Birth: 21-10-1939 , Burma
Helen Jairag Richardson is a Hindi film actress and dancer often cited as the most popular dancer of her time. Helen got her break as a chorus dancer in the films `Shabistan` and `Awaara`. She featured regularly as a solo dancer in films including `Alif Laila` and `Hoor-e-Arab`. In 1958, she performed in the evergreen song, "Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu" in Shakti Samanta's film, `Howrah Bridge`. The Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle also frequently sang for Helen. She was nominated for the Filmfare best supporting actress award in 1965 for her role in `Gumnaam`. She went on to star in films like `Imaam Dharam`, `Don`, `Dostana` and `Sholay`. This was followed by a role in Mahesh Bhatt's film `Lahu Ke Do Rang` (1979), for which she won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. In 1999, Helen was given India's prestigious Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. Helen retired from the silver screen for a number of years, but returned with a memorable role in the 1996 movie `Khamoshi`, directed by Sanjay Leela Bansali. Helen was selected for the Padma Shri awards of 2009 along with Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar. A book about Helen was published by Jerry Pinto in 2006, titled `The Life and Times of an H-Bomb`, which went on to win the National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema in 2007.