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    One of the most colourful and celebrated nations of the world has been the birthplace of many celebrated international personalites. The list includes some of your favourite poets, actors, musicians and sportsmen.
    Famous for her role as Scarlett O'Hara in the David O Selznick film Gone With The Wind, Vivien Leigh was born Vivian Mary Hartley at Darjeeling in West Bengal in 1913. Leigh went on to win the Oscar for her stupendous acting and then went on to win another for her role as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (co-starring Marlon Brando). During her film span, the actress had two marriages including one with Sir Laurence Olivier.








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    A contemporary of Vivien Leigh, Mumbai-born Merle Oberon, famous for her roles in The Private Life of Henry VIII, The Scarlet ****ernel, and the The Wuthering Heights, won an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in the film The Dark Angel in 1935.











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    Celebrated England cricketer Colin Cowdrey who played test cricket for England from 1954 to 1975 was born in Bangalore in 1932 and was an alumni of Bishop Cotton Boys School. Cowdrey's son Christopher also played for the English test side and another son Robert played county cricket.











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    George Orwell, the man behind the Animal Farm, regarded as one among the greatest works of literature was born at Motihari in Bihar in 1903. Not many know that George Orwell was only a pen name of the author and that he was born Eric Arthur Blair.










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    Charismatic singer, songwriter and also a philanthropist, Sir Cliff Richard, one of Britain's favourite musicians, was born Harry Rodger Webb in Lucknow in 1940 and studied at the Christ Church school in the city.









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    One of the biggest names in music Engelbert Humperdinck aka Arnold George Dorsey was born in Chennai (then Madras) in 1936 and stayed in the southern city for 10 years. Humperdinck's balladic songs like Release Me and The Waltz were a rage in the 1960s. Interestingly, the adopted name of Engelbert Humperdinck (German composer of the Hansel und Gretel fame) proved lucky for the star.










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    A popular TV artiste, who is always associated with the popular 90's TV series Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley was born in Srinagar,Jammu and Kashmir. Lumley's also a vociferous human rights and animal welfare activist and was also a model.










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    Former English cricket captain Nasser Hussain regarded by cricket pundits as one of the best captains to lead an English Eleven was born to an English mother and an Indian father in Chennai (then Madras) in 1968.










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    British actress Julie Christie who has acted in such films as Doctor Zhivago, Darling (for which she won the Academy Award) and Far From The Madding Crowd, was born at Chabua in Assam in 1941.










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    Former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf was born in New Delhi in 1943. The story goes that Nehar Wali Haveli were the President stayed as a young boy was the home of minister in the court of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last of the Mughal emperors.










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    We make a special mention here of Freddie Mercury, the lead vocalist of Queen. He was of Parsi parentage and born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar. Though not born in India, the rock star did his schooling at St Peter's School in Panchgani before moving again to Zanzibar and then England.





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    Other international luminaries born in India include novelist William Makepeace Thackeray (born in Kolkata in 1811) famous for his novel Vanity Fair; hunter and naturalist Jim Corbett (born in Nainital in 1875); former England cricket captain Douglas Jardine (born in Mumbai [then Bombay] in 1900) infamous for the notorious Body Line Tour of Australia in 1932; Jungle Book author and creator of Mowgli, Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling (born in Mumbai in 1865); physician and Nobel laureate Sir Ronald Ross (born in Almora in 1857) who won the prestigious prize for his work on malaria; fantasy novelist Terence Hanbury White (born in Mumbai in 1906) known for his series The Once and Future King; and the celebrated Durrell brothers Gerald and Lawrence. Author and naturalist Gerald Durrell was born in Bihar in 1925 and is famous for his books on animals. An author like his brother, Lawrence Durrell was born in Jalandhar in 1912 and is famous for his series The Alexandria Quartet.








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    Very unique n useful n awesome info !! Thnks a ton !!

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