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Actresses honored at Power of Women luncheon

by The Associated Press on October 05, 2013 10:39 AM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Amy Poehler and Charlize Theron were moved to tears Friday, and it wasn’t for a role.

The actresses got emotional while being recognized for their philanthropic efforts at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon. Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Hudson and Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal were also honored at the fifth annual event, hosted by Aisha Tyler at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Poehler cried while discussing Worldwide Orphans’ outreach to needy children.

“There are so many children in the world who have nothing,” she said. “Who are we to be in this room and be living this life without helping them?”

She recently raised money for the organization with her and Jon Hamm’s post-Emmys Losers Lounge party, where Emmy winners were asked to make donations to gain entry. She has also traveled to Haiti to help orphans.

Theron shed tears while thanking her mother for “teaching me through your actions to be a strong and powerful woman.”

The actress brought her mom to the event, where she was being honored for her efforts to end HIV and AIDS through the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach project.

Hudson almost cried while being recognized for her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she established in the name of her slain nephew. But she left the stage before any tears fell.

The industry trade paper Variety, which now boasts its first female publisher and editor in chief, established the Power of Women luncheon to acknowledge the worldwide impact Hollywood women make through their charitable efforts. Each of the honorees’ charities was represented at the event with a booth highlighting its accomplishments.

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LAS VEGAS — Environmental activist Erin Brockovich has pleaded no contest to operating a boat while intoxicated following her arrest at Lake Mead.

She was scheduled to stand trial Monday, but appeared in court on Aug. 28.

Justice of the Peace Rodney Burr ordered her to take an online boater safety course and complete 25 hours of community service. Records show she paid a $750 fine on the spot.

Brockovich was arrested in June at a marina on the Colorado River reservoir after a game warden noticed she was struggling while trying to moor her motor boat. Breath tests showed her blood-alcohol level was just over twice the legal driving limit.

Brockovich, who’s the namesake of a 2000 movie starring Julia Roberts, called the incident “clearly a big mistake.”

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