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    Angelina Jolie's charity and lobbying work has won wide coverage of the plight of poor children in the Third World. It has also averted her own image disaster.

    Angelina Jolie, the oscar-winning actress and media obsession, has focused international attention on her heartfelt cause, the plight of the poorest children in the developing world. She visits refugee camps in war-torn regions of Southeast Asia to comfort hundreds of kids who have lost limbs to land mines. She lobbies Congress on behalf of orphans with AIDS. She personally has donated $4 million since 2001 to Pakistani earthquake victims and other causes, most recently to maternity wards of state hospitals in Namibia, the impoverished African nation where she gave birth to her daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, on May 27.

    The first photos of her new baby, which Jolie released to Getty Images (nyse: GYI - news - people ), brought a reported $4.1 million payment from People magazine--the glossy disputes the amount--and she is giving all of the proceeds to charity. But Jolie, in her first one-on-one interview since giving birth, candidly acknowledges her crusade has an extra upside: It diverts movie fans, supermarket tabloids and the media from focusing on more controversial and less attractive elements of her life.

    "That is a fair assessment," she tells FORBES in an exclusive interview. Her work "is twofold: I have all that gossip in my life that has gotten so out of control. And my work in Washington and with the UN gets people to focus on other things." Jolie, 31, who won an Academy Award in 2000 for her supporting role as a mental patient in the film Girl, Interrupted, has thus been able to endure hits to her image that might otherwise have badly hurt her career.

    The public-relations value of a good deed has quelled carpers who could have painted an uglier picture, say, of a home-wrecker and sex symbol who's had an out-of-wedlock baby (usually called a bastard child in street talk) with a heartthrob actor she stole from America's sweetheart. (Last year Jolie had a rumored affair with Brad Pitt, her costar in the film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, purportedly prompting him to leave his actress wife, the perky sitcom darling Jennifer Aniston. "Brangelina," as the couple has been christened in the press, have denied that marriage will follow.)

    But some of the best charitable works are motivated by a personal stake. Michael Milken, the former Wall Street banker and philanthropist who survived prostate cancer, has pledged $50 million or more for research on his disease, yielding breakthrough therapies. Virgin Group Chief Richard Branson devotes money and staff for work on AIDS in South Africa, in part because he employs 4,500 there.

    "It's all about self-interest. Your experience is the epicenter of your efforts," says actor Michael J. Fox, whose Parkinson's disease was diagnosed in 1991. He has mounted a nationwide effort to increase Parkinson's funding and persuade Congress to override the Bush Administration's ban on using federal dollars for research on new stem-cell lines, which might be useful in treating his debilitating disease. Had it not been diagnosed, "Would I have picked this disease out of a hat and run with it?" Fox asks. "No. Besides, it would be less authentic if I had."

    So it is that Angelina Jolie, who earns $15 million per film, has benefited visibly from her good works. Her Q score, a much-watched quotient in Hollywood that gauges a star's likability among hoi polloi, has gone up with her aid efforts. In 2000 only 31% of respondents said she was "familiar" to them, and only 14% of those viewed her positively. By 2006 she was familiar to 81% of Americans, and her positive rating had almost doubled to 25%, says Marketing Evaluations Inc. (Her negative rating rose, too, but it is lower than that of the average performer.)

    Still, her improving image is in sharp contrast with the bizarre persona she had before her Third World aid efforts began in early 2001. Back then, the star with the fullest, most famous pair of lips since Mick Jagger was known for edgy eccentricity. She got multiple tattoos. She had been in naughty romps with costars. She wore, on a chain around her neck, a tiny vial of blood from her then husband, actor-writer Billy Bob Thornton. She passionately kissed her brother on the lips at the 2000 Academy Awards and spoke publicly of bisexual trysts. "In my early 20s I was fighting with myself," Jolie says. "Now I take that punk in me to Washington, and I fight for something important."

    Her awakening began in early 2001, when the self-styled "sheltered Los Angeles kid," the daughter of actor Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand, began reading United Nations reports on global poverty and refugees. She approached UN officials, hoping to help but wary her offbeat image might get in the way. They sent her to paparazzi-free zones: hot spots Sierra Leone and Tanzania. In 2001 the UN High Commissioner for Refugees wanted to make her a goodwill ambassador, but she told UN officials in Geneva: "I don't think you want me. There's a lot of bad things written about me and my behavior. I could have a negative effect on your operations." They gave her the title anyway.

