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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s political career spanned nearly four decades. Her death has left a void in Tamil Nadu politics

Jayalalithaa Jayaram (1948-2016)—A life in pictures

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016 after a heart attack, aged 68. Glimpses from the life of ‘Amma’, an actress turned politician whose legacy will long outlive her

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Jayalalithaa Jayaraman was born to a Tamil Iyengar family on February 24, 1948, in Melukote, near Mysore. She went to school in Bangalore and Madras, where she stood first in Tamil Nadu in the 10th standard examination
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Jayalalithaa, a successful actress, in Madras. Jayalalithaa had learned the piano and several classical dance forms. It was at a successful Bharatanatyam Arangetram performance by her that legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan spotted the future film star
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Jayalalithaa on screen with her mentor in cinema and in politics, Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran (1917-1987), or MGR, founder of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
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Jayalalithaa escorts the body of MGR in Madras, December 1987; she would soon emerge victorious among the claimants to MGR’s political legacy, donning the mantle of his successor to head the AIADMK
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After the death of MGR, support from Rajiv Gandhi helped Jayalalitha win control of the AIADMK. At the time of her death, the ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’ was both President and Chairperson of the AIADMK
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In the sympathy wave following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, the AIADMK-Congress combine swept to power in Tamil Nadu; Jayalalithaa was sworn in as the first female and youngest Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
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Jayalalithaa sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for her third term, in 2011
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Chief Minister Jayalalithaa with then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Chennai, 2011
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Jayalalitha released the AIADMK manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections, 2014. The AIADMK won a massive 37 of the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu
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J Jayalalithaa became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fourth time in February 2016. This photo was taken in Delhi, when she was en route to Tamil Nadu Bhawan, in June, 2016. She was out of the public eye since being admitted to hospital on September 22, 2016
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa (68) passed away at 11.30 pm on Monday, December 5 2016, in Apollo Hospital, Greams Road, Chennai, after a cardiac arrest on Sunday