Miss Kumari

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Miss Kumari
Thresiamma Thomas

(1932-06-01)1 June 1932
Died9 June 1969(1969-06-09) (aged 37)
Years active1949–1969
Spouse(s)Hormis Thaliath
ChildrenJohny Thaliath, Thomas Thaliath, Babu Thaliath
Parent(s)Thomas, Eliyamma

Miss Kumari (1932–1969) was a Malayalam film actress active between 1949 and 1969.[1]

Early life[edit]

Miss Kumari, whose real name was Thresiamma, was born on 1 June 1932,[2] to Thomas and Eliyamma, at Bharananganam in Kottayam, Travancore, British India, which is now part of the state of Kerala. She had her primary education from Bharanganam Sacred Hearts high school, a school for girls run by Franciscan Clarist Sisters. After studies she worked as a teacher in the same school.


She was married to Hormis Thaliath, a F.A.C.T engineer and the couple had three children: Johnny, Thomas and Babu. She was forced to stop acting. Gradually, she disappeared from public gaze, confined to the four walls of her house. Johnny is in the movie industry, Thomas is an engineer in California and Babu is a Professor in Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi.[3]

Malayalam cinema[edit]

Miss Kumari debuted in Malayalam with the 1949 film Vellinakshatram. She got her break through the 1950 box office hit film Nalla Thanka.[4] Sathyan and Miss Kumari were elevated to stardom after the huge success of the film Neelakuyil (1954).[5][6][7] She acted in more than 50 films, in a career spanning about two decades. She has acted in a few Tamil movies as well. Petraval Kanda Peruvazhvu along with Prem Nazir was one among them. Another one was Kanchana. She also received the Madras State award for best actress in 1956. She died on 9 June 1969. The newspapers had a bold heading, but very little details on her death. It simply read something like "Miss Kumari was rushed to Jawaharlal Memorial Hospital, Udyogamandal, following a stomach ailment but she died on the way". The burial took place in Bharananganam, her native place. Miss Kumari Memorial Mini Stadium was built in Bharananganam, which was inaugurated by veteran actor Prem Nazir.[8]


Year Film Role Other notes
1963 Snapaka Yohannan Miriam
1962 Snehadeepam Lakshmi
1962 Dakshayagnam
1961 Bhakta Kuchela Suseela
1961 Mudiyanaya Puthran Chellamma
1961 Christmas Rathri Annie
1960 Petraval Kanda Peruvazhvu Tamil
1958 Mariakutty Mariakutty
1957 Jailppulli Santha
1957 Padatha Paingili Chinnamma
1956 Manthravadi
1954 Aniyathi Ammini
1955 Harishchandra[9] Chandramathi
1954 Neelakuyil Neeli
1954 Balyasakhi Lakshmi
1954 Avakashi Kumari
1954 Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam Gowri
1952 Kanchana Doctor Seetha Tamil
1952 Aathmasanthi Nirmala
1951 Navalokam Devaki
1950 Nalla Thanka Nalla Thanka
1941 Devatha Lakshmi
1940 Sumangali Saraswathi


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  2. ^ http://malayalam.webdunia.com/entertainment/film/profile/0706/09/1070609034_1.htm
  3. ^ "Mangalam-varika-13-May-2013". mangalamvarika.com. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Nalla Thanka 1950". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Neelakkuyil". indulekha.com. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  6. ^ "history of malayalam cinema". cinemaofmalayalam.net. Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Malayala Cinema". PRD, Govt. Of Kerala. Archived from the original on 12 April 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  8. ^ "Mangalam-varika-13-May-2013". mangalamvarika.com. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  9. ^ "HARISHCHANDRA 1955". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009.

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