Fearless Nadia is one of the legends of Hindi cinema. She was born as Mary Ann Evans on January 8, 1908 in Perth, Western Australia to a British father ( Herbertt Evans ) and a Greek mother ( Margret ), they emigrated to Bombay with Nadia when she was very young (her father was a soldier in the British Army). She grew up near Peshawar where she learned to ride horses. After her father was killed in France during WWI, she and her mother moved back to Bombay. She studied ballet under Madam Astrova after returning to Bombay in the mid 1920s.
She trained in shorthand typing to get a good job, but at the same time she got very fat so she decided to reduce. In order to lose weight, she took up dancing at a school run by a Russian dance teacher named Madame Astrova. Madame ...» read full biography