Voight vs Jolie: Is Hollywood’s most famous family feud near an end?

Author: By Jonathan Brown

Although he gave her an insight into the acting craft and she was his young
companion to the Academy Awards even making her film debut alongside him in
1982, she always insisted she made it in her own right on her own terms ?
something she demonstrated by dropping Voight from her name.

Her father?s affairs while in a relationship with her mother contributed to
the chilliness between the two but the breaking point came in 2001 when an
emotional Voight told Access Hollywood that his daughter had “serious mental
problems” and pleaded with her to seek help.

But now Voight, 70, has revealed relations are on the mend and that the most
famous family feud in showbusiness, if not quite at an end, could be
healing. ?We?re in touch, but not regularly,? Voight told Us Weekly
magazine. ?We love each other and that?s the most important thing.?

Father and daughter met ?face to face? in February and ? with the support of
Jolie?s husband Brad Pitt – have been talking ever since, a family friend
told the magazine. ?Angie made the initial contact,? said the friend. ?Brad
Pitt has been supportive – a key factor in her reaching out.?

There have been attempted reconciliations before. The two appeared together in
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001 but following the television interview and
the name change there was no dialogue. “My father and I don’t speak. I don’t
hold any anger toward him. I don’t believe that somebody’s family becomes
their blood. Because my son’s adopted, and families are earned,” Jolie said
at the time.

Although she has admitted learning from her father?s observational techniques
and the shared passion for acting as well as sharing his liberal politics,,
her father?s behaviour has always proved problematic. When probed in an
interview on her own private life she said: “To be intimate with a married
man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could
forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn’t
be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife.”

Jolie and Pitt have three adopted children and three children of their own.
Voight was one of the biggest stars of the 1970s following his appearance in
the 1969 Oscar-winning Midnight Cowboy in which he played the hustler Joe
Buck.

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