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  1. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt : Actors and activists

    When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt aren't busy making movies or taking care of their growing brood of children, the Hollywood power couple volunteers and donates millions to a number of causes around the world.

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    UN Special Envoy and actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict at ExCel on June 13, 2014 in London, England. (Eamonn M. Mccormack / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Visiting Bosnia

    Angelina Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and husband Brad Pitt visit the village of Medjedja, 43 miles east of Sarajevo, on April 5, 2010. The Jolie-Pitts flew into Bosnia on a surprise visit to meet refugees still suffering from the brutal 1992-1995 civil war. (Amel Emric / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Giving back

    Jolie, Goodwill Ambassador of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, talks to a 10-year-old Haitian boy who lost a limb during the January 12 earthquake as she visits the MSF Hospital on February 9, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Saints fans

    Angelina Jolie, son Maddox Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt are seen leaving Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium on Feb.7, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The couple cheered on the New Orleans Saints, since they have a house there and have worked to build new environmentally-friendly homes in the area. (Alexander Tamargo / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Helping refugees

    Angelina Jolie attends the 2009 World Refugee Day at National Geographic Society June 18, 2009 in Washington, DC. Jolie paid tribute to the 10.5 million refugees now recognized by the Commission. The UNHCR announced that she and her partner, Brad Pitt, have donated $1 million to help Pakistanis displaced by fighting between troops and Taliban militants. (Robert Giroux / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Make it right

    Brad Pitt poses for a photograph in Kellogg Park, a technologically advanced playground in the Lower 9th Ward that uses solar energy to run its electronic wireless game system in New Orleans. The playground sits among homes being built through Pitt's Make It Right Foundation. (Alex Brandon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Woman to woman

    In October, 2008, three months after giving birth to twins, Jolie, goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, traveled to Afghanistan and met with returnee women in Nangarhar province. (Marco Di Lauro / UNHCR via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. $2 million to Ethopian clinic

    Pitt and Jolie, shown attending a screening of "Changeling" on Oct. 4, 2008 in New York, announced in September that they were donating $2 million to help fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Ethiopia. The money will be used to build a center, named for their 3-year-old daughter Zahara, who was born in that country. (Evan Agostini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. $14 million twins

    In August, 2008, People magazine reportedly paid $14 million for the first photos of their newborn twins. The money will go to a foundation created by Pitt and Jolie that largely focuses on helping children around the world. (Jeff Chiu / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The $8 million couple

    In 2006, according to the Huffington Post's examination of federal tax filings, the couple donated $8 million, with Pitt putting in $4,402,317, and Jolie donating $4,123,613. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A true idol

    Actor Brad Pitt salutes fans at the "Idol Gives Back" show at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood, California April 6, 2008. The "American Idol" special charity event benefits relief programs for children and young people in extreme poverty. According to "Idol Gives Back," more than $64 million has so far been allocated from the event. In its two years in existence, the special has raised more than $140 million. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) speaks as actor Brad Pitt (R), community members, and volunteers look on during a groundbreaking ceremony for Pitt's "Make it Right" house construction project in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans March 16, 2008. REUTERS/Lee Celano (UNITED STATES) (Lee Celano / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Jolie visits Iraq again

    During a visit to Baghdad in February 2008, Jolie had lunch with with US Marine Corporal Christopher Lewis, and met with US General David Patraeus, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Jolie's visit, in her capacity as an ambassador for the UN High Commission for Refugees, was intended to help increase assistance efforts with displaced Iraqis. (James Deady / U.S Army via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Helping the displaced in New Orleans

    Jolie has joined with The Children's Health Fund to find ways to help the reportedly thousands of displaced children who are showing mental and physical problems likely due to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The couple visited New Orleans just before Christmas in December, 2007, when Pitt urged Americans to donate to the home-building effort. (Cheryl Gerber / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Paying it forward

    Each actor earns millions at the box office -- enabling them to give millions away to good causes. Here they arrive for the premiere of Pitt's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" at the 33rd Deauville American Film Festival on Sept. 3, 2007 in Deauville, France. (Francois Durand / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Visiting Iraqi refugees

    Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, meets with an elderly refugee at the makeshift Al Waleed camp in Iraq in August, 2007. The woman, as well as an estimated 1,300 other people, were unable to leave the country for neighboring Syria. Jolie spent two days in Iraq and Syria, seeing first hand the plight of four million people uprooted by the ongoing conflict in Iraq. (Morris Bernard / UNHCR via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Lending a hand

    Lower Ninth Ward resident Pam Dashiell, talks with Pitt before a news conference with Global Green USA at a environmentally friendly house under construction in New Orleans in August, 2007. Dashiell served on the committee that judged the designs for the houses. The Jolie-Pitt Foundation donated $100,000 to the organization in 2006. (Alex Brandon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Helping Darfur

    In May 2007, Jolie and Pitt enjoyed an intimate dinner in Prague, where Jolie filmed a role in "Wanted," a comic book adaptation. While there, the couple announced that they were donating $1 million from their Jolie-Pitt Foundation to groups assisting more than four million people affected by the crisis in Darfur. (David Altman / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Caring for children

    In April 2007, Jolie participated in the Global Action For Children (GAC) press conference in Washington, D.C. The organization supports orphans and vulnerable children and helps provide free schooling in developing countries. At the conference Jolie said: "In many ways it is better to think of these children one by one -- each deserving of our care and attention, each being of equal value, and each being a test of whether justice -- or injustice -- will prevail." (Shawn Thew / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Adding to the brood

    In March 2007, Jolie carried her newly-adopted son, Pax, then 3, on to a plane at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi. The Vietnamese boy's name means "peaceful sky" -- "pax" means peace in Latin and "thien" translates to "sky" in Vietnamese. According to Reuters, the actress left a note in the visitor’s book of Tam Binh orphanage: "Thank you for taking such wonderful care of my son. I am sure he will miss your beautiful, caring staff as much as you will miss him." (Stringer/vietnam / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Love of New Orleans

    In March, 2007, Pitt and Jolie took their two young daughters, Zahara and Shiloh, for a walk in the sunshine in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Pitt first fell in love with the Big Easy in 1994 when he was filming “Interview with the Vampire” there. In 2007 he and Jolie purchased a home in the French Quarter while he was filming “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and they’ve made the city their part-time home. (INFphoto.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. 'God Grew Tired of Us'

    In Jan. 2007, Pitt attended the Newmarket Films after-party in West Hollywood, Calif. for the premiere of "God Grew Tired of Us," for which he served as an executive producer. Jolie joined him at the party for the documentary, which followed four Sudanese boys who escaped their war-ridden homeland to travel to America. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Architectural interests

    In December, 2006 Pitt and Jolie visited Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece, where they celebrated the actor's upcoming birthday. “Brad said he had wanted to experience Fallingwater ever since he took an architectural history course in college,” said curator Cara Armstrong. “He and I talked quite a bit about design and art. He was incredibly well-informed about architecture.” (Cara Armstrong / Western Pennsylvania Conservancy) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Traveling to Panama

    Pitt talked with an unidentified man outside of a handicraft market in Panama City on Dec. 29, 2006. Besides touring the capital, Pitt and Jolie visited a former U.S. military base and the construction site of Panama's new Biodiversity Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, at the entrance of the canal in the Amador district. (Arnulfo Franco / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Spending time with refugees

    Jolie and Pitt (not pictured) met a Colombian refugee family in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Chrismas Day 2006. The actors spent the holiday with Colombian refugees in the Costa Rican capital. Costa Rica is the home for some 11,500 refugees, most of them Colombians. (Boris Heger / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Visiting Vietnam

    Pitt and Jolie spent Thanksgiving 2006 cruising on a motorbike, while touring Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Prior to arriving in Vietnam, the couple made a surprise visit to Cambodia where they visited a former Khmer Rouge death camp, now a genocide museum. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Supporting American Indians

    Just days after the couple attended the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on Jan. 15, 2007, Jolie's mother Marcheline Bertrand died of ovarian cancer at the age of 56. In 2001, Jolie and Bertrand, who had Iroquois ancestry, helped establish the All Tribes Foundation to support the cultural and economic survival of native Americans. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. The Jolie-Pitt Foundation

    Through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation, the couple has donated one million dollars each to Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders. The couple's contributions also include $100,000 to the Daniel Pearl Foundation, in memory of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter. Jolie starred in "A Mighty Heart," based on Mariane Pearl’s memoir about her husband’s kidnapping and murder. Here they walk in Mumbai, India, on Nov. 12, 2006. They lived in India during filming of the movie, which Pitt co-produced. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Building homes in India

