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Parveen Babi

Parveen Babi

Parveen Babi (4 April 1954 – 20 January 2005) was an Indian film actress and model. Babi was best known for her roles in Hindi films throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. Throughout her career, she was known as a glamorous fashion icon, and was one of the highest-paid actresses.Babi made her acting debut with the film Charitra (1973), and first received recognition for her role as Neela in the drama film Majboor (1974). She had her breakthrough starring as Anita in the action crime-drama film Deewaar (1975), and went on to have roles in many films throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, most notably starring as Jenny in Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Anu in Suhaag (1979), Anita in Kaala Patthar (1979), Sheetal in The Burning Train (1980), Sunita in Shaan (1980), Shallini / Rani in Kaalia (1981), and Nisha in Namak Halaal (1982). In 1976, she was the first Bollywood star to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. From the mid 1980s, Babi's career began to fluctuate, leading her to eventually retire from the film industry in 1991. Babi's personal life has been well-documented by the media; she had remained unmarried after a string of relationships with Kabir Bedi, Danny Denzongpa and Mahesh Bhatt. She was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, where she came to attention following various incidents due to her mental health, as well as diabetes. On January 20, 2005, Babi died of multiple organ failure.
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