Jayalalithaa Age, Biography, Family, Facts, Death Cause & More


Real NameJayalalithaa Jayaram
NicknameJaya and Amma
ProfessionPolitician (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)) AIADMK flag and Former Actress
Political Journey1982: Entered politics by becoming a member of the AIADMK.
1984: Became the member of the Rajya Sabha.
1989: Elected as a member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.
1989: Elected as the General Secretary of the united AIADMK.
1991: Became the youngest Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (aged 43).
2001: Became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the 2nd time, till September 2001.
2002: Continued her position as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu till 2006.
2011: Became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the 4th time.
2014: Stepped-down from the post of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu after a case of disproportionate assets in Karnataka and corruption case, and was sentenced for 4 years with a fine of 100 crore (INR).
2015: Won the case and sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the 5th time.
2016: Became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the 26th time.
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 155 cm
in meters- 1.55 m
in Feet Inches- 5' 1"
Weightin Kilograms- 78 Kg
in Pounds- 172 lbs
Figure Measurements37-36-37
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 February 1948
Date of Death5 December 2016 in Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Death CauseHeart Attack
Age (as in 2016)68 Years
Birth PlaceMandya district, Mysore, Karnataka
Zodiac sign/Sun signPisces
HometownChennai, Tamil Nadu
SchoolBishop Cotton Girls High School, Bengaluru
Presentation Convent Church Park, Chennai
CollegeStella Maris College in Chennai
Educational QualificationsNot Known
DebutFilm Debut: Epistle (1961, Child artist)
Film Debut: Chinnada Gombe (1964, Lead actress)
FamilyFather- Late Jayaram (Lawyer)
Mother- Late Vedavathi (Sandhya)
Jayalalithaa with her mother
Sister- Shailaja
Brother- Late Jaya Kumar and N.J. Vasudevan (Step-brother)
Controversies• In 1996, a case was charged against her in the corruption of purchase of TV sets for villagers.
• Same year, she was arrested as so much of treasures were found at her residence.
• An attempt to murder case was filed against her, Sasikala Natarajan and V. Mahadevan by her ex-auditor R. Rajasekaran.
• In 1999, Subramanian Swamy filed a complaint against her in case of coal import scam of 7 billion.
• In 2014, she resigned from the post of Chief Minister after getting convicted for misusing her office from 1991 to 1996 to gather properties of around 66.6 crores (INR).
Favourite Things
Favourite AuthorsCharles Dickens, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steel, Pearl S Buck, James Hadley Chase and Somerset Maugham
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsSobhan Babu (Actor)
Sobhan Babu
M.G. Ramachandran (Actor)
Jayalalithaa with M.G. Ramachandran
ChildrenDaughter- N/A
Son- V.N. Sudhakaran (Foster son)
Jayalalithaa foster son V.N. Sudhakaran
Money Factor
Net Worth117 Crore (INR)


Some Lesser Known Facts About Jayalalithaa

  • Jayalalithaa’s original name was “Komalavalli”, which was later changed to “Jayalaithaa.”
  • Her father died when she was just 2 years old, and her brother died in the 90s.
  • She learned Bharatnatyam at the age of 3.
  • She was a bright student and even joined Stella Maris College in Chennai to study law but her mother wanted her to join the film industry, so she did so.
  • Her 1st film was released as an ‘adult only’. Because at that time she was only 15, she wasn’t able to watch her first movie in the theatre.
  • Before politics, she was a popular South Indian film actress and did a total of 140 films in Tamil, Kannada and Telugu languages. Jayalalithaa younger photo
  • She did her film Epistle (English) at the age of 13.
  • She was a trained dancer in different forms like Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Mohiniyattam and Manipuri.
  • In 1973, she won 3 Filmfare Awards for Best Actress for films like Pattikada Pattanama, ‘Suryakanthi and Sri Krishna Satya.
  • In 1968, she did a Hindi film Izzat opposite Dharmendra. Jayalalithaa with Dharmendra
  • In 1980, she acted in her last Tamil film, Thedi Vandha Kadala.
  • She became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu a record 6 times between 1991 to 2016.
  • She is the 2nd women Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, after V. N. Janaki.
  • She loves reading and has a huge collection of books.
  • She takes 1 Rupee (INR) salary as a Chief Minister.
  • Her name is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the biggest wedding reception. In 1995, she spent around 3 crore (INR) in her foster son Sudhagaran’ wedding, which was attended by more than 150000 guests in a 50-acre area Chennai.
  • In her younger days, she was a huge fan of Indian cricketers like Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Nari Contractor.
  • Her grandfather was a doctor in the Mysore Kingdom.
  • After a struggle of 74 days with infection and acute dehydration, Jayalalithaa died on 5 December 2016 at 11:30 PM in Apollo Hospitals, Greame’s Road, Chennai, due to a heart attack.
  • On 20 December 2017, a video of hospitalized Jayalalithaa was surfaced in the media. Former MLA P. Vetrivel, a supporter of V.K. Sasikala’s nephew T.T.V. Dhinakaran, released to the media a video clipping showing former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in a hospital bed.