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Veteran actress Zohra Sehgal died at 102

Jul 11, 2014 10:10 IST

Zohra SehgalVeteran actress, Zohra Sehgal died on 10 July 2014 at a private Hospital in New Delhi. She was 102. She died due to cardiac arrest.

imageZohra Sehgal as an actress made a mark across generations and was associated with Bollywood for seven decades. She was called as the grand old lady of Bollywood.

About Zohra Sehgal

• In 2010, Zohra was awarded with the Padma Vibhshan
• She was also a recipient of other two of India’s four civilian awards Padma Shri (1998), Padma Bhushan (2002)
• She was also a recipient of Kalidas Samman (2001) the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime achievement (2004), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1963)
• Sehgal’s daughter Kiran in 2012 wrote her biography named Zohra Segal: Fatty
• Zohra last appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhasali's film Saawariya in 2007, apart from this, she also appeared in films like Veer-Zara, Saaya, Cheeni-Kum, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and others
• A prolific and full of life, Zohra started her career as a dancer with Uday Shankar in 1935 and worked with him for the next eight years
• She also worked in many Hollywood movies like The Vengeance of She, Tales that Witness Madness, Bend It Like Beckham, Never Say Die and Little Napoleons
• She also appeared in British TV serials like The Jewel in the Crown
• She in 1946 made debut in the film industry with Dharti Ke Lal
• Her Chetan Anand's Neecha Nagar won top prize at Cannes
• In 1945, she joined the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai
• In 1942, she was married with a scientist and dancer Kameshwar Sehgal
• She was born on 27 April 1912 as Sahibzadi Zohra Begum Mumtaz-ullah Khan and was one of seven children and grew up near Dehradun
• She was the first Indian to be admitted to a ballet school in Dresden, Europe

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