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Oscar's Leading Ladies Give Back

USA Today

March 09, 2010

Not to be outdone by the men, Oscar’s leading ladies also have heart. From climate change to AIDS awareness to hunger, here’s how several of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses are making an impact:

Best Actress


Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Bullock has long been known for her charitable activities off-screen and has brought this same passion for making a difference to her performance in The Blind Side. Based on a true story, Bullock’s character Leigh Anne Tuohy opened her heart and home to a young Michael Oher, now a Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle.

Off-screen, her charitable commitments are numerous. Indeed, Bullock provided thousands of dollars to help rebuild New Orleans’ Warren Easton High School after Hurricane Katrina left it in ruins, and has given millions to post 9/11 campaigns, tsunami relief and, most recently, Haiti relief efforts.

Helen Mirren, The Last Station

Like her Best Actor counterpart Colin Firth, Dame Helen Mirren serves as an Oxfam Ambassador, travelling to Uganda with the organization to draw attention to “what the UN Security Council called the world’s worst forgotten crisis, in which half a million people have been killed and two million people displaced,” reports LookToTheStars.org. Mirren supports various other charities, which you can read more about here.

Carey Mulligan, An Education

Hollywood’s most talked about newcomer, Mulligan has often been referred to as this generation’s Audrey Hepburn. Time will tell whether she will also emulate Hepburn’s work as a humanitarian. Hepburn served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for many years.

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

A long-time supporter of actor-led philanthropic efforts, Streep has supported numerous charitable initiatives over the years, most recently, Haiti relief. Go here to learn more.

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