It’s hard to believe that the vivacious and beautiful Geeta Bali has been gone for more than 44 years now. She passed away on January 21, 1965 at the age of 35, from smallpox. Filmfare had a lovely tribute to her (with photos they had taken shortly before her death) a few weeks after that.
Here she is with daughter Kanchan (Kajal). Kanchan has grown up to look exactly like Geeta, in my opinion.
I love this photo of her with Shammi, her beloved husband. He writes very sweetly about her on his website.
She was working in a Punjabi film at the time called Rano, playing a widow who marries her late husband’s brother. I wonder how many more wonderful films she might have gone on to give us.
And here she is on Diwali in 1957 (at left—gorgeous!) and with her son Mickey (right).
Gone far too soon, and still missed! I think I would have loved just hanging out with her, although I probably would have then felt compelled to not try and take Shammi away from her. But maybe I would have tried anyway, secure in the knowledge that I’d never succeed!