11/16/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Angelina Jolie's Mastered Mommy Track

ANGELINA JOLIE does not travel light. A few weeks ago, when she arrived for the New York Film Festival premiere of "Changeling," the new Clint Eastwood drama in which she stars, she brought along her partner of three years, Brad Pitt, and their sons, Maddox, 7, and Pax, 4, daughters Zahara, 3, and Shiloh, 2, and 3-month-old twins Knox and Vivienne. The eight of them had flown in from Germany, where the family has settled while Mr. Pitt shoots Quentin Tarantino's World War II adventure "Inglorious Bastards."

"We're all a little jet-lagged," she said, not looking jet-lagged in the least as she settled in for a brief stay at the Waldorf-Astoria before moving the clan on to New Orleans. Carrying a lot of baggage is something Ms. Jolie seems to greet with serenity -- as a mother. As an actress, however, she knows it poses a potential problem.

At 33 she occupies a rare place within Hollywood's uppermost tier of female stars. Wherever she goes, whatever she does, she cannot escape her several identities. The serious actress who won an Oscar for 1999's "Girl, Interrupted" and much acclaim for playing Mariane Pearl, widow of the murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, in last year's "Mighty Heart" is also the dominatrix-ish action dynamo who can open slam-bang guy movies, like this summer's "Wanted." There's also the humanitarian activist who has served as a United Nations good-will ambassador and is now a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. And there's her role as half of Brangelina, an unincorporated business that remains the celebrity magazine industry's best bet for surviving the economic crisis.

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