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January 19, 2012 / charityprofiles

Angelina Jolie Outshines Controversies through Philanthropy

Actors have all the things they need at arm’s reach. Living in the limelight has given them all the material things that other people can only wish for. But for Angelina Jolie, one of Hollywood’s prime stars, wealth and influence can be dedicated to better use.

Jolie’s impressive philanthropic efforts overshadow endless tabloid controversies. Among her league is U2’s frontman Bono and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. But being the movie star that she is caused the media to feast on her involvement in charity. Some say her cause is but a gimmick that does wonders for her celebrity status. An article in the New York Times says otherwise. At least for one journalist, Jolie’s extravagant philanthropy is hard to fault.

Coincidentally, it was her job as an actress that introduced her to the world of philanthropy.  The year 2000 became her life’s turning point when, during a short for Tomb Raider in Cambodia, her eyes were opened to the harsh realities of the world.

In 2001, Jolie was appointed as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. This role provided her more avenues for extending help and witnessing lives so different from hers. “You’re not just talking the talk; you’re walking the walk,” said CNN’s Anderson Cooper to Jolie during an interview on her acts of philanthropy.

The actress and husband Brad Pitt established their own charitable organization, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, early in their marriage. Jolie and Pitt contribute significant amounts to the charity; $14 million was donated by the couple in one year alone.  Recipients include victims of war in Darfur and Iraq, as well as other charitable institutions such as Doctors Without Borders and Global AIDS Alliance.

The secret world of Jolie shows that not all rich and famous are indifferent to the world. Despite the intrigues that surround her intentions, the actress remains consistent in her commitment to philanthropy.

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