Steamy screen seductress Sharon Stone has been honoured by the French film industry for her contribution to French culture.
While some have questioned the 'cultural' value of the characters she has played, the French public has welcomed the news.
Ms Stone flew into Paris for the presentation performed by French Culture Minister Philippe Douste Blazy.
The Ministry of Culture at the magnificent Palais Royal in Paris hosted the award ceremony.
American actress Sharon Stone was presented with the French cultural prize - the "Chevalier des Arts et Lettres", which recognises the cultural contribution of actors and writers worldwide.
Famous for her performances as the sexy temptress in films such as "Basic Instinct" and "Sliver" Ms Stone was certainly flashing her winning smile for the cameras on Tuesday.
Minister Douste Blazy commented on the difficulty of drawing the media's attention away from Ms Stone so he could present the award.
It has come as a surprise to industry buffs who say the French have been, until recently, firmly opposed to Hollywood "colonizing" French culture.
Dressed in modest tones for the occasion Ms Stone was gushing in her appreciation.
SOUNDBITE: "I think it's a great honour and I think it's a tremendous surprise to me and I think they gave it to me because it is, um, I have to think about this in the way I've had to think about all of the dramatic changes in my life because I think if you sit and wonder how these fantastic things can happen to you how my life is so simple and my career considerations so simply an artistic pursuit that why all of these things have happened to me I've had to surrender to some kind of existentialist belief that this is my destiny and that this will lead me to a purpose where I can be of greater service."
SUPER CAPTION: Sharon Stone, Actress
The award has thrilled the actresses' French fans who are more devoted than ever.
SOUNDBITE: (English) " I think she's a nice actress and very cute. What else? She's very sexy."
SUPER CAPTION: Patrick Metrot, Fan
SOUNDBITE: (French) " I think she's really a very pretty blonde. I don't like ordinary blonde women but I must say she is a very beautiful woman"
SUPER CAPTION: Frederique Michel, Fan.
Sharon Stone says although she is famous as a sex symbol her recent roles have relied more on character development than sex.