Sridevi (born 13 August 1963) is an Indian film actress who has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and a few Kannada films. Sridevi is described by the Indian media as "the First Female Superstar of Bollywood".
Sridevi began her career as a child artist in M.A. Thirumugham's devotional Thunaivan at the age of four, and continued to act as a child artist in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She made her Bollywood debut as a child artist in Julie (1975) and got her first breakthrough as a lead actress with the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu (1976).
Sridevi's Bollywood debut as a lead actress was in Solva Sawan (1978), and she attracted wide public attention with Himmatwala (1983), which was followed by a number of popular films in the 1980s and 1990s such as Sadma, Nagina, Mr. India, Chaalbaaz, Chandni, Lamhe, Khuda Gawah and Judaai.
In 2012, Sridevi returned to films after a 15-year long hiatus with English Vinglish and became the only actress in the history of Hindi Cinema to make a successful comeback. In 2013, the Government of India awarded her Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour. In her career, Sridevi has won five Filmfare Awards including a Filmfare Special Award .
On the occasion of the Centenary of Indian Cinema in 2013, Sridevi was voted 'India's Greatest Actress in 100 Years' in a CNN-IBN national poll while Times of India described her as "one of the longest reigning successful leading ladies and one of the most influential actresses of Bollywood."