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8 Celebrities Who Adopted Children from Africa

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List of celebrities who adopted from Africa, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, actresses, and musicians have adopted children from Africa. Some of these celebrities adopted their children when they were infants, while others adopted kids who were older. One famous star adopted two children from the African country of Malawi.

Who is the most famous person who has adopted from Africa? Angelina Jolie tops our list. 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 three years old from Vietnam. Jolie also gave birth to daughter Shiloh (2006) and twins Knox & Vivienne (2008) with partner Brad Pitt.

Madonna adopted two children from Malawi. (2006) David was adopted when he was an infant. (2009) Mercy was adopted when she was four years old. Madonna also gave birth to daughter Lourdes (1996). Mary-Louise Parker adopted her daughter, Caroline, in 2007 in Ethiopia. She also gave birth to a son with Billy Crudup, Atticus, in 2007.

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  • Mary Louise Parker
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    Mary-Louise Parker adopted her daughter, Caroline, in 2007 in Ethiopia. She also gave birth to a son with Billy Crudup, Atticus, in 2007.
    • Connie Britton
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      "Friday Night Lights" actress Connie Britton adopted her son, Eyob, from Ethiopia in 2011.
      • Born: 1967-03-06
      • Age: 53
      • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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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 three years old from Vietnam. Jolie also gave birth to daughter Shiloh (b. 2006) and twins Knox & Vivienne (b. 2008) with partner Brad Pitt.
      • Born: 1975
      • Age: 40
      • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    • Emma Thompson
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      In 2003, Emma Thompson and her husband, Greg Wise, adopted son Tindyebwa, who was a former child soldier from Rwanda. She also gave birth to daughter Gaia in 1999 using IVF.
      • Born: 1959-04-15
      • Age: 61
      • Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom

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