Popularly known as 'Amma' and 'Puratchi Thalaivi' ('Revolutionary Leader'), Jaya was introduced to active politics by former chief minister of TN, MG Ramachandran or MGR.
Before her entry to politics, she was a popular actress in south India. Here are a few pictures from her journey to the pinnacle of Tamil Nadu politics and AIADMK.
Jaya with her companion Sasikala
Jayalalithaa, who has been facing serious charges in connection with a disproportionate asset case, might have the last smile as it has been reported that astrology would help her to get the final verdict in her favour.
In 1982, she joined the AIADMK, which was founded by Ramachandran.
Star actress to star politician
Before entering to politics, Jaya was the lead heroine in over 140 films which includes films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and worked in one Hindi film.
Second to none in AIADMK
Jaya is known for keeping all subordinates, ministers and leaders in her party at bay. In this picture, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam pose for photographs ahead of the budget presentation in Chennai on Thursday
At her feet
The assets case was filed by the state vigilance department and a few months after the FIR was filed in September 1996
Will Jaya's journey end tomorrow?
In 2003, the case had to be shifted to a special court in Bangalore following a Supreme Court order on a petition filed by Anbazhagan, a leader of the Opposition DMK, saying unbiased judicial proceedings were not possible in Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa's return to power.