Persis Khambatta Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Bombay, State of Bombay, India
Died in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India  (heart attack)
Nickname Femina Miss India
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Persis Khambatta was born on October 2, 1948 in Bombay, India. At age 17, as Femina Miss India, she entered Miss Universe 1965, dressed in off-the-rack clothes she bought at the last minute. Khambatta became a model for companies such as Revlon. Her biggest acting break was getting the role of Lieutenant Ilia, the bald Deltan alien in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). This led to roles in Nighthawks (1981), Megaforce (1982) and Warrior of the Lost World (1983). She was considered for the title role in the James Bond film Octopussy (1983), but was passed over for Maud Adams. Khambatta became the first citizen of India to present an Academy Award in 1980. She was nominated for Saturn Award Best Actress for her Star Trek role. Khambatta also made guest appearances on many popular American television series. In the early 1980s, Khambatta was seriously injured in a car crash in Germany and had to have heart bypass surgery.

A year before her death, she wrote and published a coffee table book called "Pride of India" which featured former Miss Indias; it was dedicated to Mother Teresa and part of the royalties went to the Missionaries of Charity. On August 17, 1998, Persis Khambatta was taken to the Marine Hospital in South Mumbai, complaining of chest pains. She died of a heart attack on August 18, 1998 at age 49, her funeral was held in Mumbai.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Atkin

Spouse (2)

Naren Parekh (1986 - ?) ( divorced)
Cliff Taylor (19 April 1981 - 3 March 1982) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Seductive deep voice

Trivia (20)

Was Femina Miss India 1965.
Underwent heart bypass surgery in 1983.
She shaved her head for the role of Lieutenant Ilia in the film Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). At first, she shed tears over the haircut, but smiled after the finishing powder was applied to her scalp and her facial features were more defined by Fred Phillips.
Before her untimely death, she wrote and published a coffee table book about the history of the Miss India pageant titled "Pride of India".
Has an action figure modeled after her Star Trek character, Lieutenant Ilia.
Auditioned for the female lead role in the James Bond film Octopussy (1983), which went to Maud Adams.
Was seriously injured in an automobile accident in Germany in 1980, which left her with a large scar on her head.
Had starred in the shelved film "Tum Salamat Raho" opposite Shetty (famous villain and fight master). This would have been Shetty's first film as a lead actor.
In 1965, she entered that year's Miss Universe contest held in Miami Beach, Florida. She was not as lucky at Miss Universe as she failed to be in the top 15, and the contest was won by 18-year-old Apasra Hongsakula of Thailand.
She was temporarily blinded during the scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) which Lieutenant Ilia was taken by V'Ger, a scene which required her to keep her eyes wide open while being bombarded by intense light. This resulted in a form of flash blindness from which she soon recovered.
Persis Khambatta passed away on August 18, 1998, less than two months away from what would have been her 50th birthday on October 2.
Best known by the public (and by many sci-fi fans) for her role as Lieutenant Ilia in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
Was to debut opposite Salim Khan in the B grade film Watan. This was in 1965. The film was eventually shelved.
Leela Chitnis son Actor, producer Manavendra Chitnis was producing a film shot exclusively in New York. This was in 1976. It was titled " New York, New York". It starred Sanjeev Kumar and Persis Khambhatta. Sanjeev and Persis had shot a song riding a bike in Central Park in New York. The film was shelved for financial reasons.
Husband Naren Parekh had a detective agency in Toronto Ontario Canada.
Was involved with actor Adi Irani.
In 1985, producer Judith de Lane was going to produce a film on Indira Gandhi. Persis dressed up as Indira and sent a video. The film was never made.
Was offered Steven Speilberg movie Twilight Zone but had to turn it down. She was to shoot for B.R. Chopra's Awaam so she did not have the dates required.
Was offered Knight Rider but had to turn it down due to her dates blocked for Awaam. She eventually had to leave the film.
Was expecting to be signed for the documentary movie On Wings of Fire when it was about to he made in 1985 . But something went wrong and she was dropped from the project .She was upset because she always spoke about her religion in interviews abroad. It was Zubin Mehta who was always mistaken for being Jewish . The documentary was titled The Search of Zarathushtra. This was before it was made in the late 80s.

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