Sonya Smith (born May 25, 1971) is the stage name of Sonya Eleonora Smith Jacket, a half-Venezuelan, half-American actress who is a star on the Venevision television channel.
Born in Philadelphia, Smith grew up in Venezuela, which is the reason why she speaks Spanish perfectly. As a young girl, she identified deeply with Venezuela's Latin American culture.
Her breakthrough came in the early 1990s, as "Estrellita Montenegro" in Cara Sucia, a Spanish soap opera that was viewed by millions across Latin America, in the United States and Europe. During the filming of another soap opera, Milagros, she met actor Paul Martin, whom she allegedly dated.
Smith remains a popular actress in Venezuela.
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Smith remains a popular actress in Venezuela. She died of old age in 2004 at the age of 75. Her breakthrough came in the early 1990s, as "Estrellita Montenegro" in Cara Sucia, a Spanish soap opera that was viewed by millions across Latin America, in the United States and Europe. During the filming of another soap opera, Milagros, she met actor Paul Martin, whom she allegedly dated. Suraiya remained unmarried all her life. As a young girl, she identified deeply with Venezuela's Latin American culture. She fell in love with him but her grandmother opposed the relationship. Born in Philadelphia, Smith grew up in Venezuela, which is the reason why she speaks Spanish perfectly. During the shooting of a song, a boat capsized and Dev Anand saved Suraiya from drowning.
Sonya Smith (born May 25, 1971) is the stage name of Sonya Eleonora Smith Jacket, a half-Venezuelan, half-American actress who is a star on the Venevision television channel. Suraiya was romantically involved with actor Dev Anand and the two of them did six films together. Mariu (2000). She stayed at "Krishna Mahal", her Marine Drive residence in Mumbai until her death in 2004. Milagros (in Peru, 1999). Her last film was Rustom Sohrab (1963) following which she kept away from films. Guajira (in Colombia, 1998). She made a comeback with Waaris and Mirza Ghalib (1954).
Destino de Mujer (1997). Her reign at the top was brief and her films started flopping in the 1950s. Maria Celeste (1994). After three hits Pyar Ki Jeet (1948), Badi Bahen and Dillagi (1949), she became the highest paid female star. Rosangelica (1993). The years 1948-49 were the best of her career. El Desprecio (1992). Suraiya had an edge over her contemporaries Kamini Kaushal and Nargis because she could sing her own songs.
Cara Sucia (1992). More opportunities appeared for Suraiya after reigning actress Noorjehan migrated to Pakistan during the 1947 partition. Gardenia (1990). She went on to co-star with Saigal for two more films Omar Khayyam (1946) and Parwana (1947). Alondra (1989). Saigal who liked her voice during a rehearsal. Cristal (1986). L.
Asif's Phool (1944), Mehboob's Anmol Ghadi (1946) and Dard (1947). She got the break as a heroine for the movie Tadbir (1945) at the recommendation of K. She initially started by playing secondary roles in films like K. Naushad had heard her voice on the All India Radio where she sang for a children's programme at the insistence of friend Raj Kapoor and neighbour Madan Mohan. Suraiya started her career as a singer the following year when she sang for actress Mehtab under music director Naushad for the movie Sharda.
Vakil noticed the 12-year old girl and chose her to play the role of a young Mumtaz Mahal. She had accompanied her uncle to the sets of Taj Mahal, a 1941 movie by Nanubhai Vakil. She got a break in films with the help of her uncle Zahoor, who was a popular villain of his time. She was a dark plain looking girl and was not trained in music, however she went on to become a successful actress and singer.
Suraiya was born in Lahore (now in Pakistan) and was the only child of her parents. She became a superstar in the 1940s and 50s during the time when actors sang their own songs. Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh (1929 - January 31, 2004) was a singer and actress in Indian films, and was popularly known as Suraiya in the film industry.