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Queen Elizabeth Honors Angelina Jolie

ABC/Rick Rowell(LONDON) --  Angelina Jolie has just received a honor rarely given to Americans: Queen Elizabeth II has made her an honorary Dame.

Each year for her birthday, the Queen distributes honorary titles. This year, Jolie is among the recipients.  She's been made a Dame of the British Empire for using her celebrity to raise global awareness of violence against women.  Jolie co-founded PVSI, the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

Because she's not British, however, Jolie cannot be addressed as Dame, as Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Judi Dench are.

In a statement, Jolie said, "To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to. Working on PVSI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.”

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