SIN CITY star Jessica Alba has displayed her generous side at the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL by offering her acting talents for free - to raise money for AIDS charity AMFAR.

The French industry event, which finished on Saturday (21MAY05), held a benefit for the US research foundation and raised a staggering $3.2 million (GBP1.7 million).

Organisers attribute the huge amount to the backing of a galaxy of stars - including Benicio Del Toro, Paz Vega, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, CLIVE Owen, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek.

But Alba caused the greatest stir by vowing to star unpaid in one of THE Lord Of The Rings producer Bob Weinstein's movies, if he agreed to bid $100,000 (GBP54,000) for tennis lessons with sports stars Monica Seles and BORIS BECKER.

Weinstein was happy to honour Alba's proposal, writes website PAGESIX.COM.

23/05/2005 17:49