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For actress Charlize Theron, art has begun to imitate life. After playing roles in films like North Country and Monster, (for which she won an Academy Award) films that both deal with the consequences of domestic violence and harassment, she has been named as a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Friday.

Theron will join the other 10 celebrities who have been named messengers of peace, from entertainment fields in film, music literature and sport. She will focus on ending violence against women through a media contract with the U.N. as well as public speeches and appearances. The 33 year old actress-turned activist played serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was notoriously put to death after killing men who thought she was a prostitute. Wuornos came from an unfortunate background of violence and abuse and was executed in Florida back in 2002.