Jayaram Jayalalithaa Biography, Height, Family, Age, Death, & More

Jayaram Jayalalithaa, an Indian politician and actress, held the position of Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for more than fourteen years across six terms from 1991 to 2016. During the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party conference in Cuddalore, south of Pondicherry, she delivered her first political speech, which she personally penned. Despite her initial fame as a film star in the 1960s, Jayalalithaa’s speech drew massive crowds not just for her looks but for her powerful and disciplined oration. Her respectful demeanor toward MGR and others stood out, showcasing her dignity and determination.

Jayaram Jayalalithaa Biography

Jayalalitha Jayaram was a multifaceted figure, known as an Indian film actress, politician, and leader within the All India Dravidian Progressive Federation, a political party in Tamil Nadu, India. Her career spanned 140 films from 1961 to 1980, primarily in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada languages. Her entry into the vibrant politics of Tamil Nadu created quite a stir. While filming Adimaippenn alongside MGR in the Thar Desert, Jayalalithaa played the role of a slave girl, often required to perform scenes barefoot. Renowned for her versatility in acting and prowess in dance, she earned the title “Queen of Tamil Cinema.” Her official entry into the AIADMK party occurred on June 4, 1982, as she became a member by paying a nominal fee of one rupee.

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Jayalalitha Picture

Personal Information

Real Name Jayalalithaa Jayaram
Nickname AKA Jaya and Amma
DOB (Date of Birth) 24 February 1948
Date of Death 5 December 2016 in Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Death Cause Heart Attack
Age (as in 2016) 68 Years
Birth Place Mandya district, Mysore, Karnataka
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Nationality Indian
Hometown Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Religion Hindu


School Bishop Cotton Girls High School, Bengaluru
Presentation Convent Church Park, Chennai
College/ University Stella Maris College in Chennai
Education Qualifications N/A

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5′ 1″
Meter 1.55 m
Centimeters 155 cm
Weight in Kilograms- 78 Kg
in Pounds- 172 lbs
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Figure Measurements 37-36-37

Family Information

Father Name Late Jayaram (Lawyer)
Mother Name Late Vedavathi (Sandhya)
Siblings Sister- Shailaja
Brother- Late Jaya Kumar and N.J. Vasudevan (Step-brother)
Marital Status Unmarried
Husband N/A
Children N/A


Boyfriend Sobhan Babu (Actor), M.G. Ramachandran (Actor)


Profession Politician (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)) and Former Actress
Net Worth 117 Crore (INR)


Color Green and Red
Food Rogan Josh
Drink Kashmiri Kahwa
Actor/Actress Parineeti Chopra, Deepika Padukone
Songs Ranvijay’s Entry Medley (From “ANIMAL”)
Movies  Swades
Hobbies Reading
Jayalalitha Young Age Picture
Jayalalitha Young Age Picture
Jayalalitha With her Mother Picture
Jayalalitha With her Mother Picture
Jayalalithaa With her Boyfriend Picture
Jayalalithaa With her Boyfriend Picture
Jayalalithaa With her Boyfriend Picture
Jayalalithaa With her Boyfriend Picture


She was born into a Brahmin family near the southern Indian city of Mysore, now in Karnataka state. Her father, Late Jayaram, was a lawyer, and her mother, Late Vedavathi (Sandhya), learned shorthand and typing to work as a clerk to support the family in 1950. After her father’s passing during her early years, her mother, who was a film actress, relocated the family first to Bangalore (Bengaluru) and later to Madras (now Chennai). She had a brother named Late Jaya Kumar and N.J. Vasudevan, along with a sister named Shailaja.

Her success in the film industry largely stemmed from her collaboration with the iconic Tamil actor Maruthur Gopala Ramachandran, widely known as MGR. Together, they starred in over two dozen movies. MGR, not just a revered actor but also a politician, established the AIADMK in 1972 and served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1977 to 1987.


Jayalalithaa was born on February 24, 1948, to Jayaram and Vedavalli (Sandhya) in a Tamil Brahmin Iyengar family in Melukote, Pandavapura taluk, Mandya district, which was part of Mysore State at that time (now Karnataka).


At just one year old, Jayalalithaa adopted her name for schooling purposes. Due to her family’s financial struggles, she had to stop studying after secondary school. Even though she had already starred in a film during her school days, she dedicated herself entirely to acting, becoming an immensely successful star. From 1964 to 1980, she featured in around 130 films, fully committing to her career in the movie industry.

Height and Weight

Jayalalithaa was 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighed 78 kilograms.

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In Madras, now known as Chennai, Jayalalithaa received training in a variety of arts including Carnatic music, Western classical piano, and several classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, Manipuri, and Kathak. She learned Bharatnatyam and other dance styles under the guidance of K.J. Sarasa and also studied Kuchipudi under the tutelage of Padma Bhushan Guru Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam. Her debut dance performance took place at the Rasika Ranjani Sabha in Mylapore in May 1960, where renowned actor Shivaji Ganesan praised her as a “thanga silai” (golden statue) and expressed hopes for her future success in cinema.

In 1983, she assumed the role of the party’s propaganda secretary and, a year later, secured a seat in the Rajya Sabha, the upper chamber of the Indian Parliament. Following MGR’s passing in 1987, the AIADMK underwent a division, with Janaki Ramachandran, MGR’s wife, and Jayalalitha leading competing factions. The split was later resolved, merging the groups back together after Janaki Ramachandran retired from politics. Subsequently, Jayalalithaa emerged as the leader of the party.

In 1989, she was elected to the state legislative assembly and became a prominent opposition figure against the ruling DMK. Her early foray into acting included a role in the Kannada-language film Sri Shaila Mahathme (1961) alongside Rajkumar and Krishna Kumari when she was still a child. Throughout her journey, Jayalalithaa’s multifaceted talents in arts and politics remained a defining aspect of her legacy in Tamil Nadu.

Later career

In a significant incident, she reportedly faced physical and verbal assault by DMK members in the chamber, strengthening her determination to bring the AIADMK back to power. Her film career included collaborations with Ravichandran in ten movies, including titles like Gowri Kalyanam, Kumari Penn, Naan, Magarasi, Maadi Veettu Mappilai, Panakkara Pillai, Moondru Yezhuthu, Andru Kanda Mugam, Avalukku Aayiram Kangal, and Baghdad Perazhagi.

However, her tenure in politics was marked by controversy, facing accusations of corruption and misuse of official funds. In 1972, her role opposite Sivaji Ganesan in Pattikada Pattanama contributed to the film winning the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil in 1973. Notably, her film Sri Krishna Satya in 1973 earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Telugu.

Despite her cinematic success, her political journey was tumultuous. The AIADMK lost the 1996 state assembly elections, and during the DMK government’s subsequent tenure, around 40 corruption cases were filed against Jayalalitha from 1996 to 2001. Additionally, in 1996, she faced a month-long imprisonment following a raid that uncovered a substantial collection of jewelry, clothing, and footwear at her residence. Jayalalithaa also starred in other films alongside Sivaji Ganesan, such as Galatta Kalyanam and Deiva Magan. The latter earned distinction as the first Tamil film submitted by India for consideration in the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category. Throughout her life, Jayalalithaa career spanned both the realms of cinema and politics, marked by acclaim and controversy.


Jayalalithaa 75-day hospitalization and eventual passing were surrounded by ambiguity and secrecy, leaving the public with unanswered questions. Opposition parties, particularly the DMK, and others demanded an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.

Net worth

Reports indicated that Jayalalithaa net worth at the time was allegedly 117 crore INR, a significantly higher amount than the declared Rs 188 crore.

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