WCW: Angelina Jolie


I know, it’s trite to say that Angelina Jolie is gorgeous. She is! And she’s actually a pretty decent actor. Watching Changeling reminded me of that, so I thought we should take a look through her oeuvre … And pray that she someday gets that long-talked-about Cleopatra movie off the ground!


George Wallace (1997)

She plays the wife of the pro-segregationist 1960s Alabama governor.

1997 George Wallace

She looks good with slightly bouffant hair!

1997 George Wallace

They coulda gone bigger…


True Women (1997)

Ya know, with a title like “True Women,” I kind of want to watch it. Because I picture there’s going to be a lot of stoically strong yet maternally feminine women grabbing fistfuls of dirt à la Scarlett O’Hara.

1997 True Women

Okay so I do think Jolie’s hair is pretty, even if it’s a whole lot of WTF.

1997 True Women

Look, it’s Dana Delaney from China Beach! And Annabeth Gish from Scarlett!

1997 True Women

Yuuup… just watched the trailer, and it’s as heavy-handed as I imagined! “The Old West was ruled by men…. but THE WOMEN conquered it!!!”


Original Sin (2001)

She’s AND Antonio Banderas are sexy AF, the 1870s costumes are great, and the story actually sucks me in!

2001 Original Sin


2001 Original Sin

Lovely skirt draperies!

Alexander (2004)

Okay, I really need to remember to watch this, because it sounds like SUCH  train wreck. Jolie plays the mother of Alexander the Great, who is played by Colin Farrell who apparently couldn’t lose his Irish accent, so they made everyone adopt one. Plus it’s directed by Oliver Stone. Literally going to watch this tonight, I love a good train wreck!

2004 Alexander

And here’s why we all want to see her as Cleopatra.

2004 Alexander

Because girl rocks the Bitchy Roman Greek Loungewear!


The Good Shepherd (2006)

The early (’50s?) CIA. Sarah says it’s good, but uninteresting, costume-wise. I trust her!

2006 The Good Shepherd



The Changeling (2008)

A surprisingly engrossing story of a disappeared child, set in the 1920s. Watch it!

The Changeling (2008)

There are great hats!

The Changeling (2008)

And Jolie’s acting matches how fab she looks!


What’s your favorite of Angelina Jolie’s historical roles? Am I crazy to want to sit through Alexander?


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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

12 Responses

  1. Janet

    Alexander [The Great] is indeed a [long] train wreck. Hope you had a stiff drink while watching 😅. She plays a real deathly willful/powerful Mother. What did you think of her husband/King? I was/am more annoyed by Colin Farrell weird and bad bleached blond hair job…but yeah he sounds Irish. Like Sean Connery always sounding Scottish in whatever role he played. But it’s a huge cast with actors who were “unkown” back in 2004 who eventually made it big.

  2. picasso Manu

    If you’re in for the train wreck, you’re not going to be disappointed, is all I will say. As commenter above suggested, arm yourself with beverageS (as in, many of them). Not kidding, we’re talking Braveheart level stuff here.

  3. Rori

    You gotta watch the Alexander movie! It is indeed a train wreck lol. Angelina Jolie is hot in that movie though.

  4. Erica

    True Women was a bit silly/insulting at times (villainization of Native Americans and union soldiers) but I enjoyed it for what it was. Angelina’s character Georgia is more layered than the trailer lets on. I liked it because her backstory was one I had not see in a period film before.

  5. Charity

    I saw True Women years ago when it ran on television, don’t remember much about it other than, as is usual for westerns, a lot of people die horrible deaths in the wild west.

    I know it doesn’t count, coz Disney and fantasy, but I LOVE her as Maleficent.

  6. Susan Pola Staples

    Alexander is more than a train wreck. It’s an airplane disaster. But yeah, she’s going to rock Cleopatra Philopater (Cleopatra VII). But my favourite frock flick of hers is Original Sin. I love the 1870s costumes. Besides Bandaras is hot. Drool.😍

  7. Lady Hermina De Pagan

    I know it’s not a true historical flick, but her turn as Grendel’s mother was creepy fun!

  8. helme

    The best line of True Women is “I apologize for dying so young”

  9. Nzie

    I also vaguely remember watching True Women when it aired! I guess I was… 11?? Whoa. Anyway, very melodramatic, but I would say it’s definitely better than my vague memories (jarred by the Snark Week extravaganza) of North & South. I have kind of low key loved Dana Delaney ever since. Angelina Jolie’s character was higher class and a debutante type as I recall; she gets more real over the course of it and eventually becomes a suffragist I think (or some sort of women’s rights advocate) and, like every woman who becomes interesting and empowered, dies of TB or something similar (the warning cough comes out). They made Jolie suffer a lot in the movie. Delaney’s character has something of a happy marriage I think. — take all recollections with a grain of salt, since it’s been 2 decades, but I really liked it at the time. The trailer made me cringe now on the Native American depictions…