Whispers of cheating, differences in parenting techniques, and Angelina's extreme weight loss have all been rumored to have had an influence on the couple's unexpected split.
Angelina was in the spotlight long before Brad Pitt came around and she will continue to dominate Hollywood long after their divorce is finalized.
'Brangelina' may be over, but Angelina is definitely not. Angelina has always been a strong, independent woman, despite this being her third marriage.
Angelina has only gotten better with age, but let's take a look back at some shots from her younger years. After all, she has been in the biz practically her entire life and she has got a lot to show for it. Included are some of her sexiest roles that she took on prior to shacking up with Pitt.
At least it's easy to see why he fell for her!
15 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Angelina Jolie made all video gamers' dreams come to life when she played the British super-babe Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The live-action feature is inspired by one of the most successful interactive video-game characters in history.
Angelina Jolie’s father Jon Voight was also in the film. Angelina is a sexy, powerful adventuress who is on a quest to save the mythical Pandora’s Box and recruits a former Marine turned mercenary to assist her.
Angelina boosted her spirit and her chest size to portray the larger-than-life action character. She was in peak physical shape to play the beautiful and brainy role. Jolie runs around throughout the film doing stunts, shooting guns, and managing to look incredible at the same time.
14 Girl, Interrupted
Angelina Jolie has got to be the hottest crazy girl we’ve ever seen. Jolie played the role of Lisa, an inmate that the actress describes “as a major sociopath,” in Girl, Interrupted. The film was based on a writer’s account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the ‘60s.
Angelina gets dark and insane for this role and the usually brunette actress sported a blonde look for the movie. The chilling, yet drama-fueled cult classic was extremely captivating and Jolie along with her co-star Winona Ryder exhibited extraordinary performances.
Jolie’s character forms a mischievous alliance with Ryder’s character. The troublesome two succeeded in causing trouble at the mental hospital and even plan an escape.
It is easy to see why Girl, Interrupted was considered one of Jolie’s outstanding breakout roles.
13 Modelling in the ‘90s
Let’s not forget, before Angelina was the infamous actress that she is today, she started off her career modelling in the ‘90s. Angelina was the ultimate ‘90s girl: dark hair, dark eyes, dark lips, and milky white skin.
The vintage pictures were shot by photographer Kate Garner in 1995. In one photo, Jolie’s legs are tied together and she is fully nude.
Jolie has never been shy about showing off her body. The photographer told Marie Claire UK that Angelina was involved with the creative aspects of the photoshoot as well, saying "Angelina explored different poses without much direction from me, including tying her legs together for what would become one of the most unique shots of her to ever be taken."
Jolie started working as a model when she was a teenager after experiencing her first on-screen role at the age of five with her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin' To Get Out.
12 Taking Lives
Angelina starred in a film with Ethan Hawke called Taking Lives in 2004. This slasher/thriller film was about an insidious serial killer who impersonated his victims' identities. Angelina plays a very attractive FBI Agent who was sent to investigate the spate of murders.
She begins working with an art dealer (Hawke) who said he was an eyewitness to the latest murder. This film is also sure to include a very steamy Angelina sex scene. Not to worry, Jolie and Hawke build up some serious sexual tension throughout the film which leads to a very passionate scene for the pair.
In 2004, Angelina Jolie starred in an epic historical drama film based on the life of Alexander the Great called Alexander.
Jolie acted alongside Colin Farrell who played Alexander and she played Queen Olympias, his mother.
Angelina looked striking in the film. Her character was drowning in gold and jewels and always wore a crown on her head. Jolie's hair was worn in long, brunette tresses and she dressed in togas and gowns.
The film featured key moment's of Alexander's youth, his invasion of the Person Empire, and his death.
These long lost photos of Angelina were taken when the actress was just 18 years old in 1993 under the headline 'Honeychild.'
Modelling for a little-known British magazine modelling for Debenhams and Miss Selfridge. Angelina was fairly unknown at the time and her name was even misspelled - with a 'j' replacing the 'g' in her first name in the caption.
Jolie was living in Los Angeles in her late teens and signed with the Nina Blanchard agency after her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, suggested she get into modelling.
9 Beyond Borders
Angelina starred in Beyond Borders with actor Clive Owen.
The film was an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. An American living in London meets a renegade doctor who has been helping support relief efforts in a war-torn Africa.
Danger, heartbreak, romance, and yes, dripping wet makeout scenes are all included in this action-packed romantic film.
8 Original Sin
Angelina takes it all off once again for a steamy sex scene with actor Antonio Banderas in Original Sin.
The movie stars Jolie as a woman who planned to con a rich man with her lover by marrying him, earning his trust, and then running away with his money. Everything went as planned until Jolie’s character began to actually fall for this man.
During filming for Original Sin, there were rumors that Banderas and Jolie were actually involved with each other in an off-screen romance. Banderas was married to Melanie Griffith at the time and Angelina was married to her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton.
Rumors were also fueled by claims that Melanie Griffith became jealous of her husband’s sex scenes with Jolie. Can you blame her? Angelina was a total babe in that film.
7 Like Father, Like Daughter
Angelina Jolie has had a troubled relationship with her father and fellow actor, Jon Voight. At one point Jon Voight even went on Access Hollywood claiming that Jolie had "Serious mental problems."
We're guessing this photograph was taken before that statement was made. Many of their relationship struggles stemmed from the fact that Angelina had a huge issue with the way Voight left her mother, Marcheline Bertrand.
Angelina and Jon publicly reconciled their relationship in 2010. However, the two still have a fairly strained relationship and Jon only comes around the family a few times a year.
6 Wild Child
This photograph of Angelina was taken in the height of Angelina's wild child phase. She was married to Billy Bob Thornton, sporting a dark, goth look, and kissing her brother on the lips at the Oscars.
Angelina posed for photographer Antoine Verglas in a black lingerie bra and matching lingerie skirt. Her hair was short and untamed, just like her personality.
Jolie held a glass of red wine in the photo as she laid upon a bed of white linens. Her tattoos were on full display and she wore her wedding band on her left hand.
5 Gone In Sixty Seconds
Angelina starred in Gone In Sixty Seconds alongside Nicolas Cage. The movie is about a retired car thief who is forced back into the game when his brother gets into some trouble with a crime boss.
Now, Cage's character had to steal 50 cars with his crew in one night in order to save his brother’s life. Angelina played Sara ‘Sway’ Wayland, a platinum blonde badass who was Cage’s character’s former lover who came back to help him steal some cars.
Jolie came up with the look for Sway, including the blonde dreadlocks. Her character was tough but still strikingly hot.
4 Promoting Her First Films
Angelina was still modelling as she began getting more into acting and having roles in films. At the tender age of 20, Angelina pouted and posed for photographer Marcel Indik in Los Angeles while promoting one of her first films Hackers in October which came out in 1995.
Wearing a miniskirt, a marabou-trimmed jacket, and platform heels, Angelina couldn't look more '90s if she had tried.
The tech caper features a teen hacker who finds himself being framed for the theft of millions of dollars from a major corporation. Angelina plays the hacker's love interest in the film.
3 Wiggin' Out
There is no doubt that Angelina was a natural in front of the camera at an early age. These images were taken by photographer Marcel Indik in 1995.
These photos were taken just before the future Oscar winner's big breakthrough in the film Hackers.
Angelina posed in various wigs, flaunting her soon-to-be infamous pout. In this image, she wore a short, black wig with blunt bangs with a white pantsuit with a crocodile skin pattern with a pearl necklace around her neck.
Even back then, Angelina had a captivating stare and a look that intrigued.
2 That Time She Grabbed A Knife At A Photoshoot
Last year famed photographer George Holz published Holz Hollywood: 30 Years of Portraits which included never-before-seen shots of A-list celebrities including Jolie and even her husband (soon-to-be ex-husband) Brad Pitt.
The photo shoot took place at a studio in Chelsea in 1998. The picture was originally shot for People magazine.
Angelina allegedly picked up a large butcher knife from the kitchen where they were shooting and brought it to the window and posed. When talking about the experience, Holz said, "Angelina was not afraid. I wasn’t worried that she was going to cut herself; that didn’t cross my mind. She’s an edgy person. I don’t think the editor was around for this. She would have had a heart attack."
Angelina Jolie has admitted before that she was always fascinated with knives, an interest that sparked when she was only a child.
Angelina was in an HBO biographical film called Gia about one of the first supermodels, Gia Marie Carangi. The film came out in 1998 and followed a Philadelphia native who moved to New York City to become a fashion model.
Gia quickly became one of the most infamous models in the world after teaming up with Wilhelmina Cooper, a high-powered agent who took her under her wing.
However, when Cooper passes away from lung cancer, Gia turned to drugs and eventually crashed and burned due to her heavy addiction to cocaine.
Gia featured a hot lesbian sex scene and has to be one of Jolie’s first notoriously raunchy films. The sex scene shows Jolie completely nude and posing for a photo shoot when things quickly turn sexual between the two women on set.