Madhuri was born on 15 May 1967 in Mumbai. She has a degree in microbiology.
Initially, Madhuri had no interest in making a career in Bollywood. Her first film was Abodh (1984), but she came into the spotlight with Tezaab (1988).
Madhuri is the only female actor to be nominated for Filmfare awards 14 times.
She is a trained Kathak dancer, Madhuri is the only female actor of her times to have been choreographed by Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj.
The actor had to wear a costume that weighed 30kg for a song in Devdas, designed by designer Neeta Lulla.
She is the recipient of the Padma Shri award (2008), India’s fourth-highest civilian award.
She married Los Angeles based Dr Shriram Madhav Nene on October 17, 1999 and took a break from films. She settled in the US where she raised her two sons, Raayan and Arin.
She was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador Advocate for Child and Equal Woman’s Rights in 2014.