Lisa Ray, The Braveheart

Lisa Ray, The Braveheart

 

Lisa Ray was born in the city of Toronto, in Canada. Lisa comes from a multi-ethnic family; her father is a Bengali, while her mother is Polish. She grew up in the small suburban town of Etobicoke.

Armed Lisa Ray

Armed Lisa Ray

Lisa Ray Smiling Prettily

Lisa Ray Smilimg Prettily

She was a bright student and completed a regular five year course of schooling in just four years, from three different high schools that include the Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, the Richview Collegiate Institute and the Silverthorn Collegiate Institute.

Lisa Ray in a White Polo Neck

Lisa Ray in a White Polo Neck

Lisa Ray On The Ramp

Lisa Ray On The Ramp

 

 

Lisa is multilingual and can speak in Polish and English among others. She grew up in a family with a cinephile father who introduced her to films.

Lisa Ray With Luminscent EyeshadowLisa Ray With Luminscent EyeshadowCurly Top, Lisa Ray

CurlyTop, Lisa Ray

 

She entered the glamour world of modelling at the young age of 16 years when she was spotted by an agent, during a family vacation in India.

Lisa Ray Draped in a Saree

Lisa Ray Draped in a Saree

Lisa Ray caught the attention of Indians in the late 80s, when she was seen in the Bombay Dyeing print advertisement with Shashi Kapoor’s handsome son, Karan Kapoor. Her sexy image in a black swimsuit became a standout in the campaign.

Lisa Ray Hugging Herself

Lisa Ray Hugging Herself

Lisa Ray With Crossed Arms

Lisa Ray With Crossed Arms

She went back to Canada to pursue her studies in Journalism, but had to give it up, when her mother was injured in a car accident. She returned to India and was almost immediately featured in a swimsuit, on the cover of the glamour magazine ‘Glad Rags’. The resultant storm ensured more magazine covers, offers to be a spokesperson, and a chance to host her own show-business program, including a TV show Star Biz on the Star Movies Channel.

Movies were the natural choice for her and Lisa debuted in 1994, with the Tamil language film Nethaji, with actor Sarath Kumar playing the male lead opposite her brief role. The Telugu language film Takkaari Donga with actor Mahesh Babu was her second film.

Lisa Ray With a Wristlet

Lisa Ray With a Wristlet

 

Lisa became nationally visible once again, when she featured in a sexy avatar, in a music video for Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s song  ‘Afreen Afreen’.  In 1998, she appeared once again for a music video, this time for Daler Mehndi’s ‘Har Taraf Tera Jalwa’.

Lisa Ray made her Bollywood debut in 2001, for the film Kasoor, with Aftab Shivdasani as her co-star. The film failed at the box office. The amusing tidbit from the film was that because actress Divya Dutta had to dub for Lisa in the movie since Lisa couldn’t speak in Hindi, Divya had to get someone else to dub for herself as she was acting too, in the same film!

Aristocratic Lisa Ray

Aristocratic Lisa Ray

Lisa Ray in Stripes

Lisa Ray in Stripes

Lisa was picked up by Deepa Mehta for the Ino-Canadian rom-com film Bollywood/Hollywood, which was released in 2012.

Lisa Ray in Peach

Lisa Ray in Peach 

To pursue her newfound interest in the acting arts, Lisa shifted to London to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama, the London Centre for Theatre Studies, the Desmond Jones school of Physical Theatre, BADA and received her postgraduate degree from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in 2004.

It was during this time, when she voluntarily stayed away from films, that she was offered a role in Deepa Mehta’s much-in-news film Water, which she couldn’t turn down.

Winsome Lisa Ray

Winsome Lisa Ray

Lisa continued to work for various production houses from varied countries such as United Stated, Europe and Canada. Her films include A Stone’s Throw, The World Unseen and I Can’t think Straight.

Lisa Ray kept her base in New York, Milan and Paris during the years between 2004 and 2008. She returned to Toronto after the passing away of her mother in 2008.

Lisa Ray Pondering Sweet Thoughts

Lisa Ray Pondering Sweet Thoughts

In 2007, Lisa Ray completed the noir film Kill Kill Faster Faster. In 2009, she made further strides and was named ‘Trailblazer’ at the Reelworld Film Festival and featured as one of the ‘50 Most Beautiful People’ of Canada in its edition of ‘Hello’ Magazine in its May 2009 issue.

She has also appeared in many top TV shows including Psych, the detective series from the stable of USA Network.

It was during the Toronto International Film Festival, where she was present to promote her film Cooking With Stella, that she revealed that she was suffering from Multiple Myeloma, an incurable form of cancer. She started her acclaimed blog ‘The Yellow Diaries’ during this troubled time, where she chronicled her cancer experience.

Lisa Ray Looking Over Her Shoulder

Lisa Ray Looking Over Her Shoulder

Undeterred, Lisa Ray worked hard to raise funds for many causes, including the rights of girls and Multiple Myeloma. She battled on to get rid of the cancer from her body and in 2009; she tried the stem cell transplant procedure. By, 2010 she announced the splendid news to the world that she was cancer free.

Lisa Ray worked tirelessly to increase awareness and appeared in UniGlobe Entertainment’s cancer docu-drama film 1a Minute. The film that was directed by Namrata Singh Gujral featured many prominent cancer survivors including singers Olivia Newton-John and Melissa Ethridge.

She appeared as the anchor for TLC India’s TV show Oh My Gold in 2011. In the same year, she acted opposite actor Kabir Bedi in the renowned play Taj, in Luminato.

Lisa Ray married banking exec and philanthropist Jason Dehni in Napa Valley, in October 2012.

 

Lisa Ray Looking Crisp

Lisa Ray Looking Crisp

Lisa Ray With Chandelier Earrings

Lisa Ray With Chandelier Earrings