    Pitt pitched in to work with former president Jimmy Carter at the 23rd Jimmy Carter Work Project in Patan village, southeast of Mumbai, India, on Nov. 1, 2006. The project buillt 100 homes in a week for the underprivileged. Pitt helped put a roof on one of the houses with other volunteers. (Gautam Singh / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Meeting with leaders

    In Jan. 2006, Pitt accompanied Jolie to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Jolie told business leaders to "stay focused on the issues." She urged them to "follow up on Darfur, to watch what is happening in the courts, to follow up on Nepal ... and on Afghanistan." (Walter Bieri / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Touring Pakistan

    In Nov. 2005, Brad Pitt and Jolie (pictured here on Nov. 27, 2005, with Maddox and newly-adopted daughter Zahara, arriving at Tokyo's international airport at Narita) toured areas of Pakistan devastated by an earthquake. Jolie -- the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' goodwill ambassador since 2001 -- visited the 90% destroyed mountain town of Balakot in a "show of support for survivors of the disaster," the UNHCR said. (Shizuo Kambayashi / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Live 8 2005

    Angelina Jolie and son Maddox were surprise guests at the Live 8 Africa Calling concert, held at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, on July 2, 2005. Jolie, who was helicoptered in by concert organizers, was introduced to the crowd by Peter Gabriel as a great supporter of African causes. "We can fix what's happening in Africa," said the actress. "We do have the answers and the ability to stop them dying." (Ian West / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 2/8/2010 1:56:38 PM ET 2010-02-08T18:56:38

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have begun legal action against a British tabloid that reported the celebrity couple was going to split, a lawyer acting on their behalf confirmed Monday.

Keith Schillings, of London-based Schillings lawyers, said in a statement that the couple had begun legal proceedings against the News of The World, a Sunday tabloid and Britain’s highest selling newspaper.

He said the newspaper had made “false and intrusive allegations” when it reported Jan. 24 that Pitt and Jolie had agreed to separate, to divide assets worth 205 million pounds ($320 million) and had made arrangements regarding the custody of their six children.

Lawyers for the couple lodged a claim at London’s High Court on Monday to begin a legal case against the newspaper, Schillings said.

“The News of the World has failed to meet our clients’ reasonable demands for a retraction of and apology for these false and intrusive allegations which have now been widely republished by mainstream news outlets. We have advised them to bring proceedings which they have now done,” Schillings said.

He also said Sorrell Trope, a high profile divorce lawyer in Los Angeles, had denied claims she had been in contact with the couple, as had been reported.

“I have had no contact from ... Angelina Jolie and/or Brad Pitt,” Trope wrote, according to a letter sent to the couple’s lawyers and partially quoted in Schillings’ statement. “I have never met ... your clients or had any involvement with either of them. The forgoing is true with respect to all other members of this firm.”

Video: Are Pitt and Jolie calling it quits? Hayley Barlow, spokeswoman for the News of The World, declined to comment on the couple’s decision to sue the newspaper.

British laws governing libel have traditionally been seen as friendlier to claimants than those in the United States. British law places the burden of proof on the publisher, unlike libel laws in the United States, which require proof that an article was both false and published maliciously.

On Sunday, Pitt, 46, and Jolie, 34, attended the Super Bowl in Miami with their 8-year-old son, Maddox. They watched the game together from a private box at Sun Life Stadium.

The couple have ties to New Orleans, the home city of the Saints, who beat the Indianapolis Colts. Pitt and Jolie bought a French Quarter mansion in 2007, the same year Pitt founded the Make It Right organization to build houses for low-income residents who lost their homes during Hurricane Katrina.

Pitt and Jolie have been partners since they began a relationship while working on the 2005 film “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” Pitt was previously married to Jennifer Aniston; they divorced in 2005 after five years of marriage.

Jolie was briefly married to Billy Bob Thornton before divorcing in 2003. She was also married to British actor Jonny Lee Miller before they divorced in 1999.

Including Maddox, whom Jolie adopted from Cambodia in 2002, the couple are raising six children: Zahara Marley, Shiloh Nouvel, Pax Thien, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline.

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