Rekha Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

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Rekha Quick Info
Height5 ft 7 in
Weight62 kg
Date of BirthOctober 10, 1954
Zodiac SignLibra
Hair ColorBlack

Rekha is an Indian film actress who is popularly known for her work in films like Umrao Jaan, Khubsoorat, Ghar, and many more. She is considered to be a versatile actress and one of the best actresses of all time. Rekha made her debut as a lead in the film Sawan Bhadon in 1970. She has often played very prominent female parts and has even won a National Film Award.

Born Name

Bhanurekha Ganesan

Nick Name

Rekha, Bollywood Queen, Madame X

Rekha at 4th Annual AsiaSpa Awards in April 2011
Rekha at 4th Annual AsiaSpa Awards in April 2011 (Filmi Tadka / www.filmitadka.in / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Sun Sign

Libra

Born Place

Madras, Madras State, India

Residence

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Nationality

Indian

 

Education

Rekha attended the Sacred Heart Convent for Girls in Yercaud, Tamil Nadu. She quit school at the age of 13 to pursue a career in acting due to her financial condition.

Occupation

Actress, Politician, Singer

Family

  • Father – Gemini Ganesan (Actor)
  • Mother – Pushpavalli (Actress)
  • Others – Savitri (Step-Mother), Shubha (Cousin), Vedantam Raghavaiah (Uncle), Kamala Selvaraj (Half-Sister). She also has a half-brother and 5 half-sisters.

Manager

Rekha is managed by Farzana.

Genre

Soundtrack

Instruments

Vocals

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 7 in or 170 cm

Weight

62 kg or 136.5 lbs

Rekha during an event in April 2012
Rekha during an event in April 2012 (Bollywood Hungama / www.bollywoodhungama.com / CC BY-3.0)

Boyfriend / Spouse

Rekha has dated –

  1. Sajid Khan
  2. Navin Nischol
  3. Biswajit Chatterjee
  4. Jeetendra
  5. Kiran Kumar
  6. Vinod Mehra (1973) – They were rumored to be married in 1973. However, Rekha declined all the rumors stating that he was a “well-wisher”.
  7. Yash Kohli – They were rumored to be married in the past.
  8. Amitabh Bachchan
  9. Mukesh Aggarwal (1990-1991) – They got married in 1990 but Mukesh committed suicide and died in 1991.

Race / Ethnicity

Asian (Indian)

She has Tamilian ancestry.

Hair Color

Black

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Rekha at the 14th Annual Star Screen Awards in 2008
Rekha at the 14th Annual Star Screen Awards in 2008 (Bollywood Hungama / www.bollywoodhungama.com / CC BY-3.0)

Distinctive Features

Often wears a saree

Brand Endorsements

She has been a part of the commercials for brands like –

  • Snickers
  • Gold Spot Drink

Rekha’s Favorite Things

  • Food – Fresh fruits and leafy vegetables
  • Restaurants – China Garden, Shamiana at the Taj, the Zodiac Grill, Thai Pavilion, and Konkan Café.
  • Western Singers – Laura Branigan, Barbra Streisand, Bryan Adams, Whitney Houston, and Sting

SourceRediff, National Herald, IMDb

Rekha during an event
Rekha during an event (Bollywood Hungama / www.bollywoodhungama.com / CC BY-3.0)

Rekha Facts

  1. Her father refused to acknowledge his paternity towards her.
  2. She wanted to be an air hostess but was rejected due to her young age.
  3. Her poor financial conditions forced her to work in B and C grade films.
  4. Due to her dark complexion, she was referred to as an ugly duckling.
  5. She has also sung 2 songs for her film Khubsoorat (1980).
  6. It is believed that she has never had a stylist and picks her own clothes.
  7. She is known to be punctual on sets.
  8. Rekha received the Padma Shri in 2010 for her immense contribution to Indian Cinema.
  9. She made her debut as a child artist in the Telugu film Rangula Ratnam (1966).
  10. She is a vegetarian and spends most of her time painting and gardening.
  11. A significant turning point in her career came when she starred in the film Ghar (1978).
  12. Some of her biggest hits have been opposite Amitabh Bachchan.
  13. She loves putting on makeup and it is believed that she used to make friends with air-hostess and ask them to get her the best makeup.
  14. Rekha is known to be the first actress who got herself enrolled in a gym.
  15. She loves to wear Kanjeevaram saree.
  16. Rekha is best friends with Hemal Malini.
  17. Her film, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar was the biggest hit of 1978.
  18. Umrao Jaan (1981) is considered to be her career-best performance and she also won a National Award for her performance.
  19. Rediff listed her as the 9th greatest Indian actress of all time in 2011.

Featured Image by Bollywood Hungama / www.bollywoodhungama.com / CC BY-3.0

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