Milla Jovovich
model and actress
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich is an American model, actress, musician, and fashion designer. During her career, she has appeared in a number of science fiction and action-themed films, earning her the sobriquet "reigning queen of kick-butt" from the music channel VH1 in 2006. Jovovich began modeling when Herb Ritts photographed her for the cover of the Italian magazine Lei in 1987.
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Milla Jovovich is proud of "Resident Evil" heroine - 23 days
At a promotional event in London, actress Milla Jovovich talks about the importance of having powerful women on movie screens. Jayson Mansaray reports.
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Review: Alice Returns in ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’
NYTimes - about 1 month
In the sixth entry in Paul W. S. Anderson’s dystopian franchise, Milla Jovovich’s character is back in zombie land, aided by her former nemesis the Red Queen.
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'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' review delayed
LATimes - about 1 month
The action-horror film “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” starring Milla Jovovich, opens Friday in general release but was not screened for critics. The review will appear as soon as possible in Calendar and online at   See the most-read stories in Entertainment this...
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11 Unforgettable Russian Fashion Week Collections
Huffington Post - 4 months
Looks from collections by Ria Keburia (far left), Carmen Emanuela Popa (left), Tatyana Parfionova (center) , ZDDZ (right), and Dasha Gauser (far right) 17 years ago Russian Fashion Week was launched in 1999 (since then it's become Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia) and the designers are currently showcasing their Spring/Summer '17 collections in Moscow. Over the past 20 years Russian designers have been making names for themselves on the world stage getting recognition for their unique points of view and bold designs. The post-Soviet styles are unexpected, fresh and memorable and can be seen from October 13 - 17 during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia. As #MBFWR is underway take a look back at 11 unforgettable collections from some of Russia's and Georgia's most talented designers. Alena Akhmadullina Set in a mythical underwater locale, Alena Akhmadullina's Spring/Summer 2016 collection proved that fashion is more than pretty dresses and expensive handbags but rather ...
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Photos: Milla Jovovich Takes Her Mini-Me Daughter to Paris Fashion Week
ABC News - 8 months
Meet the next generation of stars.
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Amber Valletta, Milla Jovovich and Lexi Boling star in latest Jimmy Choo campaign
Yahoo News - 8 months
Amber Valletta, Milla Jovovich, Lexi Boling and Sasha Pivovarova are among the big names joining festivities to celebrate two decades of high-end shoe design. Jimmy Choo has called on Craig McDean to shoot the key pieces of the brand's autumn/winter 2016-2017 collection. The fashion photographer has sought to capture the essence of the Jimmy Choo woman, channeling a blend of innate confidence, effortless glamour and daring spirit.
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Scene City: Uma Thurman, Karlie Kloss, Milla Jovovich at amfAR’s Gala in Cannes
NYTimes - 9 months
Stars of film and fashion raised more than $25 million for AIDS research during Cannes film festival.
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Milla Jovovich is unrecognizable in 'Resident Evil: The Final Chapter' snapshot
Fox News - over 1 year
Jovovich revealed that it took four hours for her to be transformed into “Old Alice” for the film.
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'Resident Evil' actress Milla Jovovich co-sleeps with her children
Fox News - almost 2 years
Milla Jovovich is a staunch advocate of co-sleeping with her children. “I feel that the connection with children and mothers is so strong in places where there are not so many ‘things’ to get in the way,” Jovovich, 39, said in an interview with Romy & the Bunnies.
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Milla Jovovich on why she and her husband co-sleep with their seven-year-old daughter
The Independent - almost 2 years
Milla Jovovich has revealed that her success as a parent lies in the fact that she shares a bed with her children.
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100,000 Musicians Support Charities Through Music for Good
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When music industry website ReverbNation decided it was time to give back, it looked to its customers for inspiration. How could nearly three million artists, venue owners and industry professionals make a difference? Then a lightbulb went off inside the mind of the company's co-founder and president, Jed Carlson: Name the program Music for Good and let the musicians choose the organizations they want to support. That's when I got the call. Connecting charities and musicians is my business, so ringing up colleagues at some of the world's most trusted nonprofits and curating the list of organizations was a rewarding task. ReverbNation launched the program on its website and asked artists to put one or more of their songs for sale on the Music for Good page, where the bands split profits 50/50 with a charity of their choosing. Yet what happened next surprised all of us: After we got 13 charities on board, and artists began selling songs, Music for Good took off by itself without any ...
