Dame Angelina Jolie awarded honorary title by Queen Elizabeth: amazing?

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Angelina Jolie. Two-time Oscar winner. Mother of six. UN special envoy for the High Commission on Refugees. Humanitarian. Actress/producer/director. DAME. Yes, this is happening!! Of all the prominent, celebrity women of Angelina’s generation, I’m sometimes surprised by just how well Angelina has done for herself. I mean, I’ve been a fan since the ‘90s, since before Brad, I was an Angeloonie. But if you had asked me in 1998 if I thought Angelina would turn out to be this kind of global superstar in so many different ways, I would have thought you were joking. On the final day of Angelina’s co-hosted Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Queen Elizabeth II made her an honorary Dame.

Just call her Dame Angelina! Angelina Jolie was awarded with the honorary title by Queen Elizabeth II in London Friday, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The actress and humanitarian, 39, who co-chaired a global summit to end sexual violence in conflict in London this week, was made an honorary Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George for extraordinary service to U.K. foreign policy.

The title is the female equivalent of an honorary knighthood. Jolie is among a thousand people named on the Queen’s annual Birthday Honours list, which also awarded a knighthood to Daniel Day-Lewis, a Companion of Honour order for Dame Maggie Smith and an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Homeland star Damian Lewis.

Jolie’s honor recognizes her contribution towards the British foreign policy objective to end sexual violence in conflict – she founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) in the U.K. two years ago.

“To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to,” Jolie, who is a U.N. special envoy, said on learning of her award. “Working on PSVI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.”

[From People]

Awesome. Wonderful. Moving. I can’t believe this happened! Do you think Camilla put in a good word? Perhaps. Or perhaps it was a suggestion from William Hague and David Cameron. From what I understand of these “honorary” titles given to Americans, the American press is under no obligation to use the titles, but when the American is in the UK, they call themselves Dame or Sir if they so choose. Like, Steven Spielberg could call himself Sir Steven in London, if he wanted to (which he does not, at least not that I’m aware). I wonder if Daniel Day-Lewis – who I believe is a citizen of the UK, Ireland and America (?) – will be calling himself Sir Daniel anytime soon?

Anyway, Dame Angelina. She was made a Dame before Gwyneth Paltrow. You know Goop is seething about that one. HA!

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Wow! Congratulations!

  2. KATTYKITTY says:

    Angie wins.

    Thanks for playin’.

  3. zyfoo says:

    aniston’s throwing a fit and madonna’s weeping :) huge congrats dame angie :)

    • Frida_K says:

      So are Kimye and Satan’s Homegirl–Yeezus of course expects that Kim deserves the honor and Satan’s HG is tapping her chin with the tip of her index finger and wondering why she, herself, wasn’t awarded this recognition. After all, didn’t she create and unleash upon the world Kim?

      Delusions, delusions.

      That said, I am super happy for and proud of Angelina J for having earned and received this well-deserved recognition.

      :)

      • FLORC says:

        Don’t let them consume so much of your thoughts. Just forget about the K’s. It’s not healthy to think about those you despise, dislike and hate.
        Like Dame Angie. She looks flawless! Meanwhile Aniston is scowling in her lair with Handler downing bottles of red wine and aging poorly.

    • Olenna says:

      Ditto. I know it’s only an honorary title, but she’s Dame Angie to me, now. Those two self-centered women will surely be eating their hearts out over this.

    • SpookySpooks says:

      I don’t understand what Aniston has to do with this. Does she really have to be in every post about Angelina?

      Anyway, bravo Nagelina :)

      • Angie says:

        +1. Why sneer at JA–it’s not like she broke up Dame Angie’s marriage and then lied about it.

      • epiphany says:

        Aniston and Pitt broke up their own marriage. Angie showed up after the fact. Aniston confirmed this herself. It was already DOA when Jolie and Pitt met.

      • FLORC says:

        She doesn’t, but it’s funny.
        Not to start an argument about them, but it’s so overplayed it’s silly. Handler has by extention made us aware Aniston is not ok with this couple and it’s odd she can’t let it go or that people still think it’s an issue.

        I only bring it up above for silly comparing reasons. Not literally or to start a debate.

      • @FLORC
        I try not to say anything, because I don’t want to come off as some crazy, super-fan, who is up AJ’s deified butt, but I completely agree with you. The ONLY reason that I think that Jennifer Aniston isn’t OVER IT completely, is because of her friendship with Chelsea Handler–that is still going on (they just went to the spa together, a few weeks ago). No one is going to tell me that a grown ass woman in her forties, in HOLLYWOOD, doesn’t know/understand the image that is being reflected on her, when her ‘bestie’ starts trashing the woman that her ex husband got with (immediately after their separation), repeatedly, despite not being responded to by said woman, and only started doing it after they became ‘friends’ (and Handler switched over to CAA).

        No one. As I’ve said time and time again–you don’t control your friends. But you do control WHO you are friends with.

        But yeah–I think it’s a moot point to bring it up, unless it’s relevant (like if Handler goes on some rampage again), so I try not to.

      • Valois says:

        Everyone forgot about the BALLS-thing :(

      • Angie says:

        This isn’t about who did what to whom–it’s about being able to cheer on AJ without trashing uninvolved bystanders. JA has never publicly commented on the matter, and Chelsea’s drunken jabs are on her, not on JA who, by the way, has the same right everyone else in the world has to feel however she feels. Just congratulate AJ and move on.

      • Josephina says:

        @ Angie—

        Like VC stated and MANY other BA fans alike, we have either seen or heard Handler’s non-alcoholic rants on TV, radio and in print regarding her specific, negative rants about Jolie, particularly the rant about how Brad should go back to Aniston, who happens to be her BFF. Handler’s opinions are soiled with Aniston’s bitterness. Wisdom would tell Aniston to handle these types of emotions in a different manner. Again, we are just reminding you of the not so innocent jabs that are coming from somewhere other than a comic trying to be funny or bold.

    • Nicola says:

      Here we go again.Why the hell did you bring Aniston up?People like you are the reason the so called triangle doesn’t die.

  4. The Wizz says:

    Wow. Fab. Just blown away really. Well deserved.

  5. LAK says:

    When I first heard about this, my first thought was that GOOP will be seething…..LOL

    Trying to improve the peasants and no one thinks to give her an honour!!!

