An actress-turned-politician and a six-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu (TN), Jayalalithaa started her film-career as a child artist in 1961 for the Kannada film 'Sri Shaila Mahathme'. Her Tamil debut was C.V. Sridhar's 'Vennira Aadai' in 1965. Later, starring with M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) in 28 movies and with Sivaji Ganesan in 17 films, she won many awards for acting. Jayalalithaa started her political career by joining All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) founded by MGR. She was serving as a Rajya Sabha member between 1984 and 1989. After MGR’s death in 1987, she became the supremo of AIADMK in 1989, captured the power in Tamil Nadu in 1991, became the first female chief minister to serve a full term in TN. In between her tenure as chief minister for six times, Jayalalithaa was convicted and jailed in a disproportionate-assets case. She died on 5th December 2016 after being hospitalized for more than 75 days, and her death was shrouded in controversy.
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