Did you know Estelle Merle O'Brien was born in India? Find out about other Hollywood greats and their Indian connection.
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Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson was born in Bombay, British India on 19 February 1911. Merle was given a nickname "Queenie", in honor of Queen Mary, who visited India along with King George V in 1911. Oberon arrived in England for the first time at the age of 17 in 1928. She worked as a club hostess under the name Queenie O'Brien and played in minor and unbilled roles in various films.
Her film career received a major boost when the director Alexander Korda took an interest in her and gave her a small but prominent role, under the name Merle Oberon, as Anne Boleyn in 'The Private Life of Henry VIII' (1933) opposite Charles Laughton. The film became a major success and she was then given leading roles. (Others)
Hannah Simone was born in London, to an Indian father and an English mother of German, Italian, and Greek Cypriot descent. Simone was born on August 3, 1980. She is a British-Canadian television host, actress and former fashion model.
At 16, Simone lived in New Delhi, India, where she attended the American Embassy School. A year later, she returned to Canada. (Twitter)
Kalpen Suresh Modi was born on April 23, 1977, is an American actor, producer, chef, and civil servant. Penn was born in Montclair, New Jersey to Indian immigrant parents.
Penn is best known by his stage name Kal Penn. As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the character Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series. (Twitter)
Dev Patel was born on 23 April 1990. He was born and raised in London to Indian parents.
Patel made his screen debut as Anwar Kharral in the first two seasons of the British teen drama television series "Skins".
Patel is the son of Anita, a care worker and Raj - an IT consultant. His parents are Indian Hindus, though they were both born in Nairobi, where there is a significant Indian community, they emigrated to England separately in their teens, and first met in London. (Twitter)