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Jolie becomes first dame of Hollywood

Patrick Sawer

Published 14/06/2014 | 02:30

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Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame for her campaigning work against sexual violence
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame for her campaigning work against sexual violence
Daniel Day-Lewis will also be awarded a Knighthood after being named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list
Daniel Day-Lewis will also be awarded a Knighthood after being named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

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.

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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)

Telegraph.co.uk

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