Rekha might not be a famous name in American pop culture, but for millions of Indians, Rekha is synonymous with Bollywood fame. Born into an acting family in 1954, the Chennai native first appeared on screen at the age of 12. After taking a series of glamorous but relatively unchallenging roles, she received critical praise for her performance in the 1978 film Ghar. Her portrayal of a rape victim earned her a Best Actress nomination at the Filmfare Awards, sending her career to another level.
Though Rekha reached the height of her fame in the 1980s, she continues to work. Her involvement in more than 180 films has earned her the nickname "Queen of Bollywood." Known for her slim figure and ageless beauty, she credits her appearance to daily yoga and long-time vegetarianism. "I don't have to spend hours planning and executing my clothes and makeup," she has said. "I can't bring myself to spend more than 15 minutes on makeup and clothes." Beautiful and low-maintenance? My kind of Bella Donna.