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Actresses Who Should Play Cruella De Vil In Disney's New Movie
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Obviously Glenn Close should reprise her role as Cruella de Vil in Disney's newly announced live-action update based on the classic "101 Dalmatians" villain. Her Golden Globe-nominated turn in the 1996 adaptation will be hard to top. But someone else may have to have to do it, as Glenn will serve as executive producer on "Cruella" and is unlikely to return to the role. That means we need to find a solid substitute, someone who can attempt to measure up to Close's devilish turn. Here are 12 of our suggestions. Let us know who's missing from our list in the comments below. Naomi Watts Watts first wowed us with the seductive "Mulholland Drive." We know she can do rich dramatic roles, but many have been tinged with heroism ("The Impossible," "Eastern Promises," "Diana"). It's time to see her take on something a bit more devilish. Charlize Theron Charlize Theron has a penchant for dark roles. Her jaw-dropping turn as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003's "Monster" earned her an O ...
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Milla Jovovich Leans on Paul W.S. Anderson's Shoulder!
Just Jared - over 3 years
Milla Jovovich leans on her husband Paul W.S. Anderson while doing some shopping on Monday (September 30) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 37-year-old Ukrainian actress was spotted lending a helping hand to a man in a wheelchair by giving him some change during the outing. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Milla Jovovich “I believe when you don’t give your kids a chance to deserve all these things for themselves, they will grow up to be insecure, self loathing and jaded to the point of suicide,” Milla recently wrote on her Facebook. 15+ pictures inside of Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson shopping together…
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Mike Sandler: A Fantasy Fed Chair Who Can Save the Planet
Huffington Post - over 3 years
President Obama will soon appoint a successor to chair the Federal Reserve when Ben Bernanke steps down at the end of his term. The Federal Reserve (aka "The Fed") serves as the country's central bank, oversees the biggest banks, and sets monetary policy for the nation. It is a highly secretive and extremely powerful institution. For decades, the Fed has been a target for critics and conspiracy theorists on both the left and the right for its lack of transparency and the close ties to Wall Street and the moneyed elite. Casual observers know that the Fed sets the base interest rate that banks pay on their holdings, but fewer people know that the Fed is responsible for creating almost all the money in our economy by adding funds (out of thin air) to member banks' accounts, which allows them to make loans. In our debt-based monetary system, loans create money and money is debt. When loans are not repaid and result in bankruptcies, the debt (money) vanishes from the econ ...
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'Resident Evil's Milla Jovovich Joins Shakespeare Modernization 'Cymbeline' (Dominic Patten/ - over 3 years
Dominic Patten / 'Resident Evil's Milla Jovovich Joins Shakespeare Modernization ‘Cymbeline’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Michael Almereyda's Cymbeline has a King in Ed Harris and now it has its Queen in Milla Jovovich.  The actress has been added to the cast of the biker gang and bad cops update of the William Shakespeare play …
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Milla Jovovich & Naomie Harris: Giorgio Armani Prive Show!
