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Milla Jovovich

Facts about Milla Jovovich

Date of Birth:17 December 1975
Birthplace:Kiev, Ukraine
First Name:Milla
Last Name:Jovovich
Height:5' 8" (173 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Brown - Light
Star Sign:Sagittarius
Claim to Fame:Dazed and Confused
Occupation:Actress, Model and singer
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich (born Militza Nataša Jovović dec. 17, 1975 (45 years ago)) is a Ukrainian-born, American model, actress, musician, and fashion designer. Over her career, she has appeared in a number of science fiction and action themed films, for which music channel VH1 has referred to her as the "reigning queen of kick-butt".

Jovovich began modeling at eleven, when Richard Avedon featured her in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements, and she continued her career with other notable campaigns for L'Oréal cosmetics, Banana Republic, Christian Dior, Donna Karan and Versace. In 1988 (32 years ago), she had her first professional acting role in the TV movie The Night Train to Kathmandu, and later that year she appeared in her first feature film, Two Moon Junction. Following more small TV appearances like Married with Children "Fair Exchange" (1989, 31 years ago) and movie roles, she gained notoriety with the romance movie Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991, 29 years ago), the sequel to The Blue Lagoon. Jovovich then acted alongside Bruce Willis (5 walls) in the science fiction movie The Fifth Element (1997, 23 years ago), and later played the title role in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999, 21 years ago). In 2002 (18 years ago), she starred in the video game adaptation, Resident Evil, which has gone on to spawn two sequels: Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004, 16 years ago) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007, 13 years ago).

In addition to her modeling and acting career, Jovovich released a critically acclaimed musical album, The Divine Comedy in 1994 (26 years ago). She continues to release demos for other songs on her official website and contributes to movie soundtracks as well; Jovovich has yet to release another album. In 2003 (17 years ago), she and model Carmen Hawk created the clothing line Jovovich-Hawk, which ceased operations in early 2008 (12 years ago). In its season three prior to its demise, the pieces could be found at Fred Segal in Los Angeles, Harvey Nichols, and over 50 stores around the world. Jovovich also has her own production company, Creature Entertainment.

Early years

Jovovich was born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, the daughter of Bogdan Bogdanovich Jovović, a Serbian pediatrician, and Galina Loginova, a Soviet stage actress of ethnic Russian descent.

Jovovich's paternal family's estate was at Metohija in Zlopek near Peć in southern Serbia. Her paternal great-grandfather, Bogić Camić Jovović, was a flag-bearer of the Montenegrin/Serbian Vasojevići clan and an officer in the guard of the King Nicholas I of Montenegro; his wife's name was Milica, after whom Milla got her name. Her paternal grandfather, Bogdan Jovović, was a commander in the Priština military area, and later investigated finances in the military areas of Skopje and Sarajevo, where he uncovered massive gold embezzlement. He was punished for refusing to convict a friend of the crime. Later, the government briefly imprisoned him in Goli Otok for refusing to testify. When he feared that he could be arrested again, he escaped to Albania and later moved to Kiev. A different version of the story claims that he was the one who took the gold. Milla's father, Bogich, later joined Bodgan in Kiev, where he and his sister graduated in medicine. In 2000 (20 years ago), her grandfather, Bogdan Jovović, died in Kiev.

In 1981 (39 years ago), when Jovovich was five years old, her family left the Soviet Union for political reasons and moved to London. They subsequently lived in Sacramento, California before settling in Los Angeles, California seven months later; Jovovich's parents divorced soon after.

In 1988 (32 years ago), as a result of her father's relationship with a woman from Argentina, Jovovich's half-brother Marco Jovovich, was born. Jovovich's mother attempted to support the family with acting jobs, but found little success, and eventually resorted to cleaning houses to earn money. Both her father and mother provided house cleaning services for director Brian de Palma. Jovovich's father was incarcerated for most of her childhood for participating in an illegal operation concerning medical insurance; he was given a 20-year sentence in 1994 (26 years ago), but was released in 1999 (21 years ago) after serving five years in an American prison. Jovovich has stated that "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 shortly after arriving in the United States, and learned fluent English in three months. During school, many of the students had teased her because she had immigrated from the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Jovovich said, "I was called a Commie and a Russian spy. I was never, ever, ever accepted into the crowd." At age 12 in seventh grade, Jovovich left school to focus on her growing career. As a young teenager, she claimed to be rebellious, engaging in drug use, shopping mall vandalism, and credit-card fraud.


