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Shakira Caine, born Shakira Baksh, is a Guyanese/British former model and actress of Indian origin. She won the Miss Guyana title in 1967 and ended up third place in the 1967 Miss World Contest. She appeared in a “Maxwell House” TV commercial, which was directed by then unknown Ridley Scott. Shakira acted with her husband, Michael Caine, on the Academy Award nominating film “The Man Who Would Be King” (1975).
Shakira and Mr. Caine now reside at their home in Downs Lane, Leatherhead, Surrey. They have one daughter together. Shakira is good friends with Dorrit Moussaieff, the First Lady of Iceland.
Aspiring Fashion Designer
Childhood and Family:
Shakira Baksh was born on February 23, 1947, in Guyana (then British Guiana), to a Muslim family of Indian descent. The daughter of a dressmaker, she aimed to follow in the footsteps of her mother and become a fashion designer. It was during her secretary stint that she decided to enter a beauty contest in Guyana that eventually led to a career in modeling.
On January 8, 1973, Shakira married British actor Michael Caine (born March 14, 1933). They met after Caine saw her appearing in a “Maxwell House” coffee commercial and a friend gave him her telephone number. The couple have a daughter, Natasha Haleema.
The Man Who Would Be King
While working as a secretary, Shakira Caine was urged by her boss to participate at the 1967 Miss Guyana contest, where she ended up becoming the winner. She went on to compete at the Miss World contest in London and finished in the third place. Following this, Shakira began to pursue a career as a model.
In 1969, Shakira made her acting debut in “Carry on Again Doctor,” a British comedy film directed by Gerald Thomas and starring Kenneth Williams, Sid James and Charles Hawtrey. There she had an uncredited role as Scrubba. She resurfaced in 1970 when she was cast as Karl Chambers' friend on the UK/American comedy/musical film “Toomorrow,” which was directed and written byVal Guest and starred Olivia Newton-John, Benny Thomas and Vic Cooper.
From 1970 to 1973, Shakira appeared as SHADO Operative on the short lived action/science fiction television series “UFO,” starring Ed Bishop, Mel Oxley and Dolores Mantez.
In 1974, Shakira had a small role as housekeeper in the Freddie Francis directed comedy/horror film “Son of Dracula,” starring Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr and Dennis Price.
In 1975, Shakira played the supporting role of Roxanne in the John Huston action/adventure film “The Man Who Would Be King,” starring Sean Connery, Christopher Plummer and her husband, Michael Caine. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration.