Yaragudipati 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. Her debut in Tamil film as an actress was with Jeevanaamsam (1968) and in Telugu film was with Bandhavyalu (1968). In 1974, Her second Malayalam film, Chattakari, which went on to become a blockbuster throughout India.
She then went on to appear in a number of commercially successful films in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and various other languages. She has won one National Film Award for Best Actress, nine Filmfare Awards South, three Nandi Awards, Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress, Karnataka State 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.