Veteran actress Leonie Kotelawala passes away

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Veteran actress Leonie Kotelawala passed away yesterday (19) at the age of 78.

She had been ill for some time and passed away at home . The last rites will be held at the Borella Cemetery on 22 June.

In 1962, Kotelawala won the Best Actress Award for her outstanding performance in the play ‘Mehew Lokaya’, becoming the first Sri Lankan stage actress to win the award.

A well known name in Sri Lankan cinema and television industry, she had starred in a number of popular films, teledramas as well as stage dramas.

(AK)