    …..but seriously, i’ve never been happier about and for a title recipient. Word is that William Hague nominated her.

    On a superficial note sirdan isn’t as catchy as sirian and sirpat and not as irreverently fun. Does anyone know if sirdan is on twitter?

  6. Dany says:

    always thought only British citizens and citizens of the Commonwealth can get honorary titles by the Queen? Because of their service and good work for their homeland= Britain/ Commonwealth nation

  7. Sarah says:

    I like Angelina, but as a British citizen this gets a big thumbs down from me. This came up in conversation this morning and everyone agreed that she should not be given this honour. It does not sit right, and I am sure many of my fellow Brits agree.

    • helenk says:

      Did you feel the same anger when Stephen Spielberg or Bill Gates got the male version (Sir)? I’m happy for her- Angie deserves all good things that come her way- both she & Brad really do try to make the world a better place. She’s accomplished so much at a very young age.

    • Sighs says:

      I’m not a Brit, but I do know a couple of CBE/OBE’s, and this irks me. I think it cheapens the honor. Keep it in the Brit family. I’ll probably get flamed because it’s Angelina….

      • Emma - the JP Lover says:

        @Sighs, who wrote: “’m not a Brit, but I do know a couple of CBE/OBE’s, and this irks me. I think it cheapens the honor. Keep it in the Brit family. I’ll probably get flamed because it’s Angelina….”

        Honestly, why in the world would you be ‘flamed’ for voicing your opinion? Liking or disliking Angie’s honorary Dameship by the Queen ‘is’ a matter of opinion … not anything that is or is not based upon fact.

        Voice on.

      • Trillion says:

        @Sighs:
        looks like the flame throwing army in your imagination has let you down.

      • To those who oppose (and have every right to) …is your opposition because she is an American or because she is a celebrity? If it is because she is a celebrity do you feel the same disdain for Gary Barlow, who was recently awarded an OBE, and then was caught participating in a tax avoidance scheme….which is essentially stealing (albeit legally) from the crown?

        If you compare the two things, Angelina’s contribution to foreign policy and ending sexual violence makes her look like Mother Theresa when up against Barlow ‘s impressive 13 no. 1 singles and three top ten hit songs. Impressive, yes, but it’s not really world peace, is it?

        So when you imply her getting this honour “cheapens” the honour but fail to be offended (or maybe you are) by other equally celebrity-like recipients who have maybe “pulled a Barlow”, one has to assume it is because she is a Yank. Which would offend me, as an American expat, if I were the easily offended type.

        I’m sure that was not the intention here, but still. If you’re going to go there…

      • Sixer says:

        Here’s a cool one for you, Highland Fashionista. Placido Domingo was given an honorary knighthood by we Brits and also a Presidential Medal of Freedom by you “Yanks”.

        Having said that, a brief perusal of Wikipedia (too lazy to go deeper) does indicate that US civilian awards go to foreigners much more rarely than British ones – aside from Domingo, all those I noticed were foreign heads of state, which I’d see more as political compliments than awards for actual work.

        Wow. Who knew civilian honours could be such an interesting topic!

      • Maeve says:

        LOL!!! Did you feel the same way about that idiot Ronald Reagan getting knighted … by the Queen … or Norman Schwarzkopf?? Asshat warmongers and right-wingers are OK but diplomats aren’t cool my you?

        Typical!!!

    • eva says:

      Don’t count me, I’m very happy about this.

    • ORLY says:

      One Brit who posted above you disagree.
      May I ask why this “does not sit well” with you?

    • Sixer says:

      I don’t agree – and I’m a Brit. Bob Geldof’s an honorary knight for Live Aid – overarchingly international humanitarian work that combined a strong UK connection. Jolie is doing humanitarian work that is both overarchingly international AND has connections to British diplomatic efforts. And it’s that bit more in terms of raising awareness.

      Quite happy with it.

    • LAK says:

      I’m british and I thoroughly approve.

    • Froop says:

      It’s weird to me too. I’m not keen to be honest.

    • Meerkat says:

      Why do you not approve? I am a fellow Brit and I think it is terrific that she is being recognized for her efforts to draw attention to the violence inflicted on women, in war and in peace.

    • Ennie says:

      I am not a Brit, but I think that it is great that a woman is being recognized.
      As I found out, mostly foreign men have received this order, so to have one more woman become an Honorary Dame, is just great and the reason she was is much better. I think receiving honors strengthens as well as give her more responsibility, which she is happy to have upon her shoulders.

      • Maeve says:

        Several foreign diplomats and politicians have received this award (i.e. Shimon Peres; Kofi Annan; Scheverdaze) but no women from the list I saw. It is not a CBE it is Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George for extraordinary service to U.K. foreign policy!! Very cool.

    • Abigail says:

      Why wouldn’t this sit well? Almost every state has honors or (as is the case of monarchies) honorary titles that they award to foreign nationals who perform extraordinary service on behalf of that state. The honors are usually different than the ones awarded to a state’s own citizens, and, indeed, the article mentions that she received a different title than that of OBE, which I imagine is reserved for British citizens.

      • JFS61 says:

        The reason she received a different title is that she received the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), which is an Order superior in rank to that of the Order of The British Empire (OBE).

        As for the accolade of Sir or Dame, that is for British subjects only, and non-British recipients are not entitled to use the accolade, even in Great Britain.

      • lower-case deb says:

        i thought that the order of seniority (not superiority) of the British orders are based on the date of its formation. The order of St Michael & St George is fifth in term of seniority because it’s the fifth oldest, whereas the Order of the British Empire is a “new” one, and most junior (because there’s no order created after that).

        it’s created because until that point, there’s no specific order to honor the people who excel in their every day occupation and thus contributes something special to the society?

        “King George V founded the Order to fill gaps in the British honours system. Until that point there were only: The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (honoured only senior military officers and civil servants); The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (honoured diplomats and colonial officials); The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India and the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire (honoured British and native officials in India); and The Royal Victorian Order (honoured those who had personally served the Royal Family).”

        so, in my understanding the MCG is not superior as in have greater weight, but senior as in the Order was created at a much older time (1818) than the BE (1918).

        so i think a Dame of the Michael and George is equal to a Dame of the British Empire. no one is more higher than the other. they’re all dames (it’s not like we’re talking about one is a Duchess and the other is a Countess).

        i hope i read & googled the right information; and as always, happy to be corrected.

