Battle of Brad's Babes
Jennifer Aniston vs. Angelina Jolie
by Steve Ryfle
Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston. If you were a modestly talented, immodestly handsome and immeasurably successful movie star (and, if sexism and matters of good taste were irrelevant), which one would you choose?
Forget the vapid tabloid war that erupted last summer, when the façade of Brad and Jen's perfect Hollywood marriage cracked and shattered. Forget the photos of Brad and Angelina walking on the beach in Kenya, or Jen's rebound on the cover of Vanity Fair. Forget labeling Angelina a home wrecker, and forget feeling sorry for Jen and her broken widdle heart. Forget Vince Vaughn.
Here's what's important. Brad Pitt had his choice between two of the world's most desirable women. He ditched goody two-shoes Jen for bad girl Angelina. Did he make the right call? You decide.
Pix of Angelina
Pix of Jennifer
Real name: Angelina Jolie Voight
Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
| ||Jennifer Aniston|
Real name: Jennifer Joanna Aniston
Birthdate: February 11, 1969
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, California
Roots: Daughter of "Midnight Cowboy" legend Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, an actress who co-starred with Voight in a long-forgotten movie called "Lookin' to Get Out." Her character in that film was named "Girl in Jeep."
Roots: Daughter of "Days of Our Lives" actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. Raised in New York and Greece, until her parents divorced when Jennifer was nine and she went to live with her mother.
| Baby steps: Trained at Lee Strasberg's theater institute, then worked as a model in New York and London. Her first acting roles were in music videos for Meat Loaf, Lenny Kravitz, and other artists. Also acted in student films directed by her brother, James Haven. || |
Baby steps: Started acting at age 11, as a member of the drama club at the exclusive-ish Rudolf Steiner School in New York's Upper East Side. Enrolled as a drama student at New York High School of the Performing Arts, graduating in 1987.
|Prime asset: She's got the high cheekbones and the dangerous curves, but it's the lips - big, pouty, and much admired. AskMen.com says: "Her proportions and facial features are flawless, and there's nothing we can say about her lips that hasn't been said a dozen times already."|| ||Prime asset: It's the hair. She invented a 'do called "The Rachel" (named after her "Friends" alter-ego) that briefly became all the rage in the early '90s, resulting in magazine covers and throngs of female followers. Lately she's changed both her coif and her color. |
|Bare assets: Unafraid to get nekkid in front of the camera lens. To wit: her bedroom scenes in "Pushing Tin," "Gia," and with Ethan Hawke in "Taking Lives" and Antonio Banderas in "Original Sin." || ||Bare assets: She sued a photographer for scaling the wall outside her Beverly Hills home and snapping pics of her sunbathing topless. The shutterbug eventually agreed to pay $550,000 in damages. |
|Parental issues: Despite his TV plea for reconciliation, she still holds a grudge against dad. Says: "I don't hate my father. I don't blame him for divorcing my mother or having affairs. I just don't want to … watch my mother cry." || ||Parental issues: After her mother made unflattering comments about Jennifer to a tabloid, she refused to invite mom to the big Brad-and-Jen wedding, which took place in Malibu back in 2000.|| |
|Godparental issues: "Her godmother is actress Jacqueline Bisset, who rolled around naked in the sack with Angelina's dad in Midnight Cowboy," while a Japanese giant monster movie played on the bedroom TV. Godfather is esteemed, Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell.|| ||Godparental issues: She's the godmother of Courteney Cox and David Arquette's daughter, Coco. Jen's godfather was the late, great Telly Savalas.|
|Flight of fancy: She's a globetrotter, criss-crossing the continents on goodwill missions. Has no fear of dying in a plane crash. "I'm not scared of going out that way. I've too been suicidal off and on my whole life. I'm not going to get off that easy."|| ||Land locked: She's afraid to fly - so afraid, in fact, that it prevented her from traveling 'round the world and visiting Brad Pitt on the set of his movies. Doesn't she know how lonely it can get in that trailer? |
|Bad girl: Multiple partners, same-sex flings, casual sex. Hey, it's no big deal for her. Throw in her obsession with death, a boatload of tattoos, her knife collection, and the thought of Angelina and ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton writing love letters to each other in blood, and you're in for a fun evening.|| ||Bad girl: A few years back she was the "Good Girl," but in her new film "Derailed," Jen plays a femme fatale who seduces Clive Owen and has rough sex with him on a train. Choo-choo!|
|Scrap heap: Before there was Brad, before there was Billy Bob, she was married to bad boy Brit actor Jonny Lee Miller of "Trainspotting" fame. || ||Notches: Before there was Brad, she and character actor Tate Donovan were an item.|
|Babies on board: Her Maddox was adopted from Cambodia, and infant daughter Zahara was recently adopted from Ethiopia. Angelina says she wants to adopt more kids from more countries.|| ||Baby envy: Back when she was still Mrs. Pitt, said she wanted to have kids and be a stay-at-home mom for a while. Said she was "born with the hips to make [babies]." These days she settles for time with her goddaughter and caring for her dog, Norman. |
|Quotable: "Love one person, take care of them until you die. You know, raise kids. Have a good life. Be a good friend. And try to be completely who you are. And figure out what you personally love. And like go after it with everything you've got no matter how much it takes."|| ||Quotable: "I love Brad; I really love him. I will love him for the rest of my life. I don't regret any of it, and I'm not going to beat myself up about it. ... The sad thing, for me, is the way it's been reduced to a Hollywood cliché, or maybe it's just a human cliche."|Syndicated Columnists
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