic and integrative medicine, see our blog on BRCA Gene Mutations.

STAGE 3. Committing to an operation

When first meeting a woman newly diagnosed with a BRCA mutation, my immediate goal is to learn about her, including her family situation, whether she is in a stable relationship, and whether she is planning to have children. In the course of these discussions, it becomes clear whether the patient will proceed to a mastectomy.

STAGE 4. Preparing for the operations

The questions any patient needs to address at this stage include: (1) whether or not to preserve the nipples, (2) if so, whether or not to perform a “nipple delay” procedure, (3) where to place the incision, (4) whether or not to test sentinel nodes, (5) what kind of reconstruction will be done, (6) what supplements might enhance healing and recovery, and finally (7) where should we operate.

NIPPLE: Women undergoing preventive mastectomies can always consider keeping their nipples. While no one can guarantee that the nipples will survive an operation, much can be done to ensure the greatest chance of success.

NIPPLE DELAY: The delay, performed 1-2 weeks prior to the actual mastectomies, uses the planned mastectomy incision and lifts half of the skin off of the breast surface. A small disc of the tissue directly behind the nipple and areola is also removed and analyzed by a pathologist. This is done to rule out the presence of any disease directly behind the nipples, which would make preserving them a dangerous proposition. Additionally, it recruits extra blood flow to the area, lessening the chances of nipple and skin loss due to insufficient blood supply after the mastectomy. Since starting this technique in 2008, my loss of skin and nipple after mastectomy has decreased to less than 2%. In Angelina’s case, she judged it worth taking this extra step of caution.

INCISION: Incision locations must take into consideration a cancer location (if cancer is present), any prior incisions, breast size reduction (if desired), and the technical skill of the surgeon (smaller incisions make for a harder and longer operation). For Angelina, her optimal incision choices were around the areola, or underneath the breast in the inframammary fold – the latter was chosen.

SENTINEL NODE BIOPSY/PBDI: Whenever a breast contains cancer and the armpit lymph nodes cannot be felt on exam, we routinely perform a sentinel node biopsy, which is the removal of the first nodes that receive breast lymphatic drainage. By injecting blue dye into the breast, which then travels to the lymph node(s), we find out if cancer spread beyond the breast. Until now, the trend has been not to perform sentinel node biopsies in conjunction with prophylactic (preventive) mastectomies since the discovery of cancer in breasts removed prophylactically only ranges from 2-8%. Therefore, most women do not want to take the additional risks associated with a sentinel node biopsy, especially since they can have complications, such as pain, numbness, arm swelling (lymphedema), fluid buildup (seroma), limited arm movement, and infection. This dilemma has been resolved with a new technique that was pioneered at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, called Prophylactic Breast Dye Injection, or PBDI. PBDI allows the sentinel node to be identified, but not surgically removed, giving more control and peace of mind to women. I developed this technique while treating Angelina, and I hope other women will now benefit from it. It was at her friendly insistence that I wrote the rationale for it in our blog post, Prophylactic Breast Dye Injection.

RECONSTRUCTION: Reconstruction options vary depending on a number of factors.  The two broad categories of reconstruction include implants and flaps. Implants are the most common reconstruction, often requiring two stages, whereby a tissue expander is placed prior to the final implant. A tissue expander is a deflated implant that goes behind the pectoral muscles and gets slowly inflated with saline over a period of 2-3 months, until the chosen volume is reached. A second operation is performed to swap the expander for the final implant (usually silicone). A different implant option can be a “one-step” operation, where the final implant is placed at the time of mastectomy, skipping the expander phase.

Two improvements which I believe can enhance the final outcome for those patients choosing implants include: (1) the newly FDA-approved anatomic implants, which are teardrop shaped, and (2) allograft, or synthetic sheets of material, that create a more natural look.

Autologous flaps use your own skin, fat and sometimes muscle from the abdomen, back (latissimus), thigh (gracilis), or buttock to create a potentially more natural breast reconstruction than implants can achieve. Flaps, however, create scars at the donor site, potential weakness in the donor area, and involve a longer operation than implants, with longer recovery periods and associated hospital stays.

