INSIDE STORY: How Angelina and Dad Jon Voight Are Healing Their Rift

02/25/2010 at 08:00 AM EST

INSIDE STORY: How Angelina and Dad Jon Voight Are Healing Their Rift
Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie in 2001 (left) and in Venice this month
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As Angelina Jolie continues her working-mom trip to Europe, she has made a point of family bonding – not only with her six kids and partner Brad Pitt, but with her long-estranged dad, too.

On Feb. 21, the actress, 34, was photographed with father Jon Voight, 71, in Venice, where the Jolie-Pitts spent some time last week before heading to Paris. Voight joined the entire family for a trip down Venice's celebrated Grand Canal.

So what spurred the public reunion, which marked the first time the father-daughter duo had been photographed together in several years? Voight was in Dublin for the Irish Film and Television awards to honor his Deliverance director John Boorman. From there he flew to Venice to meet up with his daughter and grandkids, his rep tells PEOPLE.

"He wanted to spend the day with all of them," says the rep. "It was wonderful. He's crazy about his grandkids. He thinks each and every one is very special."




Rocky History

The relationship between Voight and Jolie had long been a rocky one, but appeared to reach a breaking point in 2002, the same year that Voight told Access Hollywood his famous daughter had emotional problems. Shortly before then, the pair costarred as father and daughter in 2001's Tomb Raider.

The hostilities seemed to thaw in the past year, and both Voight and Jolie acknowledge they had been in contact.

Now it seems they are moving forward, with Voight even spending Christmas with the family in December. "Jon says Angie and Brad are the world's greatest parents," says his rep. "They're very hands-on."

Indeed, as Jolie is in Europe shooting The Tourist with Johnny Depp, Pitt played Mr. Mom, taking his two older daughters clothes shopping.

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