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Anna, 'You Beauty'

OSCAR-WINNING Kiwi actress Anna Paquin has been named one of the world's 25 most beautiful people by Australian Who Weekly magazine, alongside luminaries such as Nicole Kidman, Keanu Reeves and Michelle Pfeiffer.

"Her folks gave her delicious genes," the mag gushes, and quotes her hairstylist on her latest film as saying: "She has so much expression in her eyes. And beautiful lips -- good God. She has wonderful lips".

Paquin, who at just 11 won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in The Piano, is 16 and has three new films awaiting release in New Zealand -- All the Rage, A Walk on the Moon and Hurly-Burly.

In Hurly-Burly, she plays a dope-smoking teenager who sleeps with Kevin Spacey and Sean Penn to pay the rent.

The magazine credits Paquin's parents for hiding her growing pains from the public -- she remained ensconced in schoolbooks and cello lessons until she reappeared in two 1996 films, Jane Eyre and Fly Away Home.

"Could the feisty, cartwheeling charmer who won an Oscar at 11, really be the stylish creature now playing the role of Anna Paquin, Young Woman," asks Who. "Stay tuned for the way this young lady, who loves 'music and vintage clothes' will play Anna Paquin, Adult."

Others to make the Who most beautiful list included actresses Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench, Portia de Rossi (who plays Nelle in Ally McBeal), Christina (Married with Children) Applegate, actors Joseph Fiennes and Rick Schroder (NYPD Blue), former Kiwi and now Australian test cricketer Brendon Julian and Wallaby George Gregan.

Sunday Star-Times, May 16, 1999