Angelina Jolie – Humanitarian Hero

angelina-jolie.jpgAngelina Jolie was ranked highest in a Reuters poll on celebrity humanitarians this week. Others to make the top five were Bono, Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, and Bill Clinton. You can read the results here.

Angelina Jolie is a great example of someone who made a conscious move towards a heroic life. She began her life of fame as an out-of-control actress. She was clearly full of talent, but her lifestyle trumped that for attention. In an Esquire interview in July of this year she said, “I entered this business before I had focus and purpose in my life. I was very unhappy, very unhealthy…” There were tattoos, public family kissing, and a vial of blood. There was also an Academy Award.

She received a call to adventure when she was embodying the video game character, Lara Croft. Some of the filming for Tomb Raider was done in Cambodia where she witnessed first-hand the sorts of humanitarian crises happening in the world. Soon afterwards she contacted the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and began a series of visits to “hotspots” around the world. She was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador half way through 2001.

Thus began a new life. She has done extensive work ever since, seemingly never stopping. You can read the details of her work here. She has met with people in high and low places, traveled all over the world, and raised awareness of numerous important issues like no-one else can.

The prime reason she beat people like Bono or Madonna in the poll is her integrity. Peter Walker, director of the Feinstein International Famine Center at Tufts University, said people “can really sense when it’s just an endorsement and when somebody really means it. Someone like Angelina Jolie comes across as having more integrity than some celebrities and a greater sense that she doesn’t just do this for the publicity.” Jeffrey Sachs says in the Esquire interview, “…Angelina is different (from Bono and Madonna). For her, the gift is the gift of the common touch you wouldn’t expect from her.”

So from an unhappy, unhealthy actress to a world-changing humanitarian. She is now a mother and goodwill ambassador who happens to work as an actress. Angelina Jolie’s transformation shows us that no matter what we are doing now, we can make a change for the better. With integrity and purpose, one person can change the world.

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34 Responses to Angelina Jolie – Humanitarian Hero

  1. Greg December 29, 2007 at 5:46 pm #

    Hey, Haters….We respecters and admirers of Ms Jolie and her knowledge of a young person’s past mistakes…..She has proven herself since adopting Maddox and 2001 with unselfish self knowledge, caring for others less fortunate and needy. She has truly showed herself of great caring Caring about all children, and as a mother raising her children, teaching them to care, love, to respect others in our troubled world.

    Common, guys, there must be some lie, some ugly name you can come up with to describe her. Maybe you can find another talented, gifted, generous and
    unselfish person to deride with your illiterate and loathsome language.

  2. Greg December 29, 2007 at 5:51 pm #

    Hello, again. In the photo in this story, please note how she is preening before the camera wanting publicity. Wow.

  3. ... June 14, 2008 at 5:29 pm #

    I think what Angelina Jolie does , is amazing , i am a humantarian person my self.
    Keep up the fantastic work >>

  4. mona radler July 29, 2008 at 2:07 pm #

    i have a 29 year old daugther in naribi kenya NOW, she was or can tell you of the personal deliminas she incounted as the war broke out and why she is where she is today, her name is crystal watley foshee and what ever her african name will be, as i mona am in st. pete fl, she was also in new orleanes helping and working at the frence school before and after katerina, so as i do believe that life has a way of creating heros out of necessary, so as a mother of a young woman and one of her chrildren with her whos three i only want to stay if ever in need of a warm fuzzy, just look us up, thanks for all that you help to get doen for all

  5. Matt Langdon July 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm #

    Thanks Mona. I’d love to hear Crystal’s story from Nairobi. Heroes are waiting in the wings everywhere just waiting for an event that calls them to action.

  6. Tammy Macdonald-Clow August 9, 2008 at 10:00 pm #

    How can people judge a woman like Angelina Jolie? How can people judge at all I ask? But honestly, who cares about her past…everyone has a past and whether or not she feels a need to give so much to other nations as a humanitarian I think…good on her for stepping up to the responsibility of being someone who has the fame and fortune to impact dying nations. I believe it is all our responsibility to help others and I think what she is doing is fantastic! She is leading by example which is more than we can sometimes say about ourselves!