    Five years later rock stars and actors dish with world leaders about global debt relief and stem-cell law. U2's Bono held forth in January at the power-packed World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. But he was upstaged by one Angelina Jolie, who took the dais to say she was "ashamed" that the Bush Administration had refused to sign a UN bill of rights for children. The world's most luminous tabloid target had remade herself into an efficient advocate for the Third World.

    Now she also lobbies in Washington, D.C. "Hollywood types have figured out the only difference in Washington is that you're selling bills instead of scripts," says Erik Huey, a D.C. lobbyist. Jolie, who has dropped in on scores of congressmen and senators at least 20 times in the past three years, says she hopes to return to the nation's capital on June 20 to attend World Refugee Day. "As much as I would love to never have to visit Washington, that's the way to move the ball," she says. And since giving birth to Shiloh, her third child--she adopted son Maddox, 4, in Cambodia and Zahara, 1, in Ethiopia--she promises more cameos on the Hill. "The more children I have, the more I feel it's my duty," she says.
    She has pushed three bills to protect children. One would have the U.S. spend $500 million next year and $15 billion over ten years, to educate kids in the poorest regions. She plans to work with Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, who has proposed it. In April, to pique interest in the press, Jolie joined in a media conference call about education when she was eight months pregnant; it generated 243 stories.

    A second bill would provide legal help to alien minors (she despises the term "alien") who are alone and pass through U.S. borders. The Senate passed it in December 2005, but it has languished in the House for six months. "It's caught up in the overall immigration debate," Jolie says, "but I just think it's un-American to refuse refugee children access to a lawyer." But in a private meeting, Representative F. John Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin scoffed at the cost of implementing such an idea, she says. "He didn't treat me gently--I left shaking in my heels." Her third bill, to aid 70 million "vulnerable" kids in the Third World, was signed by President Bush last November--but so far no funding has been okayed. "We worked so hard to pass a bill, and then you realize you have to figure out a way to pay for it," she gripes.

    Still, Jolie got the issue to center stage. "She fills a room," says Chris Ann Keehner, a Senate staffer who helped draft the bill. "It gives a member of Congress a photo op, and it's a way to get the message out--even if she did break up a marriage."

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    Is it just me, or is she actually FINALLY admitting to using her fake charity work as a cover for all of her bad press.

    The last bolded statement just kills me, it's great to see a well respected publication and news source tell it like it is, Angelina Jolie is nothing more than a home-wrecker in a pretty face who champions causes as a way to deflect bad press.

    The statement in red is kinda cute, it's weird, sometimes some things she does make me smile for her, but honestly, most of the time, I despise her and all the "goody-two-shoes" crap that she does.

    Finally the tide is turning and the press are running to the stands with truthful articles.....instead of the constant bull-sh*t that gets blown up our asses by People GAG (don't even know anyone that still buys that stupid mag)!!!!
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    This kind of attitude reminds me Michael Jackson singing that creppy song "we are the world" (or something) and everybody sayng "oh, he is such a nice person!"
    But them, I am suspect on talking about Angelina, ´cause I really dislike her. =P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boo
    This kind of attitude reminds me Michael Jackson singing that creppy song "we are the world" (or something) and everybody sayng "oh, he is such a nice person!"
    But them, I am suspect on talking about Angelina, cause I really dislike her. =P
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    Not alone but we are in a minority!

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    Me too. There is something fakey, creepy about her. I think she carries her kids all over the place to say "look at me, I'm a good involved mother" Whereas a good mom would leave the little tykes home once in awhile and not subject them to so many paparazzi.
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    uh so she is suppose to stay home all damn day? then people would complain she is never with them..who really cares..once again there message was gone before she even came along.
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    I don't know what to think. She's one of the weirdest, strangest celebrities I've ever seen.

    She reminds me of a friend's Springer Spaniel. This dog was the most physically perfect specimen, looks-wise. Should have been a dog model, if there is such a thing. But he was apparently inbred in order to look so perfect, and he never acted right, and he wanted to have sex with EVERYTHING. Eventually he got so bizarre & aggressive he had to be put down.
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    I don't know, I can't call her down for trying to do a good thing. It's a lot more than a lot of other celebrities would even think of doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobelia
    I don't know what to think. She's one of the weirdest, strangest celebrities I've ever seen.

    She reminds me of a friend's Springer Spaniel. This dog was the most physically perfect specimen, looks-wise. Should have been a dog model, if there is such a thing. But he was apparently inbred in order to look so perfect, and he never acted right, and he wanted to have sex with EVERYTHING. Eventually he got so bizarre & aggressive he had to be put down.
    What a story! I know I shouldn't find it funny but I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimandSexxy
    Is it just me, or is she actually FINALLY admitting to using her fake charity work as a cover for all of her bad press.

