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Lalitha (16 December 1930 – 1982) was an Indian actress and dancer. She was the eldest of the "Travancore Sisters"—Lalitha, Padmini, and Ragini.[2] She started her acting career in the 1938 Tamil film Adhithan Kanavu[3] and has acted in movies of different Indian languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu.[4][5] She entered films before her sisters, concentrating more on Malayalam films, and was good in Vampish roles.

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16 December 1930[1]
Died1982 (aged 51–52)
Parent(s)Gopala Pillai
Saraswathi Amma
RelativesShobana (niece)
Ambika Sukumaran
Vineeth (nephew)
Sukumari (cousin)
FamilyPadmini (sister)
Ragini (sister)
Chandran (brother)
Radhalakshmi (daughter)
Parvathy (daughter)
Saraswathy (daughter)
Krishna (grandson)

Personal lifeEdit

She was born to Gopala Pillai and Saraswathi Amma on 16 December 1930 at Thiruvananthapuram.[6] She is the aunt of actress Shobana.[7] Malayalam actress Ambika Sukumaran is her relative. Actress Sukumari was the trio's maternal first cousin. Malayalam actor Krishna is her grandson.[8]

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  2. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (29 September 2006). "Beauty, charm, charisma". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  3. ^ Kannan, Ramya (26 September 2006). "Queen of Tamil cinema no more". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  4. ^ Malaya Cottage was their grooming ground, September 2006, The Hindu. Retrieved July 2011
  5. ^ Colony of Memories, August 2001, The Hindu. Retrieved July 2011
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  7. ^ Dance was Padmini's passion, not films, September 2006, Retrieved July 2011
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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