The acclaimed actress Milla Jovovich was born December 17, 1975 in Kiev, Ukraine to Bogdanovitch and Galina Jovovich. Her family left the Soviet Union in 1981 and moved to London, England and then finally settled in Los Angeles, California.
The photographer Richard Avedon discovered Milla at the age of eleven and featured her in Revlon’s “Most Unforgettable Women in the World” advertisements. Her first cover photo was for the Italian fashion magazine Lei, in October 1987 and in 1988, she signed her first professional modeling contract.
Milla has appeared in hundreds of ad campaigns for companies and fashion designers such as: Donna Karan, The Gap, Versace, Bannana Republic, Mango, Etro, Christian Dior, Damiani, L’Oréal, ICB, Ann Taylor and Mercedes-Benz.
Her modeling career led to acting; her first role in 1988 romantic thriller “Two Moon Junction” with her first leading role in the 1991 film “Return to the Blue Lagoon.” Milla’s performance in this film earned her a nomination for a Young Artist Award in the “Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture” category.
Over the next three years Milla appeared in the films “Chaplin” (1992), “Dazed and Confused” (1993). But the turning point in her acting career was when she played “Leeloo,” the perfect being in Luc Besson’s film “The Fifth Element” (1997).
Milla is best known for her role as “Alice” in the “Resident Evil” action movie trilogy produced by her husband Paul Anderson: “Resident Evil” (2002), “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (2004) and “Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007). But she has also appeared in comedy and dramatic films such as: Spike Lee’s “He Got Game” (1998), “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc” (1999), “The Claim” (2000), “No Good Deed” (2003), “Ultraviolet” (2006), “Palermo Shooting” (2008), and “The Fourth Kind” (2009).
Her films for 2010 include: “Resident Evil: Afterlife” – Milla reprises her role turns as Alice in the fourth Resident Evil film. “Stone” – Milla plays the wife of a convicted arsonist played by Edward Norton who is engaged in a psychological game of cat-and-mouse with his parole officer played by Robert De Niro.
In the movie “Faces in the Crowd” – Milla will play a woman who barely survives an attack by a serial killer and wakes up in hospital with a head injury that leaves her with the condition of “prosopagnosia.” She is no longer able to recognize faces, but the killer doesn’t know this and is trying to find her to eliminate her as a potential witness.