A comedian, singer and a stage performer, Manorama was a quintessential artiste.
Although she mainly appeared in Tamil films, she also acted in other South Indian language movies and in Hindi.
She appeared in more than 1,000 films in a career spanning nearly six decades.
She started acting in plays at the age of 12 and had appeared in more than 1,000 plays.
Her first break in movies came in 1958 when she acted in the Tamil movie Maalaiyitta Mangai.