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Nargis (Dutt)
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    (June 1, 1929-May 3, 1981)
    Born in Calcutta, India
    Birth name was Fatima A. Rashid
    Bollywood superstar; widely hailed as the 'First Lady of Indian Cinema'
    Daughter of Indian cinema pioneer Jaddanbai (1892-1949)
    Acted in 'Mother India,' 'Shree 420,' 'Awaara,' 'Chori Chori,'Mela,' 'Andaz,' 'Barsaat,' and 'Darogaji'
    Married actor and co-star Sunil Dutt, in 1958
    Namesake for the National Film Awards' Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration
    She was credited in her first film appearance as 'Baby Nargis.'
    Her mother pressured her to pursue a film career and allegedly even 'tricked' her into taking her first starring role.
    She carried on an adulterous affair with the married Raj Kapoor, causing scandal in Indian tabloids.
    She met her future husband playing his mom during production of 'Mother India.'
    She died the same year her son made his film debut.
    She had close ties to Indira Gandhi's administration (which she later used to launch the career of Amitabh Bachchan).
    Her early image was marketed as that of a bright 'modern ingenue,' but she gradually transferred over to playing tragic figures.
    She was presented as the picture of ideal Hindu womanhood despite being of Muslim background (a fact she and the industry concealed carefully until her after her death when she received Muslim burial rites).
    Her insomniac son was jailed for terrorist activities implicated in the Bombay Bomb Blast of '93, for which he faced criminal charges.
    She made for an iconic teaming with Raj Kapoor.
    She had aspirations to be a doctor before taking on a successful film career.
    She was the Ingrid Bergman of the third world.
    She was a major box office draw who regularly received top billing over her leading men.
    She was the first actor to be awarded the prestigious Padma Shri honor.
    She became the first patron for the Spastics Society of India, earning her humanitarian/goodwill ambassador status in the country.
    She received the Filmfare Best Actress Award for 'Mother India' (1957).
    She received the National Film Award for Best Actress for 'Raat Aur Din' (1968). named her 'the greatest actress of all time' (2011).
    She was almost killed doing the famous haystack fire scene in 'Mother India' (she had insisted on doing the scene herself instead of using a double).
    She was named 'Best Artist of the Millennium' by Hero Honda and Stardust Magazine, tied with Amitabh Bachchan (2001).

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