Angelina Jolie's Most Inspiring Moments

On her 40th birthday, look back at how the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award has helped others over the years

ADVOCATING ADOPTION

The star made headlines in 2002 for adopting a 7-month-old son, Maddox, from a Cambodian orphanage. And right away, she made public her plans to adopt other children from additional countries – a promise she made good on when she adopted daughter Zahara from Ethiopia in 2005 and son Pax from Vietnam in 2007. "I just love the idea of mixing different cultures and religions in the same house," she explained on Ellen shortly after welcoming Maddox. "I think that's what the world should be."