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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt : Actors and activists
The two actors (and their growing family) travel the world for worthy causes.
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.
Angelina Jolie is presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on October 10, 2014. Jolie was awarded an honorary damehood (DCMG) for services to U.K. foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence.
Bringing aid to Libyans
Jolie visits Libya to help agencies bringing aid to Libyans in Tripoli and Misrata on Oct. 11, 2011. The two-day trip was Jolie's first to Libya, but she previously visited Libyan refugees in Malta and on the Italian island of Lampedusa in June, and went to Tunisia in April to appeal for international support for people fleeing the revolution there.
When Jolie and Pitt aren't busy making movies or taking care of their growing brood of children, the Hollywood power couple volunteers their time and donates millions of dollars to a number of causes around the world. In June 2011, Jolie visited refugees who have fled their countries and are now living at a detention center for asylum-seekers in Malta.
Visiting Ecuadorian refugees
Here Jolie visits a daycare center run by the Women's Federation of Sucumbios province in northern Ecuador in June 2010. The Federation provides women who are victims of violence with a shelter, offers them psychological support and facilitates their integration with income-generating projects.
Jolie, son Maddox Jolie-Pitt and 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.
As a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, 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.
Make it right
Brad Pitt poses Dec. 1, 2008 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.
$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.
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.
Jolie visits Iraq again
During a visit to Baghdad in February 2008, Jolie had lunch with with U.S. Marine Corporal Christopher Lewis, and met with U.S. 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.
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.
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.
Visiting Iraqi refugees
Jolie 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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
'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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."