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Bob Simon interviews Aishwarya Rai on 60 Minutes.
 "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World"

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Time Magazine & Russel Wong

Hollywood December 11, 2004 – America’s most prestigious, highest rated and longest running television news magazine 60 Minutes has traveled across the globe to Mumbai, India for an exclusive interview with Aishwarya Rai who is deemed by millions as “The World’s Most Beautiful Woman.”

Aishwarya, or "Ash" as she is more widely known...first burst upon the international stage when her striking beauty, poise and commanding intelligence won her the Miss World crown in 1994.

She is the reigning Queen of Bollywood, the highest paid actress with her 30 films having been seen by millions. She has won numerous acting awards and legions of fans that have dedicated over 17,000 websites in her honor.

Ash became the first Indian actor to be a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. She's also the latest member of the elite L'Oreal Dream Team, joining beauties Catherine Deneuve & Andie MacDowell as their international ambassador. She's graced the covers of countless publications including the prestigious TIME Magazine, with Time also having named her on their list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.

Veteran reporter Bob Simon who conducted the interview has reported stories from all around the world, continuing a CBS News career that makes him one of the most honored foreign correspondents in the business. Throughout his storied and distinguished career, he has covered the activities of numerous major international figures, from Pope John Paul ll’s historic visits to Poland and Cuba to the release of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. The segment is produced by Neeraj Khemlani.

“This will mark the first time in the history of 60 Minutes where they feature an in depth one-on-one profile with a Bollywood star” says Khemlani.

“Ash’s popularity is global and America will soon get a taste of this international phenomenon,” says her manager Simone Sheffield.

Program airs Sunday January 2, 2005 on CBS at 7:00 pm (in all time zones)


For interviews contact:

Kevin Tedesco - Communications Manager CBS News 
Phone: (212) 975-2329
Email: kev@cbsnews.com

Simone Sheffield – International Manager to Aishwarya Rai
Phone: 760-778-7966
Email: Simone@CanyonEntertainment.com

For information:
Aishwarya Rai at www.AishwaryaWorld.com


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