      • Sixer says:

        Deb: you’re right about seniority but this is only for different orders within the same award – so knighthoods, damehoods. An OBE is not a damehood and it is a lesser award. The standard awards (although there are others) go in this order of importance:

        MBE
        OBE
        CBE
        Knighthood/Damehood

    • Nighty says:

      If part of her work is related to UK, why not?

    • bluhare says:

      I’m British, but I don’t live in Britain so I don’t know if it counts, but I much prefer Angelina receiving the honor over Steven Spielberg. I didn’t even know he was Sir Steven/Stephen (too lazy to go look).

    • abby says:

      yeah, I do not get the issue.

      1. AJ is not the first American. Stephen Spielberg, Bill Gates and quite a few others are past recipients of the male equivalent. So, it isn’t as though this is a Brit-only thing.

      2. It’s in recognition for her humanitarian work in conjunction with the Crown. I do not think anyone here (outside of supreme haters) can deny that Angie goes all out for these humanitarian issues.

      3. Likely the nomination came from William Hague but it had to be vetted by the Queen’s people and Parliament (or whoever comprises the committee for such things). This isn’t like the People’s Choice Awards.

      4. Any issues regarding Jolie’s personal life/controversial past have been rendered moot by precedent – see Sir Mick Jagger and Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
      I am sure there are other previous honorees who have controversial pasts but they simply benefit from the privacy of NOT being huge celebrities.

      So , uh …yeah.

      Congrats Angie. Keep it going!

    • hmmm says:

      I’m surprised those honours are given out like candy. I would have preferred that knighthoods were given only to Brits. To me, it does dilute the meaning. I’m with you, Sarah (nothing against AJ).

    • June says:

      I agree but not in the sense that she’s not British. This is another example of politicians pandering to celebs. She and other celebs get all the credit instead of the people who do the actual hard work. This is the same with the issue of poverty. George Bush refused to have meetings with people who spoke out against poverty but was happy to speak with Bob Geldof and Bono. I hear AJ has been giving advice on how to help reconstruct Iraq – really?? So they couldn’t ask the people of Iraq on what they want. And then you have George Clooney on trying to sort out the problems in Sudan (eyeroll). These celebs cannot solve the world’s problems the only people who have the power to sort this out is the politicians but then again they are too starry eyed to make change.

      • lovescamaro says:

        Lol. So you hear but have no actual proof that she’s really giving advice on how to reconstruct Iraq? Nice way to be judgemental because of a rumor.

        And what are you talking about? Jolie has been dedicated to her humanitarian work for more than a decade. She doesn’t just wear a UN tshirt and show up at events for photo ops, she doesn’t just donate money, she actually goes to these places, meet the victims, talk to the people. Build school in afghan, build clinics in Africa and Cambodia, I could go on all the day with her contributions but to make it short, if that is not hard work, I don’t know what you call it?

        Of course she’s getting all the attention – she’s a celebrity and this is her purpose “to give light” to the sexual war crimes and she’s doing a good job at it. She’s got the full attention of the politicians and everyone else.

        Do you actually think that the summit would gain world wide attention if a non celebrity activist would host it? Do you actually think that they could even make the summit happen? I think not. So instead of getting pissed because someone famous got worldwide attention for making the summit happen, why can’t you just be appreciative that someone is actually asking for action to help end sexual violence. I’m sure Jolie could care less for all the accolades she’s getting, she just want to help in a way she knows how.

      • abby says:

        But you’re actually incorrect. Instead of assuming and going off of rumors, why not read about the actual honors?
        Over 1,000 were issued this week and – provided the standard is met – it is given to any individual nominated for exemplary performance that has been transformative for the community, industry, etc. Teachers, community advocates, etc – average, everyday people, working in the trenches – are by and large the main recipients. This Honorary damehood is recognition of Jolie’s work with the UK Foreign Service in regard to warzone rape. Perhaps it makes the government look good but the average person isn’t being ignored in order to placate Jolie.
        The only reason Jolie is getting so much attention is because she is a HUGE celebrity and she is foreign-born.

      • Nighty says:

        I really don’t understand why would that be because she’s a celebrity…. She’s being given an award for her work in humanitarian services, what’s wrong with that… we only hear about it because she’s a celeb, but in reality, many people, who aren’t famous also receive the awards, we just don’t hear about them exactly because they’re not famous… I find it fantastic… Why do people tend to think this award is because she is a celeb? I wish more celebs would do half what she does… Maybe there would be more awareness throughout the world….
        I’m sorry, but it seems like “jealousy”…. it’s the only word that comes to my mind right now…

      • Nighty says:

        Example: Bill Gates has a medal of honour (infante D. Henrique) from Portugal..
        It’s normal to give out these type of honours to foreign people also…

      • Nighty says:

        The President of the European Committee (Durão Barroso – Portuguese) has a St Michael and St George medal… from the UK…

        (and Angelina has done more than Durão Barroso, but ok,. )

  8. LT says:

    Yay! And I want that jacket thing and skirt combo. Any idea who the designer is?

  9. Toot says:

    Congrats Angelina!! Love it! I know there is some seething going on. LOL

  10. Mimi says:

    She’s the only American female celebrity to be honored, and on Wikipedia’s lists (incomplete), she’s only the second woman to get a DBE or the first to get a DCMG…..I think DCMG is the correct one though.

  11. zut alors! says:

    Congratulations Dame Angelina! You are truly a global citizen. A most deserved honor. I do believe William Hague was instrumental in nominating her for this recognition. I love that he is not stingy with giving her credit for her efforts.

  12. Jen2 says:

    She is amazing and deserving of this. Good on her!! And good on Sir Daniel. He too has achieved quite a lot in his professional life. I have loved him for years too.

  13. Naomi says:

    @ jonb Queen Elizabeth is a home wrecker?

    • ORLY says:

      Jonb, it’s too early on a Saturday to have so much anger. :)
      Angie is going nowhere, and she’s only getting better at what she does and more successful with time. Get used to it.

