New Delhi: Google on Thursday dedicated a doodle to the legendary Bollywood actress Madhubala, who was known for her beauty, personality and the characters she played on screen, on her 86th birth anniversary.

The doodle consisted of a painting of Madhubala holding a Mujra pose. A Google doodle is a special and temporary alteration of the Google log on its homepage what commemorates holidays, events, achievements, and famous people. 

Madhubala was born on February 14, 1933 as the fifth of eleven children of Ataullah Khan and Aayesha Begum. Her original name was Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi. 

She grew up and poverty and ended up supporting her family by working as a child artiste from a very young age. Soon she won hearts with her remarkable acting and became a leading lady in the industry. 

Madhubala, for her elegance and sensuality, was compared with Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe. However, while she acted in as many as 70 films from 1947 to 1964, only 15 were box office successes. 

Actor Dilip Kumar, with whom she had a long relationship, said, "had she lived, and had she selected her films with more care, she would have been far superior to her contemporaries..."

Madhubala later married her Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi co-star Kishore Kumar in 1960. Unfortunately, she didn’t live long to either enjoy marital bliss or success in her career. She died on 23 February 1969 at the age of 36 after suffering from lung and heart illness. 

She was with a ventricular septal defect, which according to Madhubala’s sister, “her body would produce extra blood, so it would spill out from the nose and mouth. The doctor would come home and extract bottles of blood. She also suffered from pulmonary pressure of the lungs.”

A commemorative postage stamp featuring Madhubala was issued in 2008.

In 2008 she appeared on a commemorative postage stamp in India, where she is remembered by many as one of the greatest to ever grace the silver screen.