Acting career
At the age of nine, she began going to modeling auditions, and was signed by Prima modeling agency. At eleven, Jovovich was noticed by the photographer Richard Avedon. Avedon was head of marketing at Revlon at the time, and chose Jovovich to appear with models Alexa Singer and Sandra Zatezalo in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements. In 1987 (33 years ago), photographers Gene Lemuel and Peter Duke took polaroids of the twelve year old Jovovich, and Lemuel later showed the photographs to Herb Ritts. Impressed, Ritts re-shot the polaroids for the Oct. 1987 (33 years ago) cover of the Italian fashion magazine Lei; this was the first of her many cover shoots. In 1988 (32 years ago), she made her first professional model contract. Jovovich was among other models who gained controversy for becoming involved in the industry at a young age.

Later Jovovich made it to the cover of The Face, which led to new contracts and covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan. Since then, she has graced over one hundred magazine covers, including Seventeen, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar and In Style. Her modeling career has included various campaigns for Banana Republic, Christian Dior, Damiani, Donna Karan, Gap, Versace, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Coach, Giorgio Armani, H&M, and Revlon. Since 1998 (22 years ago), Jovovich has been a "international spokesmodel" for L'Oreal cosmetics. She also had a minor cameo in Bret Easton Ellis's novel Glamorama, a satire of society's obsession with celebrities and beauty.

In an article published in 2002 (18 years ago), she was said to be Miuccia Prada's muse and in an article published in 2003 (17 years ago), Harpers & Queen magazine claimed Jovovich was Gianni Versace's "favourite supermodel". In 2004 (16 years ago), Jovovich topped Forbes magazine's "Richest Supermodels of the World" list, earning a reported $10.5 million. In 2006 (14 years ago), Jovovich was picked up by Spanish clothing line Mango as their new spokesmodel and is currently featured in their ad campaigns; she can also be seen in ads for Etro. She has noted that "Modeling was never a priority" and it instead enables her "to be selective about the creative decisions [she] makes".

Music career
Jovovich had begun working on a music album as early as 1988 (32 years ago), when she was signed by SBK Records after the company heard a demo she recorded. In Aug. 1990 (30 years ago), she asserted in an interview that the then-forthcoming album would be "a mix between Kate Bush, Sinéad O'Connor, This Mortal Coil and the Cocteau Twins". After it was initially presented by SBK strictly as a pop album, Jovovich protested, insisting on using her personal poetry for lyrics and recording her own instrumental material. Jovovich had written the songs when she was fifteen, with the exception of a Ukrainian folk song, "In a Glade", that she covered. In Apr. 1994 (26 years ago), 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. 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 movie another version. The second version of "Gentleman Who Fell", a homage to Maya Deren's short movie Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, 77 years ago), was subsequently played on MTV. Jovovich toured the United States during most of 1994 (26 years ago) to promote the album, opening for Toad the Wet Sprocket and Crash Test Dummies, as well as playing smaller acoustic sets. Jovovich had opted to perform in smaller and more intimate settings, turning down a musical appearance on Saturday Night Live. Milla 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 (27 years ago) and have been working creatively on different ventures ever since. 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 (24 years ago) release. However, Jovovich has yet to release a second album.

In May 1999 (21 years ago), Jovovich along with Chris Brenner formed an experimental band called Plastic Has Memory, in which she wrote the songs, sang and played electric guitar. The band was "[m]uch 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 movie soundtracks, including The Million Dollar Hotel (2000, 20 years ago) and Dummy (2002, 18 years ago), and has also provided songs for movie soundtracks in which she has not acted such as Underworld (2003, 17 years ago) produced by musician Danny Lohner who was the bass player in Nine Inch Nails for many years. In 2001 (19 years ago), 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. 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, 18 years ago) and Legion of Boom (2004, 16 years ago) by The Crystal Method.

Since 2003 (17 years ago), 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 movie soundtracks in its original or a remixed form. As of January, 2009 (11 years ago), 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 Feb. 13th, 2009 (11 years ago) 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.

Jovovich continues to write songs which she refers to as "demos", and which are provided for free in mp3 format on her official website. She provides license to freely download and remix the tracks, but reserves the right to sell and issue them.

