[In PICTURES] 26 Rare Photos of Madhubala to Remind You Why She Was Such a Goddess

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These 26 photos are from a 1951 shoot for Life magazine by photographer James Burke — and they make Madhubala come alive in the most human of ways.

Madhubala is the beloved Indian actor whose legendary beauty has been an impossible standard for decades. Now these photos from a 1951 shoot for Life magazine by photographer James Burke may just help her keep this title forever.

By turns sultry and sweet, serious and childlike, enigmatic and completely accessible — Madhubala in these photos is thoroughly magnificent.

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