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Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich was born in 1975 in Kiev, Ukraine, to a Serbian pediatrician and a renowned Russian actress. Her family moved to the U.S. in 1981 and she began her remarkable modeling career at age nine.

At age 12, she was chosen by legendary photographer Richard Avedon as one of Revlon's Most Unforgettable Women in the World and has since appeared on more than 150 international magazine covers. Jovovich appeared in ad campaigns for Chanel, Versace, Emporio Armani, Donna Karan, DKNY, Celine, P&K and H&M, and she continues her role as the worldwide spokesmodel for L'Oréal. Thanks to his continued success with Jovovich, Giorgio Armani chose her to be the face of his fragrance Night. For more than 10 years, Jovovich was the face of Calvin Klein's Obsession and Christian Dior's Poison and has most recently become the new face of Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist fragrance, which debuts in August 2009. Jovovich continues to shoot with the fashion industry's most sought-after photographers, including Peter Lindbergh, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean and Inez & Vinoodh. Jovovich made her acting debut in the Disney Channel movie The Night Train to Kathmandu, and she made guest appearances on television series including Married…With Children, Paradise and Parker Lewis Can't Lose. Her first feature film was Two Moon Junction and she starred in Return to the Blue Lagoon at age 15. She played opposite Christian Slater in 1992's Kuffs, prior to appearing in Sir Richard Attenborough's critically acclaimed Chaplin, playing the silent screen legend's second wife, Mildred Harris, opposite Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. Jovovich's film credits also include Richard Linklater's cult-classic tale of 1970s high-school slackers, Dazed and Confused.

Jovovich's breakthrough starring role in motion pictures came in Luc Besson's 1997 science-fiction thriller, The Fifth Element, opposite Bruce Willis. Her portrayal of a perfect being, who holds the key to preventing evil from destroying the world, won the hearts of fans and critics alike. She followed that success with a role as a prostitute in Spike Lee's He Got Game, with Denzel Washington. In 1999, Jovovich followed in the footsteps of such screen legends as Ingrid Bergman and Jean Seberg to achieve critical acclaim in the title role of Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, which also featured Dustin Hoffman, John Malkovich and Faye Dunaway.

She next appeared with Mel Gibson in Wim Wenders' The Million Dollar Hotel, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. She went on to co-star with Wes Bentley and Sarah Polley in MGM's The Claim and with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in Stiller's spoof of the world of models and high fashion, Zoolander.

Jovovich achieved box-office success in the U.S. and around the world with the action-packed thriller Resident Evil, written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, and its sequels Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction, based on the wildly popular video game. She received glowing reviews opposite Oscar winner Adrien Brody and Illeana Douglas in the feature film Dummy, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In spring 2006, Jovovich starred as action heroine Violet in the futuristic film Ultraviolet, directed by Kurt Wimmer.

Later this fall, Jovovich will star in the Alaska-set conspiracy theory thriller The Fourth Kind. She is currently filming the psychological thriller Stone in the much-coveted female lead role, opposite Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton.

Jovovich is known throughout the world for her personal sense of style and her love of fashion, which led Jovovich and her friend and business partner, Carmen Hawk, to launch their Jovovich-Hawk clothing line, which achieved instant acclaim in the domestic and international fashion world. The fresh, unique line garnered the attention of red carpet watchers and fashion magazines, including American Vogue, which featured Jovovich-Hawk on its coveted list of 10 Things to Watch Out for in 2005.

A student of voice and guitar since she was very young, Jovovich began writing songs for her first record at age 15. In 1994, EMI Records released her first album, The Divine Comedy. Informed by her experiences as a Russian emigrant child growing up during the Red-bashing Reagan era, the introspective European-folk debut drew favorable reviews for Jovovich's songwriting and performing. Although, she has not released a follow-up album, she still continues to write music and has had songs featured on several film soundtracks.

Charitable work also plays a major part in Jovovich's life. She has served as master of ceremonies and co-chaired with Elizabeth Taylor for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS event at the Venice International Film Festival, and she has been heavily involved with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, as well as the Wildlands Project.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Milla Jovovich Facts

Birth NameMilitza Natasha Jovovich
OccupationActress, Model, Musician
BirthdayDecember 17, 1975 (47)
BirthplaceKiev, Ukraine
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Milla Jovovich compared to you?
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Selected Filmography

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) as Alice
Resident Evil (2002) as Alice
The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) as Eloise
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) as Joan of Arc
He Got Game (1998) as Dakota Burns
The Fifth Element (1998) user recommendation as Leeloo
Chaplin (1992) as Mildred Harris
Kuffs (1992) as Maya Carlton
Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) as Lilli (breakthrough)
The Night Train to Kathmandu (1988) as Lily
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