Teary-eyed Theron meets Madiba
March 12, 2004
JOHANNESBURG — South African Oscar winner Charlize Theron burst into tears when
she met former president Nelson Mandela on Thursday.
Theron bursts into tears during the meeting with Mandela yesterday in Johannesburg|
"I love you so much," Theron said when she met the elder
statesman at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton,
She told Mandela he had inspired her and many other people.
"I love you too," Mandela said, wiping away tears, and hugged
and kissed a visibly moved Theron.
He thanked Theron for putting South Africa on the map and
praised her for doing so well in her chosen career.
"Even those who did not know it now know where South Africa is,"
People like Theron showed that the present South Africa was
different from the country that suffered the scourge of apartheid,
Theron wore a simple white dress for the occasion and had her
hair tied back in a ponytail.
She also met a number of Mandela's grandchildren and signed
books and pictures for them. –Sapa
Charlize Theron in South Africa gallery
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