Shakira Caine is an Indo-Guyanese-British former model and actress who is best recognized as the wife of popular English actor, Sir Michael Caine. As a model, she started out with the Miss Guyana contest and went on to win the title. She later ventured into acting as well and appeared in numerous big screen projects, such as ‘Some Girls Do,’ ‘Carry On Again Doctor,’ ‘Toomorrow,’ and ‘Son of Dracula.’ The daughter of a dressmaker, Caine dreamed of becoming a fashion designer in her childhood. However, destiny had other plans for her and she joined the showbiz. Married to Michael Caine since 1973, she is the mother of one daughter. She is a Muslim while her husband is a Christian. Despite following different faiths, the couple has managed to build a solid marriage where religious differences do not crop up. Their marriage is an inspiration for many people who have chosen to marry outside their own religion or community.
Childhood & Early Life
Shakira Caine was born as Shakira Baksh on 23 February 1947 in British Guiana. Her parents were Muslim Indians who had migrated from the Kashmir region of Jammu and Kashmir in British India.
You May Like
Continue Reading Below
Shakira Caine began her modeling career with her participation in the Miss Guyana contest which she went on to win. At the age of 19, she emerged as the second runner-up at the 1967 Miss World contest. After the contests, she went on to model for many companies. Since 1991, she has been a member of the International Best Dressed List.
Shakira Caine has acted in several films. In 1969, she appeared in the British comedy spy movie ‘Some Girls Do’ as well as in ‘Carry On Again Doctor.’ The following year, she acted in ‘Toomorrow,’ a musical film. In 1974, she got featured in ‘Son of Dracula.’ A year later, she starred alongside her husband in the adventure flick ‘The Man Who Would Be King’. Besides the big screen, she also acted in two episodes of the TV series, ‘UFO.’
Relationship with Michael Caine
Michael Caine first noticed Shakira in a British television commercial for Maxwell House coffee in 1971. He became obsessed with her and found her to be the most beautiful woman he had ever come across. In fact, he was so smitten that he was willing to fly to Brazil to find Shakira! However, he soon found that she lived in London too. Through a friend in the advertising business, Caine discovered that Shakira lived only a few miles from his house. The two met each other, began dating, and eventually got married in Las Vegas on January 8, 1973. Together, they have one daughter named Natasha Haleema.
Shakira is a Muslim while Caine is a Christian. He once stated in an interview that he does “Christian stuff” and his wife does “Muslim stuff.” He also stated that no questions ever come up regarding their respective religions and beliefs. The veteran actor added that his view of Muslims is “very peaceful and benign,” as compared to the media’s.
Caine was earlier married to actress Patricia Haines from 1955 to 1962. The couple had a daughter, Dominique. In 1968, the he dated Bianca Jagger. However, it was only after meeting Shakira that he realized the true meaning of love and marriage. He considers her to be his “right-hand man,” his confidante. He once stated that although he was already famous when he met her, he couldn’t have gotten this far without her. The Oscar-winning actor also credits his second wife for making him a person of better character. Caine, who was once addicted to drinking and smoking, was saved from his addictions by her. Even though she didn’t tell him to stop drinking, her very presence motivated him to change his habits.