Understanding Angelina: An Exclusive Interview with Author Andrew Morton - Part 1 - Page 2
In Angelina, Morton digs deep into Jolie's troubled past to add depth and dimension to her enigmatic persona. Angie herself has publicly spoken of her difficulties coping with the separation of her parents, overcoming heroin addiction, numerous failed relationships, and a twisted and far too public falling out with her father. To some, she may seem an open book, but there is a deeper conflict far beneath the surface of a person the author describes as a "curious, cool, glamorous, rather chilly individual."
Morton spoke to several people within Jolie's life, including her childhood babysitter, Krisann Morel; her mother's 11-year partner Bill Day, who became a surrogate father to Angie and James; and 30-year friend of the family, Lauren Taines. Much has been made in the press about Morton's use of unnamed sources, but the bulk of the research seems to rely heavily on these three key individuals. Their intimate portraits of Angelina Jolie and her restless nature, past bouts of emotional instability, and a profound sense of abandonment shed light into the darkness.
It's a stretch perhaps to link events and analysis from experts who haven't actually treated the actress, but this is what Morton does best. He takes all the pieces of the puzzle and gives them context and meaning, putting them back together in a way that makes sense. Morton's analysis is a good as you'll get without getting it straight from the source herself.
The Ivory Tower
At the heart of Angelina's pain is a sense of abandonment that she seems to have buried with self-deception. Morton gives heartbreaking details of how Jolie's mother turned her back on her youngest. As an infant, she was exiled to the fifth floor of the Roxbury Apartments in Beverly Hills, separated by three floors from her mother and older brother James. She was cared for by a revolving door of babysitters, many struggling actors themselves, and Marcheline Bertrand, hurt and traumatized by husband Jon's infidelities, simply couldn't bear to look at the child who so resembled her father.
For close to a year, Jolie lived in a sparse room, absent of stimulation, surrounded by white walls, white curtains and in a void of maternal love. Anyone, experts and novices alike, can see how this would leave a lasting scar on the emotional development of a child. Eventually, Marcheline was convinced to re-integrate her daughter into the family dynamic, first with some small toys, then playdates with her brother, and ultimately in her mother's loving embrace. Sadly, the damage was done. But what would transpire would be a methodical poisoning of the relationship between Angie and James, and their father. Marcheline may have etched the pain onto Angie's fragile soul, but it was Jon Voight who would pay the price.Continued on the next page