These top 10 most devoted Hollywood moms were not only chosen for raising their children with unconditional love and devotion but also for the example and high standards of parenting they set for other moms.
Angelina Jolie has it all. She has a great, rising acting career, and made her directorial debut in 2011 in the film “In the Land of Blood and Honey”, which was greatly praised by critics and moviegoers. Jolie starred in films such as “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, “Salt”, “The Tourist” and Girl, Interrupted”, for which she won an Oscar for. Since 2001, she has done humanitarian work all over the world. What Jolie hopes to accomplish is “awareness of the plight of these people. I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon.”
Jolie has had a love-hate relationship with her father, actor Jon Voight. Jolie has said that her father was never around, and they only saw each other when they were working together. In 2001, Voight made a plea in a televised interview for Angelina to get professional help for her mental problems. Jolie stopped having any contacts with her father until 2010. However, Jolie stated in an interview that she does not necessarily want a father-daughter relationship between her and her father, but to be friends.
With her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, on the other, Jolie had a very close bond. Sadly, Bertrand died in 2007 after a long battle with cancer. Jolie has said that she will never be as good of a mother that her mother was, and in 2012, said that she still sometimes forgets her mother is gone and wants to talk to her about her everyday life.
Through all her hard work and heartache, Angelina Jolie has managed to raise 6 young children with the help of Brad Pitt. First, she adopted her son from Cambodia, Maddox, in 2001 with then husband, Billy Bob Thorton. After the couple divorced, Jolie raised her son as a single mother. Pitt would later adop Maddox as his own. Jolie and Pitt adopted two more children together, Pax and Zahara. The couple also have three biological children, Shiloh, born in 2006, and twins, Knox and Vivienne, born in 2008.
2. Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner made a name for herself in the popular TV show, Alias, co-starring her friend, fellow actor, Victor Garber. She married another co-star, Scott Foley in 2000, but the marriage did not work out, and the two divorced in 2004. Garner appeared in several movies as well, such as “Catch Me If You Can”, “Dude Where’s My Car”, and “Pearl Harbor”, which was where she met Ben Affleck.
The two also starred together “Daredevil” in2003, but it wasn’t until they filmed scenes for “Elektra”, though Affleck’s scenes were deleted, that feelings started to develop. Garner and Affleck started dating in 2004. Garner got pregnant in 2005, and the couple had a quick marriage. They had their first daughter, Violet, in December 2005. Everyone was waiting and counting down the days, months, or years, until the couple announce their separation, but their union seems stronger than ever. Since the day her daughter was born, Garner went from being a superstar actress to a supermom. In January 2009, Garner and Affleck had their second daughter, Seraphina, and in August 2011, the couple announced that they are expecting their third child together.
3. Marcia Cross
We see Marcia Cross every week on the hit television show, “Desperate Housewives”, co-starring Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman. She faced tragedy at a very young age when her partner of several years, Richard Jordan, died of a brain tumor in 1993. Cross then married stock broker, Tom Mahoney, in 2006 after six months of dating.
After several unsuccessful attempts, Cross became pregnant with fraternal twins, conceived via in-vitro fertilization. Towards the end of her pregnancy, Marcia was put a bed rest to prevent her from going into premature labor. Already a star in her popular TV show, she asked the producers to cut down on her appearances in the show until the delivery of her twins. Savannah and Eden were born with a beautiful mane of red hair, resembling their mom. Aside from her work on the set of “Desperate Housewives” Marcia is a hands on mother to her two girls and a devoted wife to her cancer-fighting husband.
4. Brooke Shields
When this former child star blossomed into a beautiful and talented actress the only thing missing from her life was a role of a mother. However Brook didn’t feel ready for this challenged until she turned 38. While trying to conceive her first child she went through multiple failed attempts and several miscarriages. So when she was finally able to hold her daughter in her hands she was shocked when she felt only negative emotions and sadness. Embarrassed to admit them even to herself Brooke tried to fight her postpartum depression herself privately, only making matters worse. When she finally sought medical help and got better she decided to make more people aware of the seriousness of the issue, the symptoms recognition and its treatment. She was viciously attacked by a fellow actor, Tom Cruise for her open discussion of medical drug treatment of the depression. Shields did not think twice and fought back proclaiming Cruise irresponsible and ignorant. He later personally apologized for his harsh criticism. When her second daughter came along Brooke was ready to fight the battle she already knew and was able to recognize. However second time around was a charm, and Shield’s journey as a new mother went as a smooth sailing. We praise Brook for not only being a devoted mother to her children, but also using her celebrity status to bring the awareness of a serious mental illness into the world.
5. Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy started her career as a playboy model in 1993. Because of her new found fame, McCartney moved to Los Angeles to host a playboy show, “Hot Rocks”, which featured uncensored music videos. She got more jobs through playboy for the several years that followed. She started her acting career in 1998, when she starred in “BASEketball”. She also starred in, wrote, and produced the movie “Dirty Love”, for which she won a Razzie award.
Jenny McCarthy has a persona of a silly, funny woman with blonde hair and blue eyes. She would never shy away from looking silly and foolish in front of the public eye. She would rather be funny that sexy. During the time she was a spokesperson for Candie’s, a shoe store, McCarthy posed for a magazine ad by sitting on a toilet seat with her underwear near her ankles.
In 1998, McCarthy started dating John Asher. The couple married in 1999, and had a son, Evan, in 2002. Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005. The matter proved difficult for the couple, Asher in particular, and they separated that year. She started a 5 year relationship with Jim Carrey later year, but that did not stop McCarthy to beat her son’s autism. Once she did, McCarthy became a spokesperson for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) from June 2007 to October 2008. She participated in fundraisers, online chats, and other activities to help families affected by autism to cope with the situation. McCarthy also published several books regarding that matter.