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Parveen Babi (4 April 1949 -- 20 January 2005) was an Indian actress, who is most remembered for her glamorous roles. She is often cited as one of the most beautiful actresses to have ever appeared in Indian cinema.

She did her early schooling in Aurangabad and later attended St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad. Her father Vali Mohammed Babi, was an administrator with the Nawab of Junagadh.Parveen was born fourteen years after the marriage of her parents and was an only child. She lost her father at the age of seven.

Parveen's modelling career began in 1972 and was quickly followed by her film debut with the film Charitra (1973) opposite cricketer Salim Durrani. Her first major hit was Majboor (1974) opposite Amitabh Bachchan. Along with Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi helped change the image of the Indian film heroine. She was also known as a fashion icon. She starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in eight films, all of which were hits or super hits.She also appeared in other hit films such as Suhaag (1979), Kaala Patthar (1979), and Namak Halaal (1982) opposite Shashi Kapoor, Kaala Sona (1975) opposite Feroz Khan, and Jaani Dost (1983) opposite Dharmendra. Towards the end of her career, she appeared in offbeat films like Vinod Pande's Yeh Nazdeekiyan (1982), playing the role of the "other woman" opposite Marc Zuber and Dil... Akhir Dil Hai (1982), opposite Naseeruddin Shah. She was most remembered for her glamorous roles alongside top heroes of the 1970s and early 1980s in blockbusters like Deewar, Namak Halaal, Amar Akbar Anthony and Shaan.

Parveen never married but had relationships with many married men; director Mahesh Bhatt, actors Kabir Bedi, and Danny Denzongpa.Bhatt later wrote and directed Arth (1982), a semi-autobiographical film about his relationship with Babi, and wrote and produced Woh Lamhe (2006) based on facts about his relationship with her.

She was found dead in her Mumbai apartment on 22 January 2005 after her residential society secretary alerted the police. The police suspected that she may have been dead up to 72 hours before her body was found. The cause of her death was not immediately known. The police ruled out any foul play and it was determined she had died from what appeared to be complications from diabetes.Babi was buried next to her mother at Santa Cruz, Mumbai on 23 January 2005.

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