Philomena Lee, whose life story inspired a Best Picture nomination at this year's Oscars, will be honoured by showbiz bible Variety magazine in Hollywood tomorrow, February 27.
Limerick-born Philomena, who was played by Judi Dench in Philomena, will be given the Everyday Hero award at Unite4:good and Variety’s unite4:humanity at the event, which will also see Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys, and Martin Scorsese recognised for their humanitarian work.
Lee is being honoured for her work in helping mothers find lost children due to unwanted adoptions. She and her daughter, Jane Libberton, have started the Philomena Project, a campaign asking Irish authorities to open the files of thousands of children allegedly sold into adoption by the Irish Catholic church.
Steve Coogan, who played journalist Martin Sixsmith in Philomena, will present the honour at Unite4:good and the event will also be attended by President Bill Clinton.