Birth Name: Indira Varma
Born May 14, 1973, Indira Varma's exotic appearance was the result of her parentage: her father was Indian, while her mother was Swiss-Genoese. Both had met in art school, and married later in life, which resulted in some anxiety when strangers mistook her parents for her grandparents. Her parents also spoke with pronounced accents, which gave Varma her first taste of passive racism. Despite these external problems, her home life was a joyful one, filled with humor and impassioned discussions. The happy tumult contributed in part to Varma's later career in an indirect way: her family was given to gesticulating to make a point in their debates, and the experience inspired her to study mime.
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