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Happy Birthday, Diane Kruger

The stunning 'Inglourious Basterds' actress hits the big 4-0 today.
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2007 Cannes Film Festival (Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

2007 Cannes Film Festival (Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

Timeless German beauty Diane Kruger hits a major milestone today: the Troy, National Treasure, and Inglorious Basterds star turns 40.

Kruger got her start in prime fairytale fashion, getting plucked from a remote town in Germany to become a top fashion model. After years of shooting for the greats (Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Giorgio Armani, to name a few), Kruger settled down in Paris and enrolled in the prestigious French drama school Cours Florent.

After becoming a breakout star in her adopted France, Kruger set her sights on Hollywood, where she made her debut as iconic beauty Helen in 2004's Troy (not a bad start). 

After years of wowing audiences with impressively idiomatic English and magnetic screen presence, Kruger nabbed her biggest role to date in 2008 as double-crossing German actress/spy Bridget von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

See the evolution of Diane Kruger, below:

The trilingual actress currently stars alongside Bryan Cranston in the crime drama The Infiltrator, which she recently spoke about on the Today show.

40 looks good on you, Diane.