Spouse(s) K. K. Joseph
Years active 1960s–1990s
Name Meena Meena
Other names Mary Joseph
|Born 23 April 1941 (1941-04-23) Alappuzha, India|
Died 17 September 1997(1997-09-17) (aged 56)
Mary Joseph, later known simply as Meena (22 April 1941 – 17 September 1997), was an Indian actress in Malayalam movies. She had acted in about 600 films. She died on 17 September 1997 due to a massive heart attack. She is survived by her daughter Dr. Elizabeth, son in law Sunny George and grand daughter Sarah Lisa Sunny. Her roles spanned across different genres. She performed her roles with finesse and expert dialogue delivery. She along with Sukumari, KPAC Lalitha, Kaviyoor Ponnamma are considered by many as the greatest character actors in Malayalam cinema.
Meena was born in 1941 in Alappuzha to Koyikkaleth Itty Cheriachen and his wife, Eliyamma. Coming from an orthodox Marthoma Syrian Christian family, she was a theater artist before becoming a cine artist. Her first film was Kudumbini in 1964. In 1968, she acted in Viruthan Shanku, the first full-length comedy in Malayalam cinema directed by P. Venu. She had a handful of movies in 1960s–1970s. She was married to K.K. Joseph.