Angelina’s body type was best suited to an implant reconstruction with allograft.  Although tissue expanders required an additional operation, she preferred to use them.  Expanders maximize blood flow to the breast skin and nipple (because they are not fully expanded right after placement, they do not compress the tiny blood vessels in the skin), and they allow us to optimize the final implant size, location and appearance.

SUPPLEMENTS AND PREP: To prepare for and to recover from operations, patients can use a variety of supplements.  Angelina followed the regimen below, written onto a calendar:

To enhance wound healing (for each operation):

A) Vitamin C: 1000mg tablets; one tablet once daily for one week before and one week after surgery.

B) Multi-Vitamin: one tablet once daily for one week before and one week after surgery.

C) Zinc: 50 mg; one tablet once daily for one week before and one week after surgery.

To reduce the risk of infection (operations 2 and 3):

D) Bactroban ointment: Applied twice a day beginning 3 days prior to surgery x 7 days.

E) Hibiclens shower: Hibiclens soap applied to upper torso and abdomen – left on for 5 minutes, then rinsed. Applied once a day for 3 days prior to surgery.

F) Keflex: 250mg (antibiotic); one tablet 4x a day for 7 days, beginning with 2 doses the day of the operation.

To reduce postoperative nausea and vomiting (for each operation):

G) Emend: 40mg; one tablet by mouth the night before surgery

To reduce postoperative swelling and bruising (for each operation):

H) Arnica Forte (Arnica and Bromelain): two capsules daily x 7 days, beginning one day prior to surgery.

To help eliminate anesthesia from the system (for each operation):

I) Exchem: 10 drops in water or directly in the mouth twice daily, beginning the day before surgery and continuing for one week after surgery.

J) Lymphomyosot: 10 drops in water or directly in the mouth twice daily, beginning the day before surgery and continuing for one week after surgery.

To increase oxygen to the skin (operations 1 and 2):

K) Cutagenix: Applied to breast every 6 hours x 3 days. Skin care specialists use this topical cream after laser resurfacing to increase oxygen flow to the outer layers of skin. We decided in Angelina’s case to apply it to the mastectomy skin to give it an oxygen boost and to help ensure adequate blood flow to her skin postoperatively.

To minimize scarring (after operation 3):

L) BioCorneum: Rubbed into scars twice a day for 12 weeks – begin after the third operation once steri strips are removed.

Medications “as needed” for comfort:

Percocet: 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed for pain

Colace: 250mg twice a day

MiraLax: One tablespoon diluted in 8oz water once a day

Ativan: 1mg every 8 hours as needed for muscle spasm

Zofran: 8mg oral dissolving tablet placed on tongue every 6 hours as needed for nausea

LOCATION: Angelina chose to have her care, including her three operations, performed at the Pink Lotus Breast Center. Some people might think that a hospital is the only place to have a mastectomy.  However, outpatient surgery centers provide an attractive, peaceful alternative when coupled with attentive nursing care at recovery facilities. You can learn more about our comprehensive and integrative breast center by exploring this website.

STAGE 5. Recovering from the operations

On February 2, 2013, Angelina was in the operating room for the first operation, the nipple delay. Her partner was on hand to greet her as soon as she came around from the anesthetic, as he was during each of the operations.

After the operation, her skin was slightly bruised but soon returned to normal.  Two days after her procedure, great news arrived: the tissue behind both nipples came back completely normal.

On February 16 she had the main surgery, which can last up to eight hours.  The mastectomies went smoothly, with sentinel nodes identified but not removed.  After the mastectomies, I assisted plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Orringer, as we performed the first stage breast reconstruction by placing tissue expanders with allograft.

To a large extent, I believe recovery reflects expectation. Angelina expected to feel well, to be active. On Monday, the pathology returned and I called Angelina to confirm our biggest hope: all of the breast tissue was benign. On day four after her mastectomies, I was pleased to find her not only in good spirits with bountiful energy, but with two walls in her house covered with freshly assembled storyboards for the next project she is directing. All the while she spoke, six drains dangled from her chest, three on each side, fastened to an elastic belt around her waist.

The next day she had her first injection of saline into the expanders, thus beginning the process that would gradually prepare the tissues for the final stage of her operations, reconstruction. Four of the six drains were removed.  Four days after that, on postoperative day nine, the last two drains were removed.  A second saline fill occurred on March 4. Over the next four weeks she was hard at work.

