Nelson Mandela: His Life in Pictures

With his passing on Dec. 5, PEOPLE looks back at the amazing life of South Africa's legendary leader


Mandela's 90th birthday dinner in Hyde Park, London, on June 25, 2008, is a who's-who of politicians from around the world. But it also includes some high-wattage Hollywood stars (and close friends), most notably Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett and Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta.