Born: Delhi, India


Madhubala (14 February 1933 – 23 February 1969) (born Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi) was an Indian film actress who appeared in classic films of Hindi cinema. She was active between 1942 and 1962. She is often considered as the most iconic female celebrity of Hindi cinema. She is also considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses to have worked in the industry and is highly regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema" and "The Beauty with Tragedy". In their feature of her, Life magazine called her "the biggest star" in international film industry. She was photographed extensively by James Burke for this feature. Madhubala received wide recognition for her performances in films like Mahal (1949), Amar (1954), Mr. & Mrs. '55 (1955), Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi (1958), Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Barsaat Ki Raat (1960). Madhubala's performance in Mughal-e-Azam established her as an iconic actress of Hindi Cinema. Her last film, Jwala, although shot in the 1950s, was released in 1971. Madhubala died on 23 February 1969 after a prolonged illness.

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