Angelina Jolie and Daniel Day-Lewis have been recognised by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in her Birthday Honours List. The actress has been named an honorary dame, while fellow Oscar winner Day-Lewis will be knighted.
Jolie learned of the honour in London this week (beg09Jun14), while she was co-hosting an international summit on sexual violence.
She won't be entitled to use her new royal title because she is not a British or Commonwealth citizen, but she joins fellow Americans Steven Spielberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former President Ronald Reagan, who have previously received honorary titles from the Queen.
Among the soldiers, charity heroes, civil servants and entrepreneurs to receive honours, Day-Lewis will be able to add 'Sir' to his name after becoming a knight for "services to drama".
The Lincoln star admits he was, "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure" to discover he had made the list.
There were also damehoods for Booker Prize-winning novelist Hilary Mantel and fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, while beloved actress Dame Maggie Smith, who portrays the Dowager Countess of Grantham on TV's Downton Abbey, was made a Companion of Honor, and becomes one of only 65 people "of distinction" in the U.K., and Homeland star Damian Lewis has been named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
He says, "I decided to do the very un-British thing of accepting the compliment."
Author Hunter Davies, actress Phyllida Law and musician Talvin Singh also received OBEs, while physicist Thomas Kibble and pianist Andra Schiff have been honoured with knighthoods.
Also making the annual honours list is singer and DJ Cerys Matthews and actor John Barrowman, who have both been awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire medals (CBEs).
Fashion icons Kate Moss, Jerry Hall and Marie Helvin turned out for the launch of a new exhibition showcasing legendary photographer David Bailey's greatest pictures. The British snapper's work from across five decades is to be displayed at London's National Portrait Gallery from Thursday (06Feb14), and a number of famous friends attended the official opening party on Monday night (03Jan14).
Some of his greatest muses, including supermodels Moss, Hall and Helvin, who was married to him in the 1970s, supported Bailey at the event, along with fellow guests including fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and Duran Duran star Nick Rhodes.
Speaking about his photographs of Moss and his original muse, 1960s model Jean Shrimpton, Bailey told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "They're the most peculiar women. I've never understood why everybody likes them so much. There are many more beautiful girls. But they've got this universal, democratic appeal. It's like (Marlene) Dietrich and (Greta) Garbo in movies, they've just got this thing that makes them stand out."
The exhibit, titled Stardust, runs at the gallery until June (14).
The veteran hair guru passed away at his home in Los Angeles home in May (12) at the age of 84 following a battle with leukaemia.
A memorial was held at St Paul's Cathedral in the U.K. capital and Sassoon's famous friends and clients flocked to pay tribute to him at the ceremony.
Caine, who was joined by his wife Shakira, Irons, fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman all turned out to pay their respects.
Caine told reporters, "(It's) a sad day but we get a chance here to celebrate his life."
Sassoon helped revolutionise women's hair in the 1960s by coming up with the 'bob' cut and snipping Mia Farrow's hair into a pixie crop for her film Rosemary's Baby.