A divorce between her parents at the age of just two, Angelina Jolie was majorly raised by her mother Marcheline Bertrand, along with her brother.
Unfortunately her remained enstranged from their lives distanced both physically and mentally.
Jolie’s own parenting was highly influenced by her mom who died of cancer at the age of 56. She says, “My mom always made it clear that I was her friend—and that is a lesson on how to bring up my own children.”
She added, ” When we talked, I felt she wanted to hear what I had to say. She enjoyed me and I feel I’m enjoying my kids.”
She concluded, “If anybody ever tells me that I am a mother to them like my mom was to me, it will be a great compliment.”
In another interview talking about her mother she had once said, “I know how much she would have contributed to [my kids’] lives and I am sad they will miss out on that. I would give anything for her to be with me at this time. I’ve needed her. I talk to her often in my mind and try to think what she might say and how she might guide me.”
However, the actress reconnected with her dad after years of distance, when she was going through her bitter divorce with Brad Pitt.
Jolie once said, “He’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.”
Angie’s dad Jon Voight on ther hand had expressed about his daughter’s kids, “I’m proud of the way they’ve turned out.”
Jon Voight himself is a celebrated actor and a two time Academy winner. Talking about his celebrity daughter the veteran says, “Angelina has to deal with fame in a way I never had to. She once said that she learned a lot about acting by noticing how I would observe people in everyday life in order to become like them. I’m fascinated by people.”
In her 2000, Oscar acceptance speech Jolie had said, “Dad, you’re a great actor but you’re a better father.”
“It’s quite amazing,” Jolie told reporters afterward, admitting she’d never held an Oscar before.
“My dad’s mother had his in a goldfish bowl or something, on the mantelpiece in New York. It was, like, way up and I never held it. You just kind of figure it’s the strange thing in grandma’s house.”
“He told me that that was one of the…biggest compliments somebody could give him, that it was so important to be a great father,” she said. “And so it was a really special night for everybody in my family.”
Jolie also said of her long-divorced parents, neither of whom had remarried, “They are really good friends. They’re probably each other’s closest friends. It’s going to be weird for them to read that probably, but it’s true.”