    • Dio says:

      Yes, Richard Burton and Eddie Fisher to name a few…

    • Janet says:

      Naomi, you never heard about the Elizabeth Taylor — Eddie Fisher — Debbie Reynolds triangle? Fisher used to be good friends with Taylor’s deceased husband Mike Todd, and Reynolds and Taylor were casual friends through their husbands. Taylor was devastated when Mike Todd was killed in a plane crash, Fisher took it on himself to comfort the grieving widow, and next thing you know, Fisher dumped his wife Debbie Reynolds and ran off with Taylor. To make matters worse, there were three or four very young children involved. Taylor had three and Fisher/Reynolds had one. From the reaction that ensued, you would have thought Armageddon had arrived. It made the front page of almost every newspaper in the country. Long afterwards, after Reynolds and Taylor had both remarried and divorced and remarried again, they repaired their friendship and had fun laughing at Fisher. You can google the details.

      • I remember seeing an interview from a few years ago–Debbie Reynolds was asked about how she repaired her friendship with Elizabeth Taylor. She said that years ago they both were on the same cruise ship, and Debbie saw all of Elizabeth’s luggage, asked who it was, etc. She said that eventually (after sending a bunch of notes between each other) that it was silly and met with each other. And basically she said that they became friends again, because the thing that ‘ruined’ their friendship didn’t matter–said that it seemed like it mattered then, but it really didn’t. (obviously the thing was Eddie Fischer).

      • Janet says:

        Poor Liz… I’ve always believed if Mike Todd had lived, they would have stayed happily married together. Despite the age difference (he was at least 15 years older than she was) they were a very well matched couple and very much in love with each other.

  14. zut alors! says:

    I do have some Goop approved raw organic honey to help wash down the bitterness, if you’d like.

  15. Liz says:

    Why would Goop be jealous? It’s not like she does anything that would merit such an honor! Way to go, Dame Angelina, color me impressed.

  16. Sarah says:

    How on earth is the Queen a homewrecker? And LOL about the Goop approved honey!

  17. Sullivan says:

    Well-deserved honor. Congratulations to her and all the recipients.

  18. Mhmm says:

    Awesome! So well deserved! :) Amazing
    woman. It’s nice to live in a time where there’s an Angelina.

  19. decorative item says:

    Say what you will about her, but I would much rather hear about her work than be subjected to another interview with a Hollywood starlet telling me her definition of the word feminism, or “her truth” about life in general. I don’t give two shits if A.J. does it all for attention or not, at least it’s worth listening to.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Angelina walks the walk! She actively working to make the world a better place for women. A school for girls in an African refugee camp and now this huge and important work to get wartime rape acknowledged as a war crime and trying to set up a system to help the victims as well as prosecuting the perpetrators. This is HUGE! Often war time rape has been seen as not as important – with the argument that “rape always happens in wartime”. i does, but that doesn’t mean that we, as human beings, should simply accet this as a necessary evil. It is a crime, and Angelina, with her commintment and star-power, is making this fight visible!

      She’s a good actress, but she is a much better human being. This is why I admire her so much!

      She has deserved this honour precisely because she’s a trailblazer on this issue.

  20. Naomi says:

    Well Camilla didn’t award anything hence my confusion.

    Has anyone seen the pics of Kim K and her attire at Bonnaroo? Which of course she instagrammed. I really don’t know why she just doesn’t hire a photographer to do a full blown nude shoot, publish the results and be done.

  21. Nic says:

    I’ll take Angelina Jolie as a People’s Princess above Diana any day.

    • FingerBinger says:

      I don’t know if you know this,but during the 80′s when everyone was scared of HIV and A.I.D.S. Diana was one of the first celebrities to work with it’s victims. She was also one of the first public figures to shake hands and touch HIV and A.I.D.S. patients when many people still thought you could get it by touching them. She also did work for landmine victims and made people aware of that. I give Angelina credit for her charity work,but let’s give a little respect to what Diana did too.

      • Janet says:

        I remember when Diana visited the pediatric AIDs ward at Harlem Hospital. She picked up and hugged the children that nobody else but the nurses would touch. She was very polite and gracious to everybody. She won major props during that visit.

      • Renee says:

        You know what, I was just thinking about this yesterday!!! Diana was a remarkable woman who achieved a lot during her brief 37 years on this earth. The work that she did was extraordinary; not just because she used her position to bring attention to issues such as AIDS, victims of land mines, etc. but because of the attentiveness that she herself personally gave to those who were suffering. Can you imagine what that would have meant to people who were maligned and shunned by society to be literally touched by anyone, let alone a member of royalty??? I almost always breakdown when I think of it. There is so much suffering in the world and it is commendable for anyone who does something to alleviate it but for those for whom it would be so easy to look away and continue to live an insular life of luxury and opulence to get in the trenches and work to help others gets so, so much respect from me. Diana wasn’t perfect but none of us is, but the work that she have did was remarkable and should be commended.

  22. Hannah says:

    Camilla couldn’t have put in a good word for her as the Queen does not a) like Camilla and b) have any input in to this list. It is drawn up by the British cabinet and civil servants primarily the PM and obviously in this case William Hague, the foreign secretary (that’s the equivalent to your Secretary of State…not the court jester as you may think when you see him in public).

  23. Nighty says:

    Congrats to AJ, really think she deserves it for her humanitarian work.. :)

  24. Hissyfit says:

    Dame Jolie, how awesome!

    She’s under 40 and she’s already very well accomplished! From the UN diplomat title to the Oscar humanitarian award and now this. Who would’ve thought? I truly believe that this is her calling. Well deserved honor if you ask me.

  25. Micah says:

    Wonderful! Congratulations to her!

  26. Tulip says:

    “Jolie’s honor recognizes her contribution towards the British foreign policy objective to end sexual violence in conflict – she founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) in the U.K. two years ago.”

    This is an extremely good cause. My question though, is since many individuals have founded many excellent initiatives and causes…why give an award for this one, when they still could’ve done a lot of popular press to applaud this move by Angelina, but without the award? She’s an amazing woman, and I agree with the cause. I just need a better explaination from those of you in political science or media studies.

    Also, this probably very antiquated…but should an American citizen be accepting of a British honor? Since even some of the British citizens sometimes refuse these honors because they disagree with the class system the crown imposes, etc.

