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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Our favorite modern day big Baker family à la Cheaper by the Dozen, the Jolie-Pitts have made international adoption hip. Their mini-U.N. clan includes Maddox from Cambodia, Zahara from Ethiopia, and Pax from Vietnam. Jolie has also given birth to Shiloh Nouvel, born in Namibia, and twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, born in France.
Aussie hunk Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness were present at adopted son Oscar Maximillian's birth in 2000, and even had the biological mother live with them temporarily. Five years later, the couple adopted again -- this time a baby girl named Ava Eliot. One of Furness's many humanitarian projects includes founding Australia's National Adoption Awareness Week, an initiative to educate and support adoptive parents and adoptees.
Inspired by her mother's decision to adopt her sister Margaret from Korea, Heigl and husband Josh Kelley welcomed a 10-month-old special-needs baby from South Korea in 2009. The couple named the baby girl Naleigh, after Heigl's mother Nancy and sister, Margaret Leigh. Months later, the actress left her role on Grey's Anatomy to dedicate more time to motherhood.
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
During their heyday as Hollywood's It Couple, Kidman and Cruise adopted daughter Isabella Jane in 1993, and two years later, son Connor Antony. The couple ended their 10-year marriage in 2001 and currently share custody of both children. Following in his parents' footsteps, Connor made his acting debut in Seven Pounds with Will Smith in 2008.
Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw
Spielberg and Capshaw's 7-kid brood includes son Theo, who Capshaw adopted before marrying the famed director, and adopted daughter Mikaela George. In 1990, the couple rallied their famous Hollywood friends to help found the Children's Action Network, an organization dedicated to finding homes for children in the United States.
In 2006, Madge traveled to Malawi to help build an orphanage. The Material Girl returned to the country later that year to adopt then one-year-old David and again in 2009, to adopt daughter Mercy James, who joined Madonna's son Rocco and daughter Lourdes. David is a big fan of mommy's work-- "He knows every song, every word, every step," she told the British press.
Parker made a splash with TV audiences when she first appeared in Weeds as a marijuana-selling mom. She's made some bold moves in her own life, too -- Parker famously broke up with her boyfriend, actor Billy Crudup, when she was 7 months pregnant with their son Will in 2004. The Emmy-winning single mom added to her family by adopting Caroline "Ash" Aberash from Africa in December 2007.
The Oscar-winning actress became a single mom at 50, adopting daughter Dexter in 1996 and son Duke in 2001. Her decision to adopt came after the death of her father and a breakup, both of which forced her to "take a long, hard look about what I was going to do with the rest of my life," she told 48 Hours.
In 2006, McGregor, wife Eve Mavrakis and his two daughters welcomed 4-year-old Jamiyan from Mongolia. Though McGregor has kept mum on adoption details, Mongolia was one of the stops the actor made during his travels around the world for the Bravo TV series Long Way Round.
When Ryan adopted her 14-month-old daughter from China in January 2006, the little girl was named Charlotte. But after they got to know each other, Ryan changed Charlotte's name to Daisy to better suit her personality. Daisy's big brother is Jack Henry, Ryan's son with ex-husband Dennis Quaid.
You probably know Nicole Richie is a mom, but did you know that she was adopted? In 1984, Lionel and then-wife Brenda informally adopted three-year-old Nicole from one of his backstage assistants. Although they raised Nicole as their own, the adoption was only formalized in 1990.
Our favorite singing fraulein from The Sound of Music was the governess that all kids dreamed of having. But Julie Andrews is an awesome mom in real life, too. Already mom to daughter Emma from her first marriage, Andrews became one of the first celebrities to adopt internationally. In 1974, she and her second husband Blake Edwards welcomed two Vietnamese girls, Amy and Joanna, to their family.
The Nurse Jackie actress said caring and growing attached to her dog Marley inspired her to raise children. At 44, Falco adopted son Anderson, named after her mother's maiden name, a few days after his birth. Three years later, the single mom adopted daughter Macy from Florida.
Vardalos' rocky road to motherhood (the actress and her husband, Cougar Town star Ian Gomez struggled to conceive for ten years) ended on a high note when the couple adopted a 4-year-old girl in 2008. The couple announced the news of their addition in November, National Adoption Month, in hopes of raising awareness of fostering and adoption.
The 'Til Death actress is mom to two stepsons and three daughters, including Olivia Luna, who she adopted from Africa in 2008. Fisher had just returned from Mozambique as part of the Save the Children campaign when she decided to adopt. Just two weeks after submitting their paperwork, the family welcomed the little girl into their home.