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Name Helen (I)
Date Of Birth Tuesday, November 21, 1939
Biography Helen was born in Burma to an Anglo Indian army officer and a Burmese nurse. Her father died during the Second World War. Her family migrated to India in 1942 as refugees in order to escape the Japanese invasion of Burma. Helen was introduced to Bollywood in 1953 by the famous dancer Cuckoo. She got her break in 1958 when she performed the song 'Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo' in the movie Howrah Bridge. Helen rarely got roles as the lead heroine in movies because of her Oriental looks. So, she opted dancing which proved to be her fortune. Throughout the 1960's and 1970's, she danced in more than 700 movies establishing herself as a prolific dancer. She was known for wearing different colors of wigs, contact lenses and skimpy outfits in her movies. In the late 1970's, her demand started diminishing because of her age along with the entry of younger dancers like Padma Khanna, Jayshree T, Bindu, Aruna Irani and Kalpana Iyer. In 1979, she won the best supporting actress award for her role as Vinod Khanna's Chinese wife in 'Lahu Ke Do Rang'. She officially retired from movies in 1983 after marrying screenwriter Salim Khan.
Original Name Helen Richardson
Birth Place Burma
Nick Name Queen of the Nautch Girls
Height 5' 5'' (1.66 m)
Movies of Helen (I)

Heroine
as Shagufta Rizvi

Jodi Breakers
as Madonna

Humko Deewana Kar Gaye
as Kitty Kohli

Shararat
as Anuradha Mathur

Mohabbatein
as Miss Monica
 
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