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Sridevi, Bollywood leading lady of 80s and 90s, dies at 54

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She suffered a cardiac arrest while in Dubai.

Sridevi, Bollywood’s leading lady of the 1980s and ‘90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54 (Lionel Cironneau/AP)

Sridevi, Bollywood’s leading lady of the 1980s and 90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54.

The actress was described as the first female superstar in India’s male-dominated film industry.

Sridevi died on Saturday in Dubai due to cardiac arrest, her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor confirmed to Indian Express online.

She had been in Dubai to attend a wedding in her extended family.

Sridevi performed in a number of films (Kin Cheung/AP)
Sridevi performed in a number of films (Kin Cheung/AP)

Sridevi began acting as a child in regional cinema in India’s south and made her debut in Hindi-language Bollywood films in the late 1970s.

Her most famous films included Mr. India, in which she played a reporter, and Chandni, where she played a woman choosing between two men who loved her. She played dual roles of a woman and her daughter in Lamhe, or Moments in 1991.

She stopped acting for several years after her marriage to film producer Boney Kapoor but made a well-received comeback in 2012 with English Vinglish, about a middle-aged woman learning English.

She is survived by her husband and two daughters.

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