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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Thursday's Connector: Aishwarya Rai

June 14th, 2010
03:34 PM ET

She's been called the most beautiful woman on the planet, is married to one of India's biggest celebrities and is herself, a leading figure in Indian cinema.

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Aishwarya Rai has taken a career that started with her modelling as a hobby to becoming one of the biggest names in the Bollywood film industry.

Born in 1973 in Mangalore, India, Rai initially studied to become an architect but after being discovered during her modelling work, Rai soon was chosen as the Miss India candidate for the Miss World beauty pageant.

In 1994, Rai won the Miss World title and abandoned her academics to tour the globe as the winner of the annual event.

Soon after returning to India, Rai began to pursue her acting career and in less than a decade, became one of India's biggest stars.

She first came to the attention of Bollywood directors with her film "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" in 1999, which was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

In the following years, Rai appeared in a number of blockbuster films including "Devdas," "Dhoom 2," and "Jodhaa Akbar."

However, Rai is not only well-known in India for her work on-screen, but also for her marriage to Bollywood superstar, Abhishek Bachchan.

The pair got married in June 2007 and today, they are regarded as a 'supercouple' in the region.

Today, Rai is out with a new film called "Raavan" which is a Hindi film written and directed by Mani Ratnam. Conincidently, "Raavan" also stars her husband, Abhishek Bachchan.

Wednesday's Connector: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

June 14th, 2010
12:34 PM ET

Platinum selling recording artists, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, are one of the entertainment world's most powerful couples and are putting their fame to good use with an upcoming charity performance.

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Lopez and Anthony are teaming up to make a special performance at the upcoming Four Seasons of Hope gala to raise money for Lopez's Maribel Foundation – a not-for-profit organization that promotes greater access to healthcare for women and children through its commitment to telemedicine.

Before their marriage in June 2004, the couple were long time friends and worked together on a number of music videos prior to tying the knot.

In early 2004, Lopez and Anthony recorded a duet for one of Lopez's films called "Shall we Dance?" and the two have since collaborated on a number of projects.

The couple maintain a very private family life and have an often defensive relationship with the media.

In 2008, Lopez gave birth to fraternal twins named Emme Maribel Muñiz, and Maximilian David Muñiz.

Lopez is best known as one of the most successful Hispanic entertainers in the U.S. - having recorded countless albums, performed in a number of profitable films and even creating her own fashion label.

"Forbes" magazine placed Lopez as the richest Latin American in Hollywood and she has also sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

Anthony is also an extremely successful singer, having won five Grammy awards and selling over 10 million albums worldwide.