Amy Poehler among actresses honored for philanthropy
Amy Poehler and Charlize Theron were moved to tears Friday, and it wasn’t for a role.
The actresses got emotional while being recognized for their philanthropic efforts at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon. Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Hudson and Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal were also honored at the fifth annual event, hosted by Aisha Tyler at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Poehler cried while discussing Worldwide Orphans’ outreach to needy children.
“There are so many children in the world who have nothing,” she said. “Who are we to be in this room and be living this life without helping them?”
She recently raised money for the organization with her and Jon Hamm’s post-Emmys Losers Lounge party, where Emmy winners were asked to make donations to gain entry. She has also traveled to Haiti to help orphans.
Theron shed tears while thanking her mother for “teaching me through your actions to be a strong and powerful woman.”
The actress brought her mom to the event, where she was being honored for her efforts to end HIV and AIDS through the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach project.
Hudson almost cried while being recognized for her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she established in the name of her slain nephew.
Banks works with the American Heart Association to promote awareness of heart disease among women. Kidman is an ambassador for U.N. Women, which aims to end discrimination and violence against women worldwide. Pascal supports the suicide hotline Teen Line, and Washington is a four-year member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, which promotes arts curricula nationwide.
Berry, Martinez welcome baby boy
It’s a boy for Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez.
A representative for the 47-year-old actress confirmed that the couple welcomed their son on Saturday.
E! News reported Berry delivered the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
This is the second child for Berry. She has a 5-year-old daughter with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry. The two settled their custody battle over the child in 2012.
This is the first child for Martinez. The French actor and Berry married in July.
The birthday bunch
Actress Britt Ekland is 71. Singer Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) is 62. Actress Elisabeth Shue is 50. Actress Amy Jo Johnson (“Felicity”) is 43. Actor Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”) is 40.