Yaragudipadi Venkata Mahalakshmi (born on 13 December 1952), known professionally as Lakshmi, is an Indian actress known for her work in the Indian film industry. She made her film debut through a Tamil film Sri Valli in 1961. Her debut as an actress happened with the Tamil film Jeevanaamsam in 1968. In the same year, she also debuted in Kannada and Telugu films with Goa Dalli CID 999 and Bandhavyalu respectively. In 1974, Her second Malayalam film, Chattakari went on to become a blockbuster throughout India.
She then went on to appear in a number of commercially successful films in Tamil,
Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu and various other languages. She has won one National Film Award for Best Actress, nine Filmfare Awards, three Nandi Awards, Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress for the movie Hoovu Hannu, the Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards and various other state awards. Lakshmi made her Bollywood debut in 1975, with the woman-centric Julie, the remake of Malayalam film Chattakkari. After appearing as a lead actress for more than a decade, she switched over to character roles.She is the only actress who have won the Filmfare Awards South, 7 times with most wins in all four different languages.
She is also known as Laxmi and Lakshmi.