The final operation occurred on April 27, 2013, ten weeks after the mastectomies: reconstruction of the breasts with implant, which went extremely well, bringing an end to her surgical journey.

Angelina Jolie dan Mastektomi

CONCLUSION

Many women unfortunately do not know that BRCA gene mutations exist and could affect them. Breast and ovarian cancers take lives every day – knowledge and action can help prevent the premature loss of those who love us, and whom we deeply love in return.

Like Angelina, I urge women who feel they might have reason to be at risk for a BRCA gene mutation – perhaps because of a strong family history of cancer – to seek medical advice and to take control of their futures.

Jolie’s announcement drew extensive public attention; a Time cover story titled

“The Angelina Effect” observed that Jolie brought “genetic testing in the spotlight,” and noted her ability to influence people on a large scale. Various public figures applauded Jolie for her decision; UK foreign secretary William Hague, who visited refugee camps in Congo-Kinshasa with Jolie in March, called her “an inspiration to many. Most medical experts who weighed in publicly agreed that Jolie made the right choice for herself, but differed in their response to its expected influence on the public. Her decision was met with praise from health campaigners, who welcomed her raising awareness of the options available to those at risk, while other experts feared a widespread overestimation of BRCA mutation occurrence, as less than 1% of all women carry this genetic condition, and a misunderstanding of the risks involved for those who do test positive. Eric Topol, a geneticist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in California, told attendees at a genetics symposium “This is the moment that will propel genomic medicine forward”, saying that Jolie’s announcement was “incredibly important symbolically”.

In the Media

Jolie at the New York premiere of A Mighty Heart in 2007; several of her tattoos are visible
Jolie at the New York premiere of A Mighty Heart in 2007; several of her tattoos are visible

During the first decade of her career, Jolie—who does not employ a publicist or an agent—maintained a “wild child” persona in her communication with the media. She openly discussed her love life, including her bisexuality and her interest in BDSM. After she kissed her brother during the Academy Awards in 2000, their close relationship became the subject of tabloid media speculation, which she dismissed. She spoke about her experiences with drugs and depression, and recalled the time, in 1997, when she almost hired a hitman to kill her, as well as the three days, just before her marriage to Billy Bob Thornton, that she was sectioned at UCLA’s psychiatric ward. By the mid-2000s, Jolie’s involvement with the UNHCR and the adoption of her son Maddox had transformed her public image from Hollywood eccentric into humanitarian and devoted mother.

Jolie has attracted notable media attention for her physical appearance—particularly her full lips and her many tattoos, being her most distinctive features. She has been named the world’s “most beautiful” or “sexiest” woman by various media outlets, including Vogue in 2002, Esquire in 2004, American FHM and British Harper’s Bazaar in 2005, People and Hello! in 2006, Empire in 2007, and Vanity Fair in 2009. People named her one of 2012’s Most Beautiful at Every Age.

Jolie’s extensive collection of tattoos has often been addressed by interviewers. She has fourteen known tattoos, among which the Latin proverb “quod me nutrit me destruit” (what nourishes me destroys me), the Tennessee Williams quote “A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages,” two sak yant designs featuring a prayer of protection and a twelve-inch-by-eight-inch tiger, and seven sets of geographical coordinates indicating the birthplaces of her children and her partner Brad Pitt. Over time, she has covered or lasered several of her tattoos, including the name of her second husband, “Billy Bob”, and the Chinese characters “死” (death) and “勇” (courage).

Jolie holds a private pilot license and owns a single-engine Cirrus SR22 aircraft.

Today, Jolie is one of the best-known celebrities around the world. According to the Q Score, in 2000, subsequent to her Oscar win, 31% of respondents in the United States said Jolie was familiar to them; by 2006 she was familiar to 81% of Americans. In a 2006 global industry survey by ACNielsen in 42 international markets, Jolie, together with partner Brad Pitt, was found to be the favorite celebrity endorser for brands and products worldwide. She was the face of St. John and Shiseido from 2006 to 2008, and in 2011 had an endorsement deal with Louis Vuitton reportedly worth $10 million—a record for a single advertising campaign.[158] She was among the Time 100, a list of the most influential people in the world as assembled by Time, in 2006 and 2008. Forbes named her Hollywood’s highest-paid actress in 2009 and 2011, with estimated annual earnings of $27 million and $30 million respectively, and she topped the magazine’s Celebrity 100, a ranking of the world’s most powerful celebrities, in 2009.

