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List of Celebrities Who Adopted Children from Overseas, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many celebrities have chosen to adopt children internationally rather than domestically. The media speculates that this may be because it is much easier to adopt overseas and famous adoptive parents face a lesser risk of the birth parent changing their mind.

Who are the most famous people who have adopted children from overseas? Power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt top our list. All three children were initially adopted by Jolie and Pitt took the steps to become an adoptive parent after the children were in the United States. Maddox was adopted at seven months old from Cambodia, Zahara Marley was adopted at six months old from Ethiopia and Pax Thien was adopted at 3 years old from Vietnam.

Pop superstar Madonna has adopted two children from Malawi. The “Material Girl” adopted David in 2006, when he was an infant, and her daughter Mercy was adopted when she was 4 years old. Other famous people who have adopted overseas include “Knocked Up” actress Katherine Heigl, “Trainspotting” star Ewan McGregor and Senator John McCain.

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 17 Celebrities Who Adopted Children from Overseas
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Angelina Jolie has adopted several children: (2002) Maddox was adopted at seven months old from Cambodia, (2005) Zahara Marley was adopted at six months old from Ethiopia, (2007) Pax Thien was adopted at 3 years old from Vietnam. Jolie also gave birth to daughter Shiloh (2006) and twins Knox & Vivienne (2008) with partner Brad Pitt.

Age: 41

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more

Credits: Maleficent, Changeling, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Salt

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 17 Celebrities Who Adopted Children from Overseas
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Madonna adopted two children from Malawi. (2006) David was adopted when he was an infant. (2009) Mercy was adopted when she was 4 years old. Madonna also gave birth to daughter Lourdes (1996) and son Rocco (2000).

Age: 58

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Madonna: Truth or Dare, Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Evita

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Katherine Heigl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 17 Celebrities Who Adopted Children from Overseas
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Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelly adopted two children. (2009) Nancy Leigh was adopted as an infant from South Korea. (2012) Adalaide Marie Hope was adopted domestically as an infant.

Age: 38

Birthplace: West End, Washington, D.C., United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor

Credits: Grey's Anatomy, Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth, Life as We Know It

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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 Celebrities Who Adopted Children from Overseas
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In 1964, Elizabeth Taylor adopted a two year old girl, Maria, from Germany with 4th husband Eddie Fisher. She gave birth to sons Michael (1953) and Christopher (1955) with 2nd husband Michael Welding, and to daughter Liza (1957) with 3rd husband Mike Todd. Fifth (and 6th) husband Richard Burton adopted Maria and Lisa.

Age: Died at 79 (1932-2011)

Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Producer, Actor

Credits: Giant, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Place in the Sun

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#10 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#56 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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