Haiti’s President Michel Martelly honored Maria Bello on Tuesday for her advocacy work on behalf of the country’s women. The star of ‘‘A History of Violence’’ was named goodwill ambassador for women at a special ceremony on the grounds of the National Palace in Port-au-Prince. Bello, cofounder of women’s grassroots group We Advance, will join the ranks of other Hollywood celebrities in Haiti who have received recognition for their charity work after the quake, including actor Sean Penn. (AP)
Gift to Central Park
A billionaire hedge fund manager pledged $100 million Tuesday to the private organization that maintains Central Park in partnership with New York City. John A. Paulson’s gift to the Central Park Conservancy is believed to be the largest gift ever to a public park. Paulson, the founder and president of Paulson & Co., joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg and conservancy officials to announce the gift at the park’s Bethesda Fountain. (AP)
Turning the page
“I’m in therapy three times a week, but I think I’ll get through it.” - Bradley Cooper, People magazine’s current Sexiest Man Alive, on passing the torch to the next recipient in a few weeks.