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Once just another blond-haired babe on Baywatch, comedian and actress Jenny McCarthy has recently transitioned into one of the most important roles of her career: outspoken champion of children with autism. Just what motivated this huge change? Her son, Evan Joseph, born May, 2002.
The author of several books on pregnancy and motherhood - including Belly Laughs and Baby Laughs, Jenny recently tackled the serious subject of autism in her autobiographical book Louder Than Words. Since the book's release in September 2007, Jenny has become an outspoken opponent of the childhood vaccination schedule set by the Center for Disease Control, calling it "one-size fits all". She believes that vaccines contributed to her son's autism. Today, one out of every 150 American children is diagnosed with autism - more than double the rate of just ten years ago. Autism is a spectrum disorder affecting neurological development.
The 34-year old Angelina Jolie has traveled a long road to motherhood. But after a string of failed relationships, battles with depression and more tattoos than you can count, the award-winning actress is now the happy mom to her growing brood.
She and Brad Pitt have six kids together: Maddox (adopted from Cambodia), Pax (adopted from Vietnam), Zahara (adopted from Ethiopia), Shilo (born in Namibia), and twins Vivienne and Knox (born in France).
And if raising six children and being a major international super star wasn't enough to keep her busy, Angelina is also the UN Goodwill Ambassador and international do-gooder, helping millions of children in crisis around the globe. No word on when the super star couple will have their next little one, but Angelina has said that she wants anywhere from seven to 14 kids!
From Pretty Woman to mother to three, Julia Roberts can do it all. After her 2002 nuptials to cameraman Danny Moder, Julia settled down to grow their family (Danny has two children from a previous marriage). The couple lives full-time on their New Mexico ranch, which lends to their reputation as down-to-earth, "real" people. In fact, even though Julia has a nanny to help out with her kids, she is by all accounts, an incredibly hands-on mom to twin Phinneas and Hazel, born in 2004, and Henry, born in 2007.
Julia is a dedicated, hands-on mom, who believes that making her marriage a top priority is essential not only for mom and dad, but for the kids, too.
"They're [my children] seeing the things that he [Danny] does and the way that he shares his feelings with me, and the way that I share my feelings with him. The coolest thing you can do for your children is to love each other in their presence."
(Source: marriage.about.com via Allure and HuffingtonPost.com, "Julia Roberts On Love, Motherhood And Getting Pranked.")
While Hollywood moms may be better dressed, have personal trainers and come with an entourage of childcare stuff, they're no different than you and me when it comes to matters of the heart. And there's nothing closer to the heart of a mom than her kids. On Mother's Day, we all have that in common.
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