On the set of her recent film Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Natalie Portman was enchanted by another wonder: An energetic tyke zipping around on a scooter. “He had so much spirit,” she says of 5-year-old Milo, son of Magorium producer Richard Gladstein. He also, she discovered, has Bloom’s Syndrome—a rare genetic disorder that can make children more susceptible to cancer.
The actress, 25, decided to help raise funds. She scoured friends’ and her own closets for clothes, jewelry and “cool” memorabilia to auction online beginning Aug. 27 at the Web site of Clothes Off Our Back (www.clothesoffourback.org). One of Portman’s faves: her coveted musical Star Wars snow globe. Given only to cast and crew, “it was a little hard to part with,” she admits. Money will go to research and finding a cure. Until then, Milo’s symptoms remain minor and he’s blissfully unaware of his illness. “Soon, we’ll have to tell him,” says his dad. “And I’ll tell him what a great help Natalie was.”
Nanny Diaries umbrellas. Donated by: Scarlett Johansson
She used them to fly like Mary Poppins while filming.
Narciso Rodriguez dress. Donated by: Julianna Margulies.
The Snakes on a Plane star wore it to a 2001 play premiere.
Vintage-inspired top. Donated by: Mandy Moore
It’s from her collection, Mblem., and autographed.
Pulp Fiction poster. Donated by: Richard Gladstein
Signed by John Travolta and director Quentin Tarantino.
Among Portman’s treasures up for bid: this Stella McCartney gown she donned at the Costume Institute Gala in 2004 (“one of my favorite dresses that I’ve ever worn,” she says) and a Star Wars snow globe.
Find out more online at http://www.milogladsteinfoundation.org