Lissy (Malayalam actress)
3 February 1967 |
Pazhanganadu, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Lissy also Lakshmi (Malayalam: ലിസ്സി, also spelled in English media as Lizy or Lizzie or Lizzy) is a popular South Indian film actress of the 1980s. Though, was a leading heroine in Malayalam, she had also acted in several Tamil and Telugu. She was introduced to Tamil films by actor Kamal Hassan as his heroine in his home production, Vikram. She gave up acting after her marriage with famous film director Priyadarshan in 1990.
Lissy is born as the only child to Nellikaattil Pappachan (Varkey) and Pookkattupady Ealiyamma at Pindimana, Pazhanganad, Kochi in Kerala. Her parents got divorced when she was very young and was brought up by her mother Pookkattupady Ealiyamma. Lissy was raised a Roman Catholic Latin Rite and did her studies at St. Teresa's School and College. She was very good at studies and scored high marks in S.S.L.C. She started her career at the age of 16 when she was studying for pre university degree. She had to discontinue her studies to concentrate on her career. She was not interested to quit studies and acting in films initially. It was her mother who inspired her to become an actress.
She later fell in love with the famous film director Priyadarshan, and got married to him on 13 December 1990. After marriage, she gave up acting and adopted the name Lakshmi for religious reasons. After the birth of her son, Lizzy adopted the Hindu religion from Arya Samaj. Her daughter Kalyani is studying in New York and her son Siddharth is studying in San Francisco. Lissy has filed for divorce on 1st of Dec 2014 at Chennai family court to be separated from Priyadarshan after a 24 years long marriage. She now resides in Chennai.
Lissy is the co-owner of Kerala Strikers from Celebrity Cricket League. Kerala Strikers is one of the newer teams that were introduced to CCL which is a non-professional men's cricket league in India, contested by Eight teams consisting of film actors from Eight major regional film industries of Indian cinema.
Her debut into films happened in the early eighties and in a short period of time, she became one of the top heroines of the time. She was a common face in the eighties. Though Lissy had paired with almost all the top heroes of the eighties, it was along with Mohanlal and Mukesh, that she was able to create magic on screen. Even at the peak of her career, she acted as sister roles, the girl next door, and as the heroine's friend. Known for her stunning and mesmerizing looks, she was able to grab the hearts of viewers. Along with Malayalam films, Lissy also had appeared in several Tamil, and Telugu films. Lissy is most remembered for her roles in Chithram, Thalavattom, Odaruthammava Alariyam, and Boeing Boeing. She was introduced to Tamil films by Superstar Kamal Hassan as his heroine in his home production, Vikram.
Lissy is now making a comeback to films by doing a Tamil film as heroine playing her age by a National award winning director. Formal announcement will follow once the shooting commences in November.
Lissy was awarded the Sthree Ratna Award by Kerala Kalakendram in the year 2013. She was also chosen as the Woman Achiever of the Year 2013 in Chennai by Jaguar.
- "നടി ലിസി പിതാവിന് 5500 രൂപ വീതം നല്കണം". mangalam.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015. zero width joiner character in
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- "ലിസി എന്റെ മകള്". Mangalam Publications. Retrieved 23 June 2015. zero width joiner character in
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- Lissy Priyadarshan-ON Record, 2, 3, 4, Kannadi, Asianet News. Lissy talks about her schooling, her introduction into film industry in 11th grade at age of 16 years, how she met Priyadarshan, her faith and religion, her current life etc.
- "തല ഉയര്ത്തിപ്പിടിക്കാന് വീടുവിട്ടിറങ്ങി". mathrubhumi.com. Retrieved 9 July 2015. zero width joiner character in
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- Interview with Lissy by T. N. Gopakumar, Kannadi, Asianet News