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Angelina Jolie and her father, the actor Jon Voight, have been estranged for the better part of her lifetime. He was unfaithful to her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, the story goes, and Jolie chose not have a relationship with him. (She’s also a U.N. Ambassador, while he leans Tea Party Republican.) In the wake of her divorce from Brad Pitt, however, Jolie has made an effort to reconnect with her father, and the two have now made their first red carpet public appearance together in three years, at the New York premiere of her new film First They Killed My Father.
Jolie told Evgenia Peretz for her Vanity Fair earlier this year, “[Voight’s] been very good at understanding they needed their grandfather at this time. I had to do a therapy meeting last night and he was just around. He knows kind of the rule—don’t make them play with you. Just be a cool grandpa who’s creative, and hang out and tell stories and read a book in the library.”
The premiere is not the first time they’ve spent time with each other outside the confines of a private home—they were photographed in mid-August, dropping off Jolie and Pitt’s daughter, Vivienne, at art class—but it is the most high-profile event, and one with deep meaning for Jolie, who was inspired to make the film to help her son, Maddox, connect with his roots in Cambodia. Voight and Jolie didn’t pose together on the red carpet, but it was very much a family event; Voight hammed it up for the cameras with his brother, Chip Taylor, while Jolie arrived with all six of her children, all of them dressed to the nines, along with the stars of the film. Jolie walked the carpet hand in hand with Loung Ung, the Cambodian activist who wrote the memoir upon which the film is based.
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