Just Jared - over 3 years
Milla Jovovich and Naomie Harris look gorgeous while attending the Giorgio Armani Prive fashion show held during Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 on Tuesday (July 2) at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, France. The ladies sat in the front row at the show next to Roberta Armani. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Milla Jovovich “Just seen @Thisistheend loved it!!! #bestfilm !!!! Must be seen!!” Naomie tweeted last week. Make sure to check out the funny flick! 20+ pictures inside of Milla Jovovich and Naomie Harris at the show…
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Milla Jovovich Cuts Her Hair Short
People Magazine - over 3 years
Getty; Splash News Online Even butt-kicking babes need to take time out to obsess about their hair! And that’s just what Resident Evil‘s Milla Jovovich has been up to lately, posting one pic after another of her brand new chin-length bob. RELATED PHOTOS: Check out more star hair changes! The star, who ordinarily wears her hair in shoulder-length layers, displayed many angles of her cute, more textured look, which she cut Monday for a photoshoot. She even took advantage of the new Instagram Video feature, posting lots of pretty (and silly) from the Mexico shoot. Tell us: Do you like Jovovich’s shorter do? –Alex Apatoff
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That's A Very High Slit, Milla Jovovich
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Milla Jovovich looked amazing at the "Liaisons Au Louvre III"" charity gala on Tuesday, but the Instagram photos she posted after the event were much sexier than the professional photographs, as she kicked off her high heels and seductively bared her legs in a silver thigh-high-slit gown by Yves Saint Laurent, captioning the photo, "End of the night at #lelouvre wearing @ysl #saintlaurent #noshoes photo by @chrissbrenner." The star-studded party was held in the spectacular glass pyramid of the Louvre in Paris, hosted by Jovovich's friend Becca Cason Thrash and featuring a private concert by Diana Ross. It was wildly successful, raising over $3 million for the American Friends of the Louvre, which sponsors restoration projects at the iconic museum. The 37-year-old star looks just as good as ever, having no problem showing off her perfect pins in her amazing surroundings. Flawless.
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Erica Firpo: Back Fom the Biennale, Venice 2013
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Venice. Floating city, contemporary art contradiction. In 1998 and 1999, I lived bi-coastalish between Venice, Italy and Los Angeles. I spent most of my time with my head in modern and contemporary art and my feet in unattractive, waterproof shoes. I had a love/hate relationship with the city. It was mysterious, humid, incomprehensible, beautiful and capricious. To me, it was that mellifluous Gemini in the form of a city -- giving you nothing and everything at once. In other words, the very perfect place to have a contemporary art festival. The Venice Biennale is a six-month celebration of contemporary art, and in part a celebration of the ancient archipelago that refuses to be defined. Since 1895, the Biennale Gardens, then Arsenale and several palazzi across the islands have been reincarnating themselves bi-annually in country curated pavillions, galleries and exhibitions and pop-up venues throughout the Biennale and Venice. Pavilions act as setting and installation ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Milla Jovovich
  • 2013
    Age 37
    In 2013, she was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her performance in Resident Evil: Retribution.
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  • 2011
    Age 35
    In 2011, she won the Scream Award for Best Science Fiction Actress for Resident Evil: Afterlife and in 2012 she received a nomination for Choice Movie Actress: Action from the Teen Choice Awards.
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    In 2011, Jovovich attended and sang at the birthday celebration of Mikhail Gorbachev.
    More Details Hide Details The actress also gave a speech in which she thanked Gorbachev, saying that when she and her family left the Soviet Union in 1980 they were sadly sure that they would never see their relatives again and that thanks to him they have been reunited. Jovovich was born in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union to a Montenegrin father - a doctor, and a Russian mother - an actress. In addition to English, she is fluent in French and partly in Russian. She had referred to the role the Russian culture played in her life when she stated in 2005: "I have a Russian mother, she was a famous actress in the USSR (Galina Loginova). And the first books, which I read, were in Russian. I was raised in the atmosphere of the Russian classical theatre school. The art, built on the system of Stanislavsky – that's the most realistic art. And the modern cinema stands on the same principle. A Russian person wants to find the truth. This is the base of the Russian culture. I never forget it, especially since I have Russian roots". Jovovich established a charitable foundation in 2005 to help Ukrainian children. At the time she referred to herself: "I am a strong Ukrainian girl, that is why I work a lot".
  • 2010
    Age 34
    She was also nominated for Best Horror Actress at the 2010 Scream Awards for her performance as Dr. Abigail Tyler in The Fourth Kind, and won the Hollywood Spotlight Award for Best Actress at the 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala for her role as Lucetta in the 2010 film Stone.
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  • 2009
    Age 33
    Jovovich currently resides in homes in Los Angeles and New York with her husband, film writer and director Paul W. S. Anderson, whom she married on 22 August 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 32
    In 2008, she was ranked No. 90 on Ask Men's Top 99 Women of 2008 List.
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    In late 2008, Jovovich and Hawk mutually agreed to end the business due to increased demands on their time.
