Mariani (actress)

Siti Mariam binti Ismail (Jawi: سيتي مريم اسماعيل ; 20 April 1933 – 1 December 2015), better known by her stage name Mariani, was an early Malaysian-Singaporean Malay actress, singer and model popular during the 1950s and 1960s. She was the older sister of Biduanda Saloma and sister-in-law of P.Ramlee. Mariani was one of the most popular actresses at Jalan Ampas Studios in Singapore during the 50s and 60s, dubbed the "Golden Age of Malay Cinema" at the time. She has starred in more than 30 films over her 63-year career span.

Siti Mariam binti Ismail

(1933-04-20)20 April 1933
Tanjung Pagar, Straits Settlements (now Singapore)
Died1 December 2015(2015-12-01) (aged 82)
Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
Resting placeJalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
NationalityMalaysian – Singaporean
Other namesMariani
OccupationActress, singer, model
Years active1952–2015
EmployerMalay Film Productions
Cathay-Keris Film Productions
Merdeka Film Productions
Amir Communications
Persona Pictures
MIG Pictures
Skop Production Sdn Bhd
Spouse(s)1. Darus
2. H. M. Rohaizad @ Syed Hamid Al-Segaf
3. Mohammad Alias
ChildrenMelissa Saila and 12 more children
RelativesBiduanita Puan Saloma (sister), Aminah binti Ismail @ Mimi Loma (sister) and 5 other siblings


Mariam's career began after winning the Singapore Queen Contest in 1951 when she was 17. She was the first lady to ever hold the title. However, she did not represent Singapore at that time. The show has been a stepping stone for her to engage in acting. After that, she was offered an act by Studio Jalan Ampas, but she refused because her ambition was to be a doctor. After two years, it was after being persuaded by Saloma, then Mariani agreed to act. Her first film was Chemburu directed by S. Ramanathan in 1952. After the success of the movie, Mariani was offered another acting in the company's films including Palace of Dreams, A Return, Labu Labi, Nasib Si Labu-Labi and Tiga Abdul. After the closure of Jalan Ampas Studios and the separation of Singapore from Malaysia, she continued her acting career at Studio Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. She has starred many films in the studio like Sweet Mashed Film and Discouraged. In her later years, Mariani continued to act and her latest appearance in films was Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam 2 directed by Shuhaimi Baba in 2005. She also starred in various dramas such as Nur Qalesya, Bila Larut Malam and others more. In 2007, she along with her husband, founded a production company, Kus Semangat Sdn. Bhd., which she owned with her husband, until her death in 2015.


On 1 December 2015, Mariani died after battling with colon cancer, at her home in Taman Kosmo Jaya, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur. She was 82 years old. Her body was sent to Al-Hidayah Mosque in Jalan Sentul and was buried in Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery, Kuala Lumpur.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1952 Cemburu
Yatim Piatu
1953 Raja Sehari
Istana Impian Zaiton
Putus Harapan Kasma
1954 Iman
Perjodohan Salmah
Merana Rosni
1955 Empat Isteri Ramulah
1956 Hang Tuah
1957 Mogok
Taufan Salmah
Kembali Seorang
1959 Saudagar Minyak Urat
1962 Labu dan Labi Manisah
Siti Muslihat Dayang
1963 Darah Muda
Bunga Tanjung
Nasib Si Labu Labi Manisah
1964 Tiga Abdul Hamidah, Sadiq's eldest daughter
Dupa Cendana Cendana
1965 Masam Masam Manis Rosnah
1966 Kacha Permata
1968 Ahmad Albab Zahara
1971 Putus Sudah Kasih Sayang Rosmah
1981 Setinggan
Perjanjian Syaitan
1983 Dendam Dari Pusara
1988 Perempuan
2005 Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam 2 Cameo appearance
2009 Santau Ghost
2010 Mantra Cameo appearance
2011 Khurafat: Perjanjian Syaitan Grandmother
Momok Jangan Panggil Aku Chu Lamah / Saka
2012 Jidin Sengal Cameo appearance
2013 Malam... Penuh Bermisteri
Kisah Paling Gangster Cameo appearance
2014 Cara Mengundang Hantu


Year Title Role TV channel Notes
1986 Drama Minggu Ini TV1 Episode: "Pertualang"[2]
2009 Hantu Raya Astro Ria
2013 Cinta Laila Majnun Mother Khalid Astro Maya HD
2013–14 Tanah Kubur Season 9 Maklong Astro Oasis Episode 2: "Air Kaki Ibu"
2015 Kampung Semerah Padi TV1


  1. ^ Seniwati Mariani Meninggal Dunia
  2. ^ Saleha Ali (9 February 1986). "Chinese New Year Specials". New Sunday Times. p. 8. Retrieved 22 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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