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What do you know about about this woman?

A Read the article. Circle the two adjectives that describe actress Aishwarya Rai in each column.

Aishwarya Rai is the Queen of Bollywood, Indian's version of Hollywood and the film capital of the world. With over 18,000 Web sites devoted to her, she is India's, and possibly the world's best-known actress. Yet, perhaps surprisingly, Rai still lives at home with her parents.

Aishwarya Rai was born in Mangalore, India, On November 1st, in 1973. She was raised in a traditional, middle-class family. When she was four, her family moved to Mumbai (bombay), where she still lives today.

Rai started modeling for fun when she was in college studying architecture. She also received many offers to act. However, her first priority was school, so she said no to all movie offers. Then in 1994, at the age of 21, Rai won the title of Miss World. Soon after that, she accepted her first movie role. 

Now an accomplished actress, Rai won Filmfare's Award for Best Actress for her role in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 2000. She  also starred in Bollywood's most successful international blockbuster, Devdas. Rai acts in five different languages: Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Urdy, and English.

In 2004, Rai was in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and it’s easy to see why. She is the first Bollywood star to be a juror at the Cannes Films Festival in France, to appear in Rolling Stone magazine, and to be on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Rai is also the first Indian woman to have a statue in London’s wax museum, Madame Tussaud’s. 

Aishwarya Rai is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but when Oprah Winfrey asked her about her beauty, she simply said, “Beauty is as beauty  does,” meaning that what you do is more important than how you look. This is perhaps why Rai created a charitable organization called the Aishwarya Rai Foundation, Which helps women, children, the elderly, and animals. Her philosophy is very simple: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.”
B Read Rai's biography again.Then correct these false sentences.

  1. Aishyarya Rai lives by herself in Mumbai.         (with her parents)
  2. Rai was born in Mumbai.
  3. Rai started modeling in high school.
  4. Rai studied acting in college.
  5. Rai won the title of Miss World when she was 19.
  6. Rai makes movies in four languages.
  7. Rai has a statue in Cannes, France.
  8. Rai feels that it’s important to be beautiful. 


Write a short profile about someone you admire. Consider a short paragraph for the introduction, another paragraph for the body and the third short paragraph for the conclusion.


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