    More Details Hide Details Jovovich explained, "I'm an artist. I'm not someone who can deal with shipping rates and taxes". Jovovich has been noted for her careers as a model, singer and actress. Music channel VH1 has referred to her as the "reigning queen of kick-butt" for her roles in various sci-fi and action films and Rebecca Flint Marx of Allmovie said that despite the negative critical response for the Resident Evil films, the franchise has turned Jovovich into an "A-list action star". Her action roles have given her a geek following for which MTV said she was "Every Geek's Dream Girl". In 2004, Jovovich was ranked No. 69 on Maxim magazine's "Top 100 Hot List", ranked No. 82 in 2005 and ranked No. 21 in 2010. Maxim also named her No. 11 on their list of "Hottest Nerd Crushes".
  • 2007
    Age 31
    On November 3, 2007, Jovovich gave birth to their first child, a daughter.
    More Details Hide Details The child was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Their second child, another daughter, was born on April 1, 2015.
    In late 2007, Jovovich-Hawk signed a deal to design a diffusion collection for Target's Go International campaign, following in the footsteps of Luella, Paul & Joe and Proenza Schouler.
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    The shorts Alice, her character, wears are a variation on the 'Alice Star' Shorts from the Spring 2007 collection.
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    In 2007, Jovovich and Hawk designed the costume for Jovovich's character in Resident Evil: Extinction.
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  • 2006
    Age 30
    In November 2006, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and US Vogue nominated Jovovich-Hawk for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.
    More Details Hide Details Jovovich-Hawk was nominated as a finalist, although Doo-Ri Chung took the top prize.
  • 2003
    Age 27
    Jovovich and fellow model Carmen Hawk launched a line of clothing called Jovovich-Hawk in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The pair opened a showroom in New York City's Greenwich Village on September 13, 2005, and the line lasted for four years. All of the dresses for Jovovich-Hawk line were designed by herself and her partner Carmen Hawk, in The atelier is based in Los Angeles, but pieces could be found at Fred Segal in Los Angeles, Harvey Nichols, and over 50 stores around the world. Vogue has praised the line for its "girl-about-town cult status most designers spend years trying to achieve."
  • 2001
    Age 25
    Jovovich became involved with Birkin romantically just before his death in a car accident on November 8, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Studio albums Singles Compilations, soundtracks and albums featuring Jovovich Jovovich has been nominated for numerous awards. In 1992, she was nominated for Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture at the Young Artist Awards for her role in Return to the Blue Lagoon. She was also nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star for her role in this film. In 1998, she was also nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fifth Element, the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best New Actress, and the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight Scene (between her and aliens) for the role as well. Conversely she also received a nomination for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress for the same role. She received a nomination for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, in 2000.
    In 2001, Jovovich was one of many celebrities whose vocals were featured in a cover of "We are Family" to raise money for the American Red Cross.
    More Details Hide Details She has appeared as guest vocalist on the song "Former Lover" on Deepak Chopra's album, A Gift of Love II: Oceans of Ecstasy (2002) and Legion of Boom (2004) by The Crystal Method. Since 2003, Jovovich has worked with musician Maynard James Keenan, of Tool and A Perfect Circle, on his Industrial side project Puscifer, contributing vocals to the track "REV 22:20", which was featured on various film soundtracks in its original or a remixed form. As of January, 2009, she can be heard collaborating with Maynard and Danny Lohner on the Puscifer track called, "The Mission." She also performed the song at the first live Puscifer performance on February 13, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Danny Lohner, and longtime music collaborator Chris Brenner currently continue to record and perform with Jovovich who has made several highly praised appearances in recent years.
  • 1999
    Age 23
    In May 1999, Jovovich along with Chris Brenner formed an experimental band called Plastic Has Memory, in which she wrote the songs, sang, and played electric guitar.
    More Details Hide Details The band was "much heavier and darker than the vaguely Ukrainian folk-sounding elements of her first album" and had a similar sound to a grunge and trip hop Portishead. Plastic Has Memory played about a dozen shows in Los Angeles and New York City for a potential Virgin Records album release, one of which Mick Jagger had attended. Though Plastic Has Memory was featured on Hollywood Goes Wild, a benefit celebrity compilation album, the group never formally released a record and is no longer together. Jovovich has contributed tracks to several of her film soundtracks, including The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) and Dummy (2002), and has also provided songs for the soundtracks of films in which she has not acted such as Underworld (2003) produced by musician Danny Lohner who was the bass player in Nine Inch Nails for many years. Her song "The Gentlemen Who Fell" was featured on The Rules of Attraction soundtrack in 2002.
