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Aishwarya RaiNickname: Ash, Aishu, Gullu, The Queen of Bollywood
Date of Birth: November 1, 1973
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Place of Birth: Mangalore, India
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 122 lbs.
Eyes: Blue-Green
Favorite Film: Casablanca
Fluent in: English, Hindi , Kannada, Tamil and Urdu
She Loves: Honesty, Family, Friends, Dignity, strength of character, and Chocolates!
She Dislikes: Gossip, hypocrisy & Cockroaches.
Idea of Love: What her parents share.
Best Strength: Self-assurance.
Best Quality: Genuineness! Nothing about her is plastic.
Philosophy: It’s nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
Favorite Perfume: Sporty colognes for the day while working. Exotic, oriental and woody fragrances for the evenings.
Turn On's: Razor sharp intelligence, witty repartees.
Idea of Sexy: A combo of vulnerability and intelligence.
She Believes In: God above everything else and then herself.
Family: Father: Krishnaraj Rai, Mother: Vrinda Rai, Brother: Aditya Rai
Favorite Colors: White and Blue
Favorite Actor: A.B., Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor
Favorite Actress: Madhubala & Nargis
College: DG Ruparel College, Matunga, Bombay, India
Message: Life’s a stage, and we’re all characters. So play your part and play it well!

Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore to Krishnaraj and Vrinda Rai, in the South Indian state of Karnataka; She speaks English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Tulu. Her brother Aditya Rai is a film producer.

Rai began modeling on the side while studying architecture. In the 1994 Miss India contest, Rai placed second behind Sushmita Sen, and eventually went on to win the Miss World title that same year and the Miss Photogenic award then later, the All-Time Most Beautiful Miss World Perfect 10 honor. After the one year reign as Miss World in London, she then worked as a professional model, in advertising and Indian fashion magazines. This was the beginning to her supermodel status in India.

This former architecture major soon became one of India's most famous models landing a prestigious Pepsi campaign and appearing in Vogue Magazine. India's top Bollywood directors were soon lining up to work with Ash. Her film debut in Mani Rathnam's 'Iruvar' (1997) received critical acclaim and her performance in Rahul Rawail's '…Aur Paar Ho Gaya' (1997) garnered her the Best Female Debutante Award. In 2000 she was awarded Best Actress by FilmFare and Zee Cine for her work in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", in that same year, nominated for Best SUPPORTING Actress for her special appearance in Aditya Chopra's MOHABBATEIN. In 2001 Aishwarya was nominated for FilmFare's Best Actress Award for Satish Kaushik's "Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai".

Aishwarya's star continued to rise in 2002 working again with Sajay Leela Bhansali in 'Devdas'. 'Devdas' is the most ambitious and most successful film in Bollywood history. It became the first Bollywood picture to ever receive a special screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival and broke box-office records in India and the United States. Daily Variety's (06/12/02) Derek Elley describes 'Devdas' as "…some of the most sumptuous production values in Bollywood history…" Elley describes Ash as "almost Audrey Hepburn-like", Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann says "I loved her in Devdas" and Julia Roberts calls her "the world's most beautiful woman".

2003 brought even more exciting opportunities. Aishwarya Rai became the first Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Ash is also the latest member of the elite L'Oreal Dream Team, joining beauties Catherine Deneuve & Andie MacDowell as their international ambassador. She graced the covers of India Today and the prestigious TIME Magazine. Time Magazine has also listed her on their list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World Today”. She has graced numerous covers worldwide including USA, UK, China, Russia, Israel, United Emerities, Italy, Spain, Mexico and France. Ash was also listed on Rolling Stone Magazine's annual "Hot List", Hello Magazine’s Most Attractive Women in the World”, Stuff Magazine, FHM magazine, V-Life from Variety Magazine, GQ Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Harper’s & Queen and countless others.

2004 saw Aishwarya take on the leading role in her first English language film for Gurinder Chadha in “Bride & Prejudice”. She also became the first Indian female to be immortalized in wax at the world famous Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in London.

2005 started with appearances on “60 Minutes”, “David Letterman Show” and the most watched television program in the world the “Oprah Winfrey Show”. Her recent appearance on the top rated BBC show “HardTalk Extra” was seen in 200 countries. She currently graces the covers of Cosmopolitan Magazine, Emirates Woman, Paris Match, Cine Blitz, America Way Magazine and America Magazine.

Aishwarya’s career continues to grow even stronger. In 2006 she will be seen in Mistress of Spices for director Paul Berges, Jag Mundhra’s Provoked, J. P. Dutta’s Umrao Jaan, Sanjay Gadhvi’s Dhoom 2, Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha Akbar and legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis’s The Last Legion opposite Colin Firth and Sir Ben Kingsley. The Queen of Bollywood has film commitments well into 2009.

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