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Those distinctions are nice, but now comes the big one: Ms. And Mr. Morton does not usually write his page-turners about garden-variety celebrities.

What exactly qualifies Ms. Jolie to be in this company? And home wrecker. That too. Since Ms. Jolie is also something of a mystery, she would have presented ordinary biographers with a formidable challenge.

But Mr. Morton is not easily deterred. And he has a helpful mantra for digging into the lives of others: Sources are for amateurs. No footnotes or chapter notes sully the simplicity of his research.

Very few of those who talked to him were willing to go on the record. And the people most eager to tell him about Ms. Jolie has been involved yet claimed to have played no role whatsoever. Morton writes. An entire tabloid gossip industry has selflessly devoted itself to chronicling such episodes.

That limits Mr. But he has two particular skills. One is the ability to ferret out extremely inside information, like that the typeface in which the Billy Bob Thornton tattoo on Ms. Or it might be Helvetica. Morton never wastes time explaining where he gets such information. His other, more valuable skill is connecting biographical dots. Jolie can be and another to offer a pretty good explanation of how she got that way. Jolie was born on June 4, a date that Mr.

And he admitted this to his wife. To Mr. Morton and his chorus of psychiatry-minded sages this is the crisis that shaped Ms. The marriage was destroyed. Her father tried to hang on to his children during these early years but lost his bearings. Morton to tell him the dark truth about how this child was treated.

Voight was in those days and says that his daughter got her libido from him, not from her mother. How might the baby sitter know this? For every question Mr. Morton asks, there are often better ones that he ignores.

The best part of this book is its portrait of dysfunctional family life, from the suffering of Ms. Morton points out insightfully, let his daughter behave as an out-of-control adult at an early age, then tried to infantilize her when it was much too late for her to heed him. This situation has grown so painful, the book says, that the salon where Mr.

Voight has his hair cut routinely hides its tabloid magazines for fear of upsetting him with pictures of his out-of-reach grandchildren. Lately there have been reports of a fitful reconciliation. Morton seems torn between bedazzlement at Ms. And there are a lot of those: the Jolie modus operandi seems to involve persuading married or attached men to behave exactly as her father did in betraying the women to whom they are supposedly attached.

Then she moves on. It has not been her habit to stay in any one phase for too long. How, then, does Mr. He introduces Mr. Jolie; and invokes a be-careful-what-you-wish-for when it comes to the big, happy family of Ms. It would surprise Mr. Morton most if Ms. It would surely disappoint him if she began behaving too honorably to generate tabloid ecstasies, the kind that have made Mr.

Morton such a leading light in the tell-all community. His own tactics fit the same description. Home Page World U.


A Home-Wrecking Humanitarian, Footnote Free

By Andrew Morton. And yet mysteries remain: What was really going on in her brief, impulsive marriages to Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton, and what was going on in her partnership with Brad Pitt? What's behind the oft-reported feud with her father, the Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight? What drove her to become a mother of six children in six years? And—perhaps most puzzling of all—what about the other side of Angelina: How did this talented but troubled young actress, barely 35 years old, become a respected Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations as well as the "most powerful celebrity in the world" unseating Oprah Winfrey on Forbes' Celebrity list? The answers that Andrew Morton has uncovered are astonishing, taking us deep inside Angelina's world to show us what shaped her as a child, as an actress, and as a woman struggling to overcome personal demons that have never before been revealed.


Angelina Jolie biography by Andrew Morton: I read it so you don't have to!

Biographer Andrew Morton, known for tackling high profile people in his works, is at it again, this time chronicling the life of Angelina Jolie in Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography , out Aug. Earlier this week, the New York Times published a review which noted the obvious lack of sourcing throughout the book. As it turns out, the critique is not that far off. Angelina is not one of them. But I would say the majority of the book relies on interviews done by other people, including two quotes from interviews Angelina did with Entertainment Weekly in January and November I checked. At least these two quotes were placed in accurate context.

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