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Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich is an American model, actress, musician, and fashion designer. Over her career, she has appeared in a number of science fiction and action-themed films, and music channel VH1 has referred to her as the Reigning Queen of Kick Butt.
The girl was born on December 17, 1975 in Kiev, Soviet Union. Her mother Galina Loginova is a Russian stage actress. Milla was raised in the Russian Orthodox religion. Jovovich can speak Russian and English fluently, and a little French.
Milla began modeling when Gene Lemuel convinced Herb Ritts to shoot her for the cover of Lei magazine. Richard Avedon featured her in Revlon’s Most Unforgettable Women in the World advertisements.
In 1988, she debuted in the film The Night Train to Kathmandu, and later that year, she appeared in the feature film Two Moon Junction.

The actress gained notoriety with the romance film Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991).
In 1994 Milla released a music album, The Divine Comedy.
In 1997 Jovovich acted alongside Bruce Willis in the science fiction film The Fifth Element, and later she played the title role in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999).
In 2003, she and model Carmen Hawk created the clothing line Jovovich-Hawk, which ceased operations in early 2008. In its third season 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.
The actress practices yoga and meditates often in attempts to live a healthy lifestyle. 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.
In 2011, Jovovich attended and sang at the birthday celebration of Mikhail Gorbachev. 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 again.

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Milla in her youth

Personal life
In 1992 Milla married American actor Shawn Andrews. She was 16 years old and Andrews was 21. Their marriage was annulled by her mother two months later.

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Milla and Shawn Andrews

Then 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, from May 1994 to October 1995.
From 1995 to 1997, she dated photographer Mario Sorrenti.
In 1997 Jovovich married Luc Besson, the director of The Fifth Element. Two years later they divorced.

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Milla and Luc Besson

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. Jovovich became involved with Birkin romantically just before his death in a car accident in late 2001. Jovovich also dated former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, for seven months in 2000.
On August 22, 2009 the actress married film director Paul W. S. Anderson. They met on the set of the film Resident Evil, directed by Anderson. He proposed to Jovovich in 2003, but the two separated for a period of time before becoming a couple again.
On November 3, 2007, Jovovich gave birth to her daughter Ever Gabo Anderson.

Milla Jovovich