Persis Khambatta (born October 2, 1948) was an Indian model and actress. She was known for her role as Lieutenant Ilia in the feature film Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
Khambatta’s first appearance at age 13 in advertisements for a soap brand set her on her way to becoming a popular model. In 1965, she entered and won the Femina Miss India contest.
In 1980, Khambatta was seriously injured in a car crash in Germany, which left a huge scar on her head. In 1983, she underwent coronary bypass surgery.
In 1998, Khambatta was taken to hospital in south Bombay, complaining of chest pains. She died of a massive heart attack aged 49. Her funeral was held in Bombay the following day.
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