Angelina Jolie: Inside Her Life

Peek into the world of the Mr. & Mrs. Smith star, as she hits it off with Brad, travels the globe and plays mom. By Serena Kappes and Caryn Midler

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DARK BEAUTY

DARK BEAUTY
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"I don't feel pretty when I'm made up," says Mr. amp Mrs. Smith's Angelina Jolie, who turned 30 on June 4. "I feel beautiful when I'm in the middle of nowhere and I'm sweating and I'm tired and I'm working really hard – or when I'm just being a mom."

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UNDENIABLE CHEMISTRY

UNDENIABLE CHEMISTRY
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Though Jolie initially laughed off the rumors that she had an affair with a married Brad Pitt, the Mr. amp Mrs. Smith costars (pictured on the set last year) were recently spotted together in Kenya, where they shared a $2,000-a-night oceanside villa, and Morocco, where Pitt has been filming Babel. "Brad and Angie looked very jovial," a source said of their Kenya rendez-vous. "It would have been hard to convince someone that they were not husband and wife."

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STANDING TALL

STANDING TALL
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Jolie and Pitt (in Las Vegas in March) have kept their distance publicly while promoting their movie. Most recently the two arrived in New York City two days apart and did a round of high-profile interviews separately. In June, Jolie again denied seeing Pitt romantically before his split with Jennifer Aniston earlier this year. She told NBC's Ann Curry: "Do I have to defend myself as a decent woman? I hope I don't have to."

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HER GROUNDING

HER GROUNDING
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"For me, becoming a parent changed everything," says Jolie of adopted Cambodian son Maddox (in New York in June). "My priorities straightened out. He's just the greatest thing that's ever happened in my life." Even Pitt was smitten with the boy, who turns 4 in July: "Brad liked to play with (Maddox)" on the set of Mr. amp Mrs. Smith, a source told PEOPLE.

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ROCK STAR

ROCK STAR
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Little intimidates Jolie: Just as she did in her Lara Croft movies, she performed her own stunts for Mr.

amp Mrs. Smith, in which she plays an assassin hired to kill her husband (Pitt) – who also turns out to be a hitman. On the Asuza, Calif., set of the movie last year (left), Jolie scales a 40-ft. mountain set piece.

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WORLDLY WOMAN

WORLDLY WOMAN
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In her role as a United Nations goodwill ambassador – a position she's held since 2001 – Jolie travels the globe, making stops in rough locales, including, in May, an Afghan refugee camp in Pakistan. "Scenes of miseries of Afghan refugee women and children brought tears to my eyes, but I had no answers to help them out from the vulnerable conditions," she said of the experience.

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PRESIDENTIAL PROWESS

PRESIDENTIAL PROWESS
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"I'm not here as a politician. I'm here as a woman, as a mom," Jolie said as she continued her humanitarian mission in May, visiting the impoverished African country Sierra Leone and meeting with President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. Later that day, she became upset when she found out workers at her hotel were paid the equivalent of $27 a month.

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FLYING HIGH

FLYING HIGH
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"It was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I love the freedom of it," Jolie, a self-avowed adrenaline junkie, said upon getting her pilot's license in December. "It's the greatest feeling in the world." The star (in her single-engine Cirrus SR22-G2 in February) plans to use her new skill to help transport workers and food supplies for the U.N.

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EX-CITING DATE

EX-CITING DATE
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Amid rumors of a liaison with Pitt, Jolie also had tongues wagging when she stepped out with ex-husband Jonny Lee Miller in May in London, where he's starring onstage in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. The pair, who were married from 1996 to 1999, dined together twice. "There was quite a lot of laughing," an observer says. "They were all clearly enjoying themselves. You could tell (she) and Jonny are still very good friends."

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SNAKING AROUND

SNAKING AROUND
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During a fall appearance on the German television show Wetten dass? (Wanna Bet?), Jolie gets friendly with a boa constrictor. She had to handle the serpent after incorrectly wagering that a young blind contestant couldn't identify phone numbers by the sound of the dialing. No big deal for Jolie: She worked closely with snakes for her role in Alexander.

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JUST FRIENDS

JUST FRIENDS
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In Alexander, Jolie played Colin Farrell's mother, Olympia. Despite speculation that she and the Irish actor were linked romantically when the cameras weren't rolling, Jolie (at the movie's Hollywood premiere last fall) says, "We became great friends. The reason why we'd never end up dating is that we're the same in a lot of ways."

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INK WELL

INK WELL
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No stranger to body art, Jolie added to her collection when she traveled to Bangkok last year to have tattoo artist Noo Kanpai etch a 12-in. tiger onto her back. The procedure took more than two hours. Kanpai previously had inked five lines of ancient Thai Buddhist scripture on her left shoulder.

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BROTHERLY LOVE

BROTHERLY LOVE
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Jolie is best friends with her older brother, actor James Haven. Of the hoopla surrounding their infamous smooch at the 2000 Oscars (when she was named Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted), Jolie says, "It was disappointing that something so beautiful and pure could be turned into a circus."

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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
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Though the actress (in Moscow in 2003) next plays a CIA wife in the Robert De Niro-directed The Good Shepherd, the role of real-life politician is something that interests Jolie. "She's incorruptible," says brother James. And she has no skeletons in her closet: "Mine are all over the place," she says. "I don't really have any secrets."

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