Diane Kruger Awarded French Order of Arts and Letters

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Diane Kruger

"Rarely has an actress so easily lead a European and American career, permanently marking in the hearts and minds of the public on both sides of the Atlantic"

She has played their queen, and now Diane Kruger is an officer in France.

The German-born actress was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters on Monday night, in a ceremony overseen by new minister of culture Fleur Pellerin at a gilded government building in Paris.

The Bridge star was recognized for her significant contribution to the arts and literature. "Rarely has an actress so easily lead a European and American career, permanently marking in the hearts and minds of the public on both sides of the Atlantic," said Pellerin, calling the Un Plan Parfait actress "elegant" and "cosmopolitan."

"Our cinema has found an ambassador," she added.

Longtime partner Joshua Jackson and mother Maria-Theresa Heidkruger were in attendance, as was French writer-director Guillaume Gallienne. Kruger had a small part in his Me, Myself and Mum, which dominated the French Academy’s Cesar awards, taking home five trophies last year.

The actress often acts in French, including Benoit Jacquot’s 2012 Cesar-winning drama Farewell, My Queen, in which she played Marie Antoinette during the French revolution.

Previous recipients of the order include Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman.

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