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Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 07:18 GMT 08:18 UK
All-star telethon raises $150m
Mariah Carey (l) sings with other stars at the end of the show
The aim - to raise money and raise spirits
Around $150m (103m) was pledged during the star-studded telethon for the victims of the terrorist attacks in the United States.

Up to 89 million people in the US watched the live two-hour event which featured the likes of Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Jack Nicholson appealing for donations.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts
George Clooney and Julia Roberts gave up their time to man the phones
In a unique broadcasting event America: A Tribute to Heroes was shown on 35 separate broadcast and cable networks simultaneously with no ad breaks.

Research shows 60 million viewers tuned into the entire show to watch performers such as Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Sting.

Pledges were taken over the phone in the studio by stars including Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Sylvester Stallone.

Actors involved
Jim Carrey
Tom Cruise
George Clooney
Cameron Diaz
Robert De Niro
Clint Eastwood
Calista Flockhart
Kelsey Grammer
Julia Roberts
Tom Hanks
Will Smith
Robin Williams
Brad Pitt
Meg Ryan
Jack Nicholson
Adam Sandler
Goldie Hawn
Danny DeVito
Al Pacino
John Cusack
Salma Hayek
Chris Rock
Sylvester Stallone
Sarah Jessica Parker
Conan O'Brien
Cuba Gooding Jr
Lucy Liu
Jimmy Smits
Dennis Franz

Brad Pitt, Meg Ryan, Will Smith, Robert de Niro and Al Pacino were also among the celebrities giving up their time to help the cause.

The stars told poignant stories of innocent people killed and heroic acts, while former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali appealed to people not to target all Muslims in the wake of the attacks.

Behind the scenes a further 38,000 volunteers manned the phone lines and monitored donations coming in from the website.

The Band Aid single and Live Aid event, organised by Bob Geldof in 1985, raised around 40m for famine relief in Ethiopia.

A CD of music from the America: Tribute to Heroes night is now expected to be released featuring performances such as Bruce Springsteen's My City in Ruins, Neil Young's rendition of Imagine and Wyclef Jean's version of Bob Marley's Redemption Song.

Many stars have themselves donated sums to help the victims of the attack.

Musicians involved
U2
Bon Jovi
Mariah Carey
Sheryl Crow
Celine Dion
Paul Simon
Bruce Springsteen
Stevie Wonder
Neil Young
Enrique Iglesias
Wyclef Jean
Billy Joel
Alicia Keys
Willie Nelson
Dixie Chicks
Faith Hill
Billy Joel
Tom Petty
Actress Julia Roberts donated $2m (1.37m) and actor Jim Carrey sent $1m (686,000).

Computer giant Microsoft has pledged $10m (6.86m), media company Vivendi $5m (3.43m) and United Parcel Service $4m (2.7m), to name just some of the corporate donors.

The live special was broadcast from two studios in New York and Los Angeles, although producers refused to reveal the exact locations because of security fears and there was no audience.

The United Way's September 11th Fund will benefit from the donations.

See also:

13 Sep 01 | Film
Hollywood 'changed forever'
12 Sep 01 | Film
Bomb blast movie pulled
17 Sep 01 | Film
US box office rallies
14 Sep 01 | Music
Farm Aid called off
22 Sep 01 | Reviews
'A prayer for our fallen'
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