Angelina Jolie turns 40 today (4 June) and the Hollywood actress has certainly had an eventful four decades.

From winning an Academy Award when she was just 25 years old, to becoming a mother of six, to earning herself a damehood, there have been many milestones in Jolie's life worth commemorating.

To celebrate her birthday, IBTimes UK takes a look back at mere snippets of the iconic actress's life in pictures.

Angelina Jolie wins Golden Globe for Gia
Jolie won the Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for TV in 1999 for her role as real-life, troubled model Gia Carangi in the movie, Gia. Hal Garb/Getty
Angelina Jolie and Hilary Swank
Following on from the Golden Globes, Jolie won the Academy Award for best actress in a supporting role in 2000. She won for her portrayal of Lisa in James Mangold's Girl, Interrupted Hector Mata/Getty
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
After just two months of dating, Jolie married actor Billy Bob Thornton in May 2000 in Las Vegas. The pairing was constantly labelled as controversial, and not just because of the 19-year age gap. The couple engaged in frequent public displays of affection and confessing to wearing vials around their necks containing the other one's blood. In March 2002, they announced that they would be adopting a child from Cambodia together but abruptly split three months later. Lucy Nicholson/Getty
Angelina Jolie named UN Ambassador
A passionate human rights campaigner, Jolie was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2001.Sean Gallup/Getty
Angelina Jolie promoting Tomb Raider 2
Despite appearing in many films, and earning herself high praise at award ceremonies, one of Jolie's most talked about performances was when she portrayed Lara Croft in 2001's Tomb Raider and the 2003 sequel. Both movies were considered commercial flops and were panned by critics. Kevin Winter/Getty
Angelina Jolie and her son Maddox
In 2002, Jolie adopted her first child, seven-month-old Maddox Chivan from an orphanage in Cambodia. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty
Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Will Smith
Mostly known for her drama movies, the actress shook things up when she lent her voice to Dreamworks animation feature-film, Shark Tale (2004). Her cartoon co-stars included Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera, Jack Black and Will Smith.Boris Horvat/Getty
Angelina Jolie tattooed by master, Sompong Kanphai
A life-long fan of body art, Jolie got an elaborate design inked on her back by Thai tattoo master, Sompong Kanphai in 2008.STR/Getty
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
She met current husband Brad Pitt when they worked together on the 2005 film, Mr & Mrs Smith. The couple went public not long after Pitt's break-up from Friends star Jennifer AnistonKevin Winter/Getty
Angelina Jolie and Anand Sharma
As a UN Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie often visits other countries and visits significant political leaders. Here she is with Indian Minister of External Affairs, Anand Sharma.Raveendran/Getty
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Vietnam
After seven years together, Jolie and Pitt announced their engagement in April 2012, and married just over a year later, at their estate Château Miraval in Correns, France. Jolie took on Pitt's name following their marriage. The media have affectionately given them the name "Brangelina".STR/Getty
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at Cannes
Jolie and her partner Pitt have attended most public events together since the beginning of their relationship. Here they are at the Inglourious Basterds premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.Sean Gallup/Getty
Angelina Jolie and William Hague
Jolie is a very active human rights campaigner and spoke with William Hague at the Global Summit 2014 as part of the End Sexual Violence In Conflict campaign.Carl Court/Getty
Angelina Jolie receiving a damehood in 2014
She received an honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in 2014, for her humanitarian work, which was presented to her by Queen Elizabeth II in October of that year.WPA Pool/Getty
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their children
Throughout her adult life, Jolie has adopted three children; Maddox, 14, Zahara, 10 and Pax, 11. She has also had three children naturally with husband Brad Pitt; Shiloh, nine and twins Vivienne and Knox, six.Toru Yamanaka/Getty