From the age of three, Jayalalitha started getting trained in classical music and various classical dance, including Mohiniattam, Bharatnatyam, Kathak, and Manipuri.
Jayalalitha acted in 140 films in 6 different languages including 92 in Tamil, 28 Telugu films, 1 in English, Malayalam and Hindi and 6 Kannada films. In the period of 1965-80, she was the highest paid Indian actress.
In 1973, her film Pattikada Pattanama won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil in which she acted opposite to Sivaji Ganesan. Other than this, she won Filmfare Award for 5 times as best actress in Tamil and once in Telugu. In 1972, she was awarded the Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu Government.
Her debut film was not a Kannada or Tamil film, but an English film named Epistle in1961.
Marudhur Gopalan Ramachandran, an Indian Tamil film actor, director, producer, and politician, popularly known as MGR, who served 3 terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, not only did many hit films with Jayalalitha but also introduced her into politics.
In 1982, Jayalalithaa joined the AIADMK and started her career as a politician. After a significantly short political career of 9 years, she became chief minister in 1991.
Jayalalithaa was popularly called as “Amma” in Tamil Nadu had launched many developments, welfare and education schemes for local people. In her third term as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, she started many schemes including Amma Baby Care Kits, Amma Call Centre, Amma Education Scheme, Amma Skill Employment and Training Scheme, Amma Amudam Departmental Store, Amma Salt, Amma Pharmacies, Amma Cement Scheme, Amma Marriage Halls, Amma Free Wi-Fi, Amma Seeds, Amma Canteens, Amma Mineral Water, Amma Theatres, Amma Laptops, Amma Grinder and Amma Table Fan for local people.
She finished her schooling from Church Park School, Chennai. She came first in Tamil Nadu State in 10th grade for which she was awarded The Gold State Award.
She was the first Indian chief minister to be disqualified from the post of CM and the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu. She was convicted in an 18-year-old disproportionate assets case in 2014 and was sentenced to four years in jail and fined ₹100 crore by the Special Court in Bangalore. After eight months, which includes a twenty days in prison, she was released from all charges by the High Court of Karnataka and again become Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in May 2015.
She holds Guinness World Record for hosting the “largest wedding reception”. In her foster son Sudhagaran’s wedding, she invited over 1,50,000 guests to the wedding at a 50-acre ground in Chennai.
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