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. 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. Courtesy: IMDb Mini Biography by John Atkin .
Persis Khambatta (born October 2, 1948) was an Indian model and actress. She was known for her role as Lieutenant Ilia in the feature film Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). Khambatta’s first appearance at age 13 in advertisements for a soap brand set her on her way to becoming a popular model. In 1965, […]via October 2, 1948: Indian model & actress, Persis Khambatta born — The 20th Century Today