Born in Mysore on February 24, 1948, Jayalalitha entered the movie world as an actress at an early age.
Jayalalitha’s early education was at the elite Bishop Cotton Girls High School in Bangalore and later at the Presentation Convent Church Park in Chennai. Upon completion of Matriculation in 1964, she won a scholarship for higher studies but did not accept it to pursue a career in films.
Jayalalitha has acted in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam films. She was trained in classical dance (Bharata Natyam) and Carnatic Music from the young age of 4. She is said to be proficient in other dance-forms such as Mohini Attam, Kathak and Manipuri as well. Jayalalitha has given hundreds of performances in Bharatha Natyam and has even sung many songs herself in her films (songs are a staple of Indian films).
According to popular knowledge and documented media reports, Jayalalithaa and M. G. Ramachandran had a long-standing extramarital relationship and her position as MGR’s mistress helped her to become his political heir.