Jolie Vanier Biography

Birthday: 1998-01-14
Place of Birth: Scottsdale, Arizona
Wiki Biography: Jolie Jacqueline Vanier was born on the 14th day of January 1998, in Scottsdale, Arizona to Jerre Lynn and Jay Vanier. Jolie has one brother, Jared Wick. Growing up in the art world, it was natural that Jolie found a niche as a performance artist. Inspired by nationally and internationally acclaimed visual artists at a young age through her parent's and grandparent's involvement in the fine arts community, the young girl began formulating her own unique ways of expression when only five. It was not long before the budding performer succeeded in convincing her parents to schedule local acting classes. As Jolie began participating in local children's theatre (including Childsplay and Desert Stages), coaches soon noticed that the youngster was indeed talented. Enlisting the services of Los Angeles talent agents, she began the regime of commuting to California for auditions and additional training in acting, voice, and dance. The number of casting calls increased and, in 2010, Jolie and her mother established a LA residence. Jolie's big breakthrough came in 2008 when writer/director Robert Rodriguez cast her as Helvetica in the Warner Bros. feature film "Shorts". Starring Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann and James Spader, the film was released nationally in August 2009. The young actress attracted numerous positive critical reviews; for instance, "Variety" said "In an ensemble that involves much adult-kid interaction, the most memorable performance belongs to young Vanier. A dead ringer for Christina Ricci circa 'The Addams Family', Vanier is so loveably hateful here, she gets an 'introducing' billing in the credits and even her own musical motif." The young actress has also been busy making short films; for instance, "Strange Little Girl", directed by the award-winning Turkish director Bessy Adut in 2008, was screened in 2009 at the Bijou Film Festival at Cal Arts and the Los Angeles International Film Festival among other notable events. Jolie had a supporting role in "Juvenile Delinquence" as well as a leading role in "Detective Clause", both filmed by the Los Angeles Film School in 2008. The LA resident recently finished "Ghild", an independent short film screened in February, 2011 and featured at the New York International Children's Film Festival in March, 2011. Also featuring Jimmy Bennett ("Star Trek", "Shorts") and directed by David Yarovesky (Yarvo Studios), the film is based on a screenplay created by Michael Rosenbaum ("Smallville") and produced by Rosenbaum in conjunction with Yarvo Studios and Rob Danson. "Ghild" won the "Outstanding Achievement in Short Film-making" Award at the Newport Film Festival in 2011. Jolie is currently at work on a new independent short film, "Hello, my name is Abigail", directed by Tim Kressin. The young actress plays a 13-year old who has lived in the foster care system for years and desperately wants to be adopted by a family. A topic of great current interest, this film is destined to attract considerable attention nationally and will open on May 4th at the Dodge Theater in Orange, CA. A steadily growing film career has been complemented by numerous stage roles in Los Angeles; for instance, in 2009, Vanier played the role of the Artful Dodger in the Red Carpet Theater Company's production of "Oliver". She played the parts of Rizzo, Consuelo and Penelope in a Red Carpet Theater musical review entitled "Nifty Fifties" presented at Hollywood's historical Stella Adler Theater in the spring of 2010. During the summer of 2011, the young actress played a leading role (all lines performed in French) in "Once on this Island", staged at the American School in Switzerland located in Lugano. Most recently Jolie played Glinda in "Yellow Brick Road", the Magic Mirror Theater Production opening November 5, 2011 in North Hollywood. The young actress also portrayed Veruca Salt in the January 2012 DEE Studio Production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles. Her performance inspired a critic to write "if you were a fan of the original movie, the performance of Jolie Vanier would have taken your breath away". This June, Jolie will star in the role of Liesl in "Sound of Music" in a production to be staged in Hollywood. Awards, nominations and other forms of recognition have been plentiful for the young star. Jolie was nominated for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress - for "Shorts" at the 2010 Young Artist Awards (YAA) and won Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast for "Shorts". At the same event, she was also nominated for Best Performance in Live Theater for her appearance in "Oliver". In 2011, she was nominated for the YAA Best Performance in Live Theater - Young Actress for her role as Rizzo in "Nifty Fifties" and most recently received a nomination for her role as Andrea Deveraux in "Once on This Island (YAA) to be held May 6th, 2012 in Studio City. For "Juvenile Delinquence" and "Strange Little Girl", Jolie was nominated for Best Young Actress in a Short Film at both the 2009 and 2010 YAA events. The young actress is also a C.A.R.E. (Child Actor Recognition Event Award) recipient for both 2009 and 2010. Vanier was featured on the weekly Young Icons TV Show in 2010. In addition to acting, creative endeavors also include writing and illustrating books! With the help of family and friends, Jolie has created two children's books with CD's and DVD's, entitled Puwaii Adventures with Joliea & Friends tm and "Puwaii Adventures with Joliea and Friends tm ...the Adventures Continue", based on her love of fashion design, adventure and travel. The author has enjoyed numerous book signings at Barnes & Noble booksellers in both Scottsdale, AZ and Los Angeles, CA. Jolie has recently expanded her writing achievements to include screenplays! Inspired by the Puwaii series, her screenplay was officially selected to be featured in the Youth Fest section of the 17th Annual International Family Film Festival slated for March, 2012 in Los Angeles. And she won best IFFF Youth Fest screenplay in the comedy (8-13) category for her "Puwaii Aventures" TV pilot on March 24, 2012. An article appeared appeared in The Malibu Patch on April 17th, 2012, "Five Good Minutes: Jolie Vanier" along with a radio interview highlighting this recent accomplishment. Jolie has also been composing music -- she wrote a song "Take a Ride" to accompany the Puwaii pilot -- and has future plans to create an album. When this multi-talented teenager is not pursuing her acting career or writing books, screenplays and music in Los Angeles, she is busy being home schooled as well as pursuing intensive French language studies abroad. A dedicated young community activist involved with numerous charities, Vanier participates in many charitable Los Angeles events including Relay for Life 2012 at Pepperdine University, the Walk to End Alzheimer's, Love That Dog Hollywood Adoption, and Zach Bonner's Little Red Wagon Foundation (helping underprivileged kids).

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Filmography

Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Shorts Helvetica Black 2009 0, 0