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NEW YORK -- Angelina Jolie will happily discuss her work on behalf of refugees as a U.N. goodwill ambassador. But a question that's the staple of red carpet events worldwide throws her for a loop.

"Versace," she said when asked who designed the slinky black gown she donned Tuesday night. "No. It's Dolce & Gabbana. I never know," she said with a laugh, correcting herself.

The activist, actress and mother of two -- Maddox, 4, and Zahara, 8 months -- seemed a little tremulous in the spotlight at the Waldorf-Astoria to receive the 2005 U.N. Global Humanitarian Action Award. Little wonder, given that her every move with her Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-star, Brad Pitt, has been making tabloid headlines for months. Pitt's divorce from Jennifer Aniston became final this month.

Jolie, 30, gamely talked to reporters but would not answer personal questions. The Oscar winner was accompanied only by an assistant.

"This is a nice evening for a bunch of people who have all been doing good things over the years. It's a friendly group," Jolie said. "Just to be a part of anything with them is nice."

The evening was in honor of her four years of work with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, which took her to Tanzania, Namibia, Cambodia, Pakistan, Jordan and Sierra Leone.

Does Jolie have plans to enter politics herself? Just last month, the actress, along with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, spoke about HIV-AIDS at the Global Business Coalition dinner in Washington, D.C.

"God, no!" said Jolie, who is now filming The Good Shepherd. "I don't think I'd fit into politics. I probably get more done not having chosen a side."

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