December 01, 2023

Jayalalithaa Biography, Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Facts, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : February 24, 2023

Short Biography

Jayalalithaa is a famous Actress and Politician who was born on February 24, 1948, in Melukote, Mandya, Karnataka, India with full name as Jayalalithaa Jayaram. She was best known for serving as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for 6 terms. 

Other Name: Jayaraman Jayalalithaa, Jayaram Jayalalithaa, Amma, J. Jayalalithaa, Puratchi Thalaivi, Kalai Selvi, Thanga Tharagai
Other Professions: Politician Film Actress Playback Singer
Appearance: Tamil Telugu Kannada Bollywood English

Jayalalithaa Complete Bio & Career

Jayalalithaa has served the people in an extremely fantastic manner as a chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the period of 5 years. Initially, in the year 1989, she worked as the General Secretary of the organization -  AIADMK. Due to her political contributions and hard work she has received many titles such as Amma, Thanga Tharangi, and Puratchi Thalaivi. Most prominently, she entered the acting profession during the year 1960. In the period of time between 1961 and 1980, she worked in 140 movies altogether. As a matter of fact, she is a multilingual actress such as Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada languages. Moreover, she is appreciated by her eminent dancing skills which have helped her to win the title as Queen of Tamil Cinema. 
Later, in the year 1982, she joined the party formed by the Chief Minister – M. G. Ramachandran which was called as AIADMK. Subsequently, she became very popular in the political field which paved way for her to get elected in Rajya Sabha elections. After the death of MGR, she leads the AIADMK party as the solo leader as efficiently as possible. Consequently, in the year 1991, Jayalalithaa became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. In the intermediate years, the AIADMK party had diminished. Again in the year 2001, AIADMK party was back to power. She was given the award named as Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu Government. She was immensely popular among the masses and it was evident during her funeral where people in numbers came to have a last look at their 'Puratchi Thalaivi' (fondly called by her supporters).
Not just people but veteran politicians too came to attend her funeral. She was arguably one of the biggest inspirational figure in Tamil Nadu for decades. First as an actress and then as a politician, she proved her mettle in both field. Having said that, she also had her share of controversies as well. She was even charged for corruption and had to go the jail as well. Besides politics and films, she was an ardent follower of Indian cricket and in an interview, she revealed that she had a crush on former Indian cricketer Nari Contractor. Very few people knew about her singing talent and in her illustrious career, she has recorded some of the most famous Tamil songs.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Jayalalithaa died on 05-12-2016 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India at the age of 68 due to cardiac attack. She was suffering from acute dehydration and infection from long time. She was under treatment at Chennai Apollo Hospital from Sep 22, 2016.

DEATHDAY 5 December,2016 (Tuesday)
DEATH PLACE Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Jayalalithaa Family, Relatives and Other Relations

Father Jayaram
Mother Vedavalli
Sister Shailaja
Brothers JayaKumar, N. J. Vasudevan (step-brother) 
Former Partner Shoban Babu, M. G. R

She was born to Jayaram and Vedavalli. She had a sister named Shailaja and a brother named JayaKumar. She also had a step brother named N. J. Vasudevan. She was in a relationship with Shoban Babu and M. G. R.

Life's Important Dates Of Jayalalithaa

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Melukote, Mandya
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
School Bishop Cotton Girls High School, Bengaluru
Presentation Convent Church Park, Chennai
College Stella Maris College, Chennai
Qualification College Drop-out
Hobbies Reading Books
Marital Status Unmarried
Debut Tamil Film - Mayabazar (1957)
Telugu Film - Mayabazar (1957)
English Film - Epistle (1961)
Kannada Film - Sri Shaila Mahathme (1961)
Bollywood Film - Man-Mauji (1962)
Best Movies Aayirathil Oruvan (1965), Izzat (1968), Neerum Neruppum (1971), Engirundho Vandhaal (1970), and Unnai Suttrum Ulagam (1977) among others
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White
Favorite Player Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Politician M. G. Ramachandran
Favorite Actor Sobhan Babu
Favorite Place Chennai

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Jayalalithaa

  • She was fondly called Amma by her supporters.
  • She was the first and to date the only Indian actress who went on to become a chief minister of an Indian state.
  • She started learning Bharatanatyam from the age of 3.
  • She was forced to join the Tamil Films by her actress mother Sandhya (Vedavathi).
  • Her first movie was rated ‘Adults only’, but the irony is she could not watch her own debut movie in theaters because she was not an adult.
  • She topped in Tamil Nadu in her matriculate exams.
  • She worked in just 1 Hindi film titled Izzat in which she was paired opposite Dharmendra.
  • As a Chief Minister, she only drew Re 1 as salary. Jaya refused to accept her first salary cheque as Chief Minister by saying that she had “abundant source of income and she does not need a salary”.
  • In 2020 a biopic film was made on her. Her character was played by veteran Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut.

Jayalalithaa Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Jayalalithaa was 68 years 9 months & 10 days old age.