Today’s post is about Angelina Jolie. Oh, come on. You know I’m Team Jennifer all the way, but, for purposes of this post, Jen doesn't get top billing because she's not a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Ambassador. Despite my best intentions, I find myself admiring Ms Jolie for electing to use her fame, fortune, and energy to help the millions of people throughout the world who have been affected by war and natural disasters.
I know Jolie is a home wrecker. And no, I’m not just pissed because it’s not me bearing beautiful children for Brad Pitt. Well, not too pissed, at least. It’s just that when I watch her speak I still sometimes hearken back to that night when she and Billy Bob Thornton announced on NATIONAL TV that they “got it on” in the limo on the way to the awards ceremony while her FATHER, John Voight, was standing right behind them. Ew.
And then she went and hooked up with Brad Pitt, who was married, while they were working together on the set of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (which I, of course, promptly boycotted. ‘Cause I have scruples. And love Jennifer Anniston).
And then, Poof!
She transformed herself. Totally. And I must admit, I’m amazed.
Together, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have donated millions of dollars to various charities and organizations throughout the world. They are listed among the top ten charitable celebrities – surrounded by other notably benevolent personalities such as Bono, Ellen Degeneres, and Annie Lennox.
In 2001, after filming “Tomb Raider” in Cambodia, Jolie turned to the Office of the UNHCR to offer her assistance in helping alleviate the plight of refugees and displaced persons throughout the world. Since then she has worked tirelessly traveling the world donating her time and financial support in an effort to help eradicate rural poverty.
And, guess what? I think she has been quite successful. I mean, after all, who doesn’t know about her humanitarian aid? These days, Jolie is best known for her humanitarian efforts instead of her wild off screen behavior. And, if you’re a man, I guess you know about her because she’s beautiful.
Still, I can’t get that image of her and Billy Bob out of my mind….