Fighter of Alzheimer's Disease
Yasmin Khan, also known as Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, is an American
actress and philanthropist. She is recognized for her contributions to
fight Alzheimer's disease, and was honored with the 1986 Bamby Charity
Award for her efforts.
Childhood and Family:
Yasmin Aga Khan was born on December 28, 1949, in Lausanne,
Switzerland, to Prince Aly Khan and American actress Rita Hayworth. Her
parents divorced in April 1953. She has a half sister named Rebecca
Welles, from her mother's previous marriage to Orson Welles, and two
half brothers, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV and Prince Amyn
Aga Khan, from his dad's marriage to the Hon. Joan
Guinness. Yasmin was educated at Buxton School, a small
boarding school in Massachusetts, and l'Ecole Internationale de
Genève. She graduated from Bennington College in the United
States in 1973.
On May 27, 1985, Yasmin married economist and shipping heir Basil
Embiricos, the younger son of Nicholas Embiricos from Lausanne,
Switzerland, from an affluent and important shipowners Greek family.
They divorced in 1987. Yasmin married her second husband, lawyer and
real estate developer Christopher Michael Jeffries, on February 2,
1989. However, they later divorced in December 1993.
On December 4, 2011, Yasmin's only son, Andrew Ali Aga Khan
Embiricos (from her first marriage), was found dead in his Manhattan
apartment of an apparent suicide with a bag over his head on. He
died eight days short of his 26th birthday.
Yasmin Khan originally wanted to become an operatic singer. She had her
first taste in front of the film cameras at age 12 with an uncredited
part in the 1961 comedy “The Happy Thieves,” starring her
mother Rita Hayworth and Rex Harrison.
Yasmin did not appear in another film until years later in the 1982
Indian drama “Sanam Teri Kasam” (aka. “I Swear by My
Beloved”), which won a Filmfare Award for Best Music Director.
She went on to appear in other Indian films like
“Grahasthi” (1984, directed by Prashant Nanda),
“Jumbish: A Movement - The Movie” (1986, helmed by
Salahuddin Parvez), “Diljalaa” (1987),
“Zalzala” (1988), “Hatya” (1988), “Mera
Naseeb” (1989, as Rita Gupta), “Maa O Maa” (1990),
“Vansh” (1992) and “Ganga Aur Ranga” (1994). In
2005, Yasmin appeared with Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan and Fardeen Khan in
Anees Bazmee's musical “No Entry.”
Influenced by the death of her mother, for whom she cared for a number
of years, from Alzheimer's disease in 1987, Yasmin has been actively
involved in raising public awareness of the disease. She sits on the
Board of Directors, as Vice Chairman, Alzheimer's and Related Disorders
Association, and becomes the president of Alzheimer Disease
International. In addition, Yasmin is a National Council Member of the
Salk Institute, and a spokesperson for the Boston University School of
Medicine, Board of Visitors. She has also served on many boards
of the Aga Khan Foundation. For her dedication to Alzheimer's disease,
Yasmin was handed a Bambi Charity Award in 1986.
Bambi: Bambi Charity, 1986 (For her contributions to fight Alzheimer's disease)