“The women who made me”
We asked the actress, UNICEF ambassadress and film producer which women changed her life?
Mother Teresa Missionary
When I was 30, a friend and I went to Calcutta, India, to volunteer with Mother Teresa. I worked in three hospices, and you cannot imagine the conditions. She gave these people food and a bed. She provided dignity within the horror.
Julie Taymor Film director
I couldn’t find the right director for Frida, then I met Julie. We talked for hours, and I knew she was perfect. She should have been nominated for an Oscar. She completely changed my life.
Evelyn O’neill Talent manager
Evelyn also represents Julianne Moore, and I’ll tell you what: we’re both way over 40 and, baby, we’ve never worked more. That’s because there’s a woman behind us who is determined to change Hollywood.
Eve Ensler Playwright
Eve’s taught me how to be a better advocate through causes like V-day, her global campaign to stop violence against women. She respects me intellectually, and she also helps me with my terrible stage fright.
Arianna Huffington President of the Huffington Post Media Group
Arianna represents the immigrant’s story: she’s Greek, came to America, and became one of the important voices in the country. And she is so fierce in her support of women.
Stella Mccartney Fashion designer
We met a long time ago – I can’t even remember when! She is an incredible mother and businesswoman, and I can go to her for anything, like, oh my God, I need a paediatrician. Even for decorating, you go to Stella.
Kamila Gibran Mother of the author Kahlil Gibran
She moved from Lebanon to the US by herself, with four children, in 1895. And then one of her sons wrote The Prophet in 1923, which has influenced so many lives [Salma produced and voiced an animated version of it in 2014]. She symbolises how important it is to help women, because the future of new generations is in their hands.
Patricia Osorio Friend
I am terrible at returning calls and emails or staying in contact. But she taught me that you have to. And she’s never been impressed with my fame. She’s never wanted to go to the parties. She’s always been my friend.