Understanding Angelina: An Exclusive Interview with Author Andrew Morton - Part 1 - Page 3
Morton talks about the lasting impact these fractured events had on Jolie:
"This is a girl who has suffered all kinds of deep psychological trauma. You do not go around cutting yourself at age 13, 14 unless you have something swirling around your head and your heart that is unresolved. You do not think about committing suicide at age 10 unless you are quite troubled."
Over the course of time, this story repeats itself and Angie and James, under the influence of their mother's anguish, begin planting false memories of their childhood. Morton's insight:
"As a biographer, charting a course between Angelina and James' public statements, for example James saying "my fondest childhood memories of my mother were coming home to smell of cooking and baking" was quite frankly, a ticklish process. Truth is their mother never cooked. Never, ever. So it's a false memory going on here and as a biographer you try and be objective, trying to synthesize the elements of her story, which have influenced her actions and at the same time place those against the real life events. Here you have a woman with a well expressed narrative, that she's told not just in newspaper interviews, but to her friends and those around her. It was tricky just getting the details right."
In truth, Jon Voight was often on hand, intruding on Marcheline's efforts to form new romantic relationships, in essence becoming the third wheel in her longest lasting romance with film-making student Bill Day, and frequently perceived as interfering in James' and Angelina's lives. This projection of an absent father wasn't true, and neither was the assertion he left them broke and destitute.
Morton writes that, for the time period (long before complex pre-nup agreements), critically acclaimed Oscar-winner Voight was very generous and supported his ex-wife with alimony, child support and expensive gifts - practically supporting Marcheline and James most of their lives. Fortunately for the uber-talented Angelina, she was earning paychecks by her late teens through modeling and music video work. She didn't need daddy or his handouts.
When you consider the now famous story James Haven tells of his saddest memory from childhood 'being without a car in a town full of rich kids,' what you don't hear about are how his father paid his four years of film school at UCLA, and gave him a Porche upon graduation. Also unmentioned, are the endless rounds of visits to casting agents Voight took his son on when he decided to shift gears and become an actor. There was also the house he bought in NY for Marcheline when she uprooted the kids so she could pursue her own career in show business.Continued on the next page