Best known for: Acting in movies such as The Proposal, Speed, and Miss Congeniality; winning an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in The Blind Side; and a very public split from husband andMonster Garage host Jesse James.
Adopted child: Son Louis Bardo Bullock
Adoption details: Bullock and James began the adoption process together and brought Louis, born in December 2009 in New Orleans, home in January. When the couple separated in March 2010 amidst allegations that James had cheated multiple times, Bullock announced that she would finalize the adoption as a single parent.
What you don’t know: After Bullock filed for divorce, James told People, “The decision to let my wife end our marriage, and continue the adoption of Louis on her own, has been the hardest. The love I have for Louis cannot be put to words. Not having him around to love and to hold has left a huge hole in my heart.”
Best known for: Her Emmy-winning role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy. Heigl has also starred in many popular romantic comedies, such as Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, andLife As We Know It.
Adopted children: Daughter Nancy Leigh (“Naleigh”) and Adalaide Marie Hope
Adoption details: Naleigh, born November 23, 2008, in South Korea, was adopted by Heigl and her husband, musician Josh Kelley, in September 2009. The adoption process took nearly a year, and it included a 40-page questionnaire, but it would have taken even longer if it hadn’t been for Naleigh’s congenital heart defect. Before she left South Korea, Naleigh had open-heart surgery. “Her heart is 100 percent fine now,” Heigl told Harper’s Bazaar in June 2010. “She has a scar, so she won’t be wearing bikinis, which is fine by us.” In April 2012, the couple adopted a second daughter, Adalaide, through domestic adoption.
What you don’t know: Heigl always knew she wanted to adopt; her sister, Margaret Leigh (“Meg”), was adopted from Korea. Naleigh is named after Heigl’s mother, Nancy, and her sister, Margaret Leigh.
Best known for: Being the Material Girl, a music mega-star, a world-famous fashion icon, and a reinvention artist extraordinaire.
Adopted children: Son David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie and daughter Mercy James
Adoption details: David was born September 24, 2005, in Malawi, Africa; Madonna and soon-to-be-ex-hubby Guy Ritchie brought him to their home in England on October 16, 2006, when he was a little over a year old. Madonna and Ritchie were required to serve as foster parents for 18 months before legally adopting David in 2008. Mercy was born January 22, 2006, also in Malawi. In April 2009, Madonna’s initial adoption request was rejected because of a residency requirement in Malawi. Madonna filed an appeal and the requirement was waived on June 12, 2009.
Other kids: Daughter Lourdes (aka Lola) born in 1996 (dad is trainer Carlos Leon); son Rocco born in 2000. Rocco’s dad is Brit film director Ritchie (Snatch; Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; and Swept Away, starring the missus.)
What you don’t know: Because of the lack of adoption laws in Malawi, Madonna was advised against adopting there, but did so anyway after seeing footage of David as part of a documentary that she was producing about Malawian orphans. “This adoption was the beginning of adoption laws in Malawi,” she’s said. “I’m happy to be the guinea pig.”
Best known for: Her gorgeous looks (those lips!), her humanitarian efforts on behalf of refugees around the globe, and — oh, yeah — being half of the most genetically blessed couples in the world, along with Brad Pitt. Add to that long list that she’s a mommy many times over.
Adopted children: Sons Maddox Chivan and Pax Thien; daughter Zahara Marley
Adoption details: Maddox was born in August 2001 in Cambodia and adopted in March 2002; Pax was born in November 2003 in Vietnam and adopted in March 2007 (his name was suggested by Jolie’s late mother, Marcheline Bertrand, before she passed away); Zahara was born in January 2005 in Ethiopia and adopted in July 2005.
Other kids: Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, born to Jolie and Pitt on May 27, 2006, in Namibia, and twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, born July 12, 2008 in France.
What you don’t know: Jolie has admitted that when she brought Maddox home, she had never babysat and had no idea how to take care of a child — she even had to call her mom to find out how many bottles he needed each day. We’re guessing she’s got the hang of things now.
Best known for: Her gorgeous looks, award-winning performances in films such as To Die For, Moulin Rouge!, and The Hours (for which she took home the Oscar); being the ex-Mrs. Tom Cruise.
Adopted children: Isabella Jane and Connor Antony, both adopted with ex-husband, mega-star Tom Cruise
Adoption details: Isabella, born on December 22, 1992, and Connor, born on January 17, 1995. Both were adopted the month after they were born.
Other kids: Kidman delivered daughter Sunday Rose on July 7, 2008. Dad is Kidman’s husband, country star Keith Urban. The couple welcomed a second daughter, Faith Margaret, on December 28, 2010 via a gestational carrier.
What you don’t know: You think you’ve got sassy kids: Kidman’s daughter Isabella sometimes refers to her as “Nicole” instead of “Mom.” She also served as a bridesmaid at Nicole and Keith’s 2006 nuptials. Son Connor is following in his father’s footsteps with a small role on Will Smith’s Seven Pounds. Despite a divorce that rocked the tabloids, Kidman and Cruise seem to co-parent in relative harmony.
LOVE always and forever,