  • 1998
    Age 22
    Despite the appearance of a lo-fi field recording The People Tree Sessions in 1998, Jovovich has yet to release a second album.
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  • 1997
    Age 21
    In Las Vegas, she married The Fifth Element director Luc Besson in 1997 where they went skydiving directly after the ceremony; they divorced in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Between 1998 and 2001, she befriended the young poet and musician, Anno Birkin, and each was the other's inspiration behind many of their compositions.
    The Fifth Element was selected as the opening film for the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and its worldwide box office gross was over $263 million, more than three times its budget of $80 million.
    More Details Hide Details The Fifth Element was often praised for its visual style; critic James Berardinelli wrote, "Jovovich makes an impression, although her effectiveness has little to do with acting and less to do with dialogue". Jovovich was nominated for "Favorite Female Newcomer" at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards and "Best Fight" at the MTV Movie Awards. The film inspired a video game and a planned Leeloo action figure, but the figure was never released due to licensing problems. In a 2003 interview, Jovovich said Leeloo was her favorite role. In 1998, Jovovich appeared in Spike Lee's drama He Got Game, as abused prostitute Dakota Burns; she acted with Denzel Washington and Ray Allen. In 1999, she appeared in the music video for the song "If You Can't Say No" by Lenny Kravitz. That year she returned to the action genre playing the title role in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, under direction of Luc Besson. She cut her hair short and wore armor in several extensive battle scenes. Jovovich received generally good reviews for her performance, although she also received a Razzie Award nomination for "Worst Actress". The historical drama did moderately well at the box office, gaining $66 million worldwide. In 2000, Jovovich appeared as the troubled Eloise in The Million Dollar Hotel, a film based on a concept story by Bono of the band U2 and Nicholas Klein. Directed by Wim Wenders, Jovovich starred alongside Jeremy Davies and Mel Gibson; she provided vocals on the film's soundtrack.
    They married on December 14, 1997, but later divorced.
    More Details Hide Details Jovovich co-created and mastered an alien fictional language of over 400 words for her role. She wore a costume that came to be known as the "ACE-bandage" costume; the body suit designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier was made of medical bandages.
  • 1996
    Age 20
    Following The Divine Comedy, she expressed interest in releasing a second album, having had ten songs ready for a future recording that was intended for a Summer 1996 release.
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  • 1995
    Age 19
    From 1995 to 1997, she dated photographer Mario Sorrenti.
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  • 1994
    Age 18
    Shortly after the annulment, Jovovich moved to Europe with her friend and musician Chris Brenner where she met and then lived with her new boyfriend, ex-Jamiroquai bassist Stuart Zender, in London from May 1994 to October 1995.
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    Jovovich toured the United States during most of 1994 to promote the album, opening for Toad the Wet Sprocket and Crash Test Dummies, as well as playing smaller acoustic sets.
    More Details Hide Details Jovovich had opted to perform in smaller and more intimate settings, turning down a musical appearance on Saturday Night Live. Jovovich has also been collaborating musically with longtime friend and musician Chris Brenner, who co-wrote with her on the Divine Comedy Album and who was the musical coordinator for the supporting tour. She and Brenner met in 1993 and have since worked together on several ventures.
    In April 1994, billed under her first name, she released The Divine Comedy, a title that was a reference to the epic poem by Dante Alighieri of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details Jovovich had chosen the title after seeing Russian artist Alexis Steele's proposed cover artwork sketch for the then untitled album. Jovovich found that the sketch had "all the struggle that I'm singing about. It IS the divine comedy". The Divine Comedy was well received by critics, and featured pop-infused traditional Ukrainian folk songs that led to comparisons with musicians Tori Amos and Kate Bush. John McAlley of Rolling Stone called the album "remarkable", "strikingly mature and rich in invention", and as featuring "angst-laced poetry with vivid melodies and arrangements that find a common spirit in synth pop, European folk and psychedelic dream rock". Jovovich released the track "Gentleman Who Fell", with an accompanying music video, as the sole single from the album. The music video was originally directed by Lisa Bonet and featured Harry Dean Stanton, but Jovovich was unsatisfied with the results and decided to film another version. The second version of "Gentleman Who Fell", a homage to Maya Deren's short film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), was subsequently played on MTV.
