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Kannada Thespian Leelavathy no more

Bengaluru, Dec 8 (UNI) Veteran Kannada actress Leelavathi, who played mother's roles in many regional films, passed away on Friday due to prolonged illness.
The 85 years old actress breathed her last in a hospital located at Nelamangala. Leelavathi is survived by her son, Vinod Raj, who is also a renowned actor in the Kannada film industry.
Kannada superstar and Dr Rajkumar's son, Shivaraj Kumar, was among the first to visit the hospital and pay his condolences.
The Thespian made a lasting mark in Indian cinema by showcasing her acting talent in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films.
Born in Belthangady in Dakshina Kannada, Leelavathi had acted in 600 plus films, of which 400 of them were in Kannada.
She also acted in classics like Bhakta Kumbara, Mana Mecchida Madadi and Sant Tukaram, and reached the peak of popularity.
Leelavathy, who spent her last days at Soladevanahalli near Nelamangala, was bestowed with the prestigious Dr Rajkumar Award and Filmfare Awards in 1999.
She also won awards as best supporting actress in Gejje Pooje, Sipayi Ramu and Doctor Krishna.
Before making a foray into films, Leelavathi was a theatre artist, and acted in many plays. She was a companion of Subbayya Naidu in Mahalinga Bhagavatar theatre troupe.
Her first film as a lead actress was Mangalya Yoga. Her first film with Dr Rajkumar was Ranadheera Kanteerava.
Offering her condolences, multi-lingual actress Saroja Devi said Leelavathy was a multi-talented actress and was her very close friend.
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