Jolie becomes first dame of Hollywood
Published 14/06/2014 | 02:30
Angelina Jolie, the Hollywood actress, has been singled out for recognition in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours for her campaigning work against sexual violence and the use of rape as a weapon of war.
Jolie has been made an honorary dame for using her international recognition to make the question of violence against women not only a global issue, but one to be taken seriously at the highest level.
The actress was in London this week leading a global summit on the issue, alongside William Hague, British Foreign Secretary.
As a foreign citizen Jolie, the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative PVSI, cannot be addressed as dame, but receives the award on an honorary basis.
She said: "To receive an honour related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to. Working on PVSI and with survivors of rape is an honour in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine."
Jolie yesterday urged participants to keep lobbying for action, saying: "Our work is just beginning. The test we now face is whether we can make a difference on the ground. We can and will end impunity."
Also singled out for an honour is Daniel Day-Lewis, the star of 'Lincoln' and 'There Will Be Blood', who receives an OBE in recognition of his role as one of Britain's finest screen actors.
Day-Lewis (57), who won the most recent of his Oscars in 2012 – becoming the first man to win three best actor statuettes – for his portrayal of US President Abraham Lincoln's struggle to pass the bill to emancipate slaves, said: "I'm entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure." (© Daily Telegraph, London)