Over the last few years, cinema has brought to us some great stories inspired by the lives of extraordinary men and women. But while some legendary stories have come to fore, there are still many left untold. And among those, these five women are definitely the ones that deserve a biopic of their own –
Hepburn: Despite being the paragon of beauty and class, she was known for her humility. She laid great emphasis on the importance of inner beauty. This greatest female screen legend rose to fame during the Golden Age of Hollywood with her exceptional performance in Roman Holiday. She was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a BAFTA award and a Golden Globe award for a single performance. She was also a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF. For her humanitarian efforts, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. At the age of 63, she lost her battle to appendiceal cancer.
Her inspiring life was the living proof of her very famous quote: Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!
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Gayatri Devi: Not many can even dream of all that Maharani Gayatri Devi accomplished in her life. Famous for her classical beauty, Vogue magazine included her in Ten Most Beautiful Women list. Known as the Rajmata of Jaipur, Maharani Gayatri Devi turned politician after the abolition of princely states. Her governance and popularity can be estimated from the fact that she holds the Guiness Record for victory by maximum votes difference. She renewed the art of blue pottery and also stood for the cause of girls’ education.
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Steffi Graf: One of the greatest tennis players of all times, Steffi Graf needs no introduction. She held the
No.1 rankings for a record total of 377 weeks – the longest ever by any player, male or female. With 107 singles titles, she ranks third on WTA’s all-time list. Even the continuous injuries couldn’t stop her from creating history on the court. After a historic Golden Slam in 1988, she went on to win each Grand Slam event at least four times.
Maria Montessori: She is credited with the development of Montessori Method of training that focuses on development of children’s natural abilities and initiatives through practical play. Maria Montessori led an interesting life which deserves a retelling. Born in 1870 in Italy, she made unprecedented learning and career choices by studying medicine and working with mentally challenged children. Despite strong resistance from her own father and society at the time, she achieved academic and professional excellence through sheer will and hard-work. Her training pedagogy is unique and widely popular in various public and private educational institutes even today.
Vivien Leigh: Immortalized as Scarlett O’Hara in the history of cinema, Vivien Leigh was an enigmatic beauty. Her life was full of personal and professional struggles which she overcame to achieve unmatched victories. Known for her beauty and uncanny acting talent; she suffered from Bipolar Disorder throughout her adult life which made her difficult to work with. She also had recurring bouts of Tuberculosis which ultimately claimed her life. She was ranked as the 16th greatest female movie star of classic Hollywood cinema.
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