  7. Matt Langdon August 9, 2008 at 10:03 pm #

    Thanks for the comment Tammy. Stepping up to take responsibility is an admirable thing and Angelina Jolie has done it.

  8. william November 20, 2008 at 9:07 am #

    yo njolina can u send me an email please thank u

  9. william November 20, 2008 at 9:08 am #

    a anjolina can u pretty please write me an emial

  10. yudith December 25, 2008 at 10:27 pm #

    bueno yo no hablo ingles pero deverdad yo almiro mucho a angelina y quiciera alguna vez ser como ella la almiro tanto que me gustaria conocerla en persona

  11. raina February 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    i think that she is amazing .
    and pretty and very smart

  12. raina and cara February 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    SHES SO SMAARTT. .!!!!!

  13. Brittnie Sullivan February 16, 2009 at 10:00 am #

    She is such an amazing woman! Can you just imagine the lives of so many people, how they are changed by the help she provides??

    • Luanna September 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm #

      oh i know, Brittnie! She is an amazing help to humanity! [:

  14. mei jyi yuan February 22, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    hello ,Angelina .
    i like your movies in (CHANGELING).This movies can tough my heart.
    Please carry on my country Burma,(Myanmar).U will know about that.So many people believe u ,i always believing u .So many people & children still believe your help.
    thz Angelina .

  15. samanatha March 28, 2009 at 11:59 pm #

    Angelina Jolie is a beautiful person inside and out. a small part of this world is blessed with her. those who are backlashing should necessarily stop, cause they can never compete with his heart for people.

  16. mirko April 13, 2009 at 4:35 am #

    paaa, vaka se bravo za angelina stv e mn humanitarna i prasajte ja dali ke dojde u makedonija :
    ) ve sakame 🙂

  17. mirko April 13, 2009 at 4:35 am #

    very very good i love you

  18. bond, james bond May 11, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    man she is sooo smokin’

  19. angel azebaijan June 23, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    a lov you angelina jolis ayam from azerbaijan twk

  20. angel azebaijan June 23, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    angelina jolis angel aylove you angilina ayam fanat anjilina

  21. angel azebaijan June 23, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    love love love angilina ay lov you

  22. Anonymous August 12, 2009 at 11:11 pm #

    i am so greatful for people like u that use ur weath to dry others who are inneed tears from our eyes i hope to be like u one day may God give u more days love u

  23. Bella January 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    She’s amazing!

  24. J3LLI3 February 24, 2010 at 3:41 am #

    look h8rs, u guys r jus jelous that she is an amazing humanitarian.she isnt using the refugees to help her fame, shes using her fame to help the refugees. i luv u angelina jolie and ur do’n an amazing thing with ur life, god will bless ur soul. P.s. we all got skeletons in our closet, dont be hippocritical!

  25. Obed emeka March 4, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    Am from Nigeria, pls Angelina jolie i need a help on behalf of my little one year old kid.She is dying in the hospital due to lack of financial support pls come to my rescue.

  26. Dorothy Rapalyea March 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    Angelina Jolie is a beautiful shinning being, and to the negative ones out there she doesn’t need publicity she already has plenty.

  27. kristina May 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    she is my hero project

  28. luis solorzano June 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm #


  29. Anonymous December 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

    i love angelina <3

  30. babii kaii December 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    i freaggin’ love miss angelina,im doin my hero report on her shes amazing nd inspirational 🙂 nd shes GORGEOUSSSS ;D <3

  31. mauly francis January 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Hello Angelina, im from Ivory coast(west africa) and i have an organization which helps women and kids. My organization and I really need to be sponsorised due to the war in my country. women and kids need to be helped by people who have a good heart like you. Thanks for reading me, and hope to read you soon. May God bless you and your team.


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