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15 Celebrities Who Took In Orphans

Celebs March 8, 2018 By Hugo

Hollywood stars get criticised for every wrong move, and because they signed up for a life in the public eye, people expect celebrities to get on with it, even if they are routinely hounded.

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However, many stars in Hollywood do amazing things which don't often get reported, like volunteering in care homes, funding scholarship programmes, or in the case of these 15 stars, taking in vulnerable orphans.

Adoption is a beautiful way to raise children, and we can forget that many children in America don't have a family unit, so it was nice to discover that many of Tinseltown's finest have gone done the route of adoption. Here are 15 examples. 

1. Cate Blanchett

The Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett is known for being one of the more well-rounded and down-to-earth actresses in Hollywood, and as well as being self-aware of the world outside Hollywood, she is also incredibly kind, as she proved when she adopted Edith Vivian Patricia in early 2015.

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Along with her husband, Andrew Upton, the couple also have three biological sons.

2. Lionel Richie

When fellow musician Peter Michael Escovedo asked Lionel Richie to adopt his daughter, Nicole when she was just 3-years-old, Richie didn't hesitate to say yes.

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Both Escovedo and his wife admitted they could no longer afford to raise their daughter and in the hopes of giving her a better life, they gave her to Richie and his then-wife Brenda, who officially adopted her at 9.

3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

When thinking of celebrity adoptions, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are the first to come to mind. Their six children include Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox. 

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The older three, Maddox, Pax and Zahara, were adopted from orphanages in Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam.while the three youngest were naturally conceived. Of course, Pitt and Jolie are no longer together, and amid the on-going divorce, Jolie is thought to have full custody rights. However, recent reports suggest the divorce has ground to a halt following Pitt's commitment to self-improvement.

4. Michelle Pfeiffer

One of Hollywood's most beautiful woman filed to adopt daughter Claudia Rose just two months before she crossed eyes with now-husband David Kelley.

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Michelle Pfeiffer also shares a biological son, John, with her husband.

5. Hugh Jackman

Everyone's favorite hunk is loved around the world for his rugged, manly appearance and his ability to not take himself too seriously, but Jackman's fame and appeal to the ladies hasn't turned me into a hedonistic, playboy.

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In fact, Jackman has been happily married to Deborra-Lee for 22 years and in that time, they adopted their son Oscar in 2000 and daughter Ava in 2005 after IVF attempts failed.

6. Jim Caviezel

Known to most as Mr. John Reese on Person of Interest, and as Jesus in the Mel Gibson movie The Passion of the Christ, Caviezel has adopted two children with his wife, Kerri. 

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Their son, Bo, was adopted from China in 2007.  Daughter LeLe, also from China, was approved the following year.  Speaking of the joys of fatherhood, Jim said, “I don't even know who I was before.”

7. Denise Richards

Denise Richards was 40-years-old when she adopted Eloise Joni in 2011. Adoption at any age is tough, but at 40, and with her two daughters with ex-husband Charlie Sheen, Sam and Lola, being 5 and 7 at the time, it must have been a busy time for Richards!

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Still, nothing beats family, and it would appear Richards values the love of her children above anything else which is great to see. 

8. Sheryl Crow

One of America's most beloved country artists is a nine-time Grammy Award winner after first starting out life as an elementary school teacher, and it's fair to say Crow is very much living the dream.

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As well as her stellar career, Crow went down the route of adoption in 2007 when she took in her first son, Wyatt, only a year after her breast cancer diagnosis. In 2010 she adopted for a second time, taking in Levi, another baby boy.

9. Kristin Davis

Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis was inspired to adopt by events that took place on the show. Her character adopted after being unable to conceive, and Kristin brought that into real life when she adopted daughter Gemma in 2011.

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Davis's goodwill has also seen her serve as a poverty ambassador for Oxfam, a position she has held since 2004. 

10. Joely Fisher

Joely Fisher adopted daughter Olivia Luna as an infant in September of 2008. She decided to adopt after a trip to Mozambique with Save the Children. 

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Soon after the adoption, Joely said, "It's chaos around here. But I love watching pieces of my heart running around the house. This is a dream come true."

11. Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock proved that her reputation as a loving person was genuine when she adopted son Louis Bardo from New Orleans when the boy was an infant. 


Initially, Sandra planned the adoption with former husband Jesse James, but when the marriage went south, Sandra adopted Louis on her own. Speaking about life before Louis, Sandra said, “I had no idea what love was.” 

Sandra Bullock also adopted a child in the uplifting sports movie, The Blind Side.

12. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

Once America's most famous married couple, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were the Brangelina of their time when they adopted Isabella and Connor back in the early '90s.

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However, Kidman's presence in their lives had dwindled over the years following Cruise's relationship with Scientology, which is thought to be the reason why the couple divorced in 2001.  

13. Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels, whose longtime run as a trainer on The Biggest Loser catapulted her to celebrity status, chose to adopt a little girl from Haiti. "I went over to visit orphanages, and I ended up falling in love with this little girl," said Michaels. “By the grace of God, I got matched up with her."

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Lukensia was two years old when Michaels brought her back to the States. Ironically, Jillian's partner, Heidi Rhoades, gave birth to a son the same week that Lukensia's adoption was final.

14. Katherine Heigl

The blonde bombshell actress and her handsome husband, the singer Josh Kelley, share two adopted children: daughter Naleigh from South Korea and daughter Adelaide from America.

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The couple also has a naturally conceived baby boy, who was born in 2016.

15. Sharon Stone

After suffering many miscarriages after failing to conceive with her then-husband Phil Bronstein, Stone adopted her first child, Roan, soon after.

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The iconic actress went onto adopt two more sons, Laird and Quinn, though Stone lost custody of her first child to Bronstein in 2008 after a judge ruled she couldn't provide a stable environment for him to grow up in.

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