    The last bolded statement just kills me, it's great to see a well respected publication and news source tell it like it is, Angelina Jolie is nothing more than a home-wrecker in a pretty face who champions causes as a way to deflect bad press.

    The statement in red is kinda cute, it's weird, sometimes some things she does make me smile for her, but honestly, most of the time, I despise her and all the "goody-two-shoes" crap that she does.

    Finally the tide is turning and the press are running to the stands with truthful articles.....instead of the constant bull-sh*t that gets blown up our asses by People GAG (don't even know anyone that still buys that stupid mag)!!!!
    It's just you... How the hell is raising awareness and personally donating millions and indirectly helping raise many millions fake?

    Get over the bullshit "home-wrecker" and "bastard child" What a terrible thing to call Shiloh.

    She didn't "steal" Brad, he went on his own accord. It obviously wasn't that good of a marriage anymore.

    Angelina, like most of us, did some silly and even down-right stupid things in her 20's... Get over it.

    I support then best damn poverty-fighting organization in the world right now as a direct result of Angelina's involvement. Check it out here.

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    Still, her improving image is in sharp contrast with the bizarre persona she had before her Third World aid efforts began in early 2001. Back then, the star with the fullest, most famous pair of lips since Mick Jagger was known for edgy eccentricity. She got multiple tattoos. She had been in naughty romps with costars. She wore, on a chain around her neck, a tiny vial of blood from her then husband, actor-writer Billy Bob Thornton. She passionately kissed her brother on the lips at the 2000 Academy Awards and spoke publicly of bisexual trysts. "In my early 20s I was fighting with myself," Jolie says. "Now I take that punk in me to Washington, and I fight for something important."
    She was young, she grew up...I can't bash someone who's trying to figure out things and make a difference, especially for children. The means by which she's trying to accomplish is sometimes awkward or goofy, but she is well-intended. At least she's not trouncing around like trollopy Paris Hilton or cokehead Kate.

    But Jolie, in her first one-on-one interview since giving birth, candidly acknowledges her crusade has an extra upside: It diverts movie fans, supermarket tabloids and the media from focusing on more controversial and less attractive elements of her life.
    I read this quote to mean that she is very aware of what swirls around her; I don't read this to be a "confession" that the diverted negative press was her intended outcome so much as it was an indirect one.

    I just happen to think there are far easier ways to divert the press from one's tawdry life than tirelessly travelling 'round the world, adopting and having children, exposing oneself to danger and disease, etc. - she's not exactly taking the easy way out.

    I'm no psych expert, but as a recovering catholic (lol), I would call what she's doing a certain brand (hers) of "penitence."
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    I don't get it...everyone else has moved on about this why cant we?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsMarsters
    I don't get it...everyone else has moved on about this why cant we?
    Because it's SOOOO much more fun to vicariously wage catfights thru AJ and JA threads!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nana55
    Me too. There is something fakey, creepy about her. I think she carries her kids all over the place to say "look at me, I'm a good involved mother" Whereas a good mom would leave the little tykes home once in awhile and not subject them to so many paparazzi.
    I agree. She poses with them in photoshoots for magazines - I don't think anyone can argue that that is necessary. She did the Vanity Fair shoot with Maddox long before anyone can say that she "had" to do the photoshoot to quell the paparazzi. Are Reese Witherspoon's kids famous people in their own right? How about Johnny Depp's kids? She's made these kids into some of the most famous people in the world - if she was such a devoted, caring mother who didn't give a crap about the good PR, why would she do that? Someone please give me a good answer to that question and I'll be happy to jump onto St. Angelina's bandwagon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deckchick
    It's just you... How the hell is raising awareness and personally donating millions and indirectly helping raise many millions fake?

    Get over the bullshit "home-wrecker" and "bastard child" What a terrible thing to call Shiloh.

    She didn't "steal" Brad, he went on his own accord. It obviously wasn't that good of a marriage anymore.

    Angelina, like most of us, did some silly and even down-right stupid things in her 20's... Get over it.

    I support then best damn poverty-fighting organization in the world right now as a direct result of Angelina's involvement. Check it out here.

    What have you done?
    This 'what have you done' is quite boring and old. Not everyone agrees or wants to jump on Angelina's bandwagon, so get over it. Nor does everyone want to jump on J.A.'s bandwagon. I can't believe that after this amount of time, this conversation is getting rehashed AGAIN...

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