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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan marks her 39th birthday with top French award

As Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai bachchan turns 39 on November 1, gifts of different nature began pouring in besides usual messages and the one to top them all is an award from France in the form of the second highest civilian award “Officer Dan Ordre Arts et des Lettres” (Officer of the order of arts and letters).

Twice delayed in the past, once in 2009 when her father died and again last year when she was pregnant and of course, the occasion was to coincide with the memorial meant for 2008 Mumbai blasts victims. Finally, Aishwarya Rai bachchan will be honoured with the French civilian award on Thursday, her 39th birthday. With this, she joins the other Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and George Clooney from Hollywood.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is currently celebrating her birthday in Goa with her husaband Abhishek Bachchan who had taken break from his Dhoom 3 shooting in Chicago and her daughter Aaradhya Bachchan, who will turn 1 year on Nov. 16, 2012. Her last film in Bollywood was in 2010 “Gazarish” by Sanjay Leela Bansali and there are expectations that the mother of one-year-old Baby B will return to films next year.

Otherwise, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is also known for her global role as the Goodwill Ambassador for the joint UN programme on AIDS and HIV known as UNAIDS, which keeps her busy rubbing shoulders with the global fraternity at the UN headquarters in New York, especially Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, and Hollywood actor Michael Douglas and King Kong actor Naomi Watts.

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