    • Ennie says:

      Some countries are monarchies and they bestow honors upon citizens and foreign people, even if they come from republics. This honor enlightens her objectives, promotes what she is advocating for. I do not see negativity in her acceptance. Other Americans have received this honor, and many others have received honors in different fields. Why should AJ be held differently?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_St_Michael_and_St_George#Honorary_Appointments_.28GCMG.2FKCMG.29

    • LAK says:

      Tulip: when the lists are published, the celebrity recipients generate a lot of press which gives impression that they are the only recipients of the various honours.

      Every year, thousands receive honours. Twice a year. For all manner of things. AJ won’t be the only person made a Dame in the lists, and she won’t be the only one rewarded for humanitarian efforts. There are many others on the lists. She’s simply noteworthy because of her celebrity and other job of Movie star.

    • Sixer says:

      Tulip – in terms of politics, there is a negative argument to have here. Britain has a general election (for a new national government) next year. The current incumbents are under pressure from their traditional opposition on the left, which is usual, but also from a newish party on the right (a tiny bit like your Tea Party wing). There are some rumblings that Jolie’s award was given not so much to reward Jolie but to make the current government look good – “caring” about the disenfranchised, women’s rights, etc, is not one of their best-known selling points.

      As I said above – I’m personally supportive of this award because I think the issue transcends petty domestic party politics and Jolie has put in enough personal effort to deserve it. But I’m also not so naive as not to acknowledge that the government sees positive publicity for itself as a happy side effect.

      Hope that helps to illuminate the political picture within the UK!

  27. LAK says:

    AJ was nominated by William Hague and the honour was granted by HM.

    Please, tell us who William Hague or HM have homewrecked.

    This has nothing to do With Camilla.

  28. zut alors! says:

    2014 is certainly shaping up to be a banner year for our Ms. Jolie. I hope it continues on with Unbroken. I love it when good things happen to good people.

  29. Nene says:

    I really believe in life some people are just luckier than others.
    They might not be the best in their chosen careers.
    They might not be the most generous of heart.
    They might even be physically flawed or otherwise.
    And they might not even be the smartest.
    But whatever they lay their hands on turns to gold.
    I know it isn’t fair of mother nature but that’s just human nature.
    A.Jolie is one of the lucky ones.

    My warmest congratulations A.J!

    • Anon says:

      Agree with your sentiment. Congratulations Angelina Jolie. Lovely

    • megsie says:

      She’s had her share of misfortune. An absentee father, losing her mother to breast cancer, more than the usual emotional struggles in her teens and 20s. But she’s put in the work on herself and her career and it’s wonderful to watch her reaping the rewards.

      • Anon says:

        I think its deserved, I am a huge fan. However, many people do good things, excel etc. and just are not as fortunate. As to misfortune I agree with you, life is like that pretty much for everyone. There are good things and bad things in everyone’s life. I like that she is mature and never dwells on the bad things, is humble and grateful for the good things. Go Angie!
        ETA
        Agree also that she worked/works on herself and that is what we all should do, whether we are acknowledged for it or not.

      • Dio says:

        Also, for many many years she has donated a percentage of her yearly income to her causes. And convinced Brad to do the same. She puts her money w/her mouth is, lots of money to her causes. She does the work involved not just sending a check. And without fanfare. Simply outstanding…

  30. Skyblue says:

    I was just thinking Angie works far harder than Kate and keeps her bum under wraps. Perhaps Kate should take a “gap” year and intern with Angie.

  31. Bueberry says:

    JonB you sound So ridiculous ha! ;) :)

  32. Luna says:

    Very happy for Angelina – it’s a well deserved honor!

  33. bluhare says:

    Man, I’m disappointed I was too late to the party and missed JonB’s comment!

    • Eve says:

      Oh, you didn’t miss anything (relevant). It was the same 9 years old, tiresome, overused “homewrecker” crap. Just a troll who temporarily migrated from Dlisted to CB, trying to stir some sh*t.

      • Eve says:

        Just wanted to add this: I don’t know why people reply to them (trolls from Dlisted and/or its likeness). Just report the comment, explain why you’re reporting it and, hopefully, it’ll likely be removed.

        When you reply to them you give them EXACTLY what they want: attention.

      • FingerBinger says:

        You should report a comment if someone is using foul language,saying something racist/bigoted or harassing you. It’s kind of lame to report a comment just because someone said something you didn’t like. Come on.

      • Eve says:

        I did not say they should report a comment simply because they didn’t like it. I said, CLEARLY (at least for those who can read), that if they spotted a typical troll trying to stir shit they should report it instead of engaging it.

        Here, let me re-post it again for you:

        “I don’t know why people reply to them (trolls from Dlisted and/or its likeness). Just report the comment, explain why you’re reporting it and, hopefully, it’ll likely be removed.”

        The explanation may contain all the things you said, or not. It’s up to the moderator to decide if said comment is worth being removed or not.

  34. GeeMoney says:

    From St. Angie to Dame Angie… wow. Congratulations.

    Love her!

  35. gennline says:

    Stole this comment from elsewhere.
    ‘Queen Elizabeth II is obviously not a girls girl’.

  36. Wilma says:

    Very good! Angelina puts in a lot of effort and time and this is as much a recognition of the worthiness of her cause as it is of her.

  37. The Original Mia says:

    Thrilled for Angelina. It’s a well deserved honor.

    My first thought when I heard this was: there are going to be a few vodka soaked LA gals pissed about this.

  38. silly you says:

    why the eff would gwyneth paltrow expect something like this? you might as well say i’m seething over it. which i’m not. she deserves to be recognized for all the good work she does.

    • alessa says:

      Angelina loves children and helpless people. She deserves this honor and regardless her past mistakes , she is a better human being. Nothing against of Goopy, let her keep meditating about the conscious uncoupling thingy and the water feelings. Hehe

    • alessa says:

      Angelina loves children and helpless people. She deserves this honor and regardless her past mistakes , she is a better human being. Nothing against of Goopy, let her keep meditating about tje conscious uncopling thingy and the water feelings. Hehe

  39. megsie says:

    For too many celebrities their humanitarian ‘work’ consists of a lot of hot air and tax write offs. Angelina’s been down in the muddy trenches fighting the good fight, so good for her and well deserved!

