Manjula Vijayakumar was a South Indian actress. She acted in more than 100 films in South Indian languages like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. She first appeared in the film Shanthi Nilayam (1969) in a supporting role. Her first lead role was in Rickshawkaran (1971). She acted in lead roles in many films till the late 70s. Since the late 80s, she has appeared in supporting roles. Manjula has performed alongside Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Krishna, Shobhan Babu, Kamal Hassan, Vishnuvardhan and Rajinikanth. She and actor Vijayakumar married shortly after meeting on the sets of Unnidam Mayanguhiren. The couple have three daughters, Vanitha Vijayakumar, Preetha Vijayakumar and Sridevi Vijaykumar. Arun Vijay, Anitha, and Kavitha are her husband's children from a previous marriage. She died on 23 July 2013 in SRMC at Chennai after falling down from bed and being admitted to hospital. Her death was caused by renal failure and a blood clot in the stomach.