Personal life

Jovovich currently resides in homes in Los Angeles and New York with her husband, movie writer and director Paul W. S. Anderson, whom she married on 22 Aug. 2009 (11 years ago). The two met while working on Resident Evil, which Anderson wrote and directed, and in which Jovovich starred. Anderson proposed to Jovovich in 2003 (17 years ago), but the two separated for a period of time before becoming a couple again. The couple have stated that they "would love to get married, but maybe after the baby." On Nov. 3, 2007 (13 years ago), Jovovich gave birth to her and Anderson's first child, a daughter, Ever Gabo Anderson. The child was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, one day before Jovovich's due date of Nov. 4. Ever, a male Scottish name, was given to reflect Anderson's Scottish heritage, while the middle name of Gabo (pronounced "Gabeau") was a combination of Jovovich's parents' names — the first two letters of mother Galina and the first two letters of father Bogie's. Wim Wenders, who directed Jovovich's movie The Million Dollar Hotel, is the baby's godfather. Jovovich has stated that she would like to have three children, saying through means of adoption as well. She has two miniature Maltese dogs, Bubble and Madness, and a Giant Schnauzer named Oliver Cromwell.

Prior to her relationship with Anderson, Jovovich married on-screen boyfriend Shawn Andrews in 1992 (28 years ago) while filming Dazed and Confused together. Andrews was 21, while Jovovich was 16; the marriage was annulled by her mother two months later. 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, Jamiroquai ex-bassist Stuart Zender, in London from May 1994 (26 years ago) to Oct 1995 (25 years ago). From 1995 (25 years ago) to 1997 (23 years ago), she was serious with noted photographer Mario Sorrenti. In Las Vegas, she married The Fifth Element director Luc Besson in 1998 (22 years ago) where they went skydiving directly after the ceremony; they divorced in 1999 (21 years ago). Between 1998 (22 years ago) and 2001 (19 years ago), she befriended the young poet and musician, Anno Birkin, and were each other's inspiration behind many of their compositions. Jovovich became involved with Birkin romantically just before his death in a car accident in late 2001 (19 years ago). Jovovich also dated Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, for seven months in 2000 (20 years ago).

In 2006 (14 years ago), Jovovich mentioned her interest in publishing her private diaries as an autobiography. She had kept a diary since childhood, writing about the locations she has traveled and "all the mad things that [she's] done". Jovovich has stated that she views publication as a way to "get it all into a book—like an autobiography", and it would have a "diary feel to it". However, she also commented that she was "…not sure how interested anyone would be in publishing it, or reading it, for that matter."

In addition to being a smoker, Jovovich has advocated the legalization of cannabis, and appeared in a spread and on the cover for High Times. In an article published in 1994 (26 years ago), she admitted that her only vices were cigarettes and cannabis. She practices yoga and meditates often in attempts to live a healthy lifestyle; although not affiliating with a certain religion, she prays and considers herself a "spiritual person". She avoids junk foods and prefers to cook for herself. She practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in addition to other varieties of martial arts. Jovovich also enjoys playing the guitar, writing in a diary, and writing poems and lyrics for songs.

Jovovich is multilingual—she can speak English, French, her native Russian, and Serbian.

She is a "big fan" of New Scientist and Scientific American magazines.


  • 1988 (32 years ago): Two Moon Junction
  • 1991 (29 years ago): Return to the Blue Lagoon
  • 1992 (28 years ago): Kuffs
  • 1992 (28 years ago): Chaplin
  • 1993 (27 years ago): Dazed and Confused
  • 1997 (23 years ago): The Fifth Element
  • 1998 (22 years ago): He Got Game
  • 1999 (21 years ago): The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  • 2000 (20 years ago): The Claim
  • 2001 (19 years ago): The Million Dollar Hotel
  • 2001 (19 years ago): Zoolander
  • 2002 (18 years ago): Resident Evil
  • 2002 (18 years ago): You Stupid Man
  • 2003 (17 years ago): Dummy
  • 2003 (17 years ago): No Good Deed
  • 2004 (16 years ago): Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  • 2005 (15 years ago): Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula
  • 2006 (14 years ago): Ultraviolet
  • 2007 (13 years ago):.45
  • 2007 (13 years ago): Resident Evil: Extinction
  • 2008 (12 years ago): The Palermo Shooting
  • 2009 (11 years ago): A Perfect Getaway (7 walls)
  • 2009 (11 years ago): The Fourth Kind
  • 2009 (11 years ago): Azazel
  • 2009 (11 years ago): Stone
  • 2010 (10 years ago): Resident Evil: Afterlife

TV-shows (series)

  • 1988 (32 years ago): The Night Train to Kathmandu
  • 1988 (32 years ago): Paradise
  • 1989 (31 years ago): Married... with Children
  • 1990 (30 years ago): Parker Lewis Can't Lose


  • The Divine Comedy
  • The People tree Sessions


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