Lately, though, she's been known for other roles — as international humanitarian, mother of six, poster child for preventative mastectomy and burgeoning film director.
Can she still attract attention for what she does in front of the camera?
That's the question ahead of Disney's U.S. release of Jolie's "Maleficent" on May 30.
A live-action inversion of
Stars who've taken time off have not always walked easily back into mainstream consciousness (see:
Still, tabloid interest doesn't always correlate with box office, an axiom with which Jolie herself is familiar (see: the disappointing returns for "The Tourist").
To help reintroduce herself as an actress, the star has begun promoting the film overseas. She turned up at a U.K. event with partner
Jolie said she is not planning a wholesale return to acting. "I'm sure there will be a few more films. But I am happy I am able to be selective and have fun with characters like this," Jolie said, adding that she most wants to concentrate on "writing and directing, and above all I would like to focus more on my work with the U.N. and [the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative]."
Reports of a possible on-screen collaboration with Pitt, incidentally, have also put her back into a more traditional performer position.
In the meantime, Jolie is expanding her horizons as a filmmaker, moving from little-seen directorial debut