  • 1993
    Age 17
    In 1993 she acted in Richard Linklater's film Dazed and Confused.
    More Details Hide Details She played Michelle Burroughs, on-screen girlfriend to Pickford (played by her then-boyfriend Shawn Andrews). Strongly featured in promotions for the film, Jovovich was upset to find her role much reduced in the released film. Discouraged, she took a hiatus from acting roles, moving to Europe. She started to work at music. Jovovich returned to acting in 1997 with a lead role in the French science fiction action film The Fifth Element, alongside Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman. This was written and directed by Luc Besson. She portrayed Leeloo, an alien who helps to save the planet. Jovovich said she "worked like hell: no band practice, no clubs, no pot, nothing" to acquire the role and impress Besson.
  • 1992
    Age 16
    Prior to her relationship with Anderson, Jovovich married on-screen boyfriend Shawn Andrews in 1992 while filming Dazed and Confused together.
    More Details Hide Details Andrews was 21, while Jovovich was 16; the marriage was annulled by her mother two months later.
    In 1992, Milla Jovovich co-starred with Christian Slater in the comedy Kuffs.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, she portrayed Mildred Harris in the Charlie Chaplin biographical film Chaplin.
  • 1991
    Age 15
    For this role, Jovovich was nominated both for "Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture" at the 1991 Young Artist Awards, and "Worst New Star" at the 1991 Golden Raspberry Awards.
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  • 1988
    Age 12
    In 1988, Jovovich appeared in her first professional role as Lily McLeod in the made-for-television film The Night Train to Kathmandu.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, she made her debut in a feature film as Samantha Delongpre in the romantic thriller Two Moon Junction. She had several roles in television series, including Paradise (1988), Married... with Children (1989) and Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990). At age 15, she was cast as the lead as Lilli Hargrave in Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), opposite Brian Krause. Given her age and beauty, she was often compared to Brooke Shields, another child model-turned-actress who had starred in the original Blue Lagoon. The role was controversial, as Jovovich appeared nude in the film, as had Shields in The Blue Lagoon..
    In 1988, her father had a relationship with an Argentine woman, and they had a son, Marco Jovovich.
    More Details Hide Details Due to her parents' divorce years before, Jovovich saw little of her half brother. In Los Angeles, her mother, Galina Jovovich, tried to get acting jobs, but found little success because of language barriers, and eventually resorted to cleaning houses to earn money. Both parents served as cooks and housekeepers for director Brian De Palma. Milla's father was convicted and imprisoned for participating in an illegal operation concerning medical insurance; he was given a 20-year sentence in 1994, but was released in 1999 after serving five years. According to Jovovich, "Prison was good for him. He's become a much better person. It gave him a chance to stop and think." Jovovich attended public schools in Los Angeles, becoming fluent in English in three months. In school, she was teased by classmates for coming from the Soviet Union: "I was called a commie and a Russian spy. I was never, ever, ever accepted into the crowd." At age 12, Jovovich left seventh grade to focus on modeling, which she had started at age nine. She has said she was rebellious during her early teens, engaging in drug use, shopping mall vandalism, and credit-card fraud. In 1994, she became naturalized as a U.S. citizen at the age of 19.
  • 1985
    Age 9
    Jovovich's mother had "raised her to be a movie star." In 1985, Galina enrolled Jovovich at the age of 10 in acting classes, and when her acting jobs picked up, she started attending school for young actors rather than regular school system.
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  • 1980
    Age 4
    In 1980, when Jovovich was five years old, her family left the Soviet Union for political reasons and immigrated to London.
    More Details Hide Details They subsequently immigrated to Sacramento, California, settling in Los Angeles seven months later. Milla's parents divorced soon after their arrival in Los Angeles.
  • 1975
    Milla Jovovich was born in 1975 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, to a Serbian father and an ethnic Russian mother.
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