Filmography

Angelina Jolie is an American actress, film director and screenwriter. She is an Academy Award winner for the Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted in 1999. She made her debut with Lookin’ to Get Out in 1982. The following is her complete filmography.

Jolie at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Jolie at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

As Actor

Title Year Role Notes
Lookin’ to Get Out 1982 Tosh As Angelina Jolie Voight
Cyborg 2 1993 Casella “Cash” Reese Direct-to-video film
Without Evidence 1995 Jodie Swearingen  
Hackers 1995 Kate “Acid Burn” Libby  
Love Is All There Is 1996 Gina Malacici  
Mojave Moon 1996 Eleanor “Elie” Rigby  
Foxfire 1996 Margret “Legs” Sadovsky  
True Women 1997 Georgia Virginia Lawshe Woods TV film
George Wallace 1997 Cornelia Wallace TV film
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – CableACE Award for Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Playing God 1997 Claire  
Gia 1998 Gia Carangi TV film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Hell’s Kitchen 1998 Gloria McNeary  
Playing by Heart 1998 Joan National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award for Breakthrough Performance
Pushing Tin 1999 Mary Bell  
The Bone Collector 1999 Amelia Donaghy  
Girl, Interrupted 1999 Lisa Rowe Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress Drama
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Hissy Fit
Gone in 60 Seconds 2000 Sara “Sway” Wayland  
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 Lara Croft Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actress
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress
Original Sin 2001 Julia Russell/Bonny Castle Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actress
Life or Something Like It 2002 Lanie Kerrigan
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 2003 Lara Croft
Beyond Borders 2003 Sarah Jordan
Taking Lives 2004 Illeana Scott Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actress
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scary Scene
Shark Tale 2004 Lola Voice
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004 Francesca “Franky” Cook People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Action Star
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Alexander 2004 Olympias Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Actress
Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005 Jane Smith Nominated – People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Action Star
Nominated – People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Movie Star
The Good Shepherd 2006 Margaret “Clover” Russell  
A Mighty Heart 2007 Mariane Pearl Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress Drama
Beowulf 2007 Grendel’s mother  
Kung Fu Panda 2008 Master Tigress Voice
Wanted 2008 Fox People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Action Star
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best WTF Moment
Nominated – National Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated – People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Movie Star
Changeling 2008 Christine Collins Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Irish Film & Television Award for Best International Actress
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress Drama
Salt 2010 Evelyn Salt Rembrandt Award for Best International Actress
Nominated – People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Star
Nominated – People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Movie Star
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Choice Summer Movie Star Female
The Tourist 2010 Elise Clifton-Ward Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress Action
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 Master Tigress Voice
Maleficent Film has yet to be released 2014 Maleficent  

As Director

Director
Title Year Notes
A Place in Time 2007 Documentary
In the Land of Blood and Honey 2011 Cinema for Peace Award for Most Valuable Movie of the Year
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
Producers Guild of America Stanley Kramer Award
Sarajevo Film Festival Honorary Award
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing – Motion Picture

Selected Awards

Year Award Category Film Result
1998 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or Movie George Wallace Nominated
1998 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film George Wallace Won
1998 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award Breakthrough Performance Playing by Heart Won
1998 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or Movie Gia Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Gia Won
1999 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Female Actor – Miniseries or Television Movie Gia Won
2000 Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Girl, Interrupted Won
2000 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Girl, Interrupted Won
2000 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Supporting Female Actor Girl, Interrupted Won
2008 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama A Mighty Heart Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Leading Female Actor A Mighty Heart Nominated
2009 Academy Award Best Actress Changeling Nominated
2009 BAFTA Award Best Leading Actress Changeling Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Changeling Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Leading Female Actor Changeling Nominated
2011 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy The Tourist Nominated
2012 Golden Globe Award Best Foreign Film (as producer) In the Land of Blood and Honey Nominated
2012 Producers Guild of America Award Stanley Kramer Award (as producer) In the Land of Blood and Honey Won

Compiled from many sources