  40. Bliss says:

    Congratulations Dame Angelina Jolie !

  41. Tolva says:

    Angelina is amazing;congratulations to her. She has done a lot with her career and used it for enhancing other’s lives, of people, women, children who need to be heard. I think she’s great.
    Angelina has always been a person who walks her own path and takes action.
    Brad and her children must beam with joy over their wonderful mom..

  42. Santolina says:

    Angie’s priorities are definitely in the right place. She’s found her true passion in humanitarian work and what better way to parlay her fame than to serve as a role model for young women and men around the world.

  43. jammypants says:

    what a brilliant woman

  44. Janet says:

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around Dame Angelina but this is an enormous honor and I’m very happy for her. I cam only imagine how proud Brad and his family must feel.

    Those sounds we’ve been hearing are heads exploding all over the place on Dlisted and Female First. Life is goooood!

  45. Janet says:

    You left out on her C.V. : Elected to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations.

  46. aquarius64 says:

    @angie – The reason why people sneer at Aniston is that JA rode the sympathy train as the wronged and scorned wife for years. She only makes the news for her love life more than any professional or charity work. Aniston was tagged as the “other woman” when she hooked up with Justin Theroux; and her PR team went into damage control mode. Bottom line – “scarlet woman” (still see no prove of Brad/Angie overlap on Jennifer’s watch) Angie rose above that Brad/Angie/Jen tabloid mess, while Jen is only good for gossip mag copy.

  47. LadyS says:

    Yes, it is AMAZING! I don’t understand the backlash because unlike most other celebrities, Angelina actually does go out of her way to help others, not just showing up for photo-ops every so often. She’s a consistent inspiration. Her honor is very specific too. It’s for those who do great service in foreign countries, which she does. It has nothing to do with her celebrity or acting.

    The people who keep bringing up Jennifer Aniston and all that happened TEN years ago, no less, need to back off. Not only does that no longer matter because she and Brad Pitt have remained together and it wasn’t some typical Hollywood set fling, but I don’t think Aniston appreciates the constant reminder or connection to them. It’s all in the past; move on. Affairs happen all the time in and out of the celebrity world. Sometimes relationships just don’t work out and you meet the right person when it’s least convenient. “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”

    Angelina works very hard to help create change. She puts her own life on the line by traveling to war torn areas of the world. She doesn’t owe the public any apologies for her private life. She’s a public person who does good, instead of wasting her fame on stupidity. Other actors and singers are getting KNIGHTHOODS for acting and singing. I don’t know, but I feel that out of the majority of celebrities who have been honored like this, she is definitely one of the most deserving. Why can’t some people accept that she really is doing a lot of good for this world?

    Anyway, I’m ready for when they announce her Nobel Peace Prize!!

  48. Lucky Charm says:

    Such an honor! Angelina is truly a remarkable woman and a great role model for all of us. Duchess Kate really should spend some time with her, as another poster suggested.

  49. Dany says:

    That grey outfit is very stylish. Would love to wear it, the collar and the wide sleeves are very elegant :)

    Downside:
    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/06/13/article-2657489-1EBC35E900000578-245_634x709.jpg

    Her hands are behind her back but with the wide sleeves it looks as if she has no hands :(

  50. original kay says:

    I love the message she is sending to her children.
    Each time I think I can’t respect her more, she does something else.

    This woman is truly amazing.

  51. FingerBinger says:

    Wow. Reading these comments you’d think she cured A.I.D.S. or cancer or walked on the moon. Good for her I guess.

  52. lower-case deb says:

    newly Damed, AJ was denied a visa to enter Sudan to attend a conference there.
    http://www.africareview.com/News/-/979180/2348146/-/9dsuk/-/index.html

    if i read the news correctly, then the conference would’ve clashed with the closing day of the Summit anyway, and so even if she got the visa, she wouldn’t be able to attend in person. but i guess that’s beside the point…

  53. Abby says:

    I’ve been thinking lately how impressed I am with Angelina. I didn’t like her for a long time. Irrationally due to that home wrecker title a decade ago. But you know, she and Brad are living their lives, raising kids, putting their money where their mouths are for causes rather than blowing hot air and posing for photo ops. Angelina is doing her best to use her influence for good and stand up for the downtrodden. I really have to admire the things she’s doing and the causes she’s genuinely involved with. She’s become one of my favorite celebrities because of these things. I am happy for her to receive this honor. Count me an angeloonie.

    • epiphany says:

      You don’t even have to go so far as to become an Angeloonie. You don’t need to believe she walks on water, just acknowledge that she’s a woman of real substance, who has evolved from her wild child days into a dignified, accomplished individual who deserves our respect. And again, for the record, Angie was never a homewrecker. The Pitt-Aniston marriage was already wrecked when Brad and Angie met.

      • andypandy says:

        @epiphany
        What makes Angie so inspirational is how she has grown into her better self but its irksome to see people attempt to justify or rewrite history just because they are an Angie fanatic .Yep Brad/JA marriage was on shaky ground and probably wouldn’t have lasted anyway doesn’t change that fact that even Stevie Wonder could see that Angie and Brad had some sort of involvement while he was still wed to Aniston.
        Personally I wish both team Aniston and team Jolie would just move on its been 10 flipping years plus look at how Angie had blossomed …But please stop trying to defend it or pretend it didnt happen ..Really annoying

      • Nighty says:

        No one pretends she didn’t make mistakes, where are people doing that? But let’s be realistic, she’s been given this award for her efforts and work in charity. And it’s really annoying why people keep bringing up the past, guess people who do that are perfect and never made mistakes in their entire lives… Congrats to them…

  54. Tres Jolie says:

    Being nominated an honorary Dame is very nice but it’s not something that Angelina will dwell on. I do believe she deserves it after all the work she has done for this UK based initiative with William Hague (paid British employee). I doubt that Angie receives compensation for her efforts.

  55. Camille (The Original) says:

    So awesome! Good for her!

  56. kkk says:

    this just proves that these titles are being handed out like sweets, sorry but she is not British so its not right for her to have it, yeah yeah shes done some nice stuff but that doesent cut it.And most british people agree…

  57. Snowpea says:

    Seriously, I never comment on AJ stories because the loonies always crawl out of the woodwork.

    But man, that Angelina is something else isn’t she?

    I think, above all else, what makes her so deserving of our respect and admiration, is despite her many achievements, she always presents as modest, humble and self effacing.

    I really like AJ. She represents all that is good in the world. And with a face to match! That face! Bloody flawlessly beautiful.

  58. LilyT says:

    I LOVE her and am think she serves as a shining example to others about how to use your influence, money, and name for the highest good

    (NOT flaunting your ill gotten wealth in a gaudy and classless fashion, glorifying money and material possessions and selling your soul for the fleeting adoration of the public and to maintain your rapidly deteriorating beauty.. Cough! Kartrashians! Cough cough!)

    Congratulations to Dame Angelina Jolie!

  59. floretta50 says:

    Surprised to read good reviews on this sites, the anger and resentment because of the honor the Queen of England has bestowed on Angelina Jolie is horrendous and awful on other web-sites that has the story. Maybe it is not such a good thing, this Dame thing, most of the time they bring up her past, best to leave sleeping dogs lie.

    • abby says:

      The way people treat AJ is odd but not a surprise.

      AJ has had her own, very public struggles, and managed to get herself together and on the right path. That alone is a happy thing. To see a struggling young woman, find her path and realize her true potential. But then for her to exceed the expectations of her peers? Even more so.
      But only her zealous fans want to celebrate the growth and maturity AJ has developed over the years. Few recognize the time she took away from living in Hollywood (pre-Pitt), when she lived in the UK after her divorce from BBT. Granted, she was already on her journey but the distance, the time and new motherhood were good for her and she emerged very different from the wild child of the past. People just didn’t want to see it. i think what pisses us fans off the most and causes the often over-the-top defense is that people want to sell AJ short or dismiss her achievements as mere media ploys and self-promotion – as though she just started doing charity to rehab her image. Or since she and Brad became a couple.

      Now, I’ll grant you that AJ plays the media game and plays it well – she would be foolish not to. They all do, hence the reason so many have a publicist. But there are far easier ways to benefit from charity than planting oneself in an active warzone. I cannot fault AJ for utilizing her celebrity and maximizing her connections. I applaud her for employing those assets largely for the benefit of others rather than for free clothes, and other swag. But I remember when she first started and no one in the press knew – before she became a Goodwill Ambassador and later UN Envoy. She just traveled (at her own expense, still does), observed and helped where she could. She didn’t want any cameras or media exposure until she could speak intelligently about the UNHCR and their causes. She wanted to represent them well. Angie was savvy enough to know the damage she could do, both to the agency and herself if she didn’t put the time and effort in. I do not deny that Angie (and by extension Brad) has benefited from her UN work but I am not so cynical either to dismiss her efforts entirely as some image rehab. This was no passing fancy. Let’s not pretend that her UN missions are some little vacation hotspot. Well, it’s a hotspot alright – for sniper bullets. She is the real deal and anyone claiming otherwise is simply willfully ignorant and hateful – plain and simple.

      But again, that is no surprise. The public, the media (and haters) it seems want to cling to Angelina the rebel, the bad girl, despite her nearly 15 yeas of humanitarian service. Cause seriously? Angie will be 40 next year. Name one celeb that age for whom the sticking point is something they did in their mid-20s. Yeah. Hell, this need to stifle AJ and resurrect her youthful indiscretions means that AJ will be receiving her monthly AARP magazine and they’ll still be harping about what she did when she was 26.
      The drug and alcohol soaked pasts of RDJ and Drew Barrymore have largely been forgotten but we are constantly reminded that AJ had sex in a car with her then-husband BBT. Cause having sex in a car with your husband is apparently … wrong? Or simply admitting to it? LOL!!!!! (I still scratch my head over the outrage on that one) Of course, there was all the other weird stuff that they did too – as husband and wife. Cause I’m sure no one will raise an eyebrow at some of the goings on in other people’s homes. Whatever.

      But we know what really has their panties in a bind.
      Plain and simple. AJ has not been destroyed (nor begged for forgiveness) since Brad left America’s Sweetheart. In fact, AJ has thrived and dominated, while Sweetheart has been rather stagnant. And that pisses so many people off it’s ridiculous.
      And please do not claim some moral outrage that a marriage was destroyed yet you can barely remember that “Mother of the Decade” Jennifer Garner was once married to Foley and didn’t she just work she way from Foley to Vartan to Affleck. The list of similar offenders is endless but no one (other than perhaps the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor) has been attacked on the level as Jolie. Foley and Vartan were nobodies, so no one gives a damn. Same reason Julia Roberts can mean girl Vera and despite some rumblings here and there, largely gets away with it.
      It’s the people involved and that’s it.

      Anyway, keeping on, keeping it on Dame Angelina!

  60. neer says:

    Dame Angelina Jolie….. that’s nice to hear as it sounds sooooo good!!!

    I don’t care if she cannot use the title before her name for the reason that she is NOT a British or Commonwealth citizen as long as she’s recognized as HONORARY DAME by the actual royal herself, Queen Elizabeth II. (I remember, AJ was given the honorary citizenship of Sarajevo few years ago and she was awarded Cambodian citizenship as well by their King himself).

    I heard about this yesterday re honor of Damehood bestowed on AJ. I was very surprised BUT felt very proud for the woman I admire the most.

    Titles or no titles, as I understand, AJ is not the kind of person who dwell on this. She never asked for it. She never bought it. It’s given to her because she earned it. Just like awards, she’s just very grateful & inspired BUT never her reasons to do what she has to do or what she likes to do. Remember, she is NOT known as a self-absorbed person BUT a woman who possesses the value of HUMILITY & GRACE.

    As her fan, love to call her Dame Angelina Jolie anytime I like. She deserves it. Deal with it.

  61. SK says:

    I think this is well-deserved and oh my god that suit in the bottom is gorgeous!! Designer ID please!

    One nitpick. AJ has won one Oscar, not two. She’s been nominated for more than one but she hasn’t won all of them. She has won for Girl, Interrupted.

    • Renee says:

      She has another Oscar that was given to her in recognition of her humanitarian work, if I’m correct she received it in December of last year. I think that might have been what the post is referring two if it mentions that she has two Oscars (I didn’t read it).

    • lovescamaro says:

      She received the Jean Hersholt award for her humanitarian work late last year. It’s an OSCAR for her humanitarian accomplishment – the youngest recipient in history. So technically speaking, she’s got TWO Oscars.

  62. Dawne says:

    Well. Well.

    Our girl has wracked up another major life award….let’s see:

    She is an Honourary Dame as bestowed by the Queen of England .. a first for an American Woman.
    She is a UN Special Envoy for Refugees for the Secretary General
    She is a two time Oscar winner and three time nominee
    She has 3 Golden Globes
    She has 2 Sags
    She is Hollywood’s most powerful and highest paid actress
    She won the Stanley Kramer Award for directing ITLOBH
    She is a Screenwriter
    She is a Director
    She is an Author
    She is a Pilot
    She was awarded Citizen of the World
    She is a Cambodian and Bosnian Honourary Citizen
    She is a member of the prestigious Council of Foreign Relations
    She can get any member of Royalty on the phone or any President or Prime Minister
    She and Brad produced the best Rose in the world……..she is a vintner
    She designs jewelry
    She is a great speechwriter and orator.
    She is the Jolie Pitt Foundation with Brad.
    She donates one third of her income to charity.
    She is a devoted and amazing mother of six.
    She is an amazing organizer and multi-tasker living life globally…….teaching and exposing her children to what is important; creating leaders of tomorrow.
    She has built schools in Africa and Asia……….she has built Aids clinics ……….we seriously haven’t even seen the tip of her charitable iceberg.

    Oh, but according to Aniston’s bestie, Handler……….she is a cvnt who isn’t a girl’s girl. Right…. and where are those two in their careers and life….along with their obsessed sycophants who spend their lives trolling in a failed attempt to denigrate a woman living her life with such purpose and heart.

    • Josephina says:

      Aaaannnd you ever wonder why she gets criticized so often???

      Angie’s purpose-driven life makes some feel uncomfortable about their self-absorbed, pleasure-driven lives.

      • Nighty says:

        Couldn’t agree more @Josephina .. As I’ve said, jealousy and envy are terrible…

      • aang says:

        I have a friend who, with only one other partner, started a micro-loan in Tanzania. She did this while raising a daughter alone and holding down a 9-5. Now that she is retired they have branched out to Haiti. They have helped thousands of women into economic self sufficiency. I knew her professionally for a year before I knew about her charity work, it is not done in front of cameras. And even before that I thought she was pretty awsome. And she wasn’t born rich, or with famous parents, or have an automatic in with governments because of her celebrity status. She makes real, personal sacrifices to do what she does. And I’m sure there are many more like her that we never hear about. None of this detracts from the good AJ does, but it does put it into perspective. Actress + humanitarian = Most amazing woman who has ever lived. Humanitarian + regular joe = No one gives a rats ass. So some of the criticism you see may not be so much directed at AJ as at the masses who think she is the second coming.

      • Josephina says:

        @Aang-

        Let’s clear this up.

        Angie is more than just an actress and a humanitarian. She is an activist. Very few step into this role and she has.

        “…She makes real, personal sacrifices to do what she does. And I’m sure there are many more like her that we never hear about…”

        If we really had THAT many more, would we still need to bring awareness and encourage people to get involved— people from ALL aspects and corners of life? BTW, I applaud any person who is courageous enough to take a moral stand to defend others who are too wounded or ignored.

        Moving into action to defend and represent those who have been disadvantaged, ignored, or abused seems simple enough in theory and on blogs. Try doing the work and then confronting the extreme level of resistance and lack of empathy that does exist, as Angie has been doing, and NOT giving up hope nor motivation and determination to see things through.

        Not taking anything away from your friend, but she may not have the platform that Angie has to assemble those in political power to consider new policy or revise existing initiatives. Indeed it is Angie’s influence and uniquely, her internal drive, that is pulling and pushing people to talk and MOVE on this subject.

        Secondly, we need the cameras to display the pain and abject poverty that we Americans refuse to believe exists.

      • BNA FAN says:

        I just read a day ago that on one of Dame Angelinas travel, in a war region she was threatened with death and she wrote a Good bye letter to Brad and her family. About a week later the threat was carried out and everyone in that specific office was killed. I do recall once. Seeing a car Angelina was to travel in there was bomb sniffing dog going around her car sniffing for bomb. Another story I read a few years ago that Angelina and her group had to hide in bonkers in fear for their lives. We never year about these stories on the news at the time they happened until years later. What I’m saying is, Dame Angelina has had her life threatened more than once and she keeps going back to halo the people.

        We all know Dame Angelina could be in her big comfortable home with her children and her man just like hundreds of other movie stars, but she sticks her neck out to help the less fortunate for 13 years now. Putting her life in danger for 13 years is deduction. And with her star power that draws more people to the cause and that’s a good thing.

  63. Sammeh says:

    Do some research people. She is an honorary Dame which means she will never be referred to as Dame Angelina. To use the title of Dame you must be a British citizen. She will not be allowed, so to speak, to call herself that.

    That being said….welldone Miss Jolie for your good work.

  64. Brodie says:

    Wonder how much it cost AJ to get this?

  65. lisa2 says:

    She looks really gorgeous in that top pic..

    Congrats Angie;

    and Happy Father’s Day to Brad and all the Dads everywhere.

  66. taxi says:

    I admire AJ for her vast charitable works and willingness to use her celebrity to publicize causes which she cares deeply about. She has remained aloof from all the speculation and gossip surrounding her and appears to be a very devoted & participatory parent. That she is a respected film actress and, in my opinion, drop dead gorgeous is icing on her cake. She also pays her own expenses on fact-finding or humanitarian visits and stays in the simple local dwellings which don’t always have hot water or indoor plumbing. No limos whisk her off to a 5 star hotel after a brief appearance in a remote village, unlike some of her fellow celebs.

    Some actors such as Damien Lewis have received awards from the Crown “for services to drama” but I think humanitarian & charitable services are far more worthy.

  67. jj says:

    I’m not a fan and that’s my prerogative. And before you start I’m not a fan of the other one, Brad, George and quite a few others either. But you guys don’t have to get defensive everytime someone says she doesn’t deserve it. I think the awards system lost the plot many, many years ago and well the end result is as you see in the past few years.