Pearl Vasudevi

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Pearl Vasudevi
Born 1915
Galle Sri Lanka
Died 1987
Nationality Sri Lankan
Known for actress

Pearl Vasudevi (1915–1987) was an early Sri Lankan actress.

Vasudevi was born Pearl Peries in Galle on March 30, 1915 to a Burgher family. She studied at the Good Sheperd Convent in Kotahena and became interested in theatre at a young age. Vasudevi made her debut as an actress in 1930 playing the role of a princess in the play Aparikshakari Nadu Theenduwa. With her fluency in English, she also secured a leading role in an adaption of Merchant of Venice.[1]

Vasudevi joined Eddie Master's troupe shortly after acting in the role of Seetha in Ramayanaya. The dramatist's son Eddie Junior composed the music for the play. Through their work together, Pearl and Eddie Junior would fall in love and got married in 1940.[1]

Vasudevi made her film debut with Eddie Junior in Sirisena Wimalaweera's 1949 movie Amma.[2] She would subsequently appear in over 150 films including Sithijaya with her daughter Sujeewa Lalee.[1]


Year Film Role Other notes
1949 Amma Nila film debut
1968 Amathikama
1974 Susie
1984 Bambara Patikki


  1. ^ a b c Uvais, Ramesh (2006). "The pearly chapter of Pearl Vasudevi". Daily Mirror. 
  2. ^ Savarimutthu, Ranee (1977). On the Development of Sinhala Cinema, 1947-1967. Colombo, Sri Lanka: OCIC Sri Lanka. 

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