Playing on a hit TV show set in Washington D.C. may have rubbed off on Kerry Washington. As Olivia Pope on ABC's "Scandal," she fixes political messes. In real life, Kerry volunteers her time for causes such as awareness and funding of programs related to cancer in women and violence against women and girls. She is also a member of the Creative Coalition.
Since leaving her famed daytime talk show, Oprah Winfrey has spent much of her energy (and money) on being an activist. Her influence in politics was so strong during President Obama's campaign that it was dubbed "the Oprah effect." In addition to her involvement in US politics, she also opened and funded a girls' school in South Africa.
Actress Angelina Jolie grew tired of her rebellious antics and shifted her focus onto global causes. She began by fighting for the protection of refugees in Cambodia and later other countries. She was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR and she created the Jolie-Pitt Foundation with her partner, Brad Pitt.