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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Often called the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, also known as “Ash,” is a former Miss World. She made her Bollywood debut in 1997 in Aur Pyar Ho Gaya. In 1999, she won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. In 2002, she appeared in Devdas, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and she became the first Indian actress to serve as a Cannes jury member. She went on to appear in such hits as Dhoom 2 (2006) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008). She is the first big-name Bollywood actor to significantly crossover to the West, appearing in The Mistress of Spices (2005) with Dylan McDermott, The Last Legion (2007) with Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley, and Pink Panther 2 (2009) with Steve Martin. She has also garnered more high-profile publicity in the West than any other Bollywood actor, having appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and 60 Minutes. Following turbulent relationships with actors Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi, Aishwarya married into Bollywood royalty in 2007 when she wed Abhishek Bachchan, son of screen legend Amitabh Bachchan. In 2011, she gave birth to a daughter.




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