Malani Senehelatha Fonseka
:මාලනි සෙනෙහෙලතා ෆොන්සෙකා) (born April 30, 1947 in Kelaniya
) is an award-winning Sri Lankan film actress
, also known as the "Queen of Sinhalese cinema"
. Her cinema career which has spanned many decades began with Tissa Liyansooriya's Punchi Baba
in 1968. She first earned recognition, when she won the 'Best Actress Award' at the 1969 National State Drama Festival This was followed by Sarasaviya Best Actress Awards
for Hingana Kolla
in 1980, Aradhana
in 1982 and Yasa Isuru
in 1983. In 2010 she has been named by CNN
among Asia’s 25 greatest film actors of all time.
Born as the third child to the Gilbert and Seelwathie Fonseka at Peliyagoda
. After Malini was born, her family moved to Jambugasmulle, Nugegoda
. In 1952 she started her education at St. Johns College Nugegoda until the 5th grade. After moving of the family to Wedamulle, Kelaniya she was enrolled at Gurukula Maha Vidyalaya, Kelaniya until completing her education.
,okOn June 12, 1986, she married Lucky Dias
, a veteran Cinema and teledrama actor
On April, 2010, she got a Membership for Sri Lanka Parliament
with National List
of United People's Freedom Alliance
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