Wiki Biography: 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 involvement in the fine arts community, the young girl began formulating her own unique ways of expression when only five. Jolie Jacqueline Vanier was born on the 14th day of January 1998, in Arizona to Jerre Lynn and Jay Vanier. Jolie has one brother, Jared Wick.
Jolie would perform in her house, in the car or wherever she could find an audience. (Even if the audience only consisted of her dogs "Izzy" and "Annie" and the cat "Pinkietta"!) She would memorize the lines of movies by watching DVDs and introduced music and/or dance steps that would enhance the creative efforts. It was not long before the budding performer succeeded in convincing her parents to let her attend local acting classes. Jolie began participating in local children's theatre (including Childplay and Desert Stages), school and church productions and various instructors and coaches soon noticed that the youngster was indeed talented. She was encouraged to audition for a Los Angeles based agent and began the regime of commuting to California for auditions and additional training in acting, voice, and dance. The number of casting calls has increased and, in 2010, Jolie and her mother have established an 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, was screened at the 2010 Bijou Film Festival at Cal Arts and has been shown at film festivals here and abroad. She had a leading role in "Juvenile Delinquence" filmed in 2010 as well as a lead in "Detective Clause", filmed by the Los Angeles Film School that same year.
Jolie just finished "Ghild", an independent film screened in February, 2011, and featured at the New York International Children's Film Festival in March, 2011. A fairy tale about a giant child who cannot stop growing, the parents are played by two 13 year olds: Jolie Vanier "Shorts" and Jimmy Bennett ("Star Trek", "Shorts"). 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. Rosenbaum also appeared in the film with comedy star Harland Williams ("The Whole Nine Yards" and "Half Baked".) Still touring the film festivals, "Ghild" won the "Outstanding Achievement in Short Film-making" Award at the Newport Film Festival in 2011.
The 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 Palmer Cultural Center at The American School in Lugano, Switzerland. Vanier played "Glinda" in "Yellow Brick Road", a Magic Mirror Theater Production that opened November 5, 2011 in North Hollywood. The young actress is currently appearing as Veruca Salt in the DEE Studio Production of "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory", that opened on January 11th, 2012 at The Hudson Theater in Hollywood.
Awards and nominations have been plentiful for the young star. Vanier 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". 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, she enjoys drawing, painting, writing and designing clothes. 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; during 2010, LA signings were staged at The Grove, The Americana and Encino locales.
When Vanier is not pursuing her acting career or writing books in Los Angles, she is busy being home schooled as well as pursuing foreign language studies abroad.
A dedicated young community activist involved with numerous charities, Vanier participated in 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer's-Los Angeles,CA & 5th Annual Kids 4 Kids 5K RUN/WALK, benefiting the Children's Cancer Research Fund 2010 Los Angeles, CA. She has also read and performed for KidsRead of Arizona and Actors for Autism in Los Angeles. A great animal lover, Jolie makes regular donations from her allowance to the Arizona Humane Society and the ASPCA. IMDb Mini Biography By: Oriana Parker