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* Renowned Sri Lankan actress Shanthi Lekha passes away
Monday, May 11, 2009, 14:18 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 11, Colombo: Renowned Sri Lankan actress Shanthi Lekha better known as "Matara Hamine" has passed away in France this morning at the age of 79.

Shanthi Lekha has acted in more than 100 Sinhala movies following her entrance to silver screen with the Sinhala movie "Sujatha" in 1953.

She has performed the role of mother in more movies than any other actress in Sinhala cinema.

Gamperaliya, Sandeshaya, Tun Man Handiya, Parithyagaya, Eya Dan Loku Lamayek, Parasathu Mal, and the Kela Handa were the most famous movies of Shanthi Lekha.